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Used 2018 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium 7-Passenger Minivan Review

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Read what other owners think about the 2018 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium 7-Passenger Minivan.

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4 out of 5 stars
I Traded my 230,000+ mile Sienna with Trepidation
j.m alexander,02/24/2019
Limited Premium 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
My 2005 AWD Sienna and I were inseparable. It was a perfect combination of comfort, reliability, features, reliability, performance, and, yes, reliability. The only weaknesses I discovered in more than 13 years were in the electrical system and lack of value in run-flat tires. I remedied the second of those two weakness by purchasing a spare tire and going to traditional tires after the first 3 sets of run-flats. Strengths included a well planned and executed interior. For its time, that Sienna had every feature, from electric doors to tachometer to opening vents to remote start, I could possibly use. Despite its size, the steering was responsive, acceleration was quick and braking was surprisingly good, even when loaded with cargo. Maintenance involved replacing brake pads, one timing belt, buying tires, and performing required oil and transmission fluid changes. When traded, the Sienna had its original catalytic converter, and shocks and struts. Electronics were a problem, with the passage of time being marked by more and more of the interior gauge and accessory lights failing. One of the sliding doors was always temperamental and became extremely sluggish. The 2018 AWD Sienna has a lot to live up to. In many ways, it meets or exceeds its predecessor. The acceleration is smooth and quick. The brakes are outstanding. There is a bit less road noise compared to the previous car, even when it was new. It has a bit more cargo space than the 2005. When loaded, the acceleration was a bit slower than the 2005's, but that is the result of the fuel economy-focused transmission. All of the sliding doors open with pep. One feature I miss on the back hatch door is the resistance closure; the new model requires me to push a button; the key fob no longer closes the hatch, but can open it. The abundance of electronics on the 2018 is both awe-inspiring and a bit intimidating. Features like the 360 degree camera, which I considered an indulgence, are quickly becoming necessities. I miss the remote start, which could be the answer to a prayer after snow storms, softening ice and snow so that cleaning off the van was easier. The Toyota engineers have kept their faith with Sienna lovers, like me. I wish I could make the same statement about the interior design team. Despite having a top of the line model, compared to the older Sienna, the materials have been cheapened and the details I loved have been eliminated. Most egregious is the third row stowage system. I am not a small person; I have long arms. I cannot easily reach the stowage handle, which replaced one of the fabric tabs. Did anyone have a smaller man or a woman attempt to fold up the back row seats before this design was finalized? Toyota: bring back the 2-section front console! I consider the new unit between the front seats to be a black hole in which nothing can be found, especially by someone driving a car. Bring back the front in-door arm rest storage compartments. They were perfect for holding items needed at a moment's notice, especially items which could never be found in the "black hole." The front seat passengers are down one cup holder from earlier interior configurations. Material durability will be an issue for the pop out pair of cup holders and the "hidden" compartment by the vent button. While we are on the subject of that compartment, you could have engineered it ¼" larger to accommodate an EZ Pass or similar item. So, right now, although the 2018 Sienna has a lot to offer and is a delight to drive, it suffers in comparison to older model Siennas, especially in regard to interior engineering and luxury. Those short-comings will be forgiven if the new model proves as reliable and undemanding as the older models. Six month update: All of my comments above are still pertinent. This 2018 Sienna already had a recall for software updates; the downtime was short. The mechanical systems are working nicely. One shortcoming I hadn't noticed until our snowy season is the poor rear window wiper redesign. No longer does it provide a 180 degree sweep centered on the bottom of the window. Now, it sweeps from the top of the window and makes an asymmetric sweep of about 100 degrees, leaving almost a third of the window uncleared. If you purchase a Sienna, ensure it has the blind spot detectors. The view out the rear window is so obstructed in bad weather, those detectors are a necessity, not a luxury.
1 out of 5 stars
What's to Like?
Limited Premium 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
Went from a 2008 to a 2018, and there is but one thing I can point to that's an improvement over the '08: the birds eye camera. Otherwise, we regret dropping $48,000 on a car that our family universally dislikes. So we take my Grand Cherokee everywhere except skiing. The rest: A. The cabin is cavernous and cold with sliding seats that make it so the rear floor mats don't fit. This means that the black interior has mud and crumbs ground into it already at 8 months of ownership. B. 10.7mpg combined (vs. 13.8 in the '08) C. The multimedia system is poorly designed and poorly featured. The GPS is unchanged from the poorly designed '08 version. D. The V6 is dramatically underpowered. E. It handles like a boat. F. They removed most of the discrete storage, so the single, enormous console compartment has to house everything. The only distinguishing quality of this van over others is the AWD system. And after 8 months, my wife laments that we should have bought a second Grand Cherokee, which is plenty big for a family of four, handles well and gets 17mpg combined. I couldn't be more disappointed.
4 out of 5 stars
Sienna Limited (almost Premium)
Limited Premium 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
Does exactly what it should and nothing more. Needs exterior lighting updates (LED) and other Limited level features (individual tire pressure display for TPMS), programmable side view mirrors (open at engine start and close at engine stop), plus factory option for 2” receiver trailer hitch and wiring. Time has shown me that a couple of inches of additional floor-to-ceiling height in the second and third rows (and rear rear hatch opening) would make this van much more versatile for transporting bikes and larger items.
4 out of 5 stars
Needs full speed range radar cruise
Steve V,08/27/2018
Limited Premium 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
Still no full speed adaptive cruise. Make an AWD minivan with full speed range adaptive cruise and I will buy it.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2018 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium 7-Passenger Minivan

Pros & Cons

  • Refined ride quality imparts comfort and confidence
  • V6 provides class-leading acceleration
  • Still the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive
  • Second-row seats are bulky, heavy and awkward to remove
  • Offers fewer features than some newer competitors

Which Sienna does Edmunds recommend?

Although a midgrade model, the Sienna LE has most of the minivan essentials (tri-zone climate control, power driver seat and easy-clean fabric upholstery) and optional all-wheel drive. But unless you absolutely need wet-weather capability, go for the SE. It has worthwhile upgrades, such as sportier styling, leather upholstery, a power liftgate and firmer suspension tuning. The latter makes the SE the best-handling Sienna. There is a small trade-off in ride quality, but we prefer the SE's more in-control feel.

Full Edmunds Review: 2018 Toyota Sienna Minivan

What’s new

For 2018, the Sienna gets a handful of key updates, including the Safety Sense package on all trim levels, updated Entune infotainment software, additional USB ports for rear passengers, and slightly revised front-end styling.

Vehicle overview

For many people, the stigma of owning a minivan is too much to bear. Instead, they turn their focus to the latest crossover SUV. Shame really, since the minivan remains one of the most sensible ways to move your family around. Sliding side doors, easy entry into all three rows, and massive passenger and cargo space just make life easier. Crossovers have their own charms, but they can't beat the overall versatility and sensibility of vans such as the 2018 Toyota Sienna.

The Sienna was last redesigned in 2010, but annual updates keep it competitive against newer minivan rivals. For 2018, the Sienna gets a handful of key updates. Notably, Toyota now includes its Safety Sense package on all trim levels and no longer as an options group on midlevel and upper trims. These are key safety and driver aids, too, and include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

While the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona all boast newer and more modern designs, the Sienna continues to be a solid pick for a versatile family hauler.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Toyota Sienna as one of Edmunds' Best Used Cars, Trucks and SUVs.

2018 Toyota Sienna models

The 2018 Toyota Sienna minivan comes in five main trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. The SE, XLE, and Limited are further available in Premium subtrims. All Sienna trims come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (296 horsepower, 263 pound-feet of torque) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 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.

Standard features for the base L include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a wiper de-icer, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a rearview camera, a conversation mirror, Bluetooth, smartphone-app navigation (Scout GPS Link), Siri Eyes Free, five USB ports, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, media player interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

Toyota Safety Sense also comes standard starting with L trims. It includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic headlights.

The LE adds roof rails, power-sliding rear doors, privacy glass, heated mirrors, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, upgraded easy-clean fabric upholstery, rear sunshades, HD and satellite radio, Entune apps (i.e., Pandora, iHeartRadio, Yelp) and telematics services, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. All-wheel-drive versions get 18-inch wheels.

The SE is equipped similarly to the LE but adds a sport-tuned suspension, sharper steering, 19-inch alloy wheels, a unique front fascia (foglights, LED daytime running lights and a mesh grille), a noise-reducing windshield and lower body skirting. The SE also has a power liftgate, first- and second-row leather upholstery (the third row gets premium vinyl), heated front seats, and unique gauges with a larger driver information screen.

The SE Premium adds a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, a navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and the Driver Easy Speak system, which amplifies the driver's voice through the rear speakers.

The Sienna XLE shares many of the SE trim's comfort and convenience equipment, but it features similar suspension, steering and styling to the LE. It also adds a power-adjustable front passenger seat, imitation-wood trim, power-opening rear-quarter windows, keyless entry and push-button start. The XLE Premium adds the SE Premium's features and rear parking sensors.

The plush Limited includes the XLE Premium's features (minus the rear entertainment system), along with 18-inch alloy wheels, a different grille, LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, front and rear sunroofs, noise-reducing side glass, and front and rear parking sensors. Inside is first- and second-row premium leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, Toyota Safety Connect emergency services, an in-dash navigation system, and an upgraded 10-speaker JBL surround-sound audio system. Front-wheel-drive models also get a sliding center console between the first two rows, extendable footrests for the second row, and a power-folding third row with faux leather upholstery.

You can add even more with the Limited Premium trim, which tacks on xenon headlights, automatic wipers, a surround-view parking camera system, the rear-seat entertainment system and upgraded third-row leather (AWD only).

Only two option packages are available. For SE trims, the SE Preferred package adds a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless ignition and entry, the Driver Easy Speak system, and the in-dash navigation system. For XLE trims, the XLE Navigation package adds rear parking sensors, Driver Easy Speak and the in-dash navigation system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium (3.5L V6 | 8-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Sienna has received revisions that include the addition of driver and safety aids such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control on all trim levels, not just midlevel or top trims. Infotainment software has also been updated, and SE and Limited trims receive upgraded glass for a quieter cabin. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Sienna.


A strong V6 makes the Sienna the quickest minivan on the market. The engine isn't terribly responsive in normal driving, and ample body roll reveals itself on curvy roads, but most minivan drivers should find it tolerable.


The seats are initially comfortable and supportive, but long stints reveal pressure points. The ride is serene, though considerable levels of road and wind noise disrupt an otherwise relaxed experience. The climate controls work well to keep the entire cabin at a pleasant temperature.


The Sienna offers great visibility and, unsurprisingly for a minivan, excellent points of entry and exit for all seats. There's a surprising lack of headroom in the second and third rows due to the tapered roofline, but the most egregious oversight has to be the Sienna's poorly arranged controls.


The Sienna's cargo capacity behind the third row is expansive. The power-folding seat controls are located on a panel just below the top of the hatch; it's easy to knock your forehead against it while loading cargo. The front door pockets are low and hard to reach.


The user interface is intuitive, although the touchscreen interface is unappealing. Upgrades such as more USB ports and standard driver safety features for 2018 are welcome.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2018 Toyota Sienna in Virginia is:

$64.00 per month*