It’s been a while since the Toyota Sienna saw a redesign, but it’s still a capable (and popular) minivan. The 2018 model brings some technology and safety upgrades along with a few cosmetic tweaks. A huge range of prices and features are available, which mean the Sienna can be everything from a budget buy to a tech-savvy palace.
What's New for 2018
While the innards remain the same, the 2018 Sienna gets a few styling changes that bring it more in line with the rest of Toyota’s models. The nose features an enlarged lower grill, and the sculpted gills formerly found on the SE trim are now standard on all models.
Internally, the cabin is now supposedly quieter, and all trims launch with new infotainment systems. 4G LTE wifi is now an option, plus a handful of USB ports and streaming capabilities on relevant models arrive for 2018. Perhaps most significantly, all models now come standard with Toyota’s “Safety Sense P” package, which includes pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.
Choosing Your Toyota Sienna
Powering every Sienna is Toyota’s 3.5-liter V6 engine, which puts down 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is new to the Sienna as of 2017, and it brought welcome increases in both acceleration and fuel efficiency.
The Sienna also remains the only minivan on the market to boast available all-wheel drive. Go with the standard front-wheel drive, and the Sienna returns an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. The all-wheel-drive variant drops to 18 city, 24 highway, and 20 combined.
The 2018 model retains its old trim structure, which ranges from basic to extremely luxurious.
Minivans are fundamentally about carrying people, and they often get a little beat up as a result. Because the main safety features are standard on all models, there’s no reason to go too crazy on the options unless you need the convenience. We think the LE trim is the sweet spot, and it still gives you the ability to add AWD if you need it.
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