A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Sienna

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The 2012 Toyota Sienna is one of the most innovative and luxurious minivans on the market today. Not only has Toyota increased its size to better compete with the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Honda Odyssey, but you can also get the Toyota Sienna in an all-wheel drive version for better maneuverability and better traction in hilly terrain. This fully loaded minivan is now set to really compete with the big dogs in the US minivan market.

Key Features

The second-row passengers have all the luck with the 2012 Toyota Sienna, thanks to a long-slide feature to increase legroom and comfortable footrests that rise up when you recline the seats. Plus, there are two wireless sets of headphones for the rear entertainment center, and it includes an extra-wide screen with dual-view capabilities, too.

Changes for 2012

2012 only saw a few minor updates, including a power passenger seat for the XLE trim and automatic headlights.

What We Like

If you want the most comfortable, powerful, and all-around innovative minivan on the market today, the 2012 Toyota Sienna is the model for you. It’s loaded with all of the features that you and your family will enjoy on both long and short trips, and it has a powerful engine and plenty of torque to handle whatever you want to throw at it (within reason).

What Concerns Us

Resale value is a bit of a double-edged sword with models like the 2012 Toyota Sienna. These minivans start at a fairly high price point in their class, but they maintain their resale value, so you’re more likely to get a good deal when you sell yours down the road.

Available Models

You have your choice of two engines with the 2012 Toyota Sienna – a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.5-liter V6. The four-cylinder gets slightly better gas mileage, but the V6 also comes in an all-wheel drive version. Both engines get very good fuel economy for their class.

Major Recalls

In addition to two minor recalls for inaccurate information on the vehicle’s label, there have also been recalls to solve problems with the occupant sensing system calibration and the remote starter.

Common Issues

The only common issues that 2012 Toyota Sienna owners complain about all seem to involve premature wear on the factory-installed tires. This can be taken care of with a new set of tires and should not be a problem in the future if the tires are rotated and the wheels are well aligned.

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