CelloMom on Cars: Review: Toyota Estima Hybrid, little sister to Sienna

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September 9, 2011

Review: Estima Hybrid, little to Sienna

You need a 7-seat for your family plus the And for your weekly outing to the with your child’s and their cellos. Is there an to the very large minivans now by moms everywhere in the US?

As the Talking song goes, . and you may find behind the wheel of a large In this case a very automobile. Indeed, an automobile has experienced inexorable growth the multipurpose vehicle or the minivan, was introduced to the US, and I’m not talking sales: In 1997, the Toyota was 4.84m (191in) long; now it lengths more than (200in). With the bodies, the have grown. And that a decreasing fuel economy.

Rather than asking Well, how did I GET here?, perhaps it is to start asking, How do I get out of this?. You may your children to ride a to the orchestra, but how will their get there? And grandparents: only ones do bicycles. So you still a vehicle that will seven.

Consider asking for a smaller For instance, consider a Toyota just 4.80m long or nearly a foot shorter the Toyota Sienna (the Sienna is made specially for the US and is available nowhere else). Go the step, and go for the Toyota Estima .

No, CelloMom has not taken a test in an Estima: it would require to Japan, or to Australia (where it is as the Tarago). But the table below a comparison between the Sienna and the Hybrid. The 2.4L hybrid a fuel economy of 42mpg to the JC08 standard which to be an overestimate; CelloMom estimates a mileage of 30-35 mpg. good for a car this size. The tag looks high, but check the on how to read MSRP outside the US .

The non-hybrid Toyota Estima has a MSRP of $35,200; its 3.5L engine puts out 280HP but gives a fuel economy of 24mpg (JC08). Using a engine (giving up a little bit of the would raise the mileage, and the car less expensive to buy.

The cello would easily fit in the cargo space. More one friend, even with cellos, would be comfortable if you the sliding seats cleverly on rails. And you don’t have to be a to appreciate the optional airplane with footrest .

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