2013 Toyota Sienna Video Review


Note: This review also applies to the 2014 Toyota Sienna as no major changes were made since the 2013 Toyota Sienna.

This 2013 Toyota Sienna video review talks about one of our top recommended minivans. We discuss fuel economy, safety, price, interior space and features your kids will like. We also compare it to other minivans.

Pricing starts around $25,000 and goes up to $45,000 when you load up the luxury-lined Limited. This is the SE trim that costs around $40,000. It has basically the same equipment as the midgrade LE trim, but its suspension and steering have been tuned for sharper responses and better vehicle control. It looks a little sportier, too.

Unlike other minivans, the Toyota Sienna provides a choice of two engines, as well as optional all-wheel drive. The 187-horsepower four-cylinder gets fuel economy of 21 mpg combined, but then so does the 266-hp V6. We think that makes it worth the extra money, especially since the V6 Sienna is a very quick minivan.

The Toyota Sienna offers two different seating configurations. This one holds eight people and has a second-row bench with a removable center section that slides forward to make wiping noses a little easier. The seven-passenger configuration has two captain's chairs that can be outfitted with La-Z-Boy-style footrests.

The fold-flat third row is the same regardless, and even adults can sit back there comfortably.

Hauling cargo is easy as well. The second row seats can't be folded flat like in a Dodge Grand Caravan, but they do slide further forward than in a Honda Odyssey. The 150-cubic-foot total capacity is on par with other minivans.

The interior may look nice, but the plastics quality is a bit cheap and some controls are difficult to reach. Your passenger will probably have to tune the radio. But there's no shortage of high-end features. You can get a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, dual sunroofs, and a rear-seat entertainment system with a screen wide enough that your kids can watch two different things at once.

This touchscreen electronics interface is pretty easy to use, and can be equipped with some advanced smartphone connection functions.

The Toyota Sienna earned a four-star overall crash test rating from the government and it's an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.

There aren't that many minivans on sale, but the Toyota Sienna is nevertheless one of our top recommended along with Honda's Odyssey and Nissan's Quest. Any of these three would likely be a great choice for your family.

For more information, please read the Edmunds Toyota Sienna Review.

Comments

  • typer_801 typer_801 Posts:

    Nothing like recycling content which is now out of date. The video review indicates there are two engine options available. That was true in 2012, but for 2013 only the 3.5L V6 is offered. The I-4 was discontinued.

  • Why is the Nissan Quest recommended over a Grand Caravan/Town and Country? It doesn't net the best acceleration or mileage; it also has a transmission that cannot be repaired. It is more expensive, and far less functional. A minivan is all about versatility-and the Quest severely lacks it. I think its sales speaks for that. Also, why does every reviewer fail to mention the run flat requirement of the AWD option of the Sienna. Anyone on a Sienna forum can easily find when that feature goes wrong-when there is a flat during a road trip. Good luck on that one. Not only will you have a hard time finding one tire, but the AWD requires you to replace all 4 if enough wear is on the tires. The Honda Odyssey forums talk about not hitting the sticker mileage of 28 highway, and in situations they have hit 28, I can too in other minivans. It also requires near highest pay out to get the 6 speed, or it isn't rated 28. The description of this video says, "bound to be reliable", and is just bias.

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