There are many vehicle specifications that car buyers should consider, before buying a used Toyota Sienna. In 1997 the Sienna was launched in the US as a front wheel drive minivan. It’s now available in 5 trim levels, namely CE, LE, XLE, Limited and SE trims. The second generation Sienna was manufactured in 2004 and they were all powered by a ULEV certified 3.3-liter 3MZ-FE V6 engine and a 5 speed automatic transmission. Since 2007, all the trims are powered with a 3.5 liter 2GR-FE engine. The Sienna also offers a four cylinder engine, namely the 1AR-FE. Fuel economy under revised EPA estimates is rated at 17 mpg for city driving and 25 mpg on the highway. For models powered by the four cylinder engine, the expected mileage is 19 mpg for city driving and 26mpg for highway driving. In the new design, the gear shift has been shifted from the steering column to the center console area. A flat-folding third row seat is now offered even in the all-wheel drive. 8-passenger seating is available in the CE and LE trims. All the Sienna models come with a factory tow package and a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. These models also feature anti-lock braking, brake assist, tire-pressure monitor and traction control. Side torso, side curtain airbags, and knee airbags for drivers, are standard on all 2006 trims while vehicle stability control is standard on all 2008 trims. An electronic power steering system has replaced the former hydraulic power steering system. Besides these standard features, there are several optional features available namely, second row recliner-style seating, a pre-collision system, and an automatic high beam dimmer. A used Toyota Sienna is a good buy because of its low price and because it’s one of the best minivans in its class. If you wish to purchase a used vehicle, research CarsDirect for comprehensive listings of used Toyota Sienna’s for sale.