Buyers looking for a smart choice in the minivan segment will undoubtedly find themselves considering the Toyota Sienna. Since its introduction in 1998, the Sienna has won over families with its versatility, features, safety record and reputation for reliability. There have been three Sienna generations. The newest one is the most capable and stylish yet, but just about any year of Sienna comes recommended.
Current Toyota Sienna
Space and versatility are hallmarks of a good minivan, and the Toyota Sienna certainly has those attributes going for it. Among the few competitors in this arena, however, the Sienna is a standout for the many choices and features presented to the prospective minivan owner. Buyers can choose between two engines, opt for an all-wheel-drive version and there's even a sporty model available. Add these to the Sienna's long list of features and it's easy to see why the big Toyota beat out all others in a recent comparison test.
Unlike previous model years, only one engine is offered with the current Toyota Sienna: a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 266 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque. This powerful V6 gets the Sienna moving with authority, while managing to achieve respectable fuel economy numbers. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission offered, but those who drive in inclement weather have an all-wheel-drive option at their disposal.
More choices, in the form of five trim levels, allow buyers to select the right Sienna for their needs. Feature highlights for the base Sienna include tri-zone air-conditioning and full power accessories. The LE adds items like a rearview camera, power-sliding side doors, automatic climate control and an upgraded audio system. The SE tacks on sporty exterior treatments, firmer suspension tuning, a power liftgate and leatherette/cloth upholstery. The XLE goes without the sporty looks and ride, but adds more appeal with a sunroof, leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitoring system and, on AWD models, second-row lounge seats with pop-up footrests. The Limited features dual sunroofs, a power-folding third-row seat and premium audio. Adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat entertainment system and a navigation system highlight the options list.
In reviews, we've been impressed with the Sienna's versatile interior, although the dashboard materials and design are less impressive than what you'll find in the Honda Odyssey or Nissan Quest. Seven-passenger Siennas allow the second-row captain's chairs to be pushed together to create a bench seat. The eight-passenger version uses a second-row bench, while models fitted with the lounge seats offer La-Z-Boy comfort to those in the second row, provided their legs aren't particularly long. On the road, the V6's smooth and powerful acceleration impresses, the cabin is quiet at speed and the ride is comfy. Overall, the Sienna belongs on any minivan shopper's short list.
Read the most recent 2014 Toyota Sienna review.
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