Most minivans are typically among the safest vehicles, so it takes especially strong crash-test scores or innovative features to score high here. The 2009 Toyota Sienna doesn’t get the highest scores, but it still possesses more than enough active and passive safety to easily recommend it for hauling your most precious cargo.
Regarding the Sienna's performance in tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the insurance-affiliated IIHS, Edmunds reports “the 2009 Toyota Sienna earned four stars (out of five) for driver protection in frontal impacts and five stars for the front passenger. It also received five stars across the board for side-impact crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Toyota's minivan a ‘Good’ rating (its highest) for its performance in both frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.”
Edmunds notes, “The XLE Limited also comes with front and rear park assist, while rear park assist is available on LE and XLE trims. If you opt for the navigation system, you'll also get a handy rearview camera.”
Describing its safety repertoire as “typical for this class,” Car and Driver lists the notable active safety features as “ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, as well as a stability control system incorporating traction control.” They continue, “passive features include two-stage front airbags, front seat side airbags, and curtain airbags for all three rows.”