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Nothing has changed much in the mini-van world. Although the impressive Kia Sedona is closing the gap and some other offerings are solid mini-vans as well, the top dogs, as they have for many years, remain the Sienna and the Honda Odyssey.

Toyota is attempting to close that small gap this year with the Odyssey by offering both an entry-level 2.7-liter, inline-4 version with 187 horsepower. Other models have plenty of punch with a 3.5-liter, V6 that offers 265 horsepower.

If you’re taking a quick glance at the Sienna and know there’s a difference in the 2011 model, step to the front of the class. The 2011 Sienna is wider but a little shorter than last year’s model.

What remains the same is Sienna’s fine overall traits, like easy handling, smooth ride that’s relatively quiet, and its ability to deliver reliable transportation without many frequent repair bills.

However, what hasn’t changed much is the Sienna’s basic and likable character, which means a smooth, quiet ride, easy handling, comfortable seating and plenty of family-friendly features. And based on its strong record, we assume the Sienna will likely provide many miles of low-maintenance and trouble-free
transportation.

The Sienna also offers one or more cup holders and bins per passenger. With seating at 7-8 passengers, the Sierra has 10 or 12 cupholders and a bunch of storage areas.

2011 Toyota Sienna

Power: 2.7-liter, inline-4, 187 horsepower or 3.5-liter, V6, 265 horsepower.
Mileage estimate: 17-24 mpg
Price: $24,540 to $37,865

Standard features include: brake assist; tire pressure monitor; telescoping steering wheel; 4-speaker stereo with CD/MP3, auxiliary audio jack; rear defogger