Toyota
Sienna
2017
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Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - August 19, 2016

Expert Rating

4.25 (Excellent)
MPG
19 City / 26 Highway

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2017 Toyota Sienna OVERVIEW

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.

L

Starting at $29,750, the standard L trim comes fairly well equipped, although no factory options are available. Even so, this model provides three-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, and the expected power accessories. Seating for seven is provided; no eighth-seat option is available.

LE

Move up one trim and eight-passenger seating is available. Priced from $32,540, all-wheel drive with 18-inch wheels is available at this level; add $2,540 for the AWD upgrade. This model brings in dual power-sliding doors, and a 7-inch touchscreen radio display with HD radio and satellite radio.

SE

Toyota dubs the Sienna as the “swagger wagon” and it is the sporty SE trim that best amplifies that term. Priced from $36,110, this front-wheel drive only model is equipped with 19-inch, 6-spoke gunmetal-finished alloy wheels. Other touches include a lowered, sport-tuned suspension, side skirt elements, and smoke-look sport trim. Rounding out the exterior embellishments are low-profile headlights with LED daytime running lamps. Inside, the SE provides unique instrumentation and distinct black leather seats with white stitching. A preferred package brings in such safety features as blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. Also included with this package is keyless entry, a tilt and slide moonroof, an Entune navigation system, and an upgraded audio package with apps.

XLE

The XLE edition is priced from $36,310 and builds upon the LE trim, adding automatic projector-beam headlights, wide-angle fog lamps, a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, and a power moonroof. Push-button start, perforated leather-trimmed front seats, and a power liftgate are also included. This trim may offer the best bang for the buck, although you’ll still need to pay separately for navigation and all-wheel drive.

Limited

The top-trim Sienna Limited is priced from $42,800 and adds a dual moonroof, leather-trimmed second-row lounge-style chairs, and front/rear parking sensors. On front-wheel drive models, the sliding center console can be shared between the front and second-row passengers. A Safety Connect telematics system is standard and includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle notification, an emergency assistance button, and roadside assistance.

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.

CarsDirect Tip

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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