2009 Toyota Sienna Performance
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Though the Sienna provides a comfortable driving experience, its substantial size leads to somewhat heavy handling. In general, reviewers find the Sienna is a good choice for families seeking a solid, stable ride.
- "The Sienna's new 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers where it counts, and it performs beautifully in both city and highway driving. The Sienna pulls quickly from a dead stop and power is masterfully managed by an electronically controlled five-speed automatic." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "During our drive into the mountains above Palm Springs, the Sienna did feel more agile than its considerable footprint might suggest." -- Road and Track
- "Once again, we were favorably impressed by the Sienna's performance. Ever since we first test drove the also-impressive 2002 Odyssey from Honda Motor, we have been more often than not pleasantly surprised by how quick and responsive many minivans can be. In the Sienna's case, it is because it shares a platform, albeit modified, with the Camry, which goes a long way toward explaining its sedan-like driving performance." -- Forbes
Acceleration and Power
The Sienna's power is impressive for its class. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that creates 266 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, 2WD models achieve 17/23 mpg city/highway, while 4WD models achieve 16/21.
- "Just punch it and see how well a bus like this can merge into traffic." -- Forbes
- "There's also more torque, which allows age-arrested or unwary drivers to cause the front tires of the front-wheel-drive Sienna to squeal like a hot rod's when taking off quickly. The 0-60 mph time is 8.4 seconds, which is good for a big, roomy minivan." -- MSN
- "Upshifts are quick and downshifts are unnoticeable to all but the most sensitive of drivers." -- Automobile Magazine
Handling and Braking
Exceptional handling, reviewers point out, is a necessary casualty of the Sienna's size -- and, by extension, its practicality.
- "There was a controlled feel in the test front-wheel-drive van, even on twisty mountain roads where the Sienna managed curves well and without being sloppy. Drivers can notice some weight shift, however, in this tall people hauler." -- MSN
- "The driving experience in the Sienna is one of confidence and security. The suspension does an admirable job managing bounce, pitch, and roll, giving the Sienna a surefooted feel and a comfortable ride. Steering is light and buttery smooth." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The turning radius is tight, but parking ease is hampered by Sienna's overall length." -- Consumer Guide
- "Brake feel is firmer than your typical people-mover, backed up with rotor diameters more often seen on sports cars -- all versions have 11.7-in. front discs, and ABS." -- Road and Track