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2002 Toyota Sienna Van

5dr XLE (Natl)

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2002 Toyota Sienna

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Introduction

Now in its fifth year, Toyota's Sienna makes a good argument against buying a sport-utility vehicle.

It delivers an excellent ride, and comes with a smooth and powerful V6 engine and smooth-shifting automatic. It's roomy and comfortable in all seating positions, with enough space for a family with several children. Step-in height is much lower than that of an SUV, so you don't feel like you need a ladder to get in and out of it. Okay, so it's a minivan, but It looks sort of like an SUV from the rear.

The Sienna also comes with Toyota's reputation for quality, durability and reliability.

Model Lineup

Three trim levels are available: CE ($23,905), LE ($25,755), XLE ($28,012).

All use Toyota's V6 engine to power the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. All are the same length, and all come with dual sliding rear doors. Power rear doors are optional, however. If you want the right-side door to open under its own power, you'll pay an extra $395. Dual sliding doors are a $795 option.

Of the three trim levels, the CE is basic: Cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors are all optional.

Mid-line LE comes with all the popular features. It comes standard with dual-temperature air conditioning with separate controls for the rear, power windows, locks and mirrors, cruise control, privacy glass and better quality cloth. It also offers most of the available options, including the captain's chairs, six-speaker audio system and power sliding door.

XLE adds body-colored trim, remote keyless entry, heated mirrors, upgraded stereo with eight JBL speakers, anti-theft alarm, multi-adjustable power seats, second-row captain's chairs, wider tires, alloy wheels and a roof rack. The XLE Upgrade Package #1 ($1,690) provides leather trim, second-row captains chairs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-way power driver's seat and a premium audio system with radio, cassette, and CD changer and eight JBL speakers. Also available for Sienna is a huge power moonroof and a towing package.

Also optional is a Video Entertainment System ($1,795) that features a flip-down TV screen, VCR, and AV outlets for video game systems.

New for 2002 is a Symphony special edition package ($1,077) for LE models that includes keyless entry, a roof rack, cloth seats with a new gray or oak-colored fabric, captains chairs for the first two rows (with six-way power for the driver's seat), 215/65-aspect tires on 6.5-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, color-keyed heated power side mirrors, an overhead console with HomeLink, painted bumpers and cladding and Symphony badging, floor and cargo mats.

Also new for 2002: the Extra Value Package for the CE version now includes a roof rack and keyless entry as well as power windows/locks and mirrors, cruise control, swing-out quarter windows, privacy glass, carpeted floor and cargo mats and 205/70-aspect tires on 15-inch wheels. The package is $757, the same price as last year when it didn't include the roof rack and keyless entry.

Walkaround

With its clean, conventional looks, the Toyota Sienna is a classic minivan with subtle touches of sport-utility styling. The long, sloping nose is unmistakably minivan, but square lines elsewhere, particularly when viewed from the rear, recall a sport-utility vehicle. Where many minivans display vast sweeps of metal, the Sienna has a relatively even proportion of glass to metal, another SUV characteristic.

Sienna is built on a stretched version of the Toyota Camry platform. It is built on the same Georgetown, Kentucky, assembly line as the Camry. Basing the Sienna on the Camry results in nice road manners. It also makes it less expensive to design and build, a win-win situation for carmaker and buyer. These savings allow Toyota to bring the price of the Sienna closer to the norm for the class.

Sitting in the driveway, the Sienna looks neat and compact. Its just-right size fits in between the Chrysler Town & Country and Voyager. The Sienna is 6 inches narrower inside than the Chrysler minivans.

Interior Features

The Toyota Sienna is roomy, despite its moderate length. Three-row seating is standard, and the rear cargo area is an accommodating 18 inches deep from hatch opening to seatback. The flip-and-fold seats make it simple to expand the cargo area as needed.

If you need to remove the seats entirely, they can be lifted out individually. The seats can be removed with the seat backs folded flat, which make them easier to handle. The seat latches are superbly executed; they release easily and are simple to re-install.

Getting in and out of the Sienna is easy. Dual sliding doors are now standard and ensure passengers get in and out in a hurry and minimize running around to the far side of the vehicle to grab a kid. Child-safety door locks defeat the inside door handles on all sliding doors. At the full-open position, an interlock stopper prevents sliding doors from sliding closed when parked on a downhill grade. A half-door stopper prevents the left-side sliding door from fully opening when the fuel lid is opened to prevent the door from making contact with the fueling area.

The optional right-side power sliding door can be opened by pressing buttons on the dash, keyless remote or B-pillar, or by pulling on the inside or outside latches. During the summer, it's nice to be able to start the airing out process while you're approaching the Sienna with a load of groceries. A switch next to the steering wheel allows the driver to override these buttons so that the power sliding door cannot be opened. The power sliding door feature works without having the key in the ignition. The power sliding door can be opened like a normal door when the power switch is turned off. The power sliding door senses when an obstacle is in its path and automatically retracts.

Step-in height is much lower than that of an SUV, making getting in and out much easier for shorter people, older people and everyone else. Once in, the driver enjoys an expansive view of the road, though the seating position is not as high as in many sport-utility vehicles. Visibility is excellent in all directions, thanks to all the glass. Big mirrors (power on LE and XLE models) offer a good view to the rear. Instruments are big, bright and easy to read.

All seating positions are very comfortable. Optional leather upholstery is attractive, luxurious and easy to clean. Low side bolstering on the seats makes slipping in and out of them easier, but they lack sufficient support to keep you comfortably anchored in aggressive side-to-side maneuvers, if you are inclined to drive that way. The rear two rows of seats provide enough room to comfortably seat six people, though they don't offer as much room as the bigger Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country. With a little cooperation among the passengers, fore and aft adjustments for the second row (and, of course, the front row) permit optimum space for people of varying heights.

Storage is close at hand without impeding the generous pass-through between the front seats that makes it easy to move from the front to the rear without getting out. Little nets attached to the sides of the front seats are great for storing toll tickets, sunglasses or wallets. Fold-down cupholders next to the storage net secure drinks but flip up out of the way when not in use; they don't look like they'd hold tall drinks well, but securely held my Venti-sized paper cappuccino cup.

The second row can be equipped with either captain's chairs or a two-place bench seat. The seatbacks fold down to provide a flat surface for food and games and cupholders. Molded into the doors are round holders suitable for one-liter bottles. Cupholders, up to 14 of them, are everywhere. Either captain's chairs or a three-place bench can be ordered for the third row; the captain's chairs are preferable if you only require seating for six people.

Last year, the climate and audio controls were repositioned, with the radio located higher in the dash, which makes sense because that's what you fiddle with the most. Audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel, which allow the driver to easily adjust volume, select stations, or change CD tracks without looking away from the road; there's a handy mute button to turn off the sound altogether, great for eliminating confusion. An available in-dash six-disc changer means no searching for CDs on long trips and no fussy CD magazines to mess with; just press the Load button and start sliding them in.

The column-mounted shifter works well, slipping cleanly into the desired gear. The shift lever feels spindly, however, and a ragged-looking shift boot detracts from the handsome interior.

Driving Impressions

The Toyota Sienna rides as good as or better than any comparable model. Toyota Sienna's 3.0-liter V6 engine, four-speed electronic transmission, steering system, gearbox, and front suspension are standouts for refinement.

A big, tall box will never ride and handle as well as a low, sleek sedan, but the Sienna is pretty good. The steering isn't as sharp, and the transient response isn't as crisp as some of the other minivans; it leans in the corners, and seems a bit mushy in transient maneuvers. But overall, the Sienna handles well and its soft suspension makes up for any handling deficiencies with its smooth ride quality and solid stability at high speeds.

Toyota's V6 is easy to live with. It's smooth, reliable, and economical. Power isn't an issue. It generates 210 horsepower, slightly more than the Ford Windstar's 3.8-liter V6 and on par with the Chrysler Voyager's 3.3-liter V6. Passing other vehicles on hills is easy: Punch it and the Sienna takes off, quickly putting slower vehicles away. Toyota recommends premium fuel. Toyota's engine is efficient with EPA fuel economy ratings of 19/24 mpg city/highway.

The four-speed automatic transmission is excellent. It always chooses the right gear, forming a team with the V6. Shifts are so smooth when cruising that they are nearly seamless; under hard acceleration the transmission provides positive shifts at the redline.

Anti-lock brakes come standard on the Sienna, which offers smooth stopping performance.

Summary

The Toyota Sienna offers a high-quality minivan experience. It's smooth and comfortable. Loading passengers and cargo is easy and convenient, aided by optional power sliding doors.

The Sienna may lack a few features that can be found on some of its competitors, such as the rear audio jacks on the Ford and GM models that let the kids enjoy separate music. But the Sienna offers Toyota's reputation for quality, durability and reliability, along with high resale value.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: CE ($23,905); LE ($25,775); XLE ($28,012)
Engines: 210-hp 3.0-liter dohc 24v V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): ABS, dual airbags, front-seat pretensioning seatbelts with force-limiters, tire-pressure warning system
Safety equipment (optional): side airbags, stability control
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Georgetown, Kentucky

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): XLE ($28,012)
Standard equipment: air conditioning, AM/FM/cassette/CD, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, cruise control, anti-theft system, driver's side sliding door, keyless remote
Options as tested (MSRP): XLE Luxury Package ($3,385) includes leather-seating surfaces, second-row captain's chairs, leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-way power driver's seat, premium AM/FM/cassette/CD with six-disc in-dash changer and eight LBL speakers; cargo net ($48)
Destination charge: ($480)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $ 32,246
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 3.0-liter dohc 24v V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 210 @ 5800
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 220 @ 4400
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 19/24 mpg
Wheelbase: 114.2 in.
Length/width/height: 193.5/73.4/67.3 in.
Track, f/r: 61.6/63.4 in.
Turning circle: 40.0 ft.
Seating capacity: 6
Head/hip/leg room, f: 40.6/NA/41.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: 39.4/NA/36.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.7/NA/34.0 in.
Cargo volume: 5.3 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 3500 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: beam
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3932 lbs.
Tires: P215/65R-15
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum with ABS
Fuel capacity: 21.0 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 01, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-GO-TOYOTA - www.toyota.com

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Opt
Passenger Air Bag Opt
Side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*
7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**
1-year of Roadside Assistance***
160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection
CARFAX® Vehicle History Report"****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports" are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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