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2009 Toyota Sienna

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2009 Toyota Sienna Review

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The 2009 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 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 2009 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 2009

For 2009, the Sienna adds new optional 17-inch wheels and some upgrades to the LE trim's available option packages.

Driving the Sienna

Driving Impressions The 2009 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.

2009 Toyota Sienna Details
2009 Toyota Sienna photo 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 the available Dynamic Laser Cruise Control 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.

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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2009 Toyota Sienna Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 646 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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

never a problem except for floor mats

By on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "lots of room to take kids to college"

Cons: "floor mats not contained even though toyota has se"

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

"this limited model has a trailer hitch which i have never used - it has all trailer hitch accessories. paint is white. Roof rack has cross bars. roof rack has paint coming off."

Seats could be better quaility, comfort, frt power

By on Friday, February 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,200

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Has been a reliable vehicle with two (2) exceptions. 1. Spare tire recall, IE: tire may fall from the under side of car due to poor mounting system. NO FIX YET FROM TOYOTA EXCEPT TO REMOVE TIRE AND SECURE IT INSIDE OF VEHICLE WHICH IS AN INCONVIENCE. 2. Air conditioning lines running to rear thru the outside wheel well have a short life span, less than 75K and cost of replacement not covered by Toyota. $1200.00 + to replace. BETTER MATERIAL COULD BE USED TO MAKE THESE LINES TO PREVENT CORROSION."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

very good family veh. lots of manf. recalls

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"we are original owners of this Toyota and it served us very well. Every problem which this vehicle had has been faithfully taken care by abundant manufacturers recalls. the only thing I wish it had is 3.5 engine because 3.3 is not so good especially during the hot summer days it works in over burden capacity constantly because of dual A/C units and high temps. well...since 2004 till 2015 a lot of usage had prove to us the idea of buying Toyota is not so bad after all."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I ever owned.

By on Friday, January 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

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: "Drive, cargo space, reliability, everything."

Cons: "No cons."

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

"I have owned a suburban and Explorer, but neither have compared to the drive, cargo room, or reliability of the Sienna. It has great pick up. I even put a towing package on it and towed our boat with ease."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Expensive to buy, uses lots of gas, comfortable!

By on Friday, January 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"If you want a boxy limo on wheels, buy the Sienna. You can play "can you top this" in the carpool line. Have your credit card available for gasoline and new brakes. It's comfy, though. Especially with leather heated seats and a console larger than most people's pantry. It has its trade offs!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

This has been a great vehicle!

By on Saturday, January 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 338,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value, very comfortable"

Cons: "blind spots at back corners"

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

"This has been a great car, very dependable, very few mechanical problems, comfortable for traveling and around town, handles well. Only complaint I had was the blind spots at the back corners. We put over 315,000 miles on this car ourselves. I would recommend highly. At 280,000 miles we drove to Colorado and up in the mountains. Never had a problem."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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