Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2010 Toyota Sienna VS 2010 Chrysler Town In IA

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2010 Toyota Sienna

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2010 Toyota Sienna

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2010 Chrysler Town

Safety Comparison

The Sienna offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Town & Country doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The Toyota Sienna offers Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Town & Country doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Sienna (except CE/LE) offers optional Intuitive Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Town & Country doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Sienna and the Town & Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Sienna’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Town & Country runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Sienna’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Town & Country Limited 4.0 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Town & Country’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Sienna has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Town & Country.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sienna first among vans in their 2009 Initial Quality Study. The Town & Country isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 6th in initial quality. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in reliability. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 90 more horsepower (265 vs. 175) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (245 vs. 205) than the Town & Country LX’s standard 3.3 V6. The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 68 more horsepower (265 vs. 197) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (245 vs. 230) than the Town & Country Touring’s standard 3.8 V6. The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 14 more horsepower (265 vs. 251) than the Town & Country Limited’s standard 4.0 SOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Sienna is faster than the Town & Country Limited 4.0 V6:


Town & Country

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

84.6 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sienna stops much shorter than the Town & Country:


Town & Country

60 to 0 MPH

138 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

172 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Sienna’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Town & Country’s 65 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Sienna can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Town & Country doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sienna has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Town & Country doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sienna is .3 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Town & Country.

For better maneuverability, the Sienna’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Town & Country’s (36.8 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Toyota Sienna amounts to more than styling. The Sienna has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the Town & Country (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sienna get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sienna offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Town & Country can only carry 7.

The Sienna has 13.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Town & Country (177.4 vs. 163.5).

The Sienna has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room, .2 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom, 1.9 inches more third row legroom and 3.1 inches more third row hip room than the Town & Country.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sienna’s cargo area provides more volume than the Town & Country.


Town & Country

Behind Third Seat

43.6 cubic feet

32.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

94.5 cubic feet

83.7 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

148.9 cubic feet

143.8 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sienna has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Town & Country doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sienna has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Town & Country only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sienna Limited offers an optional Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Town & Country doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Sienna will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the Sienna will retain 17.16% to 46.19% of its original price after five years, while the Town & Country only retains 26.85% to 29.16%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sienna is less expensive to operate than the Town & Country because typical repairs cost less on the Sienna than the Town & Country, including $100 less for an alternator, $88 less for front brake pads and $26 less for a timing belt/chain.

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