Toyota Sienna Canada
The Toyota Sienna minivan has been manufactured by Toyota in Princeton, Indiana since 1997 exclusively for Canada and the United States. The Sienna is based on a revised Camry platform with front wheel drive, it is also the only minivan available in all-wheel drive. The Toyota Sienna was awarded the "Top Safety Pick" from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) in 2010.
Toyota Sienna 1998-2003
In 1997 the Sienna arrived at Canadian dealerships replacing the popular Toyota Previa minivan, the Sienna was equipped with a
V6 3.0L engine which it shared with the Toyota Avalon and Camry, the Sienna was nick named the "Camry of Minivans" for its superior handling and engine. Unlike other minivans known for under performance and low fuel economy, the Sienna packed a larger engine with 209 lb-ft torque, making it very comparable to a sporty handling minivan. A year later it faced direct competition when Honda launched a redesigned Odyssey with a comparable V6 engine.
In 2001 the Toyota Sienna received a minor facelift to the exterior and a dashboard redesign, including heated front seats. With a new upgraded 6V 3.0L engine with VVT-i technology increasing output to 201HP and fuel economy. The Sienna received 5 stars from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for front driver and passenger crash tests and side rear passengers, one of the only minivans with such a high safety rating.
Toyota Sienna 2004-2010
The second generation Sienna was unveiled at the 2004 Auto Show in Detroit, the new model was manufactured at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Indiana, with the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky was redesigned to begin assembly of the new Toyota Camry Solara. The V6 3.0L engine was replaced by a ULEV (ultra low emission vehicle) certified 3.3L V6 engine with VVT-i with 5-speed automatic transmission, it shares the same engine with the Toyota Highlander and Camry.
Besides the all wheel drive optional the Sienna includes extra features like high solar energy-absorbing glass on the windshield and windows, HID Xenon headlamps, Dynamic Laser Cruise Control which monitors distance between other vehicles; they also include voice-activated navigation system, upgraded JLB audio system with 10 speakers and rear seat DVD entertainment flip down system.
The 2010 Sienna in Canada features a new V6 3.5L DOHC 24-valve engine with dual VVT-i, the dual variable valve timing with intelligence increases power and fuel economy. The new engine which is also used by the Toyota RAV4, Highlander and 2010 Toyota Venza puts out a record 266 horsepower all neatly packaged in a Toyota luxury minivan.
Toyota Sienna 2011-2012
The 2011 Toyota Sienna was designed by Calty, the same studio behind the Toyota Matrix, Tundra truck and the first Toyota Prius. It made its debut at the 2009 Auto Show in Los Angeles, it arrived in Canada in early 2010; while they all share share the same V6 3.5L engine, the 2011 Sienna is now available with an optional 4-cylinder
2.7L engine producing 187HP with 186 lb-ft of torque and VVT-i delivering best in-class fuel economy. All models are equipped with a 6-speed electronically controlled transmission (ECT) with sequential shift for a sportier drive.
The 2012 Sienna in Canada is available in three standard models with various trims; Sienna LE which is a 7 passenger minivan with the 2.4L engine front-wheel drive; the Sienna V6 with four trim models all sharing the same V6 3.5L engine and front-wheel drive, with optional 7-passenger and 8-passenger models, plus a Sienna Sport Edition for 8-passengers and includes sport-tuned suspension and sport calibrated electric power steering which is also front-wheel drive; and the fully loaded Sienna XLE 7-passengers. The 2011 Toyota Sienna is also available with two trim models in AWD (all-wheel drive); Sienna LE AWD V6 and Sienna Limited AWD V6. They all share front and rear disc brakes, anti-lock ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), mounted on front independent Macpherson suspension, stabilizer bar and rear torsion beam with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC).