Toyota Sienna

2016 Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna is roomy and handsome, one of few minivans remaining on the American market, and the only one that can be equipped with all-wheel drive.

Last redesigned for 2010, the Sienna got a freshening for the 2015 model year. Little has changed for 2016, except that the Entune infotainment system has added smartphone-driven navigation and Siri EyesFree.

Though scorned for years by critics as drab suburbanite transport, the minivan is the ultimate family vehicle. When weighing a purchase, all considerations typically fall by the wayside, except for one: will it convey seven or eight passengers safely and comfortably?

Seating seven or eight, depending on second-row seating, Toyotas minivan scores highly on both counts. Gas mileage is about average. Handling ranks above average for the minivan class, and you get Toyotas long-standing reputation for reliability.

All Siennas hold a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 266 horsepower, coupled to a 6-speed automatic. Performance is brisk, though Hondas Odyssey handles with a bit more crispness. Steering on the modestly sportier SE version offers slightly more direct feel.

The Siennas well-organized cabin has a bit more flair than some minivans. Front seats provide an almost majestic seating position. In the second row, even the basic bench is comfortable, including substantial leg and head space. The bench can be moved fore/aft to reapportion leg space.

Separate seats may be substituted for the bench, dropping passenger capacity to seven. Top-rung Limited models can even have airline-type reclining buckets. Second-row seats may be removed, but they dont fold into the floor as in Chrysler/Dodge minivans. With the third-row seat folded, cargo space totals 87.1 cubic feet.

Its low load-in height and big cargo capacity makes the Sienna a great vehicle for the family dog and for hauling lots of stuff.

Siennas can be equipped with modern safety technology, though many features are optional. Forward-collision warning and adaptive cruise control are available on upper trim levels. Parking sensors are standard on the Limited. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert is standard on the XLE and Limited, and available for the SE. Toyota has increased the number of LATCH anchor points from three to four.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives Sienna a five-star overall rating and side-impact score, with four-star for frontal and rollover incidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Toyotas minivan only an Acceptable rating on the rigorous small-overlap test, but Good in other testing.


2014 Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is a transportation solution for moving up to eight people and it does that well. It's also versatile as a cargo mover, with flexible interior configurations for any combination of passengers or cargo.

Sienna excels in second-row passenger comfort and cargo flexibility. The second-row seats are mounted on very long sliders, so they can be moved far forward or far back, depending on the way the interior needs to be configured for people or cargo. With the second-row seats adjusted to the rearward limit, a walk-in isle is created, big enough for an adult to walk through to help a child or an older passenger. With the second-row seats adjusted all the way forward, walk-in access to the third row becomes possible. With the third row folded flat and the second row removed, Sienna offers a cavernous 150 cubic feet of cargo space, more than most SUVs offer.

The 2014 Toyota Sienna is available in five grades, with seating configurations for seven or eight. There are models aimed at practical transportation, and models driven by luxury tastes. The sporty Sienna SE sits lower than the other models, on a sport-tuned suspension, with its electric power steering tuned for quicker response and better feedback, and it drives and handles more like a sports sedan. At the opposite extreme is the luxurious Sienna Limited, which has the nicest interior, and low-effort steering tuned for ease of operation, with high levels of power assist. That makes the Sienna Limited easy to park and maneuver at low speeds, but it also requires more attention to keep it in the center of the lane when driving quickly. Sienna LE and Sienna XLE models are somewhere in between, with steering and chassis priorities balanced 50/50 between comfort and handling.

All Sienna models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 266 horsepower and come with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional on most models. The V6 runs smooth at highway speed, with reserve power for passing. Fuel economy is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 18/25 mpg City/Highway.

For 2014, a tow-prep package, consisting of an engine oil cooler and a heavy-duty radiator and fan, is now standard on all grades. So all Siennas can now tow up to 3500 pounds.

The Toyota Sienna is made in America, designed in California, developed at Toyota's technical center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and assembled in Indiana.


2013 Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is a transportation solution for moving up to eight people and it does that well. It's also versatile as a cargo mover, with flexible interior configurations for any combination of passengers or cargo.

Sienna excels in second-row passenger comfort and cargo flexibility. The second-row seats are mounted on very long sliders, so they can be moved far forward or far back, depending on the way the interior needs to be configured for people or cargo. With the second-row seats adjusted to the rearward limit, a walk-in isle is created, big enough for an adult to walk through to help a child or an older passenger. With the second-row seats adjusted all the way forward, walk-in access to the third row becomes possible. With the third row folded flat and the second row removed, Sienna offers a cavernous 150 cubic feet of cargo space, more than most SUVs offer.

This fifth-generation Toyota Sienna was introduced for the 2011 model year. Toyota has made only minor changes since then, mostly upgrades to standard equipment and options.

The 2013 Toyota Sienna is available in five grades, with seating configurations for seven or eight. There are models aimed at practical transportation, models driven by luxury tastes. The sporty Sienna SE sits lower than the other models, on a sport-tuned suspension, with its electric power steering tuned for quicker response and better feedback, and it drives and handles more like a sports sedan. At the opposite extreme is the luxurious Sienna Limited, which has the nicest interior, and low-effort steering tuned for ease of operation, with high levels of power assist. That makes the Sienna Limited easy to park and maneuver at low speeds, but it also requires more attention to keep in the center of the lane when driving quickly. Sienna LE and Sienna XLE models are somewhere in between, with steering and chassis priorities balanced 50/50 between comfort and handling.

All Sienna models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 266 horsepower and come with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional. The V6 runs smoother at highway speed, with more reserve power for passing. Fuel economy is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 18/25 mpg City/Highway.

The Toyota Sienna is made in America, designed in California, developed at Toyota's technical center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and assembled in Indiana.


 

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