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
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.
We drove a brand new 2017 (only 27 miles when we drove off the lot) as a loaner while our 2008 Sienna was serviced and I was curious to see what I would think of it given our current van is getting a bit long in the tooth. On the whole it was very disappointing. The engine felt really weak- my wife compared it the 1988 Corolla she drove in college- versus our surprisingly quick 2008 Sienna. Fuel economy was worse as well at less than 19mpg compared to about 21mpg with our current Sienna. The interior felt like a major downgrade with thin, cheap plastic surfaces. We also missed a lot of nooks and crannies- like covered storage in the door armrests. The seats were considerably less supportive and comfortable than what we are used to. On the whole I think we will stay with our 2008 Sienna for a few more years.
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.