3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Toyota Sienna

Expert's Rating

5.0Excellent

MPG 17 City / 24 Highway
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Introduction

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.

Interior/Exterior

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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