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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 690 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

GREAT Family vehicle

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "practical 7 passenger.. cargo space. RELIABLE !"

Cons: "It's a mini-van"

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

"2006 3.3 liter V-6 LE model. Bought this car new.. now have 104000 mi. NO trouble. Just gas one set of tires, two sets of breaks. Would buy it again, but I don't have to ! It'll be around along time."

Best car/van/vehicle EVER!

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 233,307

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: "Best in every way!"

Cons: "non"

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

"I am a proud owner of this vehicle. Bought it used in 2007 with less than 40K miles..Toyota certified. It's just like driving a luxury car--according to my sister when she drove it for the first time. It is. Turning radius is so tight--spin with one finger, with ease! Totally easy to drive and all the bells and whistles I needed--and some I didn't. I love the smooth ride and the car feel from the van height! For over 225,000 miles I had absolutely ZERO mechanical problems. I did the major tuneups, oil changes, brakes --original plugs are still in it and look perfect (mechanic was shocked!) At about 230, I began to have 02 sensor things pop up, a wheel bearing go out, real main seal and another "biggie" I'd have to look up that I did have repaired. One sliding door had a major gear problem and eventually the dealership cut the cable on it. Decided to not fix that. I hate to let this one rest because it runs like it did when I bought it. Never had an engine or tranny problem. But I drive over 9K every summer and do not want to put it through the cross-country trek again. If I only drove locally, or regionally, I'd keep it and keep driving it. Just choosing not to risk a major complication on the road a great distance from home. Internally, it weathered the stress of 4 kidlets who were 3 and 5 yrs old when I bought it. Major accomplishment for leather interior."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Sienna 2004 Great Family Car reliable

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 273,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "Run flat tires and problems with sliding door"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have 04 Sienna XLE (273K miles) I got it new. I had it for 6 month when I was involved in major car accident. I had my 3 sons in the car at the time. The whole side of the car was replaced doors, glass, airbags and belt it cost the insurance 21,000. Thanks to God no one was hurt. I took it as a good karm and kept the car. So far, I had first tuneup at 150K, at 185K I was driving home and there was a snapping sound that come from under the hood drove for 3 mile to my house but the next day car will not start. Replace the bell and charge the battery and it was good to go. At 198K change right wheel bearings. I have one sliding door that doesn't open for a year now. Driver's door I had it weld by a friend because of a noise issue. The amazing thing is I never change the transmission oil. But now I have CE light on and P0171 code. At this point it's sad but I think is not worth fixing it."

Comfortable to drive but too many other problems

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfortable to drive distances/mechanically sound"

Cons: "too many recalls and doors are difficult to close"

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

"Car is very comfortable to drive and was reliable to drive, but it had many recalls and types of inconvenient problems. Storing the spare tire inside the car for over a year and half was not good. The back hatch was hard to close and had a recall and the fix for it made it worse not better. The side sliding door was broken and changed to manual operation for one or two years it would have cost $2K to fix but they did a recall and fixed it later. I do like the van and it is comfortable to drive. Just was disappointed with the recalls and the seeming lack of understanding that Toyota had for their customers."

Plain Jane, but great value & reliabilty

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "driving balance, a little bit of concentration req"

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

"Just regular maintenance, battery repl, tires,brakes. Not all recommended work performed. Air Cond. getting weak at 110,000 miles. All systems GO. Have rented similar when on family vacation afar and same opinion. Load it up!"

Smoothest riding car I've ever had. VERY RELIABLE

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 241,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"My 2005 Sienna has 241,000 miles and still performs beautifully. I'm considering getting a 2015 model because I have several long trips coming up ( 2000- 3000 miles )and I just don't know how much longer it can keep going. I love this car and hate to part with it, so I'll probably just keep it and see if I can hit 300,000 miles. Highly recommend Toyota Sienna van."

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