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
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.
Toyota makes a great product and they did not fall short on the 2017 Sienna. I'm renting the LE fwd model and I'm surprised how easy this vehicle is to drive, park and how comfortable it feels on long and short distance drives. The shifts throw it's 8spd automatic transmission are smooth and quick under ECO mode. If you turn ECO mode off, the shift a ferm, but not harsh. The engine delivers good power(296hp on all trim levels...highest in its class with great fuel economy) but can be a bit loud under heavy load (fully acceleration with ECO mode on or off). The exterior of the Sienna is pleasing to the eye for most people. In higher trim levels, you can get fog lamps, lower body treatment and Altezza rear tail lights. The interior is an accommodating please to be. Comfortable seat front, middle and 3rd row. Driver gets a power adjustable seat with lumbar, while the others get manual siders. This model has the stoll-a-way second row middle seat which gives this Sienna the capability to seat 8 passangers. Great if you are an Uber driver. Super easy to see out of. This makes this van a little more affordable because, you don't really need the blind spot monitoring system, which I believe, it's offered on higher trim levels. In the LE trim and higher, you can get the Sienna equipped with AWD. I'm only giving this vehicle for stars simply because I've noticed a few things that could be better or improve. I've noticed when I'm by myself in the vehicle, the 2nd row and third roll seats vibrate. I did not get any complaints from my other customers however that is concerning. I believe if they stiffen the chassis just a little more that was all the problem. I do wish that the fuel door release mechanism was located in a different area . It is very easy to mistaken it for the hood release and for those who are not familiar with the location of the fuel door release , it could make it difficult in the dark to find the fuel door release . Also, unless you get a really good night's sleep and/or you have passengers with you the interior can tend to be a little bit boring. This can cause some drivers to feel tired and/or sleepy while driving. I strongly encourage Toyota does a little more treatment to their interior. Had a similar issue with a 2015 Camry.