Toyota Sienna Is Kid Friendly, Motorist Approved

Minivan Takes Home 2011 Motorist Choice Award

Online PR News – 06-October-2011 – – SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The characteristics that make a vehicle kid friendly can differ from those that make it wallet friendly, but the Toyota Sienna delivers both, according to IntelliChoice and AutoPacific. Currently available at Toyota dealerships, the Toyota Sienna claimed a 2011 Motorist Choice Award from the research groups in their Kid Friendly category for popular vehicles.

Though IntelliChoice and AutoPacific give out awards separately throughout the year, they combine forces annually to hand out the Motorist Choice Awards. The honors are based on five-year ownership costs calculated by IntelliChoice and more than 72,000 customer-satisfaction surveys provided by AutoPacific. Winners were awarded in 15 categories based on lifestyles that represent diverse segments of the U.S. car-buying public.

“What the kids want in a vehicle and what the parents need are often very different things, but Toyota has found a way to make everyone in the family happy,” said Bob McKenna, general manager of upstate New York Toyota dealer New Country Toyota of Saratoga Springs. “For the kids, it’s comfortable seats, lots of legroom and features that make being in the car fun. For the parents, it’s lower fuel costs, the latest safety features and reliable construction that will keep maintenance costs low.”

Available in seven- and eight-seat configurations with automatic sliding doors, the 2012 Toyota Sienna is loaded with family-friendly features that make it the ideal family vehicle. Available all-wheel drive will give parents an extra feeling of security on slick roads, while the Sienna’s fuel-efficient and powerful engine choices won’t chew into the family budget. Easy-to-fold rear seats open up 150 cubic feet of cargo space, giving the Sienna the ability to haul hockey gear, golf clubs or a full load of dorm-room essentials.

Families who don’t need the substantial interior space of the Sienna will find the reliable and economical Venza, now available in three additional trim levels, a compelling alternative. Toyota’s sporty 2012 Venza crossover blends the handling dynamics of a sedan with the interior space of an SUV. Available with all-wheel drive and a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, the Venza shifts seamlessly from weekday workhorse to weekend pleasure seeker.

The model expansion of the Venza from one to three trim levels provides New York Toyota buyers the opportunity to find their ideal vehicle. Venza LE and XLE trims are available with either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a powerful 3.5-liter V6. The Limited version offers the V6 engine and adds a JBL Synthesis surround-sound audio system, positioning it as the model to choose for lengthy road trips. All Venza trims will be available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

“Toyota designed the Venza with the American driver in mind, so it has the features we want,” McKenna noted. “It’s powerful and refined, and since it’s a Toyota you know it’s going to be reliable for years. This is a vehicle that can grow up with your kids.”

About New Country Toyota of Saratoga Springs:
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