Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What are the differences between 2004 Toyota Sienna CE and XLE trims.

I have been looking for buying a used minivan. After doing some research on both Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, I decided to buy Sienna.I personally do not like to buy a used car. I am not the kind of person who liked to change car models frequently. I liked to buy a new car and stick to it until it dies. However, certain circumstances prohibiting me to buy a new car. First of all I do not have enough money to avoid financing, Second I have to pay way more for car insurance as I have to have full coverage for the car that is financed.

Now Toyota sienna comes with a few trims like: CE, LE, XLE, XLE LIMITED. A few of these trims often come with AWD and 8 Passenger seating option. I really don't know what are the exact differences between CE ,LE,XLE other than a few extra features.(Purpose of this post is, my reader may give me more information by the comments and I will learn more). So far The things that I learnt are:
CE:
This is the base model. Which has same engine and other mechanical components. However the internal looks is different, the climate controls it has is slightly different than XLE as CE has knobs instead of a single press button for various vent control. Beside you see only cloth seats by default. I am not sure if they all are equipped with power sliding doors and power rear Hatch lift gate.
LE:
This is the upgraded model from CE, that's all I know. I saw that it has same dashboard and controls like CE, only thing I know it may come with 8 passengers and awd if you add it. If you know any more please let me know by your comments.
XLE: It is the Trim that include many features by default, like leather seats, and button controled vent on dash. It has power rear Hatch lift gate. It may include some other options like sun roof/moon roof (LIMITED) , a overhead Entertainment system,parking sensors and many other option depending on what limited package is added. This is all I know about this three trims. I am still searching online to sort out exact differences. Threrefore, It will be highly appreciated, if you have more information and share those here through your comments. Thanks for reading.

Update: I have found the following differences between Base Model CE and upgraded model XLE: (collected from http://www.motortrend.com , common items are not shown)

2004 Toyota Sienna Minivan Performance & Efficiency Standard Features
****XLE***
Despite the fact that it has same engine as CE( I guess for being little heavier) XLE goes 18 mpg in city and 24 mpg in high way.
****CE****
Goes 19 mpg in city and 27 mpg in highway.

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2004 Toyota Sienna Minivan Handling, Ride & Braking Standard Features
****XLE*******
Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
Electronic traction control via ABS & engine management
Immobilizer
Fullsize steel rim under body spare wheel
****CE***********
Two disc brakes including two ventilated discs (instead of
4 disc breaks)
No Electronic traction control
No Immobilizer
Spacesaver(instead of full size) steel rim under body spare wheel

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2004 Toyota Sienna Minivan Exterior & Aerodynamics Standard Features
****XLE*************
Electric trunk/hatch pull down
Front fog lights
Heat reflective glass
Luxury trim leather on gearknob, wood/woodgrain on doors and wood/woodgrain on dashboard
Remote control operation opening rear ¼ windows
Weights: gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) 5,690, curb weight (lbs) 4,365, gross trailer weight braked (lbs) 3,500 and max payload (lbs) 1,325

******CE**********
-No electric Trunk
-No fog lights
-No Heat reflective glass
-No Luxury trim leather on gearknob,wood/woodgrain on doors and wood/woodgrain on dashboard
-No remote control operation opening rear 1/4 windows
-Weights: gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) 5,690, curb weight (lbs) 4,120, gross trailer weight braked (lbs) 3,500 and max payload (lbs) 1,570

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2004 Toyota Sienna Minivan Interior Standard Features
*****XLE********
Air conditioning with climate control, rear control for
climate control and rear outlet 3
Diversity antenna
Peripheral anti-theft protection
JBL RDS audio system with AM/FM, CD player and cassette
Below seat storage under passenger seat
Cargo area light
Coming home device
Compass
Computer with average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel
Cruise control
External temperature
Floor mats
Bucket electrically adjustable driver seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, four adjustments and tilt adjustment , bucket passenger seat
Height adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners
Garage door opener
Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor
Remote audio controls
Remote fuel filler door release
Front seat back storage
Ten speaker(s)
Leather covered multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
Ventilation system with recirculation setting and micro filter

**********CE*************
Air conditioning with rear outlet (No climate control for
both rear and front)
Fixed mast antenna (No Diversity antena)
Manufacturer's own audio system with AM/FM, CD player and cassette (NO JBL audio system)
Automatic drive indicator on dashboard
NO Below seat storage under passenger seat.
Cargo area light
No Coming home device
No Compass (attached to rear view mirror)
No Computer with average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel.
No Cruise control (I couldn't believe it? it should be a standard feature)
No External temperature
No Floor mats (Why not? I thought all cars has it)
Bucket driver seat with height adjustment , bucket passenger seat (No electronic control) Height adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners
No Garage door opener
No Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor
No Remote audio controls
No Front seat back storage
Six speaker(s) (instead of ten speakers)
Plastic steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment(Not leather covered)
Ventilation system with recirculation setting but no microfilter

After learning both spec I decided to purchase XLE trim instead of CE or LE.

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