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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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Well, I have bought new and currently still own 3 of Gen-3 Seinnas (2011 XLE, 2015 L, 2020 Limited), so I may be a bit bias. In addition to the 3 Siennas, I have also bought new a 2002 Mazda MPV, a 2005 Honda Odyssey, 2018 Honda Odyssey. I think they are the most practical vehicles available and I can't ever imagine not owning one (minivan that is). Of all the different minivans I have purchased, the best one in my opinion is the Sienna. On a side note, the 2018 Odyssey with its faulty 9-speed ZF transmission almost killed us a few times, so I traded it for the 2020 Sienna Limited. It will be a cold day in HELL before I buy another Honda product . I've own 3 new Honda vehicles (all with faulty transmissions and two of them almost got my family in accidents) and will never ever purchase another Honda.
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