This afternoon, I went out to take a look at the new Toyota Sienna. The current minivan is getting a little long in the tooth and it's time to be doing my research. Part of this was getting some measurements that you just can't get on any known website, so I took a tape measure along with me. It turns out that in standard position, it is 56 inches from the back of the second seat to the end of the loadable area in the cargo hold. This is an important number to know, because the van is very, very full when the whole dealer table and family are off for a trip. A smaller space would be problematic.
The space behind the second seats in the current van is 53 inches. I believe that will pass. :)
The Sienna drove well in a brief test drive. Sadly, *every* trim line above the base comes with a standard moonroof which takes enough headroom that I would end up with my head in the ceiling. So no fancy options for us if we're in a Sienna.
And these are things I needed to know.