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Original MSRP: $25,060 - $40,570
MPG: 19 City / 24 Hwy
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2011 Toyota Sienna Interior

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Toyota built a lot of goodies into the interior of the 2011 Sienna, and for the most part, reviewers like what they find. The list of high-tech options is long, cargo space is average for the class and the seats are comfortable. A few reviewers complain about some cheap materials, but overall, most think the 2011 Sienna is a nice place to be.

  • "The newfound style continues inside, where sweeping lines look more interesting and modern than the upright and conservative design of the previous Sienna. Interior plastics are pleasing to the eye, but touching them reveals a hard and slightly cheap-feeling texture. -- Car and Driver
  • "Modern without being annoying, spacious without feeling vast. The Sienna's insides offer a healthy dose of Toyota's buttery leather and soft-touch plastics." --Jalopnik
  • "The quality of the Sienna's interior isn't as nice as we'd like, but what it lacks in materials quality it more than makes up for in design." -- Edmunds

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Seating

In contrast to most SUVs, the Sienna gets good reviews for its third-row seat -- with a few reviewers even saying it’s comfortable for adults over long distances. The second- and first-row seats are also well-received. The only seat reviewers dislike is the optional eighth seat, which is collapsible and fits in between the two second-row captain’s chairs. Reviewers say it's hard, tight and not fit for anyone to sit in.

Otherwise, most reviewers say the Sienna's seats are comfortable. They especially like the second-row lounge chair feature. With it, the second-row seats recline and the footrests fold out, just like a recliner. Reclining the seats makes the third row unusable, but reviewers don't seem to think those relaxing in the second row will care.

  • "Eight-passenger versions of the Sienna come with a tiny "jump seat" that fits between the second-row seats. Uncomfortable, cramped, and perhaps only suitable for a child, the center seat is-thankfully-easily removed and stores in the wall of the cargo compartment." -- Car and Driver
  • "I found the front seats comfortable, with durable, high-rent fabric in the Sienna LE that I spent the most time in." -- Cars.com
  • "The new Sienna Limited offers second row ‘Lounge Seating’ that features rising ottomans for leg support when the two seats are reclined for comfort. Toyota should have struck a co-branding deal with La-Z-Boy." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "We positioned ourselves [in the third row] for a spell and have to say, this is where minivans shine. Compared to a third row in an SUV, we wouldn't have nearly as many reservations about riding back there on long trips. Heck, the seats even recline now and getting to that comfy bench is a whole lot easier thanks to the new second row Tip-Up and Long-Slide feature." --  Autoblog
  • "Still, the Sienna's seats are mounted on sliders in the floor, so they can be moved very far forward to provide easy access to the third row. At the same time, we found that doing so requires so much effort that it probably can't be done by a child. These seats also weigh 76 pounds each -- enough to probably preclude their removal unless you're desperate." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Toyota Sienna comes with the type of interior features you'd expect in a minivan. The base model comes with the basics: manual seats, air conditioning and a stereo, but it’s when you start adding options to the higher trims that reviewers get impressed. 

A favorite feature for most car reviewers is the 16.4-inch rear seat DVD screen. The screen can show one DVD in a widescreen format, or show two DVDs in a split-screen format. Either way, reviewers are impressed with the image and sound quality -- and the dual view mode's possibilities for ending sibling squabbles. Wireless headphones are an extra-cost option that families with young kids may want to spring for. 

However, while reviewers on the whole like the system, a few point out that each passenger can get a handheld DVD player or other media device, so opting for the Sienna's DVD system may not be worth it.

  • "Let's face it: Most children are horrible, spastic beasts with five-second attention spans and the manners of a stoned rhinocerous. They need constant distraction, and if you're going to properly neglect your parenting duties, you need to bombard them with as much digital entertainment as possible. Enter the Sienna's available split rear video screen." -- Jalopnik
  • "Second- and third-row passengers can also enjoy an optional 16.4-inch dual-view LCD screen that unfolds from the headliner while dropping jaws. It can display two separate signals side-by-side or one single standard or widescreen program." -- Autoblog
  • "The available rear-seat entertainment system can now play two DVDs at once, meaning less fighting over who watches what." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "As intriguing and tempting as these built-in, on-board entertainment options are, however, why get them at all? So much digital media is now available for handheld devices like iPods and PSPs that it's likely your kids are going to be bringing their own entertainment on board. It may well be that technology has made things like built-in DVD players obsolete." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Dual View is nifty, but I find Chrysler's dual-input screens more functional." -- Cars.com

Cargo

Cargo space in the Sienna is about average for a minivan. Most in the class have one or two cubic feet of storage more or less than the Sienna. However, competitors like the Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country have second-row seats that fold into the floor; on the Sienna you have to remove and store the second row seats to get maximum cargo space. The Dodge and Chrysler vans also have under-floor storage bins when the seats are up, which can be handy places to stow kids' gear. However, reviewers say that the Sienna's second row seats are more comfortable than the collapsible ones in the Grand Caravan and the Town & Country.

  • "A 60/40 split third-row bench collapses easily into the floor and only requires one hand to fold or deploy." -- Car and Driver
  • "Second-row seats fold and slide all the way forward but still don't fold down into the floor. Removing and carrying them is not hard -- if you can find a place to stow them outside the vehicle, or course." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "As in all minivans and most crossovers, the Sienna's third row folds flat into the floor. It's easier to do than in the Odyssey - ironic, given Honda was one of the pioneers of stow-in-the-floor third rows; on the Sienna Limited, it powers down with the push of a button. Cargo volume behind the third row totals 39.1 cubic feet, with 87.1 cubic feet when the third row is folded and the second-row seats are deployed." -- Cars.com

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