I have to disagree with some statements made; assuming you use good judgement, the name of brand can have a large effect on how reliable the car will be at 10+ years old. Regardless of how well the vehicle was taken care of.
Since I don’t have anything for sale and no real reason to be blatantly biased, I’ll tell you up front that I am a line technician for Toyota and hold all of their certifications. Before my work at a Toyota dealer, I worked for 8 years on all makes and models. So I hope I can be of help.
A LOT of the Toyota’s that were made between 2006-2012 were made and assembled in Japan and this is an important fact because their cars, especially steering and suspension parts were made at such a high specification. Need not worry, there is a plethora of parts readily available and I’ve found at an even lower cost than domestic vehicles in a lot of instances. Their engines are SOLID and it is rare to have any mechanical issues. The technology is ahead of its time, inside the car and out. You can get almost all models, including the Sienna in AWD (all wheel drive) and the basic services would have likely been done already by 100,000 miles. I drive an 07 Rav 4 AWD. It’s 11 years old, has 143,000 miles and I have not had 1 leak, 1 check engine light, have not replace any steering part, suspension part, or major brake part, ever. My Toyota is just like many of the Toyota’s I work on everyday. Aside from the mechanical, you’ll never find an 06 Sienna with rust on it. Unless it was parked in a lake or a snowbank lol.
Honda is also a very reputable brand. They’re less regular maintenance than a Toyota but they do have parts that wear significantly faster. Spark plugs, tie rods, water pumps, calipers and sway bar links are all often things replaced when owning a Honda. They are a very smooth ride and also ahead of its time in technology. Do the oil changes!
Dodge, Chrysler, Ford, Chevy… you’re going to be very disappointed. Their vans are bare basic vans that are usually filled with rust. Every gasket and seal on those things were always leaking. Wheel bearings, exhausts, steering parts, broken suspension springs and ticking engines are a common issue with domestic vehicles.
It sucks to say that our cars kinda suck, but the fact is, the Asian/ European vehicles are just better. You’ll get fantastic MPG with a Honda. Better Toyota than domestic.
And more questions, ask!