Buyers looking for a smart choice in the minivan segment will undoubtedly find themselves considering the Toyota Sienna. Since its introduction in 1998, the Sienna has won over families with its versatility, features, safety record and reputation for reliability.
Though it's been on sale for the better part of a decade now, the current-generation Sienna is a top choice in its segment thanks to its high-quality interior and available all-wheel drive. Older Siennas are also desirable for their cavernous cargo areas and excellent passenger safety scores. Keep in mind that first-generation Siennas seated only seven, the seats didn't fold flat, and its smaller size relative to later models meant passenger space was a little cramped. The newest one is the most capable and stylish yet, but just about any year of Sienna comes recommended.
Current Toyota Sienna
The Toyota Sienna is sold in five primary trims: base L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. There are also Premium versions of the SE, XLE and Limited. Feature highlights for the Sienna L include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a central touchscreen and a four-speaker audio system. The LE adds items such as power-sliding rear doors, a larger touchscreen and an upgraded audio system. The SE is the only Sienna with sporty exterior treatments and firmer suspension tuning, but it also comes with a power liftgate, heated front seats and leather upholstery. The XLE does without the sporty looks and ride, but it includes the SE's additional features plus power-opening rear windows and keyless entry and ignition.
There are also Premium versions of the SE and XLE that add a sunroof, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system. The Limited boasts most of the above features, plus dual sunroofs, a power-folding third-row seat and premium audio. The Limited Premium includes xenon headlights and the rear-seat entertainment system.
Unlike previous model years, only one engine is offered with the current Toyota Sienna: a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This powerful V6 gets the Sienna moving with authority while managing to achieve respectable fuel economy numbers. An eight-speed automatic is standard. Notably, the Sienna is the only minivan on the market to offer an all-wheel-drive option for those who drive in inclement weather. It's available on LE, XLE and Limited trims.
In reviews, we've been impressed with the Toyota Sienna's versatile interior, although the dashboard materials and design are less impressive than what you'll find in the Honda Odyssey or Chrysler Pacifica. Seven-passenger Siennas allow the second-row captain's chairs to be pushed together to create a bench seat. The eight-passenger version uses a second-row bench, while models fitted with the lounge seats offer La-Z-Boy comfort to those in the second row, provided their legs aren't particularly long. On the road, the V6's smooth and powerful acceleration impresses, the cabin is quiet at speed and the ride is comfy. Overall, the Sienna belongs on any minivan shopper's short list.
Read the most recent 2018 Toyota Sienna review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Toyota Sienna page.