We owned a Honda Odyssey for 10 years. Because we have children and my wife likes to have room for everyone, she wanted another one. We purchased the 2011 Sienna XLE with crossbars and front tinted windows for several reasons. First, I trust Toyota quality. I've owned 4 Runners for years and I love the quality and attention to details. I lost faith in the Honda Odyssey. They have had a terrible time with the transmissions particularly in the Odyssey. We replaced it once and I didn't want to do it again. Not sure I can be fully convinced that the newer models are more reliable. Second, the Sienna XLE exterior design and styling is far superior to the 2011 Odyssey. The Sienna just looks better than the Odyssey. The bright white Sienna with black tinted windows looks really nice! Let me also mention here that the XLE engine seems appropriately powered and the turning radius is quite impressive. Third, the XLE has some really nice features for comfort and convenience. The XLE leather is really comfortable. It is like driving your living room down the road with everything you need within reach. The cup holders are deep and numerous which is a feature that the moms and the kids appreciate. Here is where I will mention the only 2 criticisms I have. 1. Although, the XLE interior is nicer than the very plain-looking LE models, I still don't like all the plastic in the interior and on the dash. Plastic equals cheap and this vehicle isn't cheap. For durability reasons, I understand why they chose plastic, but it does lack some class. 2. The sunroof is so small it is almost comical. Why? Additionally, why doesn't the sunroof retract into the roof? The design and usability of the sunroof does leave a little to be desired. These criticisms obviously didn't stop me from purchasing this vehicle, but the lack of attention to these two details was disappointing and not what I expect from Toyota. Fourth, although we commit to vehicles for many years, I trust Toyotas to hold their value better than their competition. It also helps that I got a fair deal on the vehicle. I wish I could tell you how fair... Currently, I drive the 4 Runner XSP with 20" wheels and chrome accessories and I love it; however- I never thought I'd ever say this- the Sienna isn't just nice for girls.Read more reviews at Cars.com
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