Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna manufacture by Toyota automobile company. Read more to view more detail and video reviews. Please feel free to comments and give rating to help others

Not to be confused with Toyota Sienta.

The Toyota Sienna is a family minivan currently manufactured in the United States by the Japanese automaker Toyota for the North American market only, and shares its platform with the Toyota Camry. It is rumored to be exported to emerging markets such as China by the year 2010[1]. The Sienna replaced the first generation Toyota Previa van in 1998 befitting as a more conventional front wheel drive layout, and was last updated in 2004 as a larger model. It is also used as a taxi in New York City.

In late 1997, Toyota launched the smaller front wheel drive 1998 Toyota Sienna in the North American market as a replacement for the rather avant-garde mid-engined Toyota Previa The Toyota Sienna debuted with a 3.0-liter 1MZ-FE V6 engine rated at 145 kW and 284 N·m (209 lb·ft) of torque. Built on an extended platform of the Toyota Camry, the Sienna was appropriately marketed as the “Camry of minivans”. The Sienna also touted the best-in-class fuel economy (in miles per gallon) of any minivan which was rated at 18 city/24 highway. It was built in Georgetown, Kentucky. A year after its release, the Sienna faced new competition from Honda’s new Odyssey minivan.

For 2001 model year, the Sienna underwent a minor mid-cycle refresh. This update included a facelift to both front and rear fascias which added a redesigned front grille and bumper along with revised rear taillights sporting a more modern appearance (clear-lens turn-signals as opposed to amber-coloured). Toyota also revamped the center console area to add more usability to the HVAC controls along with new locations for the accessory switches (Rear Vent, Power Sliding Doors, Heated Seats). The engine now came equipped with a Variable valve timing feature VVT-i boosting output to 210 hp (157 kW) and 220 lb·ft (298 N·m) torque.

This generation was noteworthy for its impressive safety content as one of the few minivans to offer competitive options including anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Skid Control (VSC), traction control and SRS Side-impact airbags.

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