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STYLING | 7 out of 10
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.
It won't be the minivan segment that sparks a styling revolution. The Toyota Sienna keeps to that logic, with its one-box approach to family-hauling–although it does wear a few sporty styling cues, but nothing wild enough to launch families into riots. It looks a little more interesting than it has in the past, as it grows closer and closer to the more polarizing Honda Odyssey's design, especially in the Sienna's sporty SE guise.
The modern Sienna's interior divides the driver and passenger spaces with its wide, sweeping dash–leaving the gauges and the controls on the driver's side, while the passenger gets access to the climate and audio systems. 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.
There's nothing new under the sun, especially if you're caught in the minivan orbit.