I've owned our last Sienna for 12+ years. The '17 has many similarities, but feels like it's on steroids! Loving the ride, creature comforts and electronics. If any downside, I'd say while the ECO setting gives better mileage a find myself turning that setting off when driving around town as the minivan is much more responsive around town when its off. Overall, I'm very pleased with our purchase.
I bought this car brand new after test driving a couple of times. As the computer learned the driving habits, it's supposed to adjust (fine tune) the transmission over a period of time. Well, this fine-tuning thing didn't improve the drive. I took the car to the dealer 3 times. The dealer said they couldn't find anything wrong during the first two sessions. They offered to reset the computer. Finally, the 3rd session, the service manager finally admitted that this is a know problem, but he couldn't do anything about it. I tested drive another brand new Sienna and it's pretty bad as well. I'm an engineer, and crying and regretting buying this car. FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS BUY A FLAWED SIENNA. PLEASE STAY AWAY. I REGRET NOT BUYING ANOTHER HONDA ODYSSEY. Here are my problems: 1. This occurred five times - When driving on the street at 40-45 mph and slowing down to a stop on a red light at the intersection, the car jerks (stutters like the transmission or drive train gears can?t transition) significant enough for my wife on the front passenger seat to ask what?s wrong with the car. The car had 60 miles on the odometer when the first occurrence happened. The car now has 275 miles on the odometer. 2. I do not feel any acceleration for a second or so then it kicked in with a big gear kick, especially when: a. I go over speed bumps at a slow speed, and press on the throttle after going over the bump. b. I lift off the throttle approaching a corner, and pressing on the throttle half way through the corner. Feels like the gear slipped (engine whines, but no acceleration) then exerted a big gear kick. 3. I noticed that while I turn left on curve road (in the neighborhood) around 15-20 mph, the gear stutters a little bit, enough to feel like the wheel hits loose gravels. 4. In general, it appears the engine whines a lot when accelerating from stop. It feels like there isn?t much torque. 5. Overall the driving experience for the past couple of weeks has been dreadful. Spending a lot of hard earned money for a car that constantly reminds me of problems is not a happy state of mind. I tried my brother-in-law?s 2014 Sienna, and it does not exhibit any of the problems above.
I totaled my Sienna 2014 XLE after 3.5 years of driving it. I hit two deer in a 75 mph zone. Air bags deployed, and I wasn't injured except for ear problems due to the side airbag hitting me in the ear. I now have a 2017 Sienna SE Premium. Technology is much advanced since 2014. The BlueTooth interface is greatly improved (much easier to use with a shorter introduction: "How may I help you" as compared to the long explanation before), though during phone calls people can still tell I am in the car (however, one friend told me it sounded better than the 2014) . By comparison, with my 2010 Kia Sorento BlueTooth, people usually couldn't tell I was driving. The Kia had the microphone on the driver's side windshield pillar; Toyota has kept the microphone in the center above the rear view mirror. iPod interface is greatly improved since 2014. The navigation screen is bigger and better. There is now an information screen in between the speedometer and tachometer. You can customize the screen (mpg, digital speedometer, miles to empty, etc., outside temp is always displayed on the screen) as well as view turn directions, speed limit, and iPod content from the screen. The seats are much more comfortable than those in the 2014. Down hill assist works great: I do a lot of mountain and hill driving. The 2014 had down hill assist, but it didn't work well. Cabin lights are improved: window, door and cup holder lights are brighter and easier to see; they are now blue instead of green. The ride seems quieter than the 2014, even though the SE comes with 19" rims. The handling is better--tighter, more responsive steering. The engine is now 8 speeds for better gas mileage, but I notice that the pick-up isn't as good: it seems to take longer when I step on the gas getting onto the freeway. The 2017 comes with LED daytime running lights, and the tail lights are LED, so that it looks like they are all white until the diodes light up. The SE does not have automatic third row windows--I miss that: they can only be opened manually. The XLE comes with automatic third row windows. The SE Premium comes with 6 speakers instead of four, which is one reasons I went with Premium; however, it also has a rear entertainment system, which I think is a waste. I didn't want it. I would have preferred automatic third row windows or parking assist or adaptive (radar) cruise control, or a subwoofer, or another moon roof, or cooled seats to a drop-down screen that sometimes rattles and will probably never be used. All that wiring for nothing (Blu-ray player to screen, input jacks in the rear (s video?!), headphone jacks, wired into the sound system)! The built-in Blu-ray player takes the place of a storage shelf that I used to use. I almost backed out of the sale because I didn't want the entertainment system. Why oh why, Toyota, did you have to put the entertainment system in? People have iPads and gaming devices with better screens, but I can't buy a stand alone cooled seat, or automatic third row windows, or any of the other useful items I mentioned previously which would have taken much less wiring. What were you thinking? I went for the SE instead of the XLE because I wanted a black interior. I wear a lot of dark clothing and had problems with dye transfer in my 2014 Sienna with its light grey seats. There are still two glove compartments, but the top one no longer has shelves and seems smaller than the one in the 2014. There is a feature that uses the front microphone to project the driver's voice through the speakers so people in the back can hear the driver better. Interesting. We used it just for the fun of testing it out. It works, but is it useful? The dealer threw in rear parking sensors for free as I was waivering.
We have owned two previous Sienna's, 2004 and 2007. This 2017 is a big improvement in ride, quiteness, and technology. It seems much smother. Although it has an increased HP motor, performance seems about the same, but fuel economy shows a 10% improvement.
We replace 2013 FWD XLE with 2017 XLE Premium AWD. Ride is much much improved . Quality of interior compare to other minivans on the market is outstanding. Only issue/downsize is performance. Not sure if this is because of AWD or new direct injection motor/new transmission but old car was much more punchy. This new one is simply lazy.. you have to step on really hard to get any performance from it