2012 Toyota Sienna vs. Its Competition

2012 Toyota Sienna
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

If you're in the market for a real minivan, few vehicles can live up to your utility expectations.

The Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan certainly fit the bill--they're also less expensive, earn top safety scores, and have more advanced tech features than the Sienna.

The Honda Odyssey is just as large as the Sienna, but neither have the Chryslers' fold-away second-row seats--and to get Bluetooth and a six-speed automatic in the Honda, you'll spend up to $40,000.

The Nissan Quest is smaller and less flexible than any other minivan on the market save the compact Mazda5, but has the best handling of the bigger vans.

Finally, before you commit to sliding side doors, try something like a Ford Flex crossover, with cavernous interior space, class-leading infotainment features, and grabby styling.

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Quick Specs
8.0
It's not as flexible as some minivans, but the 2012 Toyota Sienna is large, safe, and still has options for four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive.
8.2
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country isn't substantially different from the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.
7.8
With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels.
9.2
One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.
8.2
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is the priciest of the minivans, but innovative seating and excellent handling set it apart from all the rest.
7.4
It's less spacious and less flexible than before, but the 2012 Nissan Quest drives better than other minivans.
MSRP From     
$25,060$29,995$20,995$29,465$28,375$25,990
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Minivans
Style Name     
5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon SE4-Door SE FWD5-Door LX4-Door S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777777
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
5 Door Reg WB4 DoorPassenger Van4 Door4 Door4 Door Minivan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticContinuously variable ratio