Toyota Sienna, Avalon Get IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
As you know by now, to qualify for the award, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of “good” in the IIHS’ front, side, rollover, and rear impact tests and be equipped with electronic stability control.
The Sienna and the Avalon managed to top all those tests and meet all requirements, the former becoming the first and only minivan to have earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick since the introduction of the rollover test.
The Sienna, which retails in the US starting from $24,260, is offered in five grades: Sienna grade, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. There will be two DOHC engines available, both paired with a 6-speed ECT-i automatic transmission, namely a 3.5l V6 (266 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, EPA rating 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway) and a 2.7l four-cylinder (187 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, EPA rating 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway). There will also be an all-wheel drive offered, but only on grades LE, XLE and Limited equipped with the V6 engine.
The 2011 Avalon will be available in two grades, Avalon and Limited, both equipped with leather-trimmed power driver’s seats, back-up camera, dual zone automatic climate control with air filtration, moonroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. Limited will add rain-sensing wipers, Smart Key and cooled leather seats.