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2018 Toyota Sienna Gets A Nose Job And New Features Ahead Of NY Debut 22
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, New York auto show, TOYOTA, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 03 22nd, 2017


With a redesigned front fascia that includes a new lower grille and larger fog light compartments, the Toyota Sienna has been taken into the 2018MY.
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Toyota, Scion And Lexus Add 543,000 Cars To Takata Recall, Including LFA 13
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Leuxs LFA, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus GX, Lexus IS, Recalls, Reports, Scion, Scion xB, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 01 13th, 2017


The Toyota group has become the third automaker to expand the recall of cars fitted with defective Takata front passenger airbag inflators this week, after Honda and Ford.
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Japanese Brands Own The List Of Cars U.S. Owners Keep For 10+ Years 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus RX, Study, Subaru, subaru forester, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sienna on 12 24th, 2016


A new study shows that, in the US, the top 10 cars most likely to be owned for 10 or more years are built by either Toyota, Honda, Subaru or Lexus.
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Toyota Recalls Over 700,000 Siennas As Doors May Open When Driving 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Recalls, TOYOTA, Toyota Sienna on 11 23rd, 2016


Toyota has announced a recall for over 700,000 of the Sienna minivans due to a rather serious issue with the electric system used for its sliding doors.
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Toyota Recalls Over 700,000 Siennas As Doors May Open When Driving 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Recalls, TOYOTA, Toyota Sienna on 11 23rd, 2016


Toyota has announced a recall for over 700,000 of the Sienna minivans due to a rather serious issue with the electric system used for its sliding doors.
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Toyota Recalls Over 700,000 Siennas As Doors May Open When Driving 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Recalls, TOYOTA, Toyota Sienna on 11 23rd, 2016


Toyota has announced a recall for over 700,000 of the Sienna minivans due to a rather serious issue with the electric system used for its sliding doors.
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Toyota Presents Six Extreme Cars At SEMA, Including 2000HP Land Cruiser [83 Pics] 1
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Galleries, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, Toyota GT 86, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Prius, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Tacoma, tuning on 11 1st, 2016


Toyota almost broke the internet today, revealing no less than 30 vehicles for this year’s SEMA show, and these are six of the most extreme builds.
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Toyota Prices 2017 MY Vehicles In The US 1
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hybrids, new cars, prices, Scion iA, TOYOTA, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Yaris on 08 1st, 2016


Toyota has moved into the 2017 model year by announcing retail prices for the Prius Liftback, Yaris, Yaria iA, RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, Sienna and Tundra.
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Aftermarket Toyota Seat Heaters Could Short Circuit, Spark Flames 14
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Recalls, TOYOTA, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Venza on 06 14th, 2016


Owners of certain Toyota vehicles, equipped with aftermarket seat heaters, will have to take their rides back to the dealers, as these could burst into flames.
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Toyota Recalls Another 1.5 Million Cars Equipped With Takata Airbags 24
May
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus GX, Lexus IS, Recalls, Scion, Scion xB, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 05 24th, 2016


Defective Takata airbags have made Toyota expand its safety campaign with 1,584,000 additional vehicles in the United States.
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Toyota Recalls RAV4, Sienna, Lexus RX And ES In Two Campaigns 7
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus RX, Recalls, TOYOTA, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sienna on 04 7th, 2016


Toyota Motor Sales USA has recently announced two separate recalls for nearly 17,000 vehicles.
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Toyota Sienna R-Tuned Study With Stock V6 Beats A Camaro SS On The Track 5
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, Galleries, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Videos, video on 11 5th, 2015


Toyota brought its Sienna R-Tuned study, which while keeping its stock powertrain, beat a V8-powered Camaro SS on the track, to the Las Vegas SEMA Show.
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Toyota’s Bad-Ass UUV Stops At SEMA Before Continuing Its 16,500 Mile Trip 5
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Videos, video on 11 5th, 2015


Toyota teased this “Ultimate Utility Vehicle” in June, and we’re finally seeing it at SEMA in the flesh.
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Confessions of a Former Mini-Van Hater: The Toyota Sienna XLE 10
Feb
Posted by Chris Brewer in Automotive, Jacksonville, FL, minivan, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota Sienna on 02 10th, 2014
Sienna Side 2

I have always considered myself a car guy. I truly enjoy the smell of gasoline rich exhaust and I am solidly convinced that “new car paint” would make a fantastic air freshener scent. I have a long history with tiny two seat sports cars. When my first daughter was born, I bought what I considered a “family car,” a lowered and heavily modified 1988 300zx with the 2+2 option (that’s car talk for the postage stamp size back seat that helps you get cheaper car insurance and provides a longer wheel base for racing). Shoe horning the car seat back there was a chore, but actually placing the baby in the seat was a combination of two of my favorite childhood games, Twister and Operation. At 40, I guess I have matured a bit. With two kids, one a teenager, the family car is a Sublime 2007 Dodge Charger Daytona with some engine mods, a cold air induction system and modified exhaust. Sure the car stands out in a crowd, but at least it has a massive back seat. The truth is, I have never been a grown up car/van/truck kind of guy. Furthermore, I have a bit of a reputation for teasing my friends who are. Which means when I contacted my friend at Toyota and requested a mini-van to review, he almost did not believe me.

Sienna Forest

My plan was simple, I had a bunch of family coming in for the holiday and I wanted a vehicle that would comfortably fit everyone for some local sight seeing trips. As much as I love the Charger, without using the trunk there is simply no way of fitting more than five people in there. Well you can fit them I guess, but it is illegal and everyone gets cranky.

Sienna Charger

My contact at Toyota, once he made me pinky swear that I really wanted a mini-van, set me up with a nicely equipped eight passenger 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE with a 6-speed automatic. Toyota delivered the van on a Friday afternoon, dropping off the “predawn gray mica” people mover just in time for me to use it to pick up the kids from school. For a moment, when I first sat in the drivers seat, I felt as if I had become the middle age stereotype that I had fought so hard to avoid. What had I done? Maybe I did not think this through. Then it happened…I started the van, drove down the road, and began to realize why people invest hard earned money in these things.

Sienna Open

Sienna Cockpit

The massive leather captain’s chair had me sitting high above traffic and it was rather comfortable. The V6 engine that Toyota is using in the Sienna is quite powerful (266 horsepower) and rather torguey (245 ft-lbs). The transmission was quick to shift and smooth. In full disclosure, I found myself punching the throttle a few times on the way to the elementary school and giggling a bit. It is one thing to chirp the tires in a Hemi powered pony car, but when you are driving an eight-passenger mini-van, you cannot help but smile. The handling, while not a race-car, was responsive and more car-like than I expected.

Sienna Driver

When I pulled into the car pool lane, it took my daughter a while to soak in the shock of seeing her dad in a brownish-gray mini-van. I almost had to show my valid drivers license before she felt comfortable getting in the car. However, once she did it was a little magical. Truth is, I do not think she had ever sat that high up in a vehicle in her life! Suddenly my ten year old was on top of the world, enjoying the comfort of her very own overstuffed leather captain’s chair. The car that we were reviewing for some odd reason did not come equipped with a video entertainment system, but she seemed more than content to stare out the windows and down at the world she had been missing all this time.

Sienna Second Row

As the week progressed, the 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE proved a truly pleasant family friendly driving experience. The road trip that I planned to see the holiday lights turned into two trips, including one with my “Automotive Addicts family.” On both sightseeing trips, everyone truly enjoyed the comfort and convenience of the seating, the dual powered side doors, the individual climate controls, large windows, and ample cargo space. We took the Toyota to church on Sunday; all eight of us, and everyone enjoyed the ride. Gas mileage was about the same as the hemi powered Charger that I normally drive, but for a large family I can see the value. You simply can do more per mile when you have seating for 8 or seating for two and an additional 150 cubic feet of total cargo space.

St Augustine Lights

St Augustine Garden

St. Augustine Garden Circle

In the end, I was a little sad to see the 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE go. I will always be a performance car guy, but I have to admit, the Toyota surprisingly won me over. I get it. Matter of fact, with a contrite heart, I put together a little confessional video. Whether or not I ever purchase a mini-van for myself is a story I still have to write, but if I do, I would feel  comfortable purchasing a new Toyota Sienna. More importantly, my kids and extended family would be happy with the decision. Enjoy the video!

Sienna Side 2
Sienna Front
Sienna Side
Sienna Rear
Sienna Open
Sienna Forest
Sienna Charger
Sienna Cockpit
Sienna Driver
Sienna Second Row
Sienna Second Row
Sienna Passanger
Sienna Stow Away Seat
St Augustine Garden
St. Augustine Garden Circle
St Augustine Lights

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Sienna XLE $33,645 / As-Tested $35,695
  • Vehicle layout: Front-engine, FWD, 4-door, 8-passanger van
  • Engine: 3.5-liter 24 valve V6 with Dual VVT-i, 266 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm / 245 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/ OD
  • Curb weight: 4,465 lbs.
  • Wheelbase: 119.3 in
  • Length x width x height: 200.2 x 78.1 x 70.7 in
  • Headroom: f/r/rr-39.1 in./39.7 in./38.3 in.
  • Legroom: f/r/rr-40.5 in./37.6 in./36.3 in.
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: behind front/second-row/third-row seats 150.0 cu.ft./87.1 cu.ft./39.1 cu.ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 sec
  • EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 18 mpg / 25 mpg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons


Top Ten Things I Learned Reviewing Automobiles in 2013 27
Dec
Posted by Chris Brewer in 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2014 Corvette Stingray, Auto Addiction, Automotive, BMW M3, BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Volt, convertible, Corvette Stingray, Porsche-911, Scion FR-S, Scion tC, Stingray, Technical, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Toyota Sienna, Volt on 12 27th, 2013
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1. Although a few buttons on the steering wheel are convenient, more than six is confusing and makes you feel like you are riding around in one of those hover chairs in the second half of Wall-E.

2014-cadillac-cts-36-performance-collection-dashboard

2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Performance Collection Review and Test Drive

 

 

2. Speaking of…a contrasting-color-stitched-leather-wrapped-ergonomic-racing-inspired steering wheel may not make the car drive any faster or handle any better, but it sure feels like it does.

2014 Scion tC

Toyota Returns to the Spirit of the 70′s Import Sports Car: The 2014 Scion tC

 

 

3. While illuminated shift knobs look cool, they are not a necessary upgrade. On the other hand, radar or assisted cruise control is totally worth the extra cash.

2013-toyota-avalon-hybrid-feature

2013 Toyota Avalon Limited Hybrid Review and Test Drive

 

 

4. Nobody cares about gas mileage on the first day of a week-long car review. Everybody cares about gas mileage on the sixth day.

2013-chevrolet-volt-badge

2013 Chevy Volt Quick Driving Impressions

 

 

5. You do not always get what you pay for. There are cars that cost less than $30k that I would rather own and drive than many that I have driven that cost $60k plus. 

2013 Scion FR-S 10 Series

First Drive: 2013 Scion FR-S Review – Hype Approved

 

 

6. The more fun a car is to drive, the less chance you have of getting a ticket for being on your smart phone.

2013-bmw-m3-lime-rock-park-edition-front-22013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Review and Test Drive

 

7. Although I am a standard transmission kind of guy, many of the new automatics are simply amazing. I do not care if you are a professional rally driver, no one can shift as quickly and efficiently as the PDK automated manual transmission in the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

2013-porsche-911-c4s-dashboard2013 Porche 911 Carrera 4s Cabriolet Driving Impressions

 

8. Even though it probably will not get any thumbs up at the traffic light, the Toyota Sienna mini-van is a nice way to drive your entire family around town or on long trips.

 

9. Driving the new 2014 Corvette Stingray makes you proud to be an American.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Quick Spin & First Impressions

 

10. If your ten-year-old daughter tells you that there is no back seat, it does not matter what the manufacturer claims, those seat belts are simply there to hold groceries in place under hard braking.

2013-porsche-911-c4s-interior2013 Porche 911 Carrera 4s Cabriolet Driving Impressions







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