Redesigned Toyota Sienna to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

Suburbanites everywhere will be keeping a close eye on our auto show coverage from Los Angeles this year because that’s where Toyota is taking the wraps off the 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan. The family-hauler will be completely redesigned, and you’ll be able to see it here on Dec. 2.

There’s no word on specifics, but we’d hope it will keep the all-wheel-drive option as that seems to be a major selling point for many buyers. The current Sienna (above) is no slouch either; it recently won a faceoff against the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country.



Here is to hoping that the Venza powertrain(s) are borrowed.


Please report on (1) whether the redesigned Sienna has an improved Navigation system, meaning live traffic, and hard drive-based rather than DVD-based, and eliminating the terrible feature that prevents reprogramming it while the car is in motion; (2) other Nav system functionality similar to Ford's, including gas prices, real time weather, movie schedules, and USB interface to iPod, voice recognition control, etc.; (3) retaining the excellent blue illumination for the instrument cluster that the present Sienna has.

Also most interested in whether the excellent easy power assisted steering will remain that way (hope they don't mess this up by requiring more effort to turn the steering wheel), and whether the cabin interior will remain nice and quiet at highway speeds. Plus the smoothness/softness of the ride will be very important.

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I am not sure that Venza's powertrain is better then Sienna's.

Venza's 6 speed box is hunting for gears too much.
Sienna's 5 speed box was more precise.


any possibility of a TRD version? ;)


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