2009 Toyota Sienna Reviews

2009 Toyota Sienna LE 8 Passenger 3.5V6 from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles
Previous carToyota Sienna

Summary:

Love it!!

Faults:

Problem free.

General Comments:

This is our second Sienna. We traded in our 2004 Sienna for the 2009 model.

We chose the 8 passenger model this time because we have 6 kids, and need the added passenger seating. The interior by all means is fresh and laid out the way we like it. It is still as comfortable as the 2004 that we had, but a bit better.

The 2 biggest changes from the 2004 to the 2009 are: the newer front end styling, and it is way, way more powerful. We can tell the difference power wise on the highway. The 2009 is faster, and quieter than the 2004 that we owned.

We really love this one a lot. A lot of our friends and family members have also purchased one of these, and all agree that they love theirs as well. We definitely plan on keeping this one.

We absolutely recommend this vehicle a whole lot It is roomy, versatile, quick, very reliable, and family friendly. So if you have been seeking one of these, you owe it to yourself to go to your nearest Toyota dealer and test drive one.

If you are a first time mother looking for a safe and reliable family van, or if you are looking for a great family van, look no further. These also make great vehicles for parents with kids on various sports teams, and are perfect family friendly minivans for the family vacations.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2010

2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5 from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired48 miles
Most recent distance17400 miles
Previous carPontiac Montana

Summary:

We really like it, very reliable, but are disappointed with the lackluster towing capacity

Faults:

Oxygen sensor replaced at 15,000 miles (covered by warranty).

Plastic strip that runs the length of the roof of the vehicle separated near the front and flipped up. Glued back down by the dealer for free.

General Comments:

The van is great to travel in with kids. There are cupholders everywhere. We got the version that seats 8 and we love the middle row of seats.

The seats are supportive and comfortable. It's nothing fancy, but it's by far the most comfortable vehicle we've owned for longer trips. The console in between the front seats is very convenient, as is the ability to plug an iPod in directly to the stereo.

Our only disappointment is in the towing capacity. Toyota cheapened the Sienna in 2008 and future models by removing the standard "tow package." As a result, the 2007 models are rated at 3500 lbs for towing capacity, but the 08's and 09's are rated only at 1200 lbs. We were very disappointed as we only noticed this AFTER we bought a small pop-up camper.

Due to this factor, I would purchase a Honda instead if I had it to do over again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th March, 2010

2009 Toyota Sienna LE from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired24 miles
Most recent distance11721 miles
Previous carToyota Sienna

Summary:

Still better than anything other than Honda

Faults:

The 6-disc in-dash CD changer/radio operates erratically (fails to turn on, fails to turn off, won’t accept a CD, spits out all 6 CDs, display won’t come on, display won’t light, volume knob won’t adjust volume). Was told by my local Toyota dealership on two separate occasions that they could not find anything wrong with it. Returned another time to show them the video footage I took of the radio one day when it was acting very erratically and was told “that doesn’t prove anything”. Was also told that there was almost NO warranty for items like this. Responded by telling them that that would certainly be the case when they make statements like “that doesn’t prove anything” when slapped in the face with clear proof of the failure. Their response: “If we can’t find a problem with something while it’s in our possession, then it’s not officially a problem”. I guess customer-provided evidence doesn’t constitute proof.

This is my second Sienna with this exact same radio problem.

General Comments:

I otherwise have liked the car. However, I feel like I'm starting to be treated by the Toyota service people like GM used to treat their service customers. That is one thing that lead to GM's loss of prestige. You can't treat people like complete idiots and expect them to continue buying your product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2009

4th Nov 2009, 21:42

My Mom rented it. And there's a rattling noise in the engine. She has a 2006 Caravan, which will be 4 years old soon, and it runs better than the Sienna. Other than that, everything else works fine on the Sienna. Thanks.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews