Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 22, 2013

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5.0 (Excellent)
17 City / 24 Highway

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2013 Toyota Sienna OVERVIEW

Toyota swung and missed in the minivan sector with its previous two renditions – the Previa and Toyota Van – but the follow up to those two, the Sienna, has been a grand slam to date. The Sienna took over for the Previa in 1993, making the 2013 model year its 20th in production.

The 2013 model year is aesthetically a carryover from the 2012 model year. Under the skin, however, Toyota has dropped the base four-cylinder engine, leaving the 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine as the only option. Additionally, the 2013 Sienna adds some extra standard features to each trim level.

The 2013 Sienna comes in an overwhelming 10 trim levels, but each level serves its own specific function. These trim levels include: L V6 7 Passenger, LE V6 8 Passenger, LE V6 7 Passenger, LE V6 7 Passenger Auto Access Seat, SE 8 Passenger, XLE V6 8 Passenger, XLE 7 Passenger and XLE V6 7 Passenger Auto Access Seat. Each of the 7-Passenger models, sans the L model and XLE FWD, come with standard with all-wheel drive. Every trim level for the 2013 Sienna comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission that combines with the V-6 engine to get 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway in front-wheel-drive models, and 16 mpg and 23 mpg in all-wheel-drive models.

In terms of competition, the Sienna has seen a shrinking list lately, due to the influx of crossover SUVs, but a key group remains. First up is the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, which comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 that cranks out 283 horsepower, 16-inch steel wheels and a four-speaker audio system. Next up is the 2013 Nissan Quest, which comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 with 260 horsepower, a continuously variable transmission and six-disc audio system with four speakers. Next you have to consider the 2013 Honda Odyssey, which includes a 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, 18-inch steel wheels and a seven-speaker sound system. Last up is the Mazda5, which comes standard with a 2.5-liter engine with 157 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speaker audio system.

The competition for the Sienna may be continuously shrinking, but what remains is still very competitive and Toyota needs to step up with an excellent example to pull sales its way.

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