I know that many of the people on this board dislike Minivan's. Particularly because they are slow and ugly. But has anyone checked out the 2004 Toyota Sienna? I swore I would never buy a minivan but then I test drove one and it was the closest thing to a Lexus, Toyota has ever made(next to the LC and Avalon). The NAV system was totally easy to use and it had some of the things that were optional on my 745Li standard(radar cruise, parking sonar, power rear hatch). If you are considering a vehicle that seats 6+ I would definitely recommend this vehicle. BTW, there have been many X5 converts to the Sienna and so far, LOVE IT! Great vehicle!
Hasn't anyone every considered a minivan on this board? I know that I'm getting way too excited over a minivan but it's really great. Does anyone have kids on this board? Have you considered the Sienna?
I'm anti-minivan, too. But Minivan's have changed. I would have gotten the new Nissan Quest it's very futuristic when it comes to styling. If you like the Camry, then you will definitely like the Sienna. The Sienna and Quest are both great vans for people who want space and the ultimate in luxury and style. What year is your highlander? Have you seen the new one? If you decide to trade it in for something check the Sienna out cuz it has some really cool features like the Laser Cruise that I'm really enjoying! It's similar to the Adaptive Cruise Control something that I would like to have in my 745Li but didn't get. Do you have any kids? Just curious, was there a huge price difference between the Highlander and the X5?
the highlander's an 01 and its my parents (i'm 16) I just drive it sometimes. I have seen the newer one but i haven't driven it, it seems pretty similar except for the 3rd row option i believe. I'm an only child, though, so that doesn't really matter. When I was referring to the up-scale SUV that it's similar to I was talking about the RX300, probably a 5k difference between the two. My parents are just really conservative so they went with the highlander. The highlander/rx are in the 35-40 range, the x5 4.4 which has the fun engine is in like hte 50-60 range if i remember correctly (too lazy to check).
Just purchased a 2004 Toyota Sienna. I, too, was anti-minivan at one point. However, having a family (wife and two kids) changed my views on a lot of things. As it turns out, I couldn't be more satisfied with the Sienna. I love the V-6 VVR 3.3L 235hp engine (same as engine as Lexus RX series). Goes 0-60 in 8.9 seconds. Not bad for a minivan. My wife loves the auto-sliding doors and how it makes it easy when you have the infant in one hand and groceries in the other. Other notable plusses include a small turning diameter, the sliding door windows lower like regular windows, front-and-center middle second-row seat (eight-passenger model), and the ability to go from the driver seat to the third row seats without having to EXIT the vehicle, since the middle console between the driver and passenger seats fold down to allow passage. Very family-friendly!
Got the Phantom Gray color, so it looks very elegant. I highly recommend this vehicle and wouldn't be surprised if more anti-minivan people are converted!
actually I learned to drive on a mini van, it was a 1990 Mazda MPV. That van handled almost just like a car. It was kinda slow, it had a V-6 of some flavor, i don't remeber the numbers on it. But they're not bad for when you have kids, but if you don't have two babies and your on this message board and you own a mini-van that you wife doesn't always drive all the time i.e. you never drive it (because everyone knows you can get 2 child seats in the back of a bimmer or 3 if you really try), or your husband incase there are ladies around, then shame on you! :wink :nana
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