Fuel economy: 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway
With seating for up to eight passengers, the totally redesigned 2011 Toyota Sienna SE is a good choice for everyday family chores as well as a two-week road trip.
SE was the Sienna trim package chosen for this list because it has a second-row seat that accommodates three and a healthy list of standard features.
Legroom in the rear seats is decent: second-row 37.6 inches and third-row 36.3 inches. Likewise, cargo room is generous with 39.1 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seat and 87.1 cubic feet behind the second row.
It scored well in crash tests; six air bags as well as stability control are standard.
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivers 266 horsepower to the front wheels by way of a six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission.
Toyota chose to stiffen the SE's four-wheel independent suspension for better handling.
In addition to 19-inch wheels and some stylish body cladding, the SE comes standard with full power accessories, triple-zone air conditioning, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, trip computer, and a six-speaker audio system with CD player and auxiliary input jack.