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BASE
INVOICE
$24,900
BASE
MSRP
$26,920
Quick Take
The Toyota Sienna only comes up shy in fold-away second-row seats and gas mileage; otherwise it's a leader in power and durability. Read more »
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Exterior styling is all-new and far less anonymous than before; we might even go so far as to call it attractive.

Car and Driver »

Inside, the dashboard is functional without being utilitarian in the base models (Sienna, LE) and sophisticated without being congested on the higher-end models (XLE, Limited).

Los Angeles Times »

The SE really stands out (below, middle) with a blacked out mesh grille, a front airdam, recontoured rear apron, rocker sill extensions, darkened chrome all around and clear taillight lenses. Although it's only been lowered a bit due to its stiffened coils and dampers, the SE's aero tweaks really emphasize its low, wide stance.

Autoblog »

This is a minivan that actually had people saying, "Oooh, pretty!"

Cars.com »

...Much of its previous blandness has given way to some rather interesting flourishes.

Motor Trend »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$26,920 $41,710
MSRP $26,920
INVOICE $24,900
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5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 FWD L
Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
EPA Class 2WD Minivans
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 7
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Mini-van, Passenger
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2014 Toyota Sienna 5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 LE AAS FWD (Natl)
5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 FWD LE AAS
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 33,767 $ 36,505
2014 Toyota Sienna 5-Door 8-Pass Van V6 SE FWD (Natl)
5-Door 8-Pass Van V6 FWD SE
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 31,321 $ 33,860
2014 Toyota Sienna 5-Door 8-Pass Van V6 XLE FWD (Natl)
5-Door 8-Pass Van V6 FWD XLE
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 30,953 $ 33,645
2014 Toyota Sienna 5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 Ltd FWD (GS)
5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 FWD Ltd
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 37,021 $ 40,240
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The Basics:

The Toyota Sienna is one of the "big four" minivans in the American car market, and a direct challenger to the likes of the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, and the Honda Odyssey. Updated last year--it lost its base four-cylinder engine, and gained standard power sliding side doors--the Sienna only undergoes mild changes for 2014, by adding a cargo version and by making a towing package standard on all versions.

Minivans are all about space and functionality. At more than 200 inches long, and more than 78 inches wide, the Sienna's a big van. There's space everywhere, even in the third row. The front seats get a regal seating position, and even in the second row, a pair of airline-style reclining bucket seats are available. The basic bench is comfortable, with expanses of head and leg room--and it slides on an elongated track so that either second- or third-row leg room can be expanded. It also aids in loading passengers into the third row. The second-row seat can be removed entirely, but does not fold away into the floor--the Chrysler minivans' special trick. The third-row seat does fold flat, and with it stowed and the middle seats pushed forward, the Sienna has 150 cubic feet of cargo space.

There's no more four-cylinder engine, so all Siennas now come with a 3.5-liter V-6 with 266 horsepower, coupled to a six-speed automatic. Performance is brisk, but gas mileage dipped overall with the loss of the four-cylinder, while it rose on the Honda Odyssey. Handling isn't quite as crisp as the Odyssey, but the Sienna's electric power steering and independent suspension are sorted out well, without much body roll. The SE version has slightly more direct feel, but it's a very subtle distinction to be drawn--one we think gets lost by most minivan shoppers.

Few of us shop for minivans based on style, but Toyota at least makes the effort to bring the Sienna into a modern flow. The front end shares the latest Toyota design cues, with a low grille that tapers upward softly into a roofline that does nothing to upset tradition--not like the Honda Odyssey's lightning-bolt side cue, or the Nissan Quest's ape of the Ford Flex. It's a tidy take, free of controversy, and full of utility, since the regular, rectangular shape plays out directly into vast interior space. The cockpit's styled with a bit of drama, and a bit too much grainy plastic, but it's organized with care.

Standard safety features include curtain airbags and stability control, and a rearview camera and Bluetooth are available, and blind-spot monitors are now standard on upper trims. All Siennas come with dual sliding side doors; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; a CD player and aux jack; a tilt/telescoping steering wheel; and three-zone climate control. Upscale versions add a power tailgate and power sliding side doors; steering-wheel audio controls; leather upholstery; heated front seats; a dual sunroof; and a huge 16.4-inch-wide LCD screen and a DVD player to keep the two back rows of passengers entertained.

 

 

Likes:

  • A handsome minivan
  • Handling above par for class
  • Choice in second row: bench or chair
  • Still offers all-wheel drive
  • Base model now V-6

Dislikes:

  • Second-row seats slide, fold, don't stow
  • Gets expensive quickly
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