The 2017 Toyota Sienna takes on a few key changes, including a more powerful engine and an eight-speed auto transmission. While these are welcome improvements, is this enough to remain relevant against newer rivals from Chrysler, Kia, and Honda?

Pricing and Equipment

With a starting price of $30,710, the Sienna's base price is a little higher than some, but it rewards buyers with standard features, like:

  • Seventeen-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 3.5-liter V-6 with 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque

The base L trim only comes in a seven-passenger variety. The eight-passenger variety starts in the LE trim, which starts at $33,500.

Performance Pros

Toyota Sienna

While hybrid engines make their way into the minivan realm, the 2017 Sienna stays the course with a traditional gasoline engine, albeit an improved one.

  • Gains 30 horsepower — with 296 ponies, the Sienna effectively outguns Chrysler and Honda.
  • The standard eight-speed transmission shifts smoothly.
  • It’s the only minivan with available all-wheel drive, giving the Sienna an advantage over the competition in areas where the roads get slippery.
  • The Sienna’s chassis delivers a great ride.

Performance Cons

  • The Sienna’s handling suffers due to its high center of gravity.
  • All-wheel drive drags the fuel economy to just 17 miles per gallon city, 25 highway, and 20 combined.
  • The SE trim's tighter suspension and larger wheels are likely to fall on deaf ears.

Interior Pros

  • Plenty of standard equipment, even in the base model.
  • Easy-to-access third row that also has room for adults.
  • The removable second row reveals 150 cubic feet of cargo room.
  • Plenty of storage for small items.

Interior Cons

  • The second row doesn’t fold into the floor like some competitors.
  • Road noise finds its way into the cabin.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

A lot of research went into designing the interior. The seats are extremely comfortable, there's plenty of cargo space, the dash is nicely laid out, and the controls are angled toward the driver.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

With a base price starting from $30,710 and the range-topping Limited reaching $44,900, the Sienna isn't a cheap proposition.

The Bottom Line

The Toyota Sienna delivers plenty to its owners, including a potent V6 engine, a great ride, plenty of features, and a cavernous cargo area. However, its pricing is a little prohibitive, and its lack of a fold-in-floor second row may deter some buyers.