Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2011 Toyota Sienna?
Lots of room inside, especially if we remove or put down the 2nd and 3rd row seats so we can carry bicycles (crosswise) behind the front row seats and then carry camping gear and an electronic cooler behind that.
I made a table out of a half sheet of plywood, with folding legs below and a lip above around the edges to hold lighter tent, sleeping bags, mattresses, etc., on it.
I place the heavier containers of food, extra clothing, bicycle accessories and cooler on the floor. This way we are able to travel with most everything we need to be comfortable in different types of weather.
Cons: How would you improve your 2011 Toyota Sienna?
The heater takes forever to warm up and the outlets on the dashboard and especially down at floor level put out little volume. Our 2006 Toyota Corolla heats up really quickly and works so much better than the Sienna. Has anyone being able to find a solution to this problem? Going to the dealership and writing Toyota in Canada did not bring me any satisfaction. Toyota told me to go to the dealership, even though I told them in an email that I had done that. Is there any accountability for this problem?
The airplane lights don't remain in an obvious depressed position so you can tell that they are on, after pressing them on. Who wants a dead battery because you can't easily see if you turned the lights on?
I find the front seats a little uncomfortable after several hours of driving. These seats lack adequate lower back support (a problem that was common with domestic minivans of the early 1990's). Why are these issues still common with numerous newer models of vehicles?
After removing the 2nd row seats, I don't like the seat brackets that cannot be removed from the tracks in the floor. I made some built up layers of cardboard that fit between the seat brackets and then cover the above with a thing layer of rubber matting so that I won't damage the brackets or items placed onto them, plus I get a smoother surface to place items onto.
Gas mileage could be improved.
The dashboard gauges are unimpressive to look at. The gas gauge is hard to see and the increments are small and not very helpful in seeing how full the tank is - relative to other vehicles.
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I would like see Toyota consider putting in a continuously variable transmission, similar to the very efficient transmission design found in the 2013 Nissan Altima, as one way of improving fuel efficiency. As Toyota has a hybrid Camry model, will they consider making a hybrid Sienna to improve mileage? Toyota did not respond to these two suggestions I emailed them.
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