What Changed for 2009:
- Front and rear sonar standard for XLE
- 17-inch alloy wheels available for LE
- JBL, Bluetooth and rear-seat entertainment in modified LE option package
- New interior trim
- Revised headrest shape
- Two new colors: Super White and Blizzard Pearl
Despite being in the minivan market since 1984, Toyota didn't really achieve market acceptance until the introduction of the previous-generation Sienna in 1998. The Sienna was most recently redesigned for 2004 and made its mark by offering several firsts, including a split-fold third-row seat and roll-down side windows-features that have since been incorporated into many of the Sienna's competitors. The Sienna remains among the leaders in the minivan market thanks to innovative-to-find features such as an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
The 2009 Toyota Sienna is available in CE, LE, XLE and Limited models, and in AWD configuration for all but the CE trim. The Sienna also offers a Rampvan model for customers with special mobility needs. The CE and LE can be configured for 7 or 8 passengers, while the rest are 7-passenger only. The third-row seat features a power-folding option, and the second-row bench has a Front and Center middle section that moves forward almost 13 inches so the adults in the front row can more easily reach the child.
A long list of standard features on the CE includes dual sliding doors with power windows, 60/40 Split & Stow third-row seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, folding tray tables, remote keyless entry, and a conversation mirror in the overhead console. The 8-passenger seating arrangement, available only on CE and LE grades, has a second-row center seat that can be moved almost 13 inches forward for easier access to children in car seats. The top-end Limited model adds standard Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, High-intensity Discharge headlamps, high-end JBL audio system, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and leather seating and trim, among other items.
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine is the only choice for all trim levels of the 2009 Toyota Sienna minivan. It makes 266 hp and 245 lb.-ft. of torque. It drives the front or all four wheels through a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2009 Sienna are 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway with FWD and 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway with AWD.
As a minivan designed to carry families, the Sienna has a comprehensive list of safety features, including advanced front air bags, side seat-mounted and side curtain air bags, tire-pressure-monitoring system, and child-protector sliding door locks. The Limited and XLE trim levels are equipped with front and rear sonar obstacle detection sensors, and the AWD model comes standard with run-flat tires.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Toyota Sienna receives 4 stars (out of 5) in frontal crash testing for the driver and 5 stars for the front passenger, as well as 5-star side-impact scores for both front- and rear-seat occupants. The Sienna receives 4 stars for rollover resistance for both the 2- and 4WD powertrains. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Sienna as \"Good\" (the group's highest score) in frontal and side-impact testing.
The AWD system in the 2009 Toyota Sienna utilizes a center differential to divide engine power 50/50 to the front and rear wheels. Wheel slippage at either end automatically transfers more torque to the opposite wheels to help provide traction.