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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four stars overall; four stars frontal; five stars side
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick
Toyota's new Panorama backup camera feed...offers an industry-first 180-degree view of what's behind the vehicle. It makes backing up and parking both easier and safer, with handy guidelines and steering-based projections projected on the screen to help you slot in perfectly.
The second row's seat belt fit my 9-year-old well, but my tall 7-year-old needed a booster seat for the seat belt to fit him correctly. Oddly, he didn't need it in the third row, which quickly became his preferred seat.
The Toyota Sienna's been a star performer in crash tests, and it now offers some of the latest safety technology. It's not quite up to the level of the Chrysler minivans, though, and in some instances, its safety scores haven't yet been updated.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Toyota minivan an overall rating of four stars. And the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Sienna a Top Safety Pick, with top 'good' ratings in all categories--although it hasn't yet been tested in the new small-overlap frontal test.
All Sienna minivans come with side curtain airbags that offer protection for all three rows of seating, as well as a driver-side knee airbag. A pre-collision protection system that preps the car for an imminent accident is offered on higher-level trims, as is dynamic cruise control. A rearview camera is now standard on the LE model and all models above it in the hierarchy, and front and rear parking sensors are standard on the Limited. Blind-spot monitors are now standard on the XLE and Limited and available on the SE, and they incorporate cross-traffic alerts, for backing out of parking spots more safely.
Visibility is excellent in the Sienna, and its upgrade rearview camera offers a 180-degree view.
Crash tests have backed up the Sienna's safety, though the NHTSA hasn't updated this model year's scores.