2019 Toyota Sienna SE Getting AWD Option

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, Automotive Editor - August 13, 2018

For a number of years, the Toyota Sienna has been the only minivan on the market to offer consumers with the safety and security of an all-wheel-drive system. For 2018, Toyota didn't have all-wheel drive as an option for the SE trim. That's changing for the 2019 model year.

Order guides show that the 2019 Sienna SE and SE Premium have all-wheel drive as an option. The information has also been posted onto Toyota's official site for the new Sienna. The SE with all-wheel drive starts at $39,815, while the all-wheel-drive SE Premium costs $45,910 (all prices include destination). Both the SE and SE Premium trims with all-wheel drive cost $1,505 more than their front-wheel-drive counterparts.

Compared to front-wheel-drive options, adding all-wheel drive brings 18-inch wheels (front-wheel-drive models have 19-inch wheels), a seven-passenger layout (regular models have an eight-passenger setup) with removable perforated leather second-row captain's chairs. Interestingly, all-wheel-drive models also come with Toyota's latest Entune 3.0 Audio Plus system with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. A JBL with Clari-Fi audio system, dynamic navigation, and Toyota's App Suite are also included with the infotainment system.

The Sienna continues to be the only minivan on the road that can be fitted with an all-wheel-drive system. That, though, hasn't helped the Sienna's sales figures, which continue to drop. According to Good Car Bad Car, in 2015, Toyota sold 137,497 units of the minivan, which dropped by approximately 10,000 units for 2016 to 127,791. Last year, the Sienna accounted for 111,489 sales. Counting July, 52,761 units of the Sienna have been sold so far in 2018. If Sienna sales continue at their current pace, the minivan might not eclipse a total of 100,000 units before the end of the year – the last year that happened was back in 2010.

Clearly, the Sienna has suffered because of the popularity of crossovers and SUVs. But for consumers that need a spacious vehicle that can seat seven comfortably and get through snow, the all-wheel-drive Sienna is a great option. Even large SUVs require passengers to squeeze into the third row, but that isn't a problem with minivans like the Sienna. And the Sienna has a lot more cargo capacity than the majority of SUVs with the third row in place, too.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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