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2017 Toyota Sienna Overview

The 2017 Toyota Sienna ranks 4 out of 6 Minivans.

More than any other minivan, the 2017 Toyota Sienna can help ease your mind, thanks to its history of strong crash test scores and available all-wheel drive (the only minivan to offer this). Its spacious interior and ample cargo room make this a great choice for busy families on the go. 

SEATING


7-8

MPG


18-19

  CITY


24-27

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD, AWD

HP


296
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Pros & Cons

  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Only minivan to offer all-wheel drive
  • High-quality and spacious interior
  • Large cargo area
  • Sport-tuned SE trim has a harsher ride

Notable for 2017

  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • More powerful V6 engine

 

Toyota Sienna Rankings and Research

The 2017 Toyota Sienna ranking is based on its score within the Minivans category. Currently the Toyota Sienna has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 71 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 3_0

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2017 Toyota Sienna Review

By Sarah Shelton August 15, 2017

More than any other minivan, the 2017 Toyota Sienna can help ease your mind, thanks to its history of strong crash test scores and available all-wheel drive (the only minivan to offer this). Its spacious interior and ample cargo room make this a great choice for busy families on the go. 

Is the Toyota Sienna a Good Van?

The Toyota Sienna is an excellent minivan. It features high-quality materials, user-friendly tech, comfy, spacious seating for up to eight people, and a class-leading amount of cargo space behind the third-row seats. The Sienna's other notable advantage is that it's the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. 

Should I Buy the Toyota Sienna?

If you're looking for a minivan that comes with the least amount of worry, you want the Sienna. This model has the best history of reliability out of the current models in our minivan rankings. The Sienna's reputation of above-average reliability has also helped this model maintain a high resale value. That means when you're ready for your next family hauler, your Sienna won't have dropped in price as much as others in the class.  

Another reason the Sienna stands out is that it's the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. If you live in a snowy climate, getting that little bit of extra grip can help set your mind at ease when the flurries start to fall. Add to that an abundant amount of cargo room, spacious seating for seven or eight, and impressive tech features, and the Sienna emerges as a smart buy.  

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We Did the Research for You: 71 Pieces of Data Analyzed

If you're considering a minivan for its bountiful passenger and cargo space, chances are your schedule is already full. But you don’t need to add endless internet research for a new car to your list; we've already done the work for you. Our team of analysts, writers, and editors – who have roughly 75 years of combined experience – have amassed 71 different data points on the Toyota Sienna. We have gone the extra mile by comparing this information with data on the Sienna's competition to tell you which ones pull ahead and what potential problems you should know about.

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How Much Does the Toyota Sienna Cost?

Expect to pay between $29,750 and $47,310 for a 2017 Sienna before adding on extra packages. That's more expensive than most models in our rankings of the best minivans, but it's close to what the highest ranked rivals cost. Pricing for an all-wheel-drive Sienna starts at about $35,000.

A couple of key qualities make the Sienna a good value, in spite of its above-average MSRP. First, it comes with standard features like tri-zone automatic climate control (which isn't included in the base Honda Odyssey or Kia Sedona), high-quality cloth seats, a user-friendly infotainment system, and Siri Eyes Free voice controls. The icing on the cake is the Sienna's record of lower depreciation rates: it has a better resale value than some rival minivans, netting you a higher price when you're ready to sell or trade in your Sienna.

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Toyota Sienna Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey?

The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are in a long-standing competition to be the better minivan. They are closely matched in categories like price and reliability, and though the Odyssey was the front runner for superior cabin quality for a while, the Sienna has now caught up.   

However, there are still a few areas where the Odyssey clearly pulls ahead, starting with safety. It outperforms the Sienna in crash testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Extra LATCH hardware lets you clip more child safety seats into the Odyssey than the Sienna. And though the Sienna has a slight advantage in cargo space, the Odyssey has more room for passengers, including 42.4 inches of legroom in the third row. That gives tall travelers much more room to stretch out than the 36.3 inches allotted in the back of a Sienna. Finally, the refined ride, superior handling, and convenient HondaVac (built-in vacuum cleaner) of the Odyssey gives other minivans a run for their money. 

These attributes have helped the Odyssey maintain its six-year winning streak as the Best Minivan for Families. You can read more about how these stack up against each other in our Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna: Minivan Showdown.

Which Is Better: Chrysler Pacifica or Toyota Sienna?

The Chrysler Pacifica is the newest contender in the minivan schoolyard. Its inaugural launch for the 2017 model year started with a bang after the Pacifica surpassed both the Odyssey and the Sienna in our rankings, taking a top spot. If driving a dependable minivan is imperative, you'll feel reassured owning a Sienna, thanks to its lengthy history of good reliability. You'll also get more cargo space in the Sienna, to the tune of 6.8 cubic feet (which will hold about five more bags of groceries).    

The Pacifica has a lot of bells and whistles, though, so if you can look past its unknown dependability, you'll find this new kid has a lot to offer. It's chock full of up-to-date technology that both kids and parents will enjoy, and there’s no need to fear crumbs or dirt because Chrysler offers an available Stow ’n Vac – one of the most powerful integrated vacuums in the class. Other amenities you (and your kids) will love are the ability to create up to 243 seating configurations with its Stow ’n Go seating, available dual 10-inch screens with interactive games, a Blu-ray Disc player, and a mobile internet hot spot. And like the Odyssey, the Pacifica outdoes the Sienna in NHTSA crash tests. 

You can delve even deeper into how these two minivans compare in Head to Head: Chrysler Pacifica vs. Toyota Sienna.

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Sienna Interior

How Many People Does the Sienna Seat?

The base Sienna seats seven people, with captain's chairs in the second row that recline and slide forward and back. In some trims, you can opt for eight seats, which adds a compact third seat in the second row. It can slide extra far forward (to put a child safety seat within arm's reach of the front seats) or be quickly removed. The Sienna includes a cubby in the rear to store this seat, which means it's always on-hand for impromptu play dates. All three rows of seats are spacious and comfortable. You can make your Sienna swankier with upgrades like heated front seats, an extendable footrest for second-row passengers, and a power-folding third row.

Sienna and Car Seats

The Sienna has four sets of lower and upper anchors for car seats, located on the outboard second-row seats and passenger-side and center third-row seats. The lower anchors are reasonably user-friendly, and you can recline the seat back if you need help finding the hardware. The tether anchors are pretty obvious in the third row, but the second-row hardware is trickier to spot. When you're clipping in a car seat or buckling a kiddo into the third row, you'll appreciate that the second-row seats slide forward so you can easily reach the last row.

Sienna Interior Quality

The Sienna has a handsome, modern interior. The base models come with cloth upholstery that feels high quality. If you want a ritzier ride, available luxuries like leather upholstery and wood trim make you feel more like you're riding in a Lexus than a Toyota.

Sienna Cargo Space

You'll have more room for groceries, gear, and other goods behind the third row of the Sienna than in the Honda Odyssey or Chrysler Pacifica. There's 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space available in the Sienna, even when every seat is in use. Laying down the third-row Split & Stow seat (a task that's especially easy if you have the available power-folding feature) creates a flat cargo floor and 87.1 cubic feet of open area. You can expand this further to a class-leading 150 cubic feet if you take out the second-row seats. Note they don't fold flat into the floor, though, so you’ll have to heft them completely out of the van, which is cumbersome. With the Stow 'n Go seats in the Pacifica, you can tuck the second-row seats into the floor in seconds, leaving you with a flat cargo floor.

Additionally, the Sienna offers a copious amount of convenient storage cubbies throughout the cabin and an available power liftgate.

Sienna Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Like its top competitors, the Toyota Sienna comes with a rearview camera, a decently sized touch screen (6.1 inches), Bluetooth, and a USB port. It also has tri-zone automatic climate control (not standard in the Odyssey). The dashboard and touch screen have clear and simple layouts that feature hassle-free controls and easy-to-navigate menus. The surrounding physical buttons make it easy to jump from one function to another. Commonly used controls are situated close to the driver, making them easy to reach.

Some of the standout amenities you can add include Driver Easy Speak (to amplify the driver’s voice through the speakers to the back rows), a proximity key (so you never have to juggle a full load of groceries while unlocking your van again), and advanced smartphone integration (who needs to listen to the radio when you have Pandora and your own playlists?). The available rear-seat entertainment system includes an extra-large 16.4-inch display that flips down, letting passengers watch two different shows (or play two different video games) at once, potentially ending back-seat battles over what's going on the screen. The system works with Blu-ray and DVD formats, and it also comes with RCA jacks, an SD card input, HDMI inputs, and two pairs of wireless headphones.

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Sienna Performance

Sienna Engine: New and Improved Powertrain

For 2017, Toyota upgrades the Sienna's 3.5-liter V6 engine, making it more powerful than before. Its 296-horsepower rating eclipses the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica engines, granting the Sienna spirited acceleration around town. The Toyota can also hold its own on the highway when passing cars and getting up to speed – even with family and friends piled in. Also new for 2017 is a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the six-speed automatic in previous models.

Sienna Gas Mileage: Very Good

The 2017 Sienna gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That's equal to the Odyssey and Pacifica, and a smidge above average for the class. Only the Pacifica Hybrid can do better, though its steep purchase price of $41,995 hardly compensates for its average $600 savings in annual fuel costs.

Sienna Ride and Handling: The Only All-Wheel-Drive Minivan

If you're wondering what minivans have all-wheel drive, the answer is short: only the Toyota Sienna. Like its challengers, the Sienna has standard front-wheel drive, but you can upgrade many (but not all) of its trims to all-wheel drive. Doing so adds about $2,000 to your purchase price. The least expensive all-wheel-drive minivan is the Sienna LE AWD, with a starting price of $35,080.

The Sienna’s cabin is relatively quiet, with little outside noise finding its way in. It also has good handling, with a suspension that provides solid control. However, the SE trim with the sport-tuned suspension lets some noise into the cabin, and even though it improves handling, it creates a harsher ride.

Sienna Dimensions and Weight

From end to end, the Toyota Sienna is 200.2 inches long, or a little over 16.5 feet. Without taking the mirrors into account, the Sienna is 78.1 inches (6.5 feet) wide. It's a little shorter and narrower than the Odyssey and Pacifica, giving the Sienna a slight edge in small garages or parking spaces. The Sienna has a base curb weight of 4,375 pounds.

Sienna Towing Capacity

The 2017 Sienna has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. That's enough brawn to handle light-duty towing, such as a trailer with a couple of Jet Skis.

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Sienna Reliability

Is the Toyota Sienna Reliable?

J.D. Power rates the Sienna at three out of five for predicted reliability. The Sienna's reliability score is average among all vehicles, but a bit higher than the reliability ratings of some other minivans.

Toyota Sienna Warranty

The 2017 Toyota Sienna comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That's the same coverage you'll get with a Honda Odyssey or a Chrysler Pacifica. None of these rivals can match the Kia Sedona, though, which comes with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Sienna Safety

Sienna Crash Test Results

The 2017 Toyota Sienna receives an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It receives four out of five stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash tests. Though that's certainly respectable – and better than some rivals – the Sienna doesn't claim the high score in this category. If you want a minivan that passes its tests with flying colors, check out the highly rated Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, and read more about the Safest Minivans on the Market.

Sienna Safety Features

Every 2017 Sienna comes standard with the usual safety features, such as a rearview camera, traction control, and brake assist (which adds extra stopping power during emergency braking). With the $36,110 Sienna SE trim and above, you can add driver assistance features including front and rear parking assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a pre-collision system that attempts to prevent or limit the damage from a frontal impact, and Toyota’s Safety Connect, which includes emergency assistance, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification. If you're new to some of this technology, you can learn more about Which Safety Features Are Actually Worth Your Money.

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Which Toyota Sienna Model Is Right for Me?

The Toyota Sienna is one of the more expensive minivans you can buy. Its starting price of $29,750 is about $2,000 more than the class average and only $100 beneath the priciest model, the Honda Odyssey. The Sienna's most expensive trim for 2017 starts at $47,310, easily earning the title as the highest-priced minivan of all. What's worth noting on this Limited Premium trim is that in addition to its first-class tech and plenty of plush niceties, it also comes with all-wheel drive, which no rival offers. In addition, the Sienna tends to not depreciate as much as some competitors, so it's typically worth more when it's time to trade it in or sell it.

You can pick from one of five basic trims (L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited). The SE, XLE, and Limited are also available as premium trims, which adds extras like Driver Easy Speak and a rear-seat entertainment system. We detail what comes in each trim below.

No matter which trim you select, you'll get a respectable V6 engine and automatic transmission. In addition to the usual standard features – such as cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera – the Sienna also comes with a responsive 6.1-inch touch screen and Siri Eyes Free for voice commands. Front-wheel drive is standard, and you can upgrade to all-wheel drive in the upper trim levels for about $2,000.

Keep passenger capacity in mind as you look through the trim options. Seating for seven is standard in the base Sienna. Most other models come with eight seats as the standard configuration, but if you upgrade to all-wheel drive, you’ll get seven seats. 

All trims are appealing; even the lower models have high-quality fabrics throughout. You'll find one of the best values with the Sienna LE ($32,540). It adds crowd pleasers like dual-power sliding doors, an extra seat for the second row (creating an eight-seat minivan), a larger touch screen, and navigation. If you want an all-wheel-drive minivan, your cheapest option is also the Sienna LE trim. This increases your price to $35,080 and decreases your seating capacity to seven.

The Toyota Sienna was fully redesigned for the 2011 model year and has seen few major changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2017 model years.

Toyota Sienna L

The base L trim starts at $29,750 and comes standard with cloth seats, three-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a Split & Stow third-row seat, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, keyless entry, and an infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen.

Toyota Sienna LE

The LE adds a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, automatic collision notification, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and dual-power sliding doors. It starts at $32,540. For all-wheel drive, add about $2,500.

Toyota Sienna SE

This is the sportier version of the Sienna. If you are considering this trim, make sure you test drive it first alongside other Sienna models. In addition to unique gauges and badging, the Sienna SE features a sport-tuned suspension. Some will appreciate how this stiffer setup cuts down on how much the body moves in corners (for a more stable feel), but others will find it too firm.

The SE trim includes ventilated and heated leather-trimmed front seats, a leatherette-trimmed Split & Stow third-row seat, and a leather-trimmed tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. It starts at $36,110 and has standard seating for eight. The Preferred Package is available with the SE trim for $2,240. It includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, push-button start, a smart key system, a moonroof, Driver Easy Speak (which amplifies the driver’s voice through the speakers to the back rows), and the Entune Multimedia Bundle and App Suite, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, smartphone integration, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, HD Radio, predictive traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, and satellite radio. This trim can also be upgraded to the SE Premium trim ($40,830). This includes the Preferred Package features plus a dual-view Blu-ray entertainment center and a perforated leather-trimmed 40/20/40 second row that can tip up and slide forward. It includes a stowable center seat.

Toyota Sienna XLE

The seven-seat XLE’s starting price is $36,310. It includes leather-trimmed and heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a proximity key, push-button start and remote illuminated entry, and wood grain-style accents. For $715, you can add the Navigation Package, which includes rear parking sensors, Driver Easy Speak, and the Entune Premium Audio system, which features navigation, smartphone integration, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, predictive traffic and weather, and satellite radio. The all-wheel-drive seven-seat model starts at $38,520. The eight-seat XLE Premium trim starts at $39,505, and the all-wheel-drive seven-seat XLE Premium starts at $41,715. The Premium trims come with the Navigation Package features plus a dual-view Blu-ray entertainment system.

Toyota Sienna Limited

The Limited model seats seven and starts at $42,800, or $43,950 with all-wheel drive. It comes standard with a 10-speaker sound system with a subwoofer, hands-free phone connectivity, Driver Easy Speak, the dual-view Blu-ray entertainment center (in the all-wheel-drive model), and the Entune App Suite, which includes Pandora, Yelp, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com, and real-time fuel prices, weather, traffic, sports, and stocks. The Limited Premium trim starts at $46,170 and includes the Blu-ray entertainment center, while the all-wheel-drive Limited Premium starts at $47,310 and features extras like automatic high beams and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Advanced Technology Package can be added to the Limited Premium for $1,800. It includes adaptive cruise control, hill-start assist control, and Toyota's pre-collision system.

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The Final Call

Besides personal preference of style, the only reason to hesitate about buying a Toyota Sienna is price. With $100 separating it from the most expensive starting price in our minivan rankings (currently the Honda Odyssey), the Sienna will cost you more than most. And its most expensive trim is several thousand dollars above similar trims of competing models. (Keep in mind, however, that the Sienna’s top-line trim comes with all-wheel drive, a feature that adds about $2,000 to the price of lower Sienna trims.)

If you can afford the Sienna's higher price tag, it will likely pay off in spades. Used Sienna models maintain a high resale value, so you'll get more for your minivan when its time to sell it or trade it in. Its crash test ratings aren't quite as high as rivals like the Honda Odyssey or Chrysler Pacifica, but they're still very good. The Sienna is also the only minivan that offers all-wheel drive. Other elements – including fuel economy, available driver assistance features, and add-on tech and comfort amenities – are pretty much on par with what other models offer.

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

  • "As minivans go, it's hard to go wrong in the Toyota Sienna. This family-friendly hauler has a roomy interior, easy driving manners and an enviable reliability record. For 2017 the Sienna gets a new transmission and 30 extra horsepower to make it the most powerful minivan in its class. This is just icing, though. The Sienna's real appeal is its ability to accommodate a family of seven or eight with ease while providing a confident and safety-minded experience for Mom and Dad. The Sienna faces stiff competition in the stylistic Honda Odyssey and the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, but the Toyota continues to stand out thanks to its roster of safety features and creature comforts. It also remains the only minivan available with all-wheel drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the Toyota Sienna is still a top choice in the class. With seating for eight and class-exclusive all-wheel drive, the Sienna holds its own against other top-rated minivans such as the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona." -- Edmunds
  • "It's the Camry of minivans: The updated Sienna appeals to a wide range of families looking for roomy, comfortable, and high-quality transport—and it succeeds." -- Car and Driver (2016)
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