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2014 Toyota Sienna Minivan - Rating Details

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2014 Toyota Sienna Limited Minivan (3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)

Driven On 7/1/2014

Ratings Summary

The Toyota Sienna Limited pretty much has it all. It's comfortable, roomy and a breeze to drive. Then there's its powerful V6, supple transmission and intuitive throttle calibration. Add in Toyota quality and the reasonable price, and you've got a top choice.
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Performance People buy minivans to cart around kids and loads of groceries, sports equipment and home-improvement supplies. But that doesn't mean you can't appreciate the Sienna's 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and its supple transmission.
Acceleration
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This is a strong and smooth V6. It's a bit soft below 3,000 rpm, but then comes alive with a hearty midrange punch and an even bigger boost of momentum above 5,000 rpm. Our tester hit 60 mph in 8.1 seconds.
Braking
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The brakes have a linear response. None of the around-town touchiness so common these days. The pedal has a firm feel and panic-stopping distances were consistent, the shortest stop from 60 mph in 126 feet.
Steering
B
We like the road surface feedback through the wheel, but there's too much power assist making for overly light steering that lacks proper precision. Of course, it is a minivan.
Handling
C
The suspension is tuned for softies, with lots of body roll. It does take a nice set with each transition, but around our slalom cones the stability system was overly intrusive.
Driveability
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With a smooth-shifting and quick-reacting six-speed automatic transmission, linear throttle delivery and a handily-tight turning radius, the Sienna is a breeze to drive smoothly.
Towing
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V6 models have a 3,500-pound towing capacity.
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Comfort To say the Sienna is a comfortable people-hauler is an understatement. Between its butt-friendly seats and plush ride it's downright pillowy. The V6 is silent at highway speeds, but wind noise can be excessive.
Seating Comfort
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The cushions are relatively firm but still offer plenty of comfort. Second-row seats are also comfy, and we especially like the Limited's reclinerlike footrests. The third row offers ample legroom, too.
Ride Comfort
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With a cushy ride that absorbs most bumps with ease, the Sienna seems to just float down the highway.
Quietness
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The Sienna's sound-deadening is only OK, as there is a significant amount of noise from that expansive windshield. Whisper-silent V6 and quiet tires on the highway.
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Interior There's lots of room here. It's easy to get in and out and the view for the driver is exceptional. Some controls like the radio tuning knob are a long reach and the cupholders don't hold cups in place well, but overall this is a well-done interior.
Ergonomics
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The driving position is excellent. Most controls are straightforward, although the stereo display looks dated. The power side door button can be confused for a light switch.
Ingress/Egress
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The front seats are easy to get in/out of. You have to hop up a bit to get into second row. Third-row access is made pretty easy by the sliding/tilting second row.
Space/Room
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Third-row headroom is surprisingly good, but elbow and hip room are tight. Second-row headroom is voluminous. Not lacking headroom or width up front, either.
Visibility
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Absolutely expansive window area all around the Sienna. Standard rear backup camera gives you even fewer excuses for inadvertently hitting something in a parking lot, though the screen is small.
Cargo/Storage
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14 cupholders, but the four most important ones (in the center console and the slide-out device) are too wide and let bottles tip easily. Second row has limited storage cubbies.
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Value Toyota has long been known as a value leader because its well-built cars, trucks and minivans seem to run forever, have a reasonable amount of equipment and the pricing won't break your wallet. Those qualities remain in the Sienna.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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As you'd expect of a Toyota, the Sienna is put together well, though some of the materials are on the cheap side. For instance, the tacky, fake wood trim and multi-panel plastic dash aren't as nice as those in Honda's Odyssey.
Features(vs. $)
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The Sienna Limited comes with most of the standard items you'd expect like power sliding side doors, a backup camera and Bluetooth. Available options include a widescreen rear-seat entertainment system and navigation.
Cost
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Our tester's $42,000 asking price aligns with other uplevel full-size minivans with a V6, particularly if you're seeking a van with ample comfort.
MPG
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Our mixed-driving miles yielded 19.1 mpg, almost 2 mpg below the EPA's combined estimate but above the EPA's city estimate. The EPA rates the Sienna at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway).
Warranty
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The Sienna comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty plus a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.
Ownership
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The Sienna comes with free maintenance and roadside assistance for 2 years/25,000 miles.
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Fun To Drive Is the Sienna fun to drive? Not really, but there's fun to be had enjoying the utility of a minivan whether you're driving around town or taking a road trip.
Driving Experience
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This is a truly comfortable family hauler, the driving experience of which is only marred by its susceptibility to crosswinds and imprecise steering which allows some wandering.
Personality
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If there is any personality here in a Toyota minivan, it comes from the V6, which is ultra-smooth and quiet on the highway, but shows surprising giddyup when you punch it.
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