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Toyota Sienna Future Models

deepandeepan Posts: 342
From what i have read in these forums about the upcoming sienna these are the Pros i could think of

larger van (present sienna is just a bit smaller)
Split (60/40) flip down 3rd seat ( very good solution)
Increase in engine Hp & torque (dont know by how many)
Slider hidden in window appearance wise looks good
Side air bags
windows that go down (if they can make it sleek and flowing with the exterior)
DVD entertainment system

Things that might be interesting is if they have a

slide by side 2nd row seat.
Full size spare
Rear heating ducts
a 5 speed tranny to improve gas mileage


  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I took the spy photo of the Sienna on Edmunds and photoshopped it. I believe it may give a very good idea of what the front and side of the new Sienna will look like...I just don't know how to post it.
  • eddie777eddie777 Posts: 33
    I think other Cdns shopping for Toyotas would find it very informative also, here's the link: 329/RTOYO//?query=toyota

    So you're shopping for a CE 8 also? Let me know how you do. Despite the recent news, given that the 04 Sienna might qualify as a "hot" new car, I still think getting a significant discount would be difficult. Best of luck though.
  • tony22rtony22r Posts: 45
    Toyota should slap on a TRD Supercharger!
    The 3.0L DOHC V6 will easily produce:
    285 horsepower @ 6000rpm
    297 ft*lb torque @ 5000rpm

    Firm up the suspension all around with fatter coil springs, add a rear stabilizer, beefier front stabilizer bar, 17" alloy rims, rear spoiler, sport steering wheel and dashboard layout with tachometer from the Celica GTS, rear disc brakes and bigger ventilated front discs. Oh yeah, that makes me drool...
  • tony22rtony22r Posts: 45
    4.7L DOHC V8 (245 horsepower, 315 ft*lb torque),
    Lexus transmission to handle the torque.
    3" body lift, 3" suspension lift, TRD off-road suspension package with locking differential, replace rubber-booted CV-joints with solid metal U-joints, lower gearing, 265/70R16 offroad tires on 16" steel wheels, black overfenders to accomodate big tires, full gauges (tachometer, oil pressure, temperature, charge), full size spare tire mounted on roof rack (with shovel, jack, gas container, and light bar), front bumper brush guard with light bar.
    Hell yeah! Then Toyota can start a new class of minivan offroad rally racing... Har har har...
  • kchappellkchappell Posts: 1
    Will the 2003 Sienna model incorporate the feature of windows that actually can go down? Like the Mazda MPV currently has?
  • johnshewjohnshew Posts: 1
    According to

    The 2003 model has been refreshed, now boasting a 210-hp 3.0-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 engine with VVT-i. Translation...a minivan that performs with extra-smooth idling, increased torque and power, all the while driving more fuel efficiently.

    With sleek lines and soft curves, this is no ordinary minivan. Over 30 features have been upgraded on the 2003 Sienna, making for a more enjoyable ride.

    All the models benefit from the front- and back-end redesign, an on-glass antenna, wheel covers and more body cladding colors. In addition, the XLE showcases color-keyed mirrors and integrated fog lamps.

    Once you experience Sienna there's no turning back. Its inside has been generously upgraded with amenities like: new cloth interior, optional adjustable heated seats (XLE, leather only), available side-impact air bags (SRS), a sliding third-row seat, an available JBL sound system* and an available rear-seat entertainment system (VCR, A/V input jacks). And with two back rows of seats that slide, fold and detach, the Sienna allows for up to seven seat configurations.

  • machiavellimachiavelli Posts: 260
    Don't get your shorts in an uproars, but the '03 is still the current generation, basically unchanged since it was "freshened" for 2001 model year. The '04 will be all new. Wait for the '04
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    is the same as 2002, just received the brochures and I don't see anything different from the 2002. Supposedly the 2004 which will be out in the spring will be the "all new, redesigned Sienna" I don't know what Toyota is thinking right now, the Odyssey is kicking our [non-permissible content removed] and they come out with the same van for 2003? Get real!

    : (

  • tony22rtony22r Posts: 45
    re: .."the Odyssey is kicking our [non-permissible content removed] "..

    I agree mackabee,

    It's that 240hp V6 and fold down 3rd row seat in the Honda!
    Besides those 2 factors though it really was a toss up. We went with the Sienna because decades of Toyota reliability and dependability had us hooked. (although that sludge thing is scary)

    That fold down 3rd row would be very handy but the horsepower was moot; my minivan dragracing days are over, hehe.
    Still, kudos to Honda for advancing the state of the art (of minivans).
  • machiavellimachiavelli Posts: 260
    The '04 Sienna will almost surely have the folding 3rd seat, and it will definitely have a larger engine and be bigger/heavier than the '98-03. It will be as big or bigger than the Ody.

    In the meantime, you can get some good deals on the current model. If you think the Ody is a little too big for your tastes, you still have a few more months to get the current Sienna.
  • edle777edle777 Posts: 19
    I know I'm dreaming but an ideal solution would be a short and long Sienna version (ala Caravan and Grand Caravan).

    The new Sienna sounds perfect . . . if you want something that big. If not, you're forced to choose between one that may be a good size but lacks features or wait for the new one, that does have the features we need but will likely come in too big a package.
  • jmezzjmezz Posts: 36
    i had heard from toyota that they were changing sienna for 03 and should be out maybe by september. can anyone offer anything more definite
  • jholzbergjholzberg Posts: 1
    Toyota updated their website & 2003 Sienna info is on there - it looks pretty much the same as the 2002.
  • machiavellimachiavelli Posts: 260
    From what I've heard/seen/read, the '03 (current) model will have a short run, then the '04 model will replace it in Spring 2003 (6 months or so from now)
  • jeffp8jeffp8 Posts: 1
    Does anyone know the approximate date for the 04 Sienna release? It weighs heavily whether I wait for that vehicle or buy one now. Also does anyone have any specs, length, width, etc. on it? I hope Toyota realizes that the Honda took first place because of the larger size and fold down 3rd seat.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,023
    Keep checking Future Vehicles for info.

    2004 Toyota Sienna Minivan Van

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    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • vixtervixter Posts: 34
    We are expecting an all-new Sienna to debut in Canada around the end of January 2003. May even be released as a 2003.5. Most preliminary info posted on this forum is correct from what I've heard.
  • vixtervixter Posts: 34
    Rumours are also floating around of the new van getting an iteration of the all-new 4.0L vvt-i powerplant found in the upcoming V6 4Runner. V6s will be available in 4Runners come January as well. They supposedly pack about 260hp. An AWD Sienna w/ this engine could prove to be another strong competitor to the Honda Pilot.
  • yliangyliang Posts: 9
    Any disadvantages for buying vans from canada to
    USA ? I believe cheaper in Canada.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,023
    Take a look at this article.

    Gray Area: What You Need to Know About Canadian Cars in the U.S.

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    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

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