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2010 Toyota Sienna Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Toyota Sienna was new.


Performance: 8.1

Though the Sienna provides a comfortable driving experience, its substantial size leads to somewhat heavy handling. In general, reviewers find the Sienna is a good choice for families seeking a solid, stable ride.

  • "...the Sienna is neither as slick nor as responsive to drive as the Honda Odyssey. Of course, no minivan is going to be purchased for its corner-carving ability, but it is worth noting that piloting a Sienna is about as bland as it gets." -- Edmunds
  • "The Sienna's new 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers where it counts, and it performs beautifully in both city and highway driving. The Sienna pulls quickly from a dead stop and power is masterfully managed by an electronically controlled five-speed automatic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Once again, we were favorably impressed by the Sienna's performance. Ever since we first test drove the also-impressive 2002 Odyssey from Honda Motor, we have been more often than not pleasantly surprised by how quick and responsive many minivans can be. In the Sienna's case, it is because it shares a platform, albeit modified, with the Camry, which goes a long way toward explaining its sedan-like driving performance." -- Forbes

Acceleration and Power

The Sienna's power is impressive for its class. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that creates 266 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, 2WD models achieve 17/23 mpg city/highway, while 4WD models achieve 16/21.

  • "Although the 2010 Toyota Sienna's automatic transmission is calibrated more for fuel economy than performance, there's no denying the refined potency of the van's V6. When you step into it, acceleration is spirited, yet the engine delivers its power in a smooth and unobtrusive manner." -- Edmunds
  • "Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 266 horsepower, more than enough for the Sienna. The engine drove all four wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive feature is probably the cause of the disappointing 19.5 mpg test mileage." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Just punch it and see how well a bus like this can merge into traffic." -- Forbes
  • "There's also more torque, which allows age-arrested or unwary drivers to cause the front tires of the front-wheel-drive Sienna to squeal like a hot rod's when taking off quickly. The 0-60 mph time is 8.4 seconds, which is good for a big, roomy minivan." -- MSN
  • "Upshifts are quick and downshifts are unnoticeable to all but the most sensitive of drivers." -- Automobile Magazine

Handling and Braking

Exceptional handling, reviewers point out, is a necessary casualty of the Sienna's size -- and, by extension, its practicality.

  • "Ride quality is plush, but the Sienna offers minimal steering feedback and considerable body roll during cornering" -- Edmunds
  • "There was a controlled feel in the test front-wheel-drive van, even on twisty mountain roads where the Sienna managed curves well and without being sloppy. Drivers can notice some weight shift, however, in this tall people hauler." -- MSN
  • "The driving experience in the Sienna is one of confidence and security. The suspension does an admirable job managing bounce, pitch, and roll, giving the Sienna a surefooted feel and a comfortable ride. Steering is light and buttery smooth." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The turning radius is tight, but parking ease is hampered by Sienna's overall length." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Brake feel is firmer than your typical people-mover, backed up with rotor diameters more often seen on sports cars -- all versions have 11.7-in. front discs, and ABS." -- Road and Track

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