CC Outtake: 2002 Toyota Sienna Symphony – An Octave Higher

Special editions were nothing new to automakers, particularly those often introduced towards then end of a vehicle’s product cycle aimed at generating a bit of buzz and excitment. When it came to minivans, this was common practice among the Big Three, but for Toyota, its first special edition Sienna was the oddy-named Symphony that was available for 2002-2003 on mid-level LE models.

As the name might hint, Symphony editions added the top-line XLE’s JBL 8-speaker sound system, along with other standards XLE items including remote keyless entry, roof rails, 6-way power driver’s seat, second row captains chairs, upgraded unique cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, “Symphony” embroidered floor mats, HomeLink universal transceiver, power passenger’s side rear sliding door, 15-inch alloy wheels, color-keyed painted mirrors, bumpers, and bodyside cladding, and special badging.

Available only Lunar Mist Metallic (Silver) with Gray interior or Desert Sand Mica (Gold) with Oak interior, crescendoing up to the Symphony was Sempre Piu — some $1,000 plus over than a standard LE. Effectively bridging the gap between the Sienna LE and the XLE, the latter of which added roughly a $3,000 price premium for the sake of Symphony features plus automatic climate control, fog lights, and antitheft system, the Symphony represented a considerable value for those seeking a well-equipped Toyota minivan — in a rather unusually names package.