California Autos Examiner

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

2011 Toyota Sienna: Live pictures, video and insight

2011 Toyota Sienna (courtesy: msheena)
The 2011 Toyota Sienna was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show and I was in the front row to cover all the action.

You can view some of the pictures that I took of the 2011 Toyota Sienna while attending the show in the slideshow below this story.

The third generation Sienna is an evolutionary vehicle that picks up on the strengths of the previous product and refines the overall look of the van.  You can immediately tell that the van is a newer model, yet there are no outlandish styling features that would send relatively conservative minivan buyers running for the hills.

The front of the van has a Venza inspired grille and does slightly resemble the F3R concept with a more pronounced chin.  There is a nice shoulder line running down the side of the van that gives the Sienna some visual interest.  When viewing the van from the rear, you will notice LED taillights, amber turn signal and hidden rear wiper tucked under the rear spoiler.

Climbing into the van, the instrument panel has been revised.  The graining on the materials is quite nice, but if you touch them you will find that former soft touch surfaces, such as the top of the dash, now feature harder plastics.  On the higher end models, the faux wood now has a much more realistic look to them, a la the Venza.  In the top center of the dash there is an information display.  For vans equipped with a DVD player, discs are loaded in the front of the dash in a slot loader (like the Honda Odyssey) as opposed to the current setup where you have to sit in the middle row in order to load the DVD.

I will have more information on the 2011 Toyota Sienna in part two of my coverage, but I will leave you with a YouTube clip that I took.  I walk around the van and then sit inside.  Hopefully it gives you a better perspective.

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