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2008 Toyota Sienna

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2008 Toyota Sienna Review

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The 2008 Toyota Sienna is considered one the best minivans on the market today. Although not as big as the Honda Odyssey or Dodge Grand Caravan, the Sienna is still a sizable family hauler with room for up to eight persons. An attractive feature you won't find on any other minivan is the optional all-wheel drive, a must-have for many families who live in snow-frequented climates. Known for its solid build and a spotless reputation for reliability, the Sienna quietly retains one other noteworthy quality: A strong resale value.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're comparing minivan comfort and convenience, you'll find the 2008 Toyota Sienna borrows many of the best ideas from each of its competitors and combines them into a strong, well-built platform. The Sienna is the only minivan to offer the option of all-wheel drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Sienna can get pricey as you move up the trim range, but the same can be said of the competition. About the only reason not to like this van is if you are not partial to the styling or interior layout.

What's New for 2008

No major changes for 2008.

Driving the Sienna

Driving Impressions The 2008 Toyota Sienna's 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 that makes the most of the engine's torque curve before seamlessly shifting to the next gear. The Sienna's wide stance and long wheelbase make for an extremely smooth ride and further bolster the Sienna's already rock-solid stability. Some drivers may feel the steering effort to be somewhat heavy for a minivan, but the resultant firm and direct steering makes it possible to pull off highly accurate maneuvers not usually attempted in a vehicle of this sort.

Sliding Side-Door Power Windows
Sliding side-door power windows allow passengers to enjoy as much fresh air as they like.

Split Flush-Folding Third-Row Seat
The Sienna's split flush-folding third-row seat allows you to carry both additional passengers and cargo.

2008 Toyota Sienna Details
Interior

A look inside the Sienna clearly shows that Toyota is a player in the upscale van market. Trim levels include the CE, LE, XLE and Limited, and each has a great standard equipment list. The Sienna's seats take full advantage of the van's roomy interior, with wide seat bottoms as well as firm back rests. Second-row seating is either a set of captain's chairs that can be slid together to form a two-person bench, or a three-person split-folding bench seat with a sliding center section that can move forward by as much as 13 inches. The sliding center section makes an infant in a child safety seat more easily accessible to the front-seat passenger. Like the Honda Odyssey, the Sienna's rear seat can fold flush into the floor and features a 60/40 split. Cargo space behind the third seat has been improved thanks to the Sienna's long wheelbase.

Exterior

The Sienna is smartly styled but offers nothing radical in the way of exterior features or design. The current Sienna is bigger than previous generations, with a long wheelbase and a wide cabin with over 45 cubic feet of volume. The wide cabin permits three-passenger seating without cramping. Generous hip and shoulder room, a noticeable shortcoming on previous models, is a thing of the past. Clever features, such as sliding side doors with retractable glass windows and the option of part-time four-wheel drive, help the Sienna stand out in what has become a very crowded field.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Sienna CE includes a V6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), 10 cup holders, rear defroster, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, dual sliding side doors with power windows, power door locks, illuminated remote keyless entry, power liftgate release, AM/FM stereo with CD, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power windows, full wheel covers and a rear wiper.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim and include all-wheel drive, power seats, leather interior, heated front seats, cruise control, dual power sliding side doors, JBL audio with ten speakers and Bluetooth technology (standard on Limited), power-folding third-row seat (Limited), four-wheel disc brakes, power lumbar support, DVD rear-seat entertainment system and alloy wheels. The Limited trim offers Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, while the Limited and XLE offer optional navigation as part of the JBL audio upgrade.

Under the Hood

There is only one engine offered with the Sienna: A robust new V6 offering strong off-the-line acceleration, quiet operation and decent fuel economy.

3.5-liter V6
266 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
245 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (FWD), 16/21 (AWD)

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2008 Toyota Sienna Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 669 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Not what Toyota use to be

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "optional 8th seat"

Cons: "Toyota got rid of some great adjustable arm rests"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Our first Sienna was a 2004, burned up with an engine fire when parked at a Costco, 41,000 miles on it. Both slider doors had already failed at least 2 while under warranty. Toyota couldn't care less and seemed "burdened" to give us employee pricing for another one. This second one, a 2008, has had slider door issues 2-3 times on each door, multiple recalls and now is having engine issues at 100,000 miles. Oh, and Toyota got rid of some great adjusting arm rests on the front bucket seats................Not the Toyota of days old and definitely not as reliable. We are done with Toyota"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

A great car!

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality construction, good ride and handling."

Cons: "Wish it got 32 mpg on the highway!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car in Nov 07 and using it to travel long distances to and from college and Florida vacations as well as locally. Smooth and comfortable with excellent handling for a van! Gas mileage at about 20 overall with as high as 26 on trips. Carrying capacity is great. Seating for 7 and good quality of construction put this car in the great car class!"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

This is the best car I've ever owned, bar none.

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned many cars, but none for ten years and none at over 100,000 miles. This car is absolutely dependable. Tires, battery, timing belt, and brakes have been replaced within the past 18 months."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

This better than a truck

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Secure and dependable."

Cons: "Gas milage could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I use this car for hauling cargo, camping and family outings. It is great in all road conditions including on two track Colorado mountains roads and in snow. I've taken this from coast to coast with no problems. As a side note I have carred plywood sheets and 10' long 4x4 flat on the floor with no problem. It is great to be able to lock my tools and materials up and leave them till I'm ready to use."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My second Sienna

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, economical, comfortable"

Cons: "Needs 2nd row seats that fold into floor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my second Sienna which I purchased new in the fall of 2015. This van is very reliable & comfortable. I keep thinking about buying a new one but I love my van & don't think I will let it go anytime soon. The only thing I would change on this van would be a way to fold up the 2nd row seats into the floor. Because of my business I need a lot of cargo space & my Sienna has not let me down but sometimes those 2nd row seats are in my way even flipped forward."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Wow great van has everything

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots of room for people and hauling"

Cons: "hard for me to see over hood, too large, I am 68"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned 3 weeks, passed inspection, put new brakes and disc all the way around. Van is too big, my wife says I don't handle very well. Runs and looks like new, very very clean. wants me to go back to a Toyota Camry"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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