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There's no evading the typical minivan one-box shape.
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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.

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

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

Minivans will not be the vehicles that inspire styling revolutions. The Toyota Sienna sticks with the rules of the game, its one-box shape sporting a touch or two of style, without touching off any flash mobs or civil disobedience. There's a tad more personality than in the prior version: from the side, the Sienna's growing ever closer to the Honda Odyssey, in the way its rear pillars boomerang into the tailgate, and the front end has something more like the Venza crossover's good looks. The Sienna SE gets its own front-end treatment and it does send a few subtle cues about its more sporty steering.

Inside, the Sienna has adopted the latest Toyota styling theme, with a dramatic arc separating driving controls from secondary and passenger-shared controls. The dash is styled to give the impression of more passenger space, and Toyota says slimmer seats and controls add to the feeling of roominess in the new Sienna. The interior looks less expensive than before, though. Plastic trim is replaced on some versions by matte wood-grain trim; pricier versions get Optitron gauges like those in some Lexus models.


There's no evading the typical minivan one-box shape.

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