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2021 Toyota Sienna Review

The 2021 Toyota Sienna ranks in the middle of the minivan class. The redesigned Sienna offers roomy seating, many safety features, excellent fuel economy, and a good predicted reliability rating. However, it could use more passing power, and it has less cargo space than many rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Upscale interior with comfy seats
  • High predicted reliability rating
  • Limited highway passing power
  • Rear seats limit cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Toyota Sienna's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Minivans category. Currently the Toyota Sienna has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 9 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.1
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.9 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Toyota Sienna a Good Minivan?

The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna is a good minivan. Like its predecessor, the Sienna provides a spacious interior with room for up to eight passengers. It’s comfortable to drive day to day, and it’s jam-packed with the latest tech and safety features. It rates well for predicted reliability, and it’s backed by an extensive warranty, so it shouldn’t nickel and dime you over the long haul. Additionally, the Sienna’s optional all-wheel-drive system inspires confidence when the snow flies. The styling is cleaner and more upscale than before, but the biggest change is under the hood: The new Sienna is a hybrid. This new powertrain helps the Sienna return a terrific 36 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

On the other hand, some reviews mention that this hybrid minivan could use more highway passing power. Storage space is another trade-off. The Sienna’s 101 cubic feet of cargo room is sizable but nowhere near as vast as what most other minivans offer.

Why You Can Trust Us: 9 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed nine Toyota Sienna reviews, as well as data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Toyota Sienna?

The 2021 Toyota Sienna is definitely worth consideration if you’re shopping for a new minivan. It’s roomy, comfortable, and delivers great fuel economy. That said, the redesigned Sienna has lost some of its mainstream appeal. It’s pricier than before, its engine isn’t as punchy, and it can’t stow quite as much cargo as its rivals.

Overall, the Sienna is a great option for shoppers looking to trim their fuel bill, but if cargo space and engine performance are more important to you, the Honda Odyssey or Chrysler Pacifica may be a better fit.

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2020 vs. 2021 Toyota Sienna: What's the Difference?

There are many differences between the 2020 and 2021 Sienna models. Toyota redesigned the Sienna minivan for 2021. This new model has sleeker styling inside and out, as well as a hybrid four-cylinder powertrain, whereas the previous Sienna featured a V6 engine. The Sienna also has a new infotainment system that now supports Android Auto. On the downside, the new Sienna offers less overall cargo space, and its base price is higher by about $3,000.

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Here are the key changes for the Toyota Sienna over the last few years:

  • 2018: previously optional forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control added to standard features list
  • 2019: gained standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa
  • 2020: no notable changes
  • 2021: fully redesigned (start of fourth generation)

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Sienna, 2019 Sienna, and 2020 Sienna reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Toyota Sienna Cost?

The 2021 Toyota Sienna has a $34,460 starting price, which is a bit higher than average for the class. The price climbs to $50,460 for the range-topping Platinum all-wheel-drive model.

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Toyota Sienna Versus the Competition

Toyota Sienna vs. Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey ranks at the top of the minivan class for good reason. The Odyssey boasts a quality interior with generous seating space for eight occupants. It has composed handling and a gentle ride, and it offers a slew of standard safety features. The Odyssey also trumps the Sienna with its considerably larger cargo area, brawnier engine performance, and lower starting price. It isn’t a runaway win for the Honda, however. The Odyssey can’t match the Sienna’s fuel economy, and it isn’t offered with all-wheel drive. Still, the Odyssey’s value and practicality make it a better pick for most shoppers.

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Toyota Sienna vs. Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica tops the Sienna in two key areas. It has a larger cargo hold and convenient Stow 'N Go seats that fold flat into the floor, making the Pacifica a more versatile minivan for transporting kids and cargo. The Pacifica also provides snappier acceleration. On the other hand, the Sienna rates higher for predicted reliability and has cushier rear seats. Otherwise, this is a close comparison. Both minivans have similar starting prices, many standard safety features, and optional all-wheel drive. There’s even a Pacifica Hybrid that can travel short distances on electric power. Stick with the Sienna if long-term reliability is a chief concern. Go with the Pacifica if you plan to haul bulky items on a regular basis.

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Sienna Interior: High-End Hauler

Sienna Cargo Space

The redesigned Toyota Sienna has 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats. This area is quite roomy, and it can easily fit a stroller, a few golf bags, or a load of groceries. These seats fold conveniently into the floor as well, opening up a larger 75.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row. Unlike most other minivans, however, the Sienna’s second-row seats don’t fold flat, and they can’t be removed. This limits overall cargo space to just 101 cubic feet.

That’s still plenty of room for hauling bulky items like a recliner, dresser, or a stack of plywood. But it’ll take more maneuvering to fit that cargo in the Sienna than it would in the Kia Sedona or Honda Odyssey, which offer up to 142 and 158 cubic feet of space, respectively.

How Many People Does the Sienna Seat?

The Toyota Sienna has eight seats as standard. A seven-seat layout is available in models that come with second-row captain’s chairs, which makes it easier to access the third row. Regardless of layout, the front seats are supportive and well-cushioned, and they provide ample head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. Outward visibility is good to the front and sides of the Sienna, but it’s just OK to the rear. The second row is even comfier. These seats are available with leg rests and can slide far rearward, offering more than enough legroom for tall adults.

Cloth upholstery is standard. Synthetic and genuine leather upholstery are available, as are heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Sienna and Child Car Seats

The Sienna has either four or five complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats, depending on configuration.

Sienna Interior Quality

The Sienna has a modern and upscale interior with mostly high-end materials. The bridge-like center console integrates cleanly into the dashboard, and both are accented with some soft-touch plastics and sleek metallic trim. That said, there are a few cheap-looking plastics here and there. Cup holders are plentiful (18 total), and the Sienna has many helpful compartments for stowing small items. The cabin does a fine job of filtering out most road and wind noise, but engine noise is pervasive.

Sienna Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Toyota Sienna is outfitted with a 9-inch touch screen. This display is easy to see and reach, and it has a simple menu structure. It’s complemented below and on either side by buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls. Overall, it’s an intuitive system to use, and it provides few distractions when driving, but some critics note its outdated graphics and plain layout.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, seven USB ports, satellite radio, six speakers, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: an 11.6-inch rear-seat entertainment display, navigation, HD Radio, eight- and 12-speaker stereos, an in-car intercom, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, power-sliding rear doors, a power liftgate, and rear sunshades
  • Other available features: quad-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a power moonroof

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay?, What Is Android Auto?, and What Is Amazon Alexa Auto?

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Sienna Performance: Fewer Fill-Ups

Sienna Engine

The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna is equipped with a 245-horsepower hybrid system, which includes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a pair of electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

This hybrid powertrain does a fine job of hustling the Sienna around town. Initial acceleration is brisk and snappy, and the minivan scoots along quietly at city speeds. The experience is less enjoyable at higher speeds. The engine drones loudly under hard acceleration and when passing other vehicles, and it feels out of breath on the highway. This may come as a surprise to owners of the previous-generation Sienna, which packed a fairly stout V6. The big trade-off is fuel economy.

Sienna Gas Mileage

The Sienna hybrid gets an EPA-rated 36 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is exceptional for a minivan. The all-wheel-drive variant returns a similar 35/36 mpg city/highway. By comparison, the V6-powered Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica return just 19/28 mpg.

Sienna Ride and Handling

The Toyota Sienna has decent driving dynamics. The steering is responsive, and the Sienna feels quite stable around turns. It’s a cinch to maneuver and park in tight areas as well. The suspension soaks up most bumps and dips in the road, yielding a smooth ride, at least with the standard 17- and 18-inch wheels. The available 20-inch wheels of the XSE model result in a noticeably busier ride quality. It isn’t uncomfortable per se, but it feels out of step for a family-hauling minivan. The brakes provide fine stopping power, though the pedal is somewhat touchy, which can make for the occasional herky-jerky stop.

Sienna Towing Capacity

The Toyota Sienna can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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Sienna Reliability

Is the Toyota Sienna Reliable?

The 2021 Toyota Sienna has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Toyota Sienna Warranty

Toyota covers the Sienna with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a 10-year/150,000-mile hybrid battery warranty.

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Sienna Safety

Sienna Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2021 Sienna as of this writing.

Sienna Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Road sign recognition

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Hands-free park assist
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Head-up display

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Sienna Dimensions and Weight

The Toyota Sienna is 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,610 to 4,725 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Toyota Sienna Built?

Toyota builds the 2021 Sienna in Indiana.

Which Toyota Sienna Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Toyota Sienna comes in five trim levels: LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. All are outfitted with the same hybrid system. We suspect most shoppers will be pleased with the base Sienna LE. It offers a lot of standard tech and safety features for its sub-$35,000 starting price. If you’re looking for luxuries though, you may want to step up to the Limited or Platinum trims, which offer leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.

Toyota Sienna LE

The Sienna LE starts at $34,460, and it comes equipped with a 245-horsepower hybrid system, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive. Upgrading to all-wheel drive costs $2,000.

Standard features include an eight-seat layout, cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, power-sliding side doors, a power liftgate, remote keyless entry, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and 17-inch wheels. The LE’s standard infotainment system comes with a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, seven USB ports, satellite radio, six speakers, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite also comes standard, and it bundles lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road sign detection, and LED headlights with automatic high beams.

Toyota Sienna XLE

The Sienna XLE starts at $39,750 for front-wheel-drive models and $41,750 for all-wheel-drive models. This trim adds synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, second-row captain’s chairs, proximity keyless entry, quad-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, HD Radio, eight speakers, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free park assist, hands-free power-sliding side doors, and fog lights.

A second-row bench seat is a no-cost option in front-wheel-drive models. Other options include a pair of 120-volt household-style power outlets and a rear-seat entertainment system with an 11.6-inch display.

Toyota Sienna XSE

The midrange Sienna XSE starts at $42,000 for front-wheel-drive models and $42,760 for all-wheel-drive models. This trim adds a navigation system, an in-car intercom, a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, and 18-inch wheels, though front-wheel-drive models have 20-inch wheels.

Toyota Sienna Limited

The Sienna Limited costs $46,700 for front-wheel-drive models and $48,500 for all-wheel-drive models. This trim gains wireless device charging, 12 speakers, genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and second-row leg rests.

Toyota Sienna Platinum

The range-topping Sienna Platinum starts at $49,900 for front-wheel-drive models and $50,460 for all-wheel-drive models. This trim adds a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, a head-up display, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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The Final Call

The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna brings a bit more variety to the minivan segment. The Sienna is now a hybrid, and it nets an exceptional 36 mpg in combined city/highway driving. It’s edgier and better-trimmed than before, and it can still seat eight occupants comfortably. The 2021 Sienna also offers practically every safety feature you can think of. The snag is that the Sienna doesn’t accelerate as confidently as before, and it offers less cargo space. This may not be a deal breaker, but it is worth considering when you compare the Sienna with rivals like the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica, and Kia Sedona.

Don't just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Minivans are so similar and fundamentally good now that being the best means doing all of the little things right. The Sienna certainly covers the comfort, space, safety and technology basics well. You also get great fuel economy. But a disappointing driving experience holds the Sienna back from clinching the top minivan spot." -- Edmunds
  • "The redesigned 2021 Sienna is Toyota’s gambit to avoid a cookie-cutter minivan at all costs. It’s refreshing in some ways, but other aspects will make you wish the automaker had stuck to a more conventional approach." -- Cars.com
  • "There's not too much competition in the minivan segment right now. … at the end of the day, I think Honda's Odyssey is a bit better to drive and the Chrysler Pacifica more attractive, but this Toyota is still an undeniably good family transporter, especially with those throne-like second-row seats and stellar fuel economy." -- CNET
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