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The Toyota Sienna is a family-friendly minivan that boasts features like all-wheel drive and airline-style second-row seats, features its competition doesn't offer. A relatively stylish and economical offering in its segment, the Sienna is a rival for vans like the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, and the new Kia Sedona. MORE: Read our 2014 Toyota Sienna review... Read More Below »
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The Toyota Sienna is a family-friendly minivan that boasts features like all-wheel drive and airline-style second-row seats, features its competition doesn't offer.

A relatively stylish and economical offering in its segment, the Sienna is a rival for vans like the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, and the new Kia Sedona.

MORE: Read our 2014 Toyota Sienna review

The Sienna has been Toyota's minivan offering since the late 1990s, after the company rebooted its minivan idea and gave the boot to its old mid-engined, rear-drive, egg-shaped Previa minivan. In 1998 the Previa was replaced by the more mainstream, front-wheel-drive Sienna. With a platform that shares some components with the Toyota Camry, the Sienna could be offered at a more affordable price. Production was moved to the U.S.

Initially, the Sienna did get the same powertrain as the Camry V-6—a 194-hp 3.0-liter, replaced after several years by an even smoother, more flexible 210-hp version. These first-generation Siennas have proven reliable, but Toyota hadn't yet found its way to the front of the pack; seating is definitely a step behind the Chrysler minivans of the time, and the third row has to be lifted away rather than folding flat, and the interiors were quite drab. A lot of shoppers who are intimidated with the immense size and weight of newer minivans might find these Siennas just right. Side airbags and stability control became available in 2001, so with the stronger engine, too, the 2001-2003 models are the pick of this bunch.

For 2004, Toyota introduced a redesigned and considerably larger Sienna. With a 230-hp (or 215-hp), 3.3-liter V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission, this Sienna delivered performance that was about the same as the model before it, though the 266-hp, 3.5-liter engine introduced for 2007 gave the van more confidence for passing and highway hauling. But the Sienna didn't have a lot of charisma or style and near the end of its life was looking quite outdated next to some rival models. Interior materials were also panned for being a bit drab and plasticky, once again, on all but the top XLE and Limited models.

However these vans came well equipped, though drivers had to move up to the higher trims to get items like power sliding doors, the power-folding third-row seat, and power seat tailgate. While LE models came with a bench in the second row, XLE and XLE Limited models came with twin captain's chairs. Options included front and rear parking sensors, a JBL audio system, and laser-guided cruise control. Toyota made side airbags standard for 2006.

The Sienna offered today first went on sale in the spring of 2010, for the 2011 model year. About the same size (and a little heavier) than the version that preceded it, the new Sienna has a more premium look and feel. The powertrains that year included a 266-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, with a six-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive; Toyota also offered a 187-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine in 2011 and 2012, but discontinued it starting in 2013.

Like most of its rivals, the current Sienna can carry up to eight passengers with the right seating combination, and it offers a pair of sliding doors, with power actuation an option. It also has a third-row seat that can stow under the floor when not needed, although it doesn't offer a similar feature for the second row like the Chrysler twins do. It does offer special reclining airplane-style seats for the second row. And the Sienna is unique among minivans as the last one that still offers all-wheel drive as an option.

All versions of the Sienna now sport a USB port; Bluetooth with audio streaming; automatic climate control; power front seats; a power tailgate; and power sliding side doors. Seating includes those available plush second-row captain's chairs with footrests, and the infotainment offerings have been spiced up with a new split-screen setup that's perfect for gaming.

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Before it introduced the Sienna, Toyota sold two other minivans, both with unusual mid-engine designs. The Toyota "Van" arrived in the early 1980s and didn't attract many followers, but its replacement, the egg-shaped Previa, drew more buyers and even some best-of awards. Since the late 1990s, the Sienna has been Toyota's minivan, and although it doesn't have the seating flexibility of Chrysler's minivans, it routinely outscores them on crash tests and is better know for its long-term durability.

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2014 Toyota Sienna Recalled For Potential Rollaway Issue

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2004-2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan Recalled; May Drop Spare Tires on Road

Toyota has issued a recall of certain 2004-2011 Sienna minivans due to the spare tire retainer cable breaking from excessive corrosion. Sienna minivans registered in... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
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Toyota Recalls 615,000 Sienna Minivans For Roll-Away Issue UPDATED

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2012 Toyota Sienna, 4Runner: Recall Alert

Gulf States Toyota is recalling certain 2012 model year Toyota Sienna minivans and 4Runner SUVs equipped with a non-Toyota remote engine starter module that may be defective... read more March 27, 2012 by  0


 

Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
5-Door 7-Pass Van AWD (1)
LE Specs $33,860 $31,321 16 23
5-Door 7-Pass Van AWD Ltd (2)
5-Door 7-Pass Van AWD Ltd Specs $42,780 $39,358 16 23
Premium Specs $46,150 $42,457 16 23
5-Door 7-Pass Van AWD XLE (2)
5-Door 7-Pass Van AWD XLE Specs $37,300 $34,316 16 23
Premium Specs $40,555 $37,310 16 23
5-Door 7-Pass Van FWD (3)
L Specs $28,600 $26,455 18 25
LE AAS Specs $37,345 $34,544 18 25
SE Premium Specs $39,680 $36,704 18 25
5-Door 7-Pass Van FWD Ltd (2)
5-Door 7-Pass Van FWD Ltd Specs $41,650 $38,318 18 25
Premium Specs $45,020 $41,417 18 25
5-Door 7-Pass Van FWD XLE (2)
AAS Specs $40,935 $37,661 18 25
Premium Specs $38,355 $35,286 18 25
5-Door 8-Pass Van FWD (3)
LE Specs $31,330 $28,981 18 25
SE Specs $34,900 $32,283 18 25
XLE Specs $35,100 $32,292 18 25
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