By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD LTD
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Though this is the first minivan I have had the chance to review, my parents own minivans and I have been inside minivans for various events, so I do have some context. The all-wheel drive, Limited Edition Toyota Sienna that I have this week is pretty much fully loaded .

If you’re looking for space for seating and/or cargo, versatility and comfort in a smart package, there is still nothing out there that beats the minivan. This configuration has garnered the stigma of soccer-mom-mobile and the end of life as a driver over the years, especially with the new “it” vehicle — the SUV/CUV — emerging as the must-own vehicle for families.

2007 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD LTD
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The Limited XLE AWD model Sienna that I am testing this week wouldn’t look out of place in a Lexus showroom, as it is so feature rich and comfy, as you would expect a Lexus to be.

The Sienna is powered by Toyota’s ever so popular 3.5Litre V6, producing 266 hp and 245 lb.ft of torque in Sienna trim, and mated to a smooth 5 speed automatic transmission with a transmission cooler for towing.

The XLE model comes standard with pretty much everything you could ever want, except for Navigation ($2583.47) and a DVD entertainment system ($1499.00), which are extras. Features include: Moonroof, powered sliding doors and powered rear hatch, tri-zone climate control, laser guided cruise control, JBL Audio system with 10 speakers and leather seat surfaces including, of course, heated front seats.

As it turns out, this vehicle is the perfect one for me this week as I am feeling a little under the weather and the Sienna’s user-friendliness and the relaxed feel it provides allows me to concentrate on getting back to health rather than racing from stop light to stop light.

2007 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD LTD
MSRP as tested: $51,375

For more information on Toyota and the Sienna visit Toyota Canada

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