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SIENNA RESTRUCTURES PLATFORM TO FACE 2011 CHALLENGES

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TOYOTA Motor Corporation (TMC) has completely redesigned Sienna for the 2011 model year.

Prominent changes include a new entry-level four-cylinder version as well as a sport-tuned SE trim level.

The newest Sienna is virtually the same size as the outgoing version, and as before it can seat seven or eight passengers and has available all-wheel drive.

The 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan comes in five trim levels base, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. The LE and XLE come in seven- and eight-passenger configurations; the base and Limited are seven-passenger only and the SE is eight-passenger only.

All trims come with front-wheel drive while the LE, XLE and Limited can also be had with all-wheel drive.  The base Sienna includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dual sliding rear doors with power-down windows, triple-zone air-conditioning, full power accessories, a telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and a four-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary audio jack.

The four-cylinder LE adds privacy glass, heated side mirrors, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a 3.5-inch display (includes a back-up monitor), floor and overhead consoles and an 8-way (manual) driver seat.

The LE V6 adds a roof rack, power-sliding side doors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power lumbar supports (front seats), second- and third-row sunshades, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system (with satellite radio, a USB jack, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth audio).

According to emons motoring experts, the sport-themed SE is equipped similarly to the LE V6 but adds more 'aggressive styling via 19-inch alloy wheels, a unique front fascia (with foglights, mesh inserts and a larger air intake), lower body skirting and tinted head- and taillights'.

The Sienna XLE features a unique metallic gray grille insert, a power liftgate, a sunroof, a tow prep package, triple-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, wood grain interior trim, a power driver seat, heated front seats and auto-up/down power windows. The All Wheel Drive version of the XLE also comes with second-row lounge seats that feature pop-up footrests.

The plush Limited features 18-inch alloy wheels, a satin chrome grille, power-folding side mirrors (with auto-dimming, signal repeaters and puddle lamps), dual sunroofs, keyless ignition/entry, two-tone leather seating, driver memory settings, a leather-and-wood steering wheel, an upgraded 10-speaker JBL surround-sound audio system, second-row lounge seats and a power-folding/split third-row seat.

Available information indicates that options on the Toyota Sienna are grouped into packages that vary based on trim level and buying region.

Notable highlights include xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system (with a large screen that can be split to display two different sources) and a navigation system (with a back-up camera).

Base and LE models come with a 2.7-liter inline-4 that makes 187 horsepower.

Available on those two trims and standard on all others is a 265-horse power 3.5-liter V6. Both engines come matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Sienna LE, XLE and Limited V6 models can also be had with all-wheel drive.

In terms of safety, antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, a windshield de-icer and a full complement of airbags (including driver knee, front-seat side and full-length side curtain) are standard on all 2011 Toyota Sienna models. The LE adds a rearview camera (with the monitor integrated into the rearview mirror).