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Roadtrips and general opinions

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Hi everyone,

I'm looking into getting my first sienna and would love some opinions from current owners. I'm looking for a '15-'20 sienna xle or limited. This will be my first van. When my wife and I were expecting our first, my manager suggested we get a minivan because he had one with his kids and loved it. I kind of scoffed at the idea until I went and sat in a 3rd gen xle and loved it immediately. Since then everyone has been trying to convince me I should get a midsized suv but I feel the sienna can't be beat.

I have a few general questions.

What are your opinions on your siennas? Best years/features? Worst years/features? Things look out for when buying?

My wife and i took an 1800 mile round trip in our 08 crv last year and it about killed us from discomfort. After that experience, i really want a couch on wheels. How are they for like an annual roadtrip vacation with the kids? Fuel mileage?

Also I tend to keep vehicles for 10 yrs or so. How many miles have you seen on a 3rd gen?
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Why would you listen to people telling to get a SUV? It's ultimately your decision.

I have owned many SUVs, here why I went with a van.

  1. More space for my wife and the kids in the back
  2. Van can haul more stuff on the back for trips anywhere
  3. Crash testing just as good as any on the market
  4. Had milage is almost as good as our Subaru Ascent
  5. Comfortable for me 2-3 hr drives so far but I'm planning on a 700 mile trip in the next week
  6. If you get AWD, it's just as capable as and SUV
So the question is why do you want a SUV? Do you go off road often or just road trips and grocery runs?

I can tell you I'm happy with my 2011 XLE as it has just as much amenities as my Subaru that's made in 2019. Including push start, heated seats, trajectory backup, etc. I actually bought it for $1k under KBB last year from original owners with 58k for $17500.

If you look at my profile I've updated a lot of things due to it being over 10 yrs old now not because if the milage. But it's going to ensure it will last me many trouble free years without any needed maintenance in the near future.

You can't go wrong with a minivan if you have kids. Trust me, it's easier to get in your kid(s) then a SUV. I know 2011 seems old but it's the same as the 2015 , engine and transmission wise.
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After our Pilot died we needed a new vehicle. Although we don't really need a van for me is was the 'best' choice. I did a spreadsheet and listed things that were important to me. In each category vans won over SUVs. 2+ years on I'm very happy.

Nothing cool about a Honda Pilot when it needs a $1,000 - $1500 timing belt job.
Yep I did a list myself. We already had an SUV, wanted a small car to drive to work after COVID restrictions were eased off however we decided on a van.

But nothing on this van is cheap to fix either of you take it to the shop. Things like spark plugs would cost $500 at the dealership. Spark plugs! I also heard water pump can run over $1000 easy too.
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I saw a pimp mobile today with 20" venza .. something I wanted to do to mine. Hehe too much money though.
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