2015 Toyota Sienna Review
2015 Toyota Sienna Review
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- Available eight-passenger seating
- comfortable and far-sliding second-row seating
- high-quality interior
- user-friendly controls
- available all-wheel drive.
- Second-row seats are awkward to remove.
For 2015, the Toyota Sienna gets a refresh. It doesn't look much different on the outside (updated grille and taillights), but under the skin there's a revised suspension, a stronger body structure and welcome improvements to the interior's design and materials quality.
Roomy, comfortable and offered in several different trim levels, the Toyota Sienna minivan is an excellent choice for families. And the changes for 2015 have made it even better.
Notably, we picked the 2015 Toyota Sienna as one of Edmunds' Best Used Cars, Trucks and SUVs.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2015 Toyota Sienna CE Fleet Cargo Van 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.11 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$184/mo for Sienna CE Fleet Cargo Van
Sienna CE Fleet Cargo Van
Avg. Large Minivan
You're not likely to buy a minivan to make a fashion statement. A box on wheels just doesn't lend itself to sleek, Jaguar-esque proportions, you know? But if you need something to expertly haul your family, your stuff, or your family and stuff, you've come to the right place in checking out the updated 2015 Toyota Sienna.
Previously, we've lauded the Sienna for its comfortable seating and both strong performance and respectable fuel economy. That continues to be the case for 2015. However, we were previously turned off by the interior's odd dash design and hard, cheap-feeling plastics. For 2015, Toyota has righted those wrongs with a new more user-friendly dash and nicer interior trim.
Updated for 2015, the Toyota Sienna is one of top recommended minivans. It comes in many trim levels, including this SE.
You might also notice the 2015 Sienna's subtly updated front and rear exterior styling, and those improvements don't just end at the surface. Toyota says it also strengthened the body structure and retuned the van's suspension to improve ride comfort as well as handling. We've driven this year's Sienna and can report that it is indeed a more secure-feeling and comfortable minivan to drive.
In previous years, we always recommended the SE version of the Sienna, as it offers the sharpest and most carlike handling of the Sienna line. It returns for 2015, but now the SE is available with more equipment, meaning you no longer have to forgo desirable creature comforts if you choose the sportiest model in the Sienna family. Meanwhile, the continued availability of all-wheel drive ( the Sienna is the only minivan that gives you this option for 2015) is another bonus if you frequently deal with snow or wet road conditions.
With all these points in its favor, the 2015 Toyota Sienna is one of our top recommended minivans. Our other favorite is the equally impressive 2015 Honda Odyssey, and we definitely recommend cross-shopping both of these all-stars. You might also want to check out the redesigned 2015 Kia Sedona, the off-beat 2015 Nissan Quest and the value-oriented Dodge Grand Caravan, especially if you want a van that can be more easily converted to carry lots of cargo. Overall, though, we think you'll be very happy with Toyota's latest version of this family-friendly box on wheels.
Performance & mpg
Every Toyota Sienna comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 266 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque and drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sienna LE, XLE and Limited models can also be equipped with all-wheel drive.
In Edmunds testing of last year's model, a front-drive Sienna Limited went from zero to 60 mph in a swift 7.5 seconds. The EPA fuel economy estimates come in at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) for front-wheel-drive versions. Opting for all-wheel drive drops those estimates to 19 combined (16/23).
Antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a driver-side knee airbag, a front passenger seat cushion airbag, active front head restraints and a rearview camera are standard on all 2015 Toyota Sienna models.
Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring systems and front and rear parking sensors are available depending on the trim level. The Limited can be had with a forward collision warning system. At our test track, last year's Sienna Limited stopped from 60 mph in 127 feet, which is about average for the minivan segment.
In government crash tests the 2015 Toyota Sienna received five out of five possible stars, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection. In tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Sienna earned a top score of "Good" for its performance in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact, roof-strength tests and head restraint (whiplash protection) design. It received the second highest rating of "Acceptable" in the IIHS test for small-overlap frontal-crash protection.
We've long been impressed by the Sienna's V6 engine and how it delivers lively acceleration whether you're bopping around town running errands or getting up to cruising speed on the freeway. The six-speed automatic transmission does a great job of keeping the engine's thrust on tap, yet the Sienna still manages to provide respectable fuel economy, provided you're not too aggressive with the gas pedal.
The Sienna's ride quality is plush, but more controlled for 2015, and all versions offer competent handling. The SE's recalibrated suspension and steering give it even more agility around turns. If you're used to driving a car, the SE should make the switch to a minivan a bit easier. Its ride is somewhat firmer, but certainly still comfortable.
Lower trim levels of the Sienna are attractively decked out with high-quality fabric upholstery, while higher-end models get leather along with simulated wood cabin accents. Materials quality is very good, and the new dash design is both more attractive and more functional. Seating is plush, and there's abundant storage space along with user-friendly controls.
On the electronics front, every Sienna comes with a user-friendly Entune touchscreen interface. Each features a similar easy-to-decipher menu structure, but their screen size and the design of their surround buttons can differ along with the number of features they control. These include a navigation system and a suite of smartphone-connected services. There's also the available rear-seat entertainment system, which features a split-screen monitor that allows two different media (a movie on one side and a video game on the other, for example) to play simultaneously -- thereby making it easier to satisfy your backseat occupants.
The eight-passenger Sienna comes with a 40/20/40-split second-row bench, and its center section slides close to the front seats for easier access to the little one seated there. It can also be removed and stowed within the van itself (unlike the Odyssey's, which you must find a place for elsewhere).
With a seven-passenger Sienna, you get specialized second-row captain's chairs. Although their available La-Z-Boy-style footrests will likely catch your eye during a test-drive, you'll also likely be impressed by their ability to slide quite far fore or aft to increase sprawl-out comfort or cargo space. Maximum cargo space stands at 150 cubic feet of cargo space, though to achieve this you have to remove the second-row seats, which are quite heavy and awkward to remove.
You can fit four suitcases or a large stroller behind the third-row seat, while storage wells corral smaller items.
2015 Toyota Sienna models
The 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan comes in five main trim levels: base L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. The SE, XLE and Limited are further available in "Premium" sub-trims. The LE and XLE come in seven- and eight-passenger configurations; the L and Limited versions are seven-passenger only and the SE is eight-passenger only. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, but the LE, XLE and Limited also can be had with all-wheel drive.
These rear captain's chairs are luxurious, but larger families will prefer an eight-passenger Sienna with bench seating.
The Sienna L includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a tow prep package, manual sliding rear doors, automatic headlights, cruise control, triple-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, CD player, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.
The LE adds roof rails, power-sliding side doors, privacy glass, heated mirrors, upgraded exterior trim, floor- and overhead-mounted consoles, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar support), upgraded fabric upholstery, second- and third-row sunshades, and a six-speaker sound system with a 7-inch touchscreen, HD radio and satellite radio. All-wheel-drive versions get 18-inch wheels.
The sport-themed SE is equipped similarly to the LE but adds more aggressive styling thanks to 19-inch alloy wheels, a unique front fascia (with foglights, LED running lights and mesh inserts) and lower-body skirting. The SE also has sportier suspension tuning, a power liftgate, perforated leather upholstery (for rows one and two; row three gets leatherette premium vinyl), heated front seats and unique gauges with a larger multipurpose display. The SE Premium adds a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic warning systems, a navigation system, Entune smartphone app integration, a rear-seat entertainment system (with HDMI inputs, RCA jacks, a DVD player and a large screen that can be split to display two different sources) and the Driver Easy Speak system, which broadcasts the driver's voice through the rear speakers.
The Sienna XLE shares many of the SE trim's comfort and convenience equipment, but features similar suspension, steering and styling to the LE. The XLE and XLE Premium, however, differ with a four-way power front passenger seat and power-opening rear quarter windows. When equipped with the seven-passenger seating configuration, the second row captain's chairs feature extendable foot rests.
The plush Limited includes the XLE Premium's features (minus the rear-seat entertainment system) along with 18-inch alloy wheels, a different grille, LED running lights, auto-dimming and power-folding outside mirrors, front and rear sunroofs, front and rear parking sensors, upgraded leather seating, driver memory settings, a heated steering wheel, a power-folding third-row seat (FWD only), a navigation system and an upgraded 10-speaker JBL surround-sound audio system. To all that, the Limited Premium adds automatic wipers and the rear-seat entertainment system.
This is the larger of the two available touchscreen interfaces, and it includes integrated smartphone apps.
Although some of the upper trims' features are available on lower trims as individual options, most optional features are grouped into packages that vary based on trim level and where you live in the United States. For the Sienna Limited only, the Advanced Technology package adds adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
4 out of 5 stars
Happily traded the 2011 for 2015!!!
2015 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2015 has made improvements in basically all the areas that I've hated about our 2011 (Limited AWD). In terms of the driving experience, he steering feel and suspension have improved slightly. Rapid inputs in the 2011 are met with a very non-linear resistance, as if it would "catch" at different points of the rotation. That's gone for 2015. The ride has firmed up a bit, but with an … equal amount of improvement in body control. The 2011 was needlessly firm with still too much body roll. The improvement in NVH and the interior (see below) sealed the deal for us. Update: We traded it for a 2017. The updated transmission was the biggest draw. It took several months of aggressive driving for the slow-shifting trans to learn, but it's been whipped into shape.
4 out of 5 stars
Great Ride But................
Ernest Armentrout, 01/03/2016
2015 Toyota Sienna LE 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I would like to begin with this is a very nice minivan....lets keep that perspective. I did test drive many minivans and smaller SUV's. The Honda Pilot had some features that Toyota could look into (or charge for), and the Honda Odyssey. Almost all reviews gave the Odyssey the thumbs up over the very close second Sienna. However, as with most people looking for the bang for the … buck, the Sienna was that "bang"; far more soothing for the wallet. One of the biggest complaints I have (and many more as I read more blogs and posts) about the entire vehicle is the navigation system. Had I known how bad this system was, I would had just had the regular system installed and spent far less money on a double din system and had it installed which would have preformed much more friendly and accurately. On long driving highways the fact that the GPS indication is not as critical for exiting and simple turns. However, do not rely on the GPS image to get you somewhere in a city or crowded neighborhoods or subdivisions. The GPS indication lags, terribly, and despite the POP UP, if you are not already familiar with the area you are driving, you will have to turn around to go back......anyone operating this system will attest to that experience. Also with the technology that will tell the operator that the vehicle is moving and disables the ability to change or find POI's, can not distinguish there is someone located in the passenger seat and allow the passenger to perform what are routine and necessary inputs into the system. After all, the navigation system does not limit how fast you are going for safety purposes when exceeding the speed limit. In fact, this feature may actually cause you to become MORE distracted as you will most likely attempt to get the information from your cell phone. My $100 dollar TOMTOM is far more accessible and accurate than this system, Toyota should be having some serious discussions with the person or group that thought this was a good system. Would like to end on a positive word. I like my Sienna, I am a grandfather, a bowler, a golfer and traveler, and for that reason, I do like this vehicle. Who would of thought after living my entire life, with five kids, after they grown and move away, I would be driving a minivan.......
4 out of 5 stars
2015 Toyota Sienna SE Premium 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I love my Sienna and it is my most favorite vehicle. However the navigation shuts down while driving and freezes and the most disappointing this is that Toyota says there is nothing they can do about it. I bought a brand new car and there is nothing they can do. For that I give Toyota low marks for not finding the issue and not being willing to fix it.
4.5 out of 5 stars
First time minivan owner
2015 Toyota Sienna XLE Premium 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
This is my first time owning a minivan. I have a growing family and came from a long line of Honda Accords. I had recently purchased a 2014 Honda Pilot, but VCM vibration has turned me off on all Honda V-6s (if you are in anyway OCD, avoid Honda VCM V-6 engines like the plague - you will feel vibration and hear noise). Thus, I traded it for the Sienna. I have only owned the Sienna … two days, but my family loves it! It rides so nicely and smoothly. It has good pickup for a van and seems very well built. The electronics are a easy to master, and the A/C is super cold, which is a huge plus in the humid South. The rear TV is huge, but you can get by with ipads and save the $$.
2015 Toyota Sienna video
JAMES RISWICK: I recently got the chance to drive the updated 2015 Toyota Sienna during its press launch on the big island of Hawaii. Tough gig. Now you certainly can't tell it's been updated by looking at it since very little has changed on the outside. Inside, that's a different story. The biggest complaint about the Sienna before was its interior. The plastics were chintzy. The wood trim looked fake, and the stereo and climate controls were too far away from the driver. If there was one area where the Sienna clearly trailed with the primary competitor, the Honda Odyssey, this was it. For 2015, the Sienna's cabin gets the most attention. The plastics are richer. There's padding on the door sills, and the dash is covered and padded and stitched simulated leather. Even the wood trim is more convincing. Most importantly, those controls are a lot closer and are more sensibly designed. The climate controls now get three easy-to-use knobs and their own readout. You no longer have to look up to the top of the dash at the multi-purpose display. All the other stuff that display used to show, like fuel economy and exterior temperature, is now within a screen in the revised and much classier-looking gauge cluster. Every Sienna now comes with an Entune touch-screen interface. There are slight differences between the four available versions, including the top of the line version seen here. But they all function similarly, and I found them easy to figure out and use during the first drive. The cabin's cargo and people carrying functionality remains the same. The second row still slides more than anything else in the segment does and is very comfortable as a result. I certainly enjoyed riding back there, although I didn't get a chance to sample the rear-seat entertainment system that now comes with a Blu-ray player and HDMI port. Under the skin, the V6 engine doesn't change, but the structure's stiffer than before and the suspension has been retuned. It's still nice and comfy, but it's also less floaty and you feel more in control. Now the steering remains overly light, and it's not especially responsive. But then the SC trim that remedies that is once again available. It's still the most engaging minivan to drive, and you can now get it with more equipment. The last time we compared our top recommended minivans, the Sienna and Odyssey, the Honda came out on top. With its updates for 2015, though, it's frankly hard to find fault with the Sienna and the tables very well may have turned. But we'll have to wait to get it back to the mainland to find out in a full review. So stay tuned, and let us know what you think of the 2015 Toyota Sienna.
2015 Toyota Sienna First Drive
The 2015 Toyota Sienna road test review video includes information about what's new for 2015 along with information about pricing, fuel economy, interior features, Entune electronics interface and the driving experience. For more information, read the 2015 Toyota Sienna road test.
2015 Sienna Highlights
|Combined MPG||21 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$184/month|
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover14%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestAcceptable
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalGood
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested