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I pride myself as one of those rare engineers who can actually craft a sentence! And I have no ragrets about that....
 
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Heh, I just mentioned this in another thread - I have a 2017 SE and wish I would have known that the 2018+ was going to come with Safety Sense standard across the board (for the adaptive cruise control) along with the ability to upgrade the stereo to support CarPlay.

If I could do it over again, I probably would go with a 2020 SE AWD Nightshade Edition, although it doesn’t look like it’s offered in Predawn Gray Mica. The main creature comforts that I wish were available on the SE trim are the memory seat/mirrors for the driver and front/rear sonar parking assist. Everything else I really care about (like the power rear quarter vents, power folding mirrors, and HID projectors) was relatively easy to retrofit.
 

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2015 Sienna LE. Previously 2008 Sienna LE. Would have preferred a Super duper limited premium fully loaded kitted out van, but this van fell into my lap and I wasnt even planning on upgrading. It's still quite a few steps nicer than the 2008. and Im glad I ended up with the 6spd transmission.
 

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I guess I was having too much fun on the posts above and never did respond to the question!

We went from a 2008 LE to a 2015 Limited Premium. I was a costly jump, but we absolutely love the features and perks.

Love the drivetrain (the older engine and transmission). Service loaner vans, even with the software upgrades, just don't feel as smooth and peppy. The upgraded interior (2015 facelift) is a big improvement over the 2011 we looked at years earlier. Wish I could have found one with the Adv Tech package, as I've come to appreciate the autonomous features that are now standard (2018+). The rear entertainment system has fallen out of favor with our kids (youngest is now 17) replaced by their phones.
 

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Given that the sienna has so many various trims and given the new 2021 is coming out soon....

What year and trim level sienna do you own?

Do you wish you had gotten a different generation or a higher (or lower) trim?

Some features that are underutilized to justify the cost so you wish you has gotten a lower trim?
I’m wondering if a used limited or limited premium is worth it over an XLE.

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I have a Jade color 2018 XLE AWD and love it. But 2019 came out with AWD available for SE. I would have considered getting an SE since it's suppose have firmer suspension, especially around turns. But 2018 SE didn't offer AWD. XLE does roll pretty heavily around corners.
 

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I've owned two Siennas, both AWD. A 2004 and a 2011. Despite the abysmal power doors on the 2004, and the DVD player that would not work when the outside temperature dropped below about 20˚F (regardless of how warm the interior was), I would take a Gen 2 AWD Sienna in good condition over any of the more recent ones (though I do like the more recent engine/transmission combinations a bit better. My 2003 does a better job with towing.) My main reason for this is that when the middle row seats are taking out, I have a flat floor without those damn trolleys in the way. This makes it a true combination people mover and cargo hauler. Without that, it might just as well be one of the old Buick station wagons I grew up riding around in and eventually driving.
 

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Given that the sienna has so many various trims and given the new 2021 is coming out soon....

What year and trim level sienna do you own?

Do you wish you had gotten a different generation or a higher (or lower) trim?

Some features that are underutilized to justify the cost so you wish you has gotten a lower trim?
I’m wondering if a used limited or limited premium is worth it over an XLE.

No ragrets.
2002 Symphony, love it, bought new, auto door on curbside was way more useful than I though, 125K miles and now that the kids are grown it's my camper, I think it's great. I actually think the cloth is more comfortable and held up better than leather would have, I'd not change a thing other than the brakes should have been beefier.
 

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2009 XLE Beige FWD
We replaced our 2008 LE Sienna when it was totaled in an accident. We looked at newer models, but I often pull the seats for camping or for hauling things, and I couldn't accept anything but a flat surface - no seat tracks please. When we were looking at used gen 3 Siennas, we saw things that suggested cheesier quality, such as the plastic trim around the windshield warping and pulling away from where it was seated. Also read a couple of reviews that suggested Toyota cut some corners on quality in the gen 3 Siennas, at least when compared to gen 2. The 2009 we found had relatively low mileage (115,000), so we went for it. The upgrade to XLE was nice, too. Plan to keep this for many years. Long live Gen 2!
 

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I should have researched the trim levels!
Regret #1: buying an XLE Premium instead of the Limited Premium. I tend to keep my vehicles 13 - 15 years. I ALWAYS buy top of the line. I just didn’t do my homework, and I needed a minivan yesterday! My quiet project is to search for a low mileage 2016 Limited Premium OR an “every-bell & whistle” SE. I like the sporty styling, but every SE is sooooo “decontinted”! (I think the SE was destined for the rental car lot: as it appears to me the loaded one are unicorns). Regrets...
 
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