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r THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 23,20010, PAGE 7 i~!~!~ ......... ~Gi!iiiiiiiii!i~iiiiiiiili ? ....... CALL 911 TO REPORT ERRATIC DRIVING 2011 Sienna seats fold fiat, or come out for C-oeernor~ Initlath, e to JACKSON-VAUGHAN AGENCY INC. Celebrating 90 years of service to Tangipahoa Parish 121 West Pine - Ponchatoula 386-3511 Call Us For All Your Insurance Needs SPARKY WELLES - President & Manager - Good looking vehicle, inside and out 2011 Toyota Sienna LE redefines minivans By CHRIS O'CONNOR Times On Wheels Columnist Toyota rninivans have long topped the charts as the best out there, but I was not prepared for the 2011 Toyota Sienna LE. In this generation, a new sporty look redefines the previous bland styling associated with rain:vans. the Big Easy, as we rolled across the Bonnet Carre Spillway, a frequent (often surly and resentful) back seat passenger expressed appreciation for the sweep- The Sienna LE stands- out among the crowd, and not just the soccer mom crowd, with its impressive front hood, grill and light- ing package. A fun diversion with dr:v-ing vistas this way, "This ing test vehicles is that ev- is the best window con- ery one you know wants to figuration for 'second class' ride in it or at least check I've been in yet. I think my out all the features. The range of scenery is better Toyota Sienna LE version than in the front. It's like we drove this week had so I'm in an Amtrak observa- 985-386-32 2 18272 386-8802 610 W. Pine - Ponchatoula much to offer in features tion car." and flexible seat configura- The reason for her posi- tion that it could keep even tive vibe is due to at least the most casual observer three factors. The second interested, ooing and aw- row seats have a slide range ing, for longer than half- of an amazing 26 inches. time during the NFL games The window dimensions on Sunday. match this length and so at The third row seating the rear extension of their stows so impressively that tracks the buckets seats it is a joy to watch the en- have a side view that is a gineering marvel in action, third longer than those in Interior materials are at front. once luxurious but also Front facing, there are practical and durable. The panoramic views of the captain's chairs for the front horizon for "second class." passenger and driver share When their seats are re- a removable center console, tracted the full 26" distance Both are comfortable and from the front row, the cap- adjustable for most people's tain's chairs at the helm be- height range. LATCH ready come almost inconsequen- attachment points for child tial in blocking the view. , safety seats are standard in A moon roof option is all trim levels. The Sienna available; that's got to be LE edition offers second like cruising in the Pope- seat passengers individual mobile. air controls, automatic slid- The third part of our back- ing doors, ample headroom seat rider's sunny attitude and even more appealing, that day might be attribut- especially on a long jour- ed to the Blueberry Heaven ney, a great viewing range. Smoothie in her cup holder Always be ready for a road that we wisely procured at trip. This is what you have Buddy Bel's emporium be- to do testing these cars, and fore we left Ponchatoula. this past weekend was no One more note, in the exception. On an outing to LE package those vast win- Tune Ups Brakes Electrical Com puter Air Conditioning Engine Service Fuel Injection Carburetor Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 dows come equipped with a bag of groceries, which retractable sunscreens. On we did get to experience. any given Louisiana after- As a driver, new vehicles can noon, your back seat riders be troublesome if the con- will be glad you opted for trols are not well designed. them. Worries about back I have gotten strange looks passenger leg room is not attempting to put a vehicle applicable in this mini- in gear and turning on the van. Shaquille O'Neal could windshield wipers instead. stretch out comfortably in Not a problem in this Toy- the peanut gallery, ota. The engineers have re- On that topic our actual ally done a nice job. companion pronounced, Several passengers even succinctly, one word: "Acre- gave a thumbs up to the sim- age." Luckily, the errands plicity of the knob style di- that test drivers always get als for tuning the radio and assigned did not include the volume on the 6-speak- moving furniture but, in er stereo the LE "preferred single row mode, you could package" included. Indeed, pretty much move the con- nothing demands less of a tents of an apartment with- solo driver's attention than out renting a van. the easy-to-find grip knobs, The fifth door opens eas- except steering wheel au- ily and slowly-very handy if dio controls: The Sienna LE you are one-arming it with PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 2011 Toyota Sienna should wish list By BRYAN McMAHON Times On Wheels Columnist What I liked most about the 2011 Toyota Sienna was the pan- oramic view through the big windows, the amazing power generat- ed by such a compact mill, and the fact you can open it completely up with the key fob, sending both large side doors sliding out of the way. Once you have it opened up you can load all manner of grocer- ies, or anything else you are hauling. The seats are removable, if just folding them flat doesn't give you space enough. The sound system and the zoned temperature controls make this a great people carrier. Those of us who like our music don't have to worry about the rest. Cruise to your favorite tar-free beach, turn on the tunes, picnic, and kiss Summer farewell for another year. Families will get the most use out of this new 2011 model, I safely predict. But the Sienna is really multi-functional in a way surpassing other vehicles that pretend to that status. I like the color sienna, and son Brendan has regaled me with his travel tales of Sienna, Italy and their famed horse race, the Paleo, I'd like to get there one day, and the 2011 Sienna would be a great vehicle to do the job. By the way, I can think of not one negative associated with this great vehicle, a rarity as regular readers know.