Toyota Sienna Design and Drive 2010-Calty Design Research: Part II


Welcome to the Toyota Sienna Design and Drive 2010 Part II !  If you need to catch up, see my previous post – Toyota Sienna Design and Drive 2010-Calty Design Research: Part I.  I promised to tell you about some of the wonderful features available in the Sienna.  Enjoy!

Toyota Sienna event in Laguna Beach

There are so many features I love about the 2011 Toyota Sienna – I will list a few here, but believe me, there are more – lots more!  The standard features on all Siennas are remarkable.

The base model Sienna has the following features:

Color-keyed bumpers, and body side moldings, Projector-beam halogen headlamps with auto-off feature, and Daytime Running Lights with manual on/off feature, Black power outside mirrors, P235/60R17 all-season tires on 5-spoke alloy wheels, Dual sliding doors with power windows, Power front and sliding door windows with retained-power, Washer-linked variable intermittent front windshield wipers, Integrated color-keyed rear spoiler with center high mount stop lamp with concealed intermittent rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Heavy-duty rear window defogger with timer, Manual rear side quarter windows

LE (In addition to or in place of Sienna standard features):

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors, Front grille with chrome style surround, Color-keyed door handles, Dual power sliding side doors (V6 models, included in a package on L4 models), Privacy glass, Color-keyed license plate garnish , Roof rails (V6 models, included in the Convenience Package on L4 models), Rear bumper protector, Roof-mounted XM Radio antenna (V6 models, optional on SE, standard on XLE models)

SE (In addition to or in place of LE features):

Projector-beam halogen headlamps with smoked sport trim, auto on/off feature, and Daytime Running Lights with manual on/off feature, Integrated wide angle front fog lamps, Sport Mesh front grille with smoked-chrome style surround, Color-keyed front and rear underbody spoilers and side rocker panels, P235/50R19 all-season tires on 19 in. 6-spoke Super Chrome finished alloy wheels, LED (light emitting diode) tail and stop lamps with smoked sport trim

XLE (In addition to or in place of Sienna and LE standard features):

Gray metallic front grille with chrome style surround, Dual power sliding doors and power rear door, Power tilt/slide moonroof, P235/60R17 all-season tires on 17 in. 7-spoke machine finished alloy wheels, Tow prep. package.

Of course, some of the features available depend on the model (Sienna, LE, SE, XLE or Limited).  Many of these features were in the Limited.  Make sure you click the pictures for a bigger view!

Right above the rear view mirror is a “conversation” mirror which allows you to see all of your passengers.  This would be especially handy if you need to see what your kids are up to in the back seat, but you do not want to take your eyes off the road.  This is such a clever idea.  I loved that it wasn’t bulky and didn’t hinder the view of the road ahead.

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There was a GPS unit which had something I haven’t seen before – a view of what’s behind you as you are backing up.  Yep – just put the Sienna in reverse, and you will get a full view of your surroundings in the back.  This is especially helpful, so you don’t have to wrench your neck trying to see if you are clear or not.

One of my other favorite features in the Limited model:  Two sunroofs!  There is a regular sized sunroof over the driver and front passenger, and there is a bigger sunroof in the back for the other passengers.  We had a blast with this.

{Here is Eileen from Mom Central, standing in the Sienna with her head sticking out of the sunroof.  Cool right? She is one wild n’ crazy gal!}
Calty Design Research, 2011 Toyota Sienna event

As if that weren’t enough, check out another optional feature – a dual screen tv in the back!  This would be a dream come true for long road trips. When the kids get restless and start to argue about who is going to watch what, there will be no fighting – two screens should make everyone happy!  Included are two headsets. Ahhhh peace and quiet for mom and dad.

2011 Toyota Sienna dual tv screens
Tired feet?  Hop in back and take a load off!
{these seats move forward and backward, and the leg rest is heavenly.  Note the adjustable cup holder – it also goes forward and back}

Toyota Sienna GPS screen

Another feature that I am in love with is the rear door – it is controlled by the keypad.  Just press a button and it goes up or down, making loading groceries in the car (one handed) super easy.  Also the rear seats go down with the touch of a button too! No more struggling to manually put the seat down, which is especially nice if you are in a hurry, or don’t feel like getting in a wrestling match with a seat at the end of a long day!

2011 Toyota Sienna glove box

One problem I have always had in any car I’ve ever owned is lack of storage space.  One glove box just doesn’t seem to be enough room for all of my “stuff”. The Toyota Sienna has a large glove box, and also another storage space right underneath.  Check it out.

But wait – there’s more!  Extra storage abounds.  between the front seats and the second row seats, there is a storage space (with cup holders attached) that slides forward, or back. If you are in the second row seats you can simply pull it back to have a “end table” between you and the other passenger.

Everything has really been thought out in this vehicle. From the sleek body design to the things that will help families (and reduce stress for parents), the Sienna is perfect in my book!

Make sure you check out the Toyota Sienna Design and Drive 2010 Part III (my final Calty Design Research/Sienna post) – this is where it gets really fun!  Okay, here is a hint: We played with clay and broke up into groups to go on a scavenger hunt!

The opinions expressed herein are those of blog author only. Toyota paid for travel expenses, meals and hotel accommodations for this trip. I received no other form of compensation.  I product to facilitate this review/post. For further information, please refer to my Acknowledgment Policy.

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  1. •´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• on

    OH I love the conversation mirror. How smart! And I love the back up camera. Handy dandy.

    I'm rather impressed with those features. Storage, yes please. Keypad for loading groceries, why thank you! Hmm… I likey.

  2. Andrea Proulx on

    That van is nicer than my house! Holy cow! The recliner seats have me all giddy and jealous. I keep telling myself I don't want a minivan then I see pictures like this and I think to myself "Maybe I do want one of those!" Wow!

  3. Michelle @ Flying Giggles on

    Wow, they truly thought of everything! I love the rear sunroof and double screen tv. No more arguing about what the kids get to watch. Although, we don't have any tv's in our car. Maybe one day, for those long car rides.

  4. ~*~ Melissa ~*~ on

    Ok, I seriously need to get one of those vans! I'd be sitting in the back all the time making him chauffer me around!

  5. We have a TV in our van but the dual TV would be awesome. Sabreena plays on her iPod touch but Shaun (7) and Shae (3) always fight about what movie to watch. They wouldn't if I had a dual screen DVD player in the van. I also like the reclining seats with foot rests. YOu know where I would be sitting most of the time. LOL.

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