This is the "Lexus of minivans". The Sienna drives like the Camry on which it is based (albeit a slightly bigger one). For us the decision came down to the Sienna or the Honda Odyssey, but only the Sienna offered AWD. It is easy to drive, comfortable and spacious. It is the ultimate family machine. The 2006 is underpowered in the middle gears, but it is good off the line in 1st gear. It has a 215hp engine and later models increased that to 255hp, which I imagine would help. But lets face it, you are not buying this to run race laps. Daddy Like!
When I had to change a tire, the location of the spare was very inconvenient and seemed poorly designed. After one tire change, the mechanism failed, so I kept the spare behind the third row of seats. The recall was a waste of an afternoon. The result was that if I want the mechanism fixed (the cable wasn't rusted), it will cost me at least $245! So, as I understand it, since the cable wasn't rusted, the blame must be mine for the failure of the mechanism. It seems to me the mechanism design is a one-use item. After that, it's useless and any failure is the owner's responsibility. My dealership was first class and cordial, but they are limited by policy which precludes making this right without cost to the customer. I have purchased several Toyotas for myself and family members since 1999, but I doubt whether or not I could in conscience buy another. I'm beginning to wonder if a new Toyota would have other problems and I would not feel confident about policy decisions concerning repair. You pride yourself on durability, but is that still true? Rather than bite the bullet and fix this problem free, you've chosen a different tact and it's not good public relations. Again, I have no issue with the dealership, rather I think you've chosen a half measure, but it's not good enough and you will lose customers. It will take a free repair to keep me as a customer and I don't believe that will happen.
This is our second minivan (had last one for 15 years!) and we are really pleased with it. It's very comfortable to drive and has lots of space for our growing family. Easily fits carseat in captain's chairs while still having plenty of leg room for the front passenger. Heated seats and push-button sliding doors/auto lift gate are very convenient features that I don't think I could ever give up! We also love that this car has AWD for winter weather conditions. The Sienna also has great safety features. Only cons: Gas mileage is not great (prob due to AWD) and the tank is smaller than our last minivan, so more fill-ups. In same vein, the Sienna does not warn of low gas until there's about 15 mi to E (and then only with a barely noticeable light). These are relatively minor issues though, so great car!