Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Lakewood, Washington
Gen 2 vs. Gen 3 as a tow vehicle?
I've been towing with my Gen 2 (2004) for several years now. As the Sienna gets older and my trips become a little more adventurous, I realize I'm eventually going to have to get a new tow vehicle. A minivan with 5000lb tow capacity would be ideal (Chevy Astro!), but that doesn't exist. A few SUVs and cross overs are close, but nothing matches the flexibility of a mini van short of a full size SUV (think Expedition EL/Suburban!) So, if I were to consider another Sienna, my questions would be...
1. Does the extra horse power of the Gen 3 at least pull with any more authority than the Gen 2? They're both rated for the same 3500lb capacity after all.
2. Is the hitch receiver height as least as high as the Gen 2?
3. Is the hitch receiver height any different between models, i.e. FWD vs. AWD or in the SE (sportier) trim?
I haven't seen much chatter on the web from people who tow with the 3rd Gen. I even posed these questions to a sales guy while checking out a Gen. 3. He laughed and said he'd never heard of such a thing. Seemed to be unaware there was even a tow package (I was not surprised by this!)
Anyways, just curious to see what you guys think.
2004 Toyota Sienna XLE 170,XXX miles
Yokohama YK580 Tires
Gen III front brake upgrade with cross drilled rotors
Thule roof and bike rack
Valley hitch, prodigy P2 brake controler,12V charge line
GROM USB, RCA aux and Bluetooth adapter
Magnovox ceiling mount DVD