2009 Toyota Sienna

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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.

Model Lineup
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.


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