Peoria, Illinois (PressExposure) April 15, 2009 -- The 2009 Toyota Sienna was named among the Top "10 All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles" by MSN Autos. Taking the top honors for the AWD People Carrier category, the Toyota Sienna was selected for its ample space and powerful acceleration. The Peoria Toyota dealership, the premiere Toyota dealer in Peoria, Illinois, strives to reinforce MSN's well-deserved acknowledgement.
The Toyota Sienna is one of just a few in its class to offer AWD, and MSN honored the minivan for its superiority in other areas, like its 3.5-liter 266-horsepower V6 engine that goes 0-60 mph in less than eight seconds.
MSN calls the 2009 Toyota Sienna an "exception to the rule" when it comes to a minivan's performance in snow and ice, making the Sienna the most favorable choice for consumers shopping for minivans in cold climates, something the people at one Toyota dealer Peoria have known for a while.
Peoria Toyota said the Sienna's performance in snowy and other less-than-ideal driving conditions have made the minivan a very popular choice for new car buyers at this Peoria dealer. Mothers with active lifestyles have especially appreciated the confidence that comes along with the 2009 Sienna. Even in inclement weather, every family needs a safe and efficient vehicle for their family.
The Sienna has been a favorite among car buyers looking for Peoria fuel efficient vehicles for families, and delivers by achieving 21 mpg on the highway, excellent performance for an AWD vehicle in its category. The front wheel drive model achieves 23 mpg on the highway.
The 2009 Sienna drives on a 119.3-inch wheelbase and measures 201 inches in total length. The Sienna comes standard with 16-inch wheels, and 17-inch wheels are available. The side doors are power-sliding and a power liftgate is standard on the XLE (available on the LE).
Side-airbag protection comes standard on all Siennas. The XLE Limited also comes with front and rear park assist, while only rear park assist is available on the LE and XLE. With the navigation system, a rearview camera comes included to aid with visibility. On the inside the Sienna holds seven passengers, and an eight-passenger version is also available.
What consumers have pointed to in the 2009 Sienna are the vehicle's reliability, extra safety features and smooth ride. Safety features - such as a backup camera that reduces the blind spot behind the back wheels, and auto-reverse doors that stop sliding if something gets in the way - have tested most positively with families looking to upgrade vehicles size due to family expansion.
Two second-row seat choices are available in the Sienna. The seven-passenger option offers two captain's chairs in the second row, with the passenger side seat able to move side to side to create a bench or bucket arrangement. The eight-passenger option is equipped with a three-way split-folding bench seat in the second row. The Sienna offers the most cargo space in its class with 149 cubic feet of volume behind the front seats and 95 cubic feet present behind the second row of seats.
Peoria Toyota added that car shoppers can find the new Toyota Sienna in stock now at their Peoria Toyota dealership.