Drove the gamut of Vans this year....Honda, Kia, Ford, Toyoa and others not worth listing. The Honda is too low to the ground for my use. Just opening the sliding door can hit the curb and damage the door. Very poor design in my opinion. It is peppier of those I drove. The second row seats are more flexible than Toyota, for sure! Honda reliable is not as good as Toyota. Honda, their tranny was not one of the smoother sifters in the group. Kia have better appointments than most vans but thought it was noisier than the others. Kia reliability is getting better. Overall, I would consider buying one. They are pricey and best to buy a used one with 6k miles on it or so. They depreciate quickly. In my readings, Vans can depreciate quickly in all models. Honda and Toyota keep their prices inflated, base on marketing hype. Ford has no V6 engines in my van..forget it. GM does not make vans like KIA and Toyota make...they have given up on this market. Just like they did small trucks years ago and now they came back to the market. I have likes and dislikes of the Sienna. The most likely model to get is the XLE Trim line. One is forced to buy the top of the line model packages in order to get many things for safety, like sonar -front in one package and rear and another package- all for a front and rear sonar parking and backing up safety package. I do not need or can use, all the other stuff in those packages. Toyota is just not that safety concerned, overall for the driver or owners of their vans- even considering all the stuff they have added-they omitted the most useful. Other makers have more safety features at the lower trim levels. The dash could be better laid out and have more options for the driver to choose and check out the engine mechanical and functional of the vehicle, per se. Headlights are not that bright. Could be better. All model trims should have the best safety feature and most of all, the best Headlights and all makers should do it. The second row seats are not easy to collapse..could be easier. It does have lots of cargo space with the seats down. The passenger seat should match the driver seat in power functions. It is very limited. Not many USB ports or charging outlets as some of the other models. Toyota is playing a game with their navigation package. It changes as the trim line changes. As for me, if I have to have a cell phone in order to use something -an auto that would not be needed normally- it is not for me. Their screen for multimedia could be easier to use. They have the push button start, with is not one of my favorite things. At least, they do not have the Stop-Start crap. Nice size van, overall.
We bought this to replace our 1998 Sienna, which we had bought new. We waited until the 2018 model to get the safety features in Toyota Sense. The Sienna is easy to drive and has enough cargo room that I can fit two recumbent trikes in the back. The safety features have been great, and make backing out of a parking space or parallel parking so much easier than before.
Writing this review 3 months and 3500 miles into owning a 2018 Sienna XLE. I am very impressed with the safety features. In fact the automatic assist braking helped save me from an accident when the vehicle in front of me came to a sudden stop on the highway because they missed their exit! The radar proximity alarm sounded and brakes were applied before I realized that the car in front of me was coming to a complete stop, without any cars in front of it. Lots of compliment son the comfort of the interior, especially the seats. I live in Florida, but ended up buying the car in Virginia, because apparently Toyota is separated into three regions: Southeast, Gulf Coast, and everything else. The Sienna was about $3k less in Virginia than in FL. Well worth the drive! I wish Toyota would have have rounded dials for the air conditioner, similar to an ipod, rather than push buttons. You have to look down each time to adjust the buttons. If you had a dial, you could spin it without having to look down. I hate Toyotas Ensuite. I wish I could have bought the car without it. Your phone is more powerful than anything Toyota can provide. I dont think any car company has grasped this yet. Overall I am very happy with the purchase, esp considering the great price I got for it. The Odyssey was its biggest competition, but the 2018 Sienna seemed like a better value; and I can confidently say that I made the right decision.