2013 Toyota Sienna vs. Its Competition

2013 Toyota Sienna XLE
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The minivan segment is down to four real players now, with the Toyota Sienna competing directly against the other three and one newer, less roomy entry.

The Chrysler minivans fit the bill, with lots of interior space, a very low base price, and more features than any other minivan, down to the fold-away second-row seats they offer exclusively; the downside is plainer styling, even by minivan standards.

Honda's Odyssey is the opposite, with interesting lightning-bolt lines down its side, but its features are bundled into the most expensive trims, and that plays out in disjointed ways--for example, it's the leader in gas mileage, but only in its premium trim, which is the only place to find Bluetooth, too.

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
The Toyota Sienna has excellent power, safety, and seating, and only narrowly misses the class benchmarks in flexibility and gas mileage.
8.2
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is tops in safety, flexibility, and features--the things that matter in minivans--though it's pricey.
8.2
Function reigns supreme in the Dodge Grand Caravan: it has the best seating system and infotainment features of any minivan, and gas mileage and safety scores are excellent.
9.2
With an unmistakable design, strong performance, and a roomy, comfortable interior, the 2013 Ford Flex proves that three-row crossovers don't have to be boring.
8.2
A thoughtful interior, innovative seating, and excellent handling make the 2013 Honda Odyssey a standout among minivans--although it is the priciest of them all.
7.2
Road manners are good--but when it comes to core minivan duties like seating and safety, the 2013 Nissan Quest falls behind every other minivan on the market.
MSRP From     
$26,585$30,620$19,995$30,900$28,675$25,990
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Minivans
Style Name     
5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 L 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     
MinivanPassenger VanPassenger Van4 DoorPassenger Van4 Door Minivan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticContinuously variable ratio