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2012 Toyota Sienna Review and prices

About 2012 Toyota Sienna

The several recall controversies that has plagued the Toyota brand as of late has certainly devastated its sales performance, particularly for a lot of its newest releases into the market.  It is expected that Toyota will work hard at retrieving its lost glory. The new 2012 Toyota Sienna is expected to benefit from this. This minivan offers a wide range of model choices within its lineup to give you more flexibility with your options.

Competitors of 2012 Toyota Sienna

Honda Odyssey is the closest rival of the Toyota Sienna and has a very good sales figure.

The 2012 Toyota Sienna marks the second model released off the new Sienna design that was started by the release of the 2011 model. Due to these changes, the vehicle model has enjoyed a fresh new style, improved interior capacity, a host of safety features, and other significant alterations that would greatly improve one’s riding and driving experience.

Reference need to be made to the specification of the 2011 Toyota Sienna model. It is available at the Toyota website at http://www.toyota.com/sienna/specs.html and can be read be anyone. Note that the details about the 2012 models are being inferred by the above mentioned 2011 model details.  This is based upon the assumption that Toyota is not going to make any significant departure from what it has in the 2011 model.

Here is how the specification as detailed out by the toyota site for the 2011 model looks like

The first one is for the 4 Cylinder model
2.7L DOHC 16-valve dual VVT-i 4-cylinder;
187 hp @ 5800 rpm,
186 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm         standard

And now the second one with 6 cylinder
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve dual VVT-i V6;
266 hp @ 6200 rpm,
245 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

As you can see that the ( and assuming that the 2012 model will not be very different from the 2011 model), the 2012 Toyota Sienna will be available with two engine options- 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder engine. However, base and LE model of 2012 Sienna will come with2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of generating up to 187 horsepower.  Notice that this horsepower figure is valid for 5800 rpm.  This is more or less in line with the 2011 Toyota Sienna model. This 2011 Toyota Sienna offers decent acceleration capacity and  works well with the six-speed automatic transmission – the only one available for the Sienna model. Again, here is the reference to the transmission for the 2011 model as detailed in the specification in the 2011 model of the Toyota Sienna

6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic

overdrive Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)

So what is this intelligence thing – the ECT-i that has been referred in the Toyota Specification ?

Here is some explanation given by the reference that can be found here.  According to it.

The ECT-i improves economy by using low-friction gear transfer technology, an efficient torque converter and an optimized gear ratio range. The transmission also utilizes artificial intelligence shift control, which allows it to change gear shift patterns depending on driver input or driving conditions. The transmission learns the drivers shift patterns and shifts accordingly, providing a more comfortable and personalized ride. It also incorporates uphill/downhill shift logic, which prevents the transmission from shifting into gear when the vehicle is being driven up or down a hill. This feature helps to reduce gear hunting.

Next is the 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce a maximum of 266 horsepower, which is available for the SE, XLE, and Limited models. Take a look at the Toyota specification again

3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve dual VVT-i V6;
266 hp @ 6200 rpm,
245 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

Notice that the 255 horse power is generated at 6200 revolution per minute. Also the engine is a VVT-i V6. So what is VVT-i ?  If we rely upon its definition in the wikepedia

VVT-i, stands for Variable Valve Timing with intelligence. VVT-i is an automobile variable valve timing technology developed by Toyota. This is  similar in performance to the BMW’s VANOS. The Toyota VVT-i system replaces the Toyota VVT offered starting in 1991 on the 5-valve per cylinder 4A-GE engine. The VVT system is a 2-stage hydraulically controlled cam phasing system.

You can read more details about it at the internet including the wikipedia website.

The actual pricing information on the 2012 Toyota Sienna is not yet confirmed as of this time. However, estimated price range is between $25,000 with the most expensive model at $40,500.

If you want a precision answer then the Toyota website says that base prices starts a $24,460.

The toyota advertises the Sienna as  – “2011 Toyota Sienna is a 2010 IIHS Top Safety Pick”. But  that is for the 2011 model. We still need to see if this is valid in the future for the 2012 model.

The base model is equipped with a four-cylinder engine and is priced at $26,000, while the ones built with the V6 engine come in at $27,000. The LE model incorporated with a four-cylinder engine is also expected to be priced at around $26,500 and already comes with a wide range of features including remote keyless entry to name a few.

If you should decide to upgrade the engine from the four-cylinder to V6 for the LE model, then there are variant prices for those too. The ones with a front-wheel drive will sell at $30,000 and up and the ones with AWD is estimated at $32,000. For the rest of the models, prices are indicated as follows: SE model at $32,000, XLE model at $34,000, and the Sienna Limited at $41,000.

The 2012 Toyota Sienna is expected to hit showrooms within the first half of the year 2011. Hence, you should have enough time to test drive and review this vehicle before you make a decision on whether to purchase it or not.

Fuel Economy Rating of 2012 Toyota sienna

If you are one to value gas mileage when making a car purchase, then you’d be quite impressed with the numbers that the 2012 Toyota Sienna is delivering. The standard four cylinder engine option is expected to deliver up to 19 mpg for the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Thus, it earns this minivan the recognition as one of the highest rated vehicles when it comes to fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the V6 engine is expected to produce about the same numbers as the four-cylinder engine, which is around 18 mpg on the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive. On the other hand, pairing this engine with the 4WD system  slightly reduces the EPA rating to 16 and 22 mpg on the city and highway, respectively.

Pro’s of 2012 Toyota Sienna

*There are several trim levels and models to choose from;

*Fuel economy rating is excellent for its class;

*Equipped with lots of safety features.

Con’s of 2012 Toyota Sienna

*The 2012 model might not be quite distinctive, especially  after the 2011 model redesign.

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  1. Don
    August 1st, 2010 at 14:49 | #1

    what’s the different between the 2011 and te 2012? Are they exactly the same model?


  2. geeksquad34
    August 6th, 2010 at 18:50 | #2

    Hi Don – All I can say is that they are not going to have any significant difference between 2012 Toyota Sienna and the 2011 Toyota Sienna. There is no official information from Toyota. Anyone who tells the exact difference is either guessing or is a Spy Journalist or has his uncle working in Toyota as Engineering Manager 🙂

  3. Linda Sokolsky
    December 27th, 2010 at 07:08 | #3

    Will there be any new color choices for the 2012 Siennna? Wasnt really impressed with the 2011 choices?

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  5. robert weller
    September 8th, 2012 at 12:09 | #5

    is the 3.5 v6 sienna engine timing chain drive or belt drive