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1998 Toyota Sienna - Expert Reviews

 

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#1
1998 Toyota Sienna Overview
Source: CarGurus

...The 1998 Sienna came in three trim levels: the base CE, the midrange LE, and the high-end XLE. The CE is for minimalists only, with air conditioning, power windows, power locks, and a cassette player all optional. The LE is better equipped, and the XLE includes luxury-like amenities, such as leather trimmed seating and a power moon roof. Both the LE and the XLE are available with an optional second sliding door. The engine is a 3.0-liter, 194 horsepower V6 that gets about 18/24 mpg. Drivers like the 1998 Toyota Sienna because it is built on the Camry platform and therefore handles more like a...

#2
1998 Toyota Sienna Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Nice touches. A tire-pressure warning system signals under inflation; a child-restraint seat, coming for midyear, removes for cleaning; a storage drawer (borrowed from Chrysler) pulls out from under the passenger seat on four-door models; and there's a holder for sunglasses or a garage-door opener in the ceiling. Borrowing from Chrysler, the driver-side sliding door stops opening if the fuel-filler door is open to keep them from colliding. Dual front air bags and anti-lock brakes are standard. The base CE also adds intermittent wipers, auto-off headlamps, foldable outer mirrors, plastic...

#3
1998 toyota sienna Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...Toyota is so confident in this vehicle's crashworthiness that they proclaim in their press kit that it will deliver "best-in-class" in tests administered by third parties. The claim has been substantiated. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted an offset crash test of the Sienna and called it "the best performing vehicle in the history of the test." Interestingly, Toyota was able to talk rivals General Motors and Chrysler into lending a hand on the Sienna's manufacturing process. Not used to making such a large vehicle, Toyota had questions about how to deal with the interior...

#4
1998 Toyota Sienna Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...A power sliding door will be available in mid-year. Our van was equipped with captain's chairs in the second row. The third row seats can be tumbled forward, or removed, to expand cargo space. I think this feature is less easy to use than seats that fold up against the side, but clearly market research disagrees with me. What's a minivan without cupholders? This one has 14. The ones in front fold out from the sides if the seats, which are less handy than ones built into the dash. Small cargo nets on the sides of the front seats create nifty holders for cell phones, maps, etc. The overhead...

#5
1998 Toyota Sienna Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Fortunately, the third seat folds to provide more space, just like those in other minivans. One of my boys demonstrated how he could incline the rear seat and fold a middle seat into a footstool, allowing him to travel reclined. Sienna arrives at a time when minivans are not really a hot item in the marketplace, replaced by sport-utility vehicles and the recently rising ranks of small station wagons. And the Sienna has been criticized for its lack of innovation - that Toyota merely copied the successf ul formula of U.S. minivans. Critics also say Sienna is too expensive, costing thousands...

#6
1998 Toyota Sienna Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...An electronically controlled four-speed automatic overdrive transmission is standard on all Siennas, as are power ventilated front discs/rear drums with antilock backup. All in all, it's a pretty darn good package. 1998 Toyota Sienna LE Complaint: With its soft suspension, the Sienna tends to wallow in corners. Praise: An overall excellent family hauler and stuff carrier. Brilliant use of interior space. Head-turning quotient: Exceedingly low, based on street reaction to the test vehicle -- the byproduct of the Sienna's unimaginative exterior styling and an anti-minivan bias. (Some people out...

#7
1998 Toyota Sienna Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...The XLE-level test vehicle was outfitted in leather, giving it a luxurious feel. The dash trades in the Jetson's-like look of the Previa for a more conventional, utilitarian design. It certainly contains no surprises. There is a center console that contains the climate controls and an excellent AM/FM-cassette audio system. A three-CD chan er is optional. The instrument panel is easy to read and understand in Toyota's usual manner. Storage space is plentiful, with an under-seat sliding drawer in addition to the usual nooks and crannies. One last feature coming this summer is an optional power...

#8
1998 Toyota Sienna Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...this exemplary engine delivers acceleration and all-around performance that stacks up very well with the best of the best. The same goes for the performance of the standard four-speed automatic transmission. Is it as smooth as a General Motors automatic? If it's not, the distinction isn't discernible to the ordinary human measuring apparatus, which reside primarily in the gluteal region. As you'd expect, assembly quality, materials and fit and finish are first-rate. The Sienna is built at Toyota's Georgetown, Ky., plant, the same facility that produces most of the Camrys sold in this country...

#9
1998 Toyota Sienna Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...I wish they would have been the first minivan to offer side air bags. But Toyota does plan to offer an optional child safety seat at mid-year, so they're covering most of the bases here. He: You're starting to mix metaphors - baseball and the Mommy Track. She: Better than mixing shrimp and peanut butter. 1998 Toyota Sienna XLE Type: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, seven-passenger minivan Price: Base, $27,100; as tested, $30,000 (estimated) What's new for '98: All-new model for '98 Standard equipment: Power windows, power mirrors, power locks, dual air conditioning, AM-FM stereo cassette...

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