The Toyota Sienna continues to impress and remains one of the best-selling minivans. This accomplished people mover provides room for seven or eight and is an excellent alternative to an SUV. The Sienna offers superior cabin space, versatility, and is equipped with the latest technologies.
While each of its competitors offer front-wheel drive only, the Toyota Sienna provides optional all-wheel drive, making it an ideal upgrade for people living in the Snowbelt.
What's New for 2017
The current and third-generation Toyota Sienna was introduced in 2011 and was significantly updated in 2015. The big change for 2017 is the addition of a direct shift eight-speed automatic transmission along with a new 3.5-liter V6 engine. The result is an approximate 10 percent boost in overall performance along with a slight increase in fuel economy.
Choosing Your Toyota Sienna
All 2017 Siennas are powered by a new direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 296 horsepower and 263 foot-pounds of torque. It comes paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous six-speed.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on the LE, XLE and Limited trims. Stow the second-row seat and remove the third row and you’ll have generous room for carrying your yard sale finds. Visit your local home improvement store and you’ll find ample room to haul 4x8 plywood panels.
All models are equipped with eight airbags, including a driver’s side knee airbag. Toyota also provides a suite of standard safety features under its Toyota Star Safety System umbrella, including smart stop technology. This model pulls up to 3,500 pounds. Its fuel economy comes in at an EPA-rated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, an improvement of 1 and 2 mpg, respectively over last year.
Additional features in the SE, XLE, and Limited levels are bundled under a premium package. Available accessories include an on-board vacuum, a dual USB power port rear seat charge station, and a DVD system for non-moon roof vehicles.
In the Sienna, Toyota also offers a line of mobility vehicles. The auto access right middle row seat pivots and moves outside the vehicle, providing ease of access to a walker or a wheelchair. Unlike some competing models, the mobility upgrades are handled at the factory level.
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