Since the Sienna's 1997 introduction, Toyota has billed it as the Camry of minivans. While it does share some mechanical bits and pieces with the company's bestselling sedan, the Sienna exemplifies the typical Camry virtues of durability and value that makes it such a logical choice for so many buyers.
The Toyota Sienna is a minivan that does just about everything well. It's a spacious family hauler that can seat up to eight people in relative comfort, as well as providing a vast interior when all seats are cleared away. Plus, it has an exclusive feature in the minivan segment: all-wheel drive.
As with most vehicles in this segment, the Sienna is neither imposing nor stylish. Buyers who want a bit more pizzazz might be drawn to the SE trim -- with its spoilers, skirts, lowered stance and big wheels.
The real story is inside, where there are lots of comfortable places to sit. Materials, however, are basic for a $28,000 vehicle and downright cheap for something approaching $50,000 as the top trim levels do. Nevertheless, it's all put together solidly.
While most versions of the Sienna can seat eight, some that seat seven are available with lounge-like reclining chairs in the second row. Other amenities on offer are window shades, a split-screen DVD entertainment system, a power liftgate and a power-folding third-row seat. Note that only the third-row seat folds away; the heavy middle chairs must be lifted out of the van, unlike in Chrysler and Dodge minivans.
Under the Hood
Power comes from the ubiquitous 3.5-liter V6 with 266 horsepower and a six-speed automatic. It's what powers lots of Toyota and Lexus products and is a relatively strong powertrain, especially when the Sienna is loaded with people or cargo. The Sienna has a soft ride which may be comfortable, but it doesn't handle as well as the Honda Odyssey.
The Sienna is relatively midpack when it comes to fuel economy, with EPA estimates for front-wheel drive models at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Opting for all-wheel drive drops each by 2 mpg.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Toyota Sienna$24,395 | 21,841 mi
2013 Toyota Sienna$25,495 | 19,293 mi
2013 Toyota Sienna$25,624 | 31,511 mi
2013 Toyota Sienna$26,989 | 22,800 mi
2013 Toyota Sienna$26,993 | 22,549 mi
2013 Toyota Sienna$31,559 | 4,931 mi
2013 Toyota Sienna$36,214 | 14,763 mi
2012 Toyota Sienna$21,888 | 35,695 mi
2012 Toyota Sienna$22,000 | 35,885 mi
2011 Toyota Sienna$15,888 | 112,109 mi
2011 Toyota Sienna$27,500 | 66,245 mi
2011 Toyota Sienna$30,994 | 41,962 mi
2010 Toyota Sienna$18,990 | 98,623 mi
2010 Toyota Sienna$18,991 | 60,553 mi
2010 Toyota Sienna$23,991 | 71,560 mi
2010 Toyota Sienna$45,699 | no mileage
2009 Toyota Sienna$14,995 | 80,715 mi
2009 Toyota Sienna$18,990 | 88,270 mi
2008 Toyota Sienna$11,991 | 104,659 mi
2008 Toyota Sienna$18,951 | 50,905 mi
2006 Toyota Sienna$15,991 | 99,137 mi
2005 Toyota Sienna$13,900 | 119,011 mi
2004 Toyota Sienna$10,999 | 137,727 mi
2004 Toyota Sienna$12,999 | 137,709 mi
2000 Toyota Sienna$2,988 | 255,783 mi
2000 Toyota Sienna$3,784 | 228,249 mi
1999 Toyota Sienna$3,888 | 217,443 mi
1999 Toyota Sienna$5,995 | 134,557 mi
Versatile, powerful and luxurious, but interior quality isn't as high and only seats seven
Excellent seat configurations with strong engine and is very well-priced, but some plastics feel flimsy and it only seats seven
Good to drive, very comfortable seats and well made, but some controls are hard to understand
Well-made interior with plush seating for seven and easy-to-fold seats, but isn't as spacious and has odd looks