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.
The latest Toyota design theme defines the Sienna's interior with a wide, sweeping arc that splits the cockpit into a driver side filled with controls and gauges, and a passenger zone with secondary knobs and buttons to govern ancillaries like climate control and audio. If anything it amplifies the sense of space inside the Sienna, as do slimmer seats and a thinner dash, Toyota says. Our main gripe with the cabin is that it was designed during an era when Toyota adopted some unusual horizontal plastic graining that looks dull and almost unfinished, and isn't helped by the matte woodgrain trim that's applied on more expensive models. Much more convincing are the Optitron bright-white gauges on pricey models that mimic the dials found on Lexus vehicles.