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.