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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 696 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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

Perfect Vehicle for a Family

By on Friday, July 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Will carry passengers with room for cargo."

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

"With over 110,000 miles in this vehicle we have found it to be perfect for raising a family. This vehicle has done everything we have asked it to do from carrying people to cargo and pulling a trailer. With a utility trailer this vehicle is more than a pickup with up to 8 passengers and trailer cargo. The turning radius is great which makes it very easy to park and the reliability has been exceptional. I would recommend a Toyota Minivan to any young family!"

electrical problems

By on Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "drives good"

Cons: "save time for visits to Toyota"

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

"Being a Toyota owner for many years, I am disappointed by this vehicle. I expected better. It had several mechanical door issues and several electrical issue as well. Drives good. Air is OK Ergonomics are less than the best."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My Co-Captain

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,610

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Stylish, Luxurious, you want AWD, space"

Cons: "power sliding doors occasionally stop working"

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

"I went to the Toyota dealership looking for a 2008 Toyota Highlander, as I was walking through I glanced at a 09 Toyota Sienna LE 8 passenger and stopped. Although I didn't really have an interest in minivans, I saw how luxurious it looked on the showroom floor with lights shining on it. I asked the salesman about it and he got the key. As soon as he pressed the buttons on the key and the two side doors automatically slide open I was sold. I saw inside that it also came with the DVD Entertainment system (sienna le premium package). The car salesman asked if I still wanted to look at the highlander and I shook my head no and replied (take me to financing please). One day later I picked it up fresh off the showroom floor. The white color was beautiful and the extra seat in the middle was larger and more plush than the odyssey. It was very convenient with 3 boys and one girls as they could use as a seat and as an armrest/cup holder. The interior looks so beautiful even though it the 2nd lowest trim. It drives fairly well for a minivan and fuel economy is great. The power doors get everything in and out and the trunk space is enormous. The 3rd row seats fold into the floor for more cargo volume. I said goodbye to stupid Hyundai (worst experience) and hello to Toyota (bought a 2011 Camry LE). It is getting fairly old now and I am so close to 100,000 miles. I knew it was close to getting a new car when it broke down a few months ago and the power sliding door broke a few days ago (both fixed easily). I just moved to a new house and it fits my lifestyle (IT MATCHES MY HOUSE!!!). My kids are all teens and I think I might buy a new Sienna (they still do lots of sports) or a Highlander. I am thinking of getting leather put onto my sienna and the navi system/backup camera as it is getting increasingly hard to see where I am going."

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

Excellent All Purpose Car

By on Thursday, April 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, Comfortable, Roomy"

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

"10 years old and still going strong. No major repairs needed. Comfortable ride for long or short drives. Drove it to work every day. Roomy for carrying large items. The best part of course is reliability. No headaches whatsoever all these years. Plan to keep it for a few more even though our family is smaller now.Excellent value."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

My favorite vehicle.

By on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 325,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable and comfortable"

Cons: "run-flat tires"

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

"This is probably the best vehicle I have owned. At 325,000 kms in 10 years, it has performed extremely well. Much of my driving was done on the highway, across the country in all seasons. When I bought the vehicle, I got rid of the run-flat tires and replaced them with Michelin (part of the purchase deal with the dealer). Mine was the basic CE model but the AWD. It has always been a comfortable drive. I also sleep in the van often because of the work I do. I always did the regular maintenance at my dealer's with a trusted mechanic and mostly just had regular repairs like tires, batteries, brakes. I did replace bearings on two wheels and repaired an unexpected oil leak from a seal. The only real disadvantage was having to store that full-size spare in the back of the interior of the vehicle. My only other great vehicle was my Volvo 240 wagon which I drove until it had 435,000 kms - we had that one for 21 years between 3 family members. The second Volvo I had (2000 V70) was a lemon. I would highly recommend this vehicle. I am trying to decide whether to keep it longer or trade it in because I am away a lot and often in remote areas."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

10 years, 225,000 miles, & Going Strong!

By on Sunday, February 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 226,000

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: "Incredibly reliable, and a fabulous ride"

Cons: "None"

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

"Love, love, love my Toyota Sienna! Prior to purchasing my 2006 Toyota Sienna, I owned a 2000 Toyota 4Runner, which I also loved....it was tough making the trade... During my ten years of ownership of the Sienna, I always had the dealership perform the recommended maintenance/services that was suggested including replacing my timing belt at 100K and 200K. The only items that I've had to pay for so far are new tires, new brake pads/rotors, a water pump, 2 batteries, and a fluid leak in my AWD system. I did choose to get rid of the run flat tires and go with high end Michelin tires, and currently keep a spare tire in the back storage area. Thank you Toyota for making such a great vehicle!"

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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