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2013 Toyota Sienna Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Toyota Sienna was new.


Interior: 8.4

Most car critics agree that the 2013 Toyota Sienna has an attractive, functional cabin. While the base models feature some cheap-feeling materials, several reviewers say the top-of-the-line models feel almost like luxury cars. Reviewers appreciate the roomy, comfortable seats and expansive cargo space.

  • "Lower trim levels of the Sienna are attractively decked out with high-quality fabric upholstery, while higher-end models get leather along with faux-wood cabin accents. Some of the plastics feel a bit downmarket, though, while others -- such as the intentionally rough-textured plastic on the dash -- are just plain odd. Seating is plush, there's abundant space for storage and the Sienna's controls are user-friendly." -- Edmunds
  • "Modern without being annoying, spacious without feeling vast. The Sienna's insides offer a healthy dose of Toyota's buttery leather and soft-touch plastics." -- Jalopnik (2011)


The 2013 Toyota Sienna seats up to eight people. Reviewers say that all of the seats are comfortable except one: the optional middle seat in the second row. Reviewers say it's hard and feels flimsy. If you don't regularly need seating for eight, they suggest you skip it.

  • "Sienna has room aplenty on comfortable seats." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The pair of leather-trimmed captain's chairs available in XLE and Limited versions of the 2013 Sienna are a treat for second-row passengers. In Limited models, the seats have a 'long-slide' feature that makes them feel more akin to a living-room recliner complete with footrests." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Eight-passenger versions of the Sienna come with a tiny 'jump seat' that fits between the second-row seats. Uncomfortable, cramped, and perhaps only suitable for a child, the center seat is-thankfully-easily removed and stores in the wall of the cargo compartment." -- Car and Driver
  • "We positioned ourselves [in the third row] for a spell and have to say, this is where minivans shine. Compared to a third row in an SUV, we wouldn't have nearly as many reservations about riding back there on long trips. Heck, the seats even recline now and getting to that comfy bench is a whole lot easier thanks to the new second row Tip-Up and Long-Slide feature." -- Autoblog (2011)

Interior Features

The base Sienna has a fairly short list of standard interior features, including tri-zone air conditioning, manual seats and power windows and doors. Features on higher trims include heated seats, navigation, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and a rear-seat entertainment system. For 2013, Toyota's Entune system, which uses your smartphone to connect to various apps, will be available in LE, SE and XLE models with navigation.

Reviewers say that the Sienna's standard and optional tech features work well. They're particularly impressed with the 16.4-inch screen that comes with the rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The system can play one movie in widescreen format, or two different movies on a split screen. On the whole, reviewers like the feature, but a few question if the in-car entertainment system makes more sense than backseat passengers using individual smartphones or tablets for entertainment.

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  • "On the electronics front, the Sienna's available navigation system includes Entune, a suite of smartphone-connected services that includes features like the Bing search engine, Pandora streaming radio, real-time traffic, sports and stock information. The touchscreen interface is pretty easy to use, but sometimes the virtual buttons' delayed response to touch inputs can be frustrating." -- Edmunds
  • "Let's face it: Most children are horrible, spastic beasts with five-second attention spans and the manners of a stoned rhinoceros. They need constant distraction, and if you're going to properly neglect your parenting duties, you need to bombard them with as much digital entertainment as possible. Enter the Sienna's available split rear video screen." -- Jalopnik (2011)
  • "As intriguing and tempting as these built-in, on-board entertainment options are, however, why get them at all? So much digital media is now available for handheld devices like iPods and PSPs that it's likely your kids are going to be bringing their own entertainment on board. It may well be that technology has made things like built-in DVD players obsolete." -- Popular Mechanics (2011)


The 2013 Toyota Sienna has 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 87.1 cubic feet behind the second row. Overall, the Sienna has 150 cubic feet of cargo space. That's the most cargo space in the class by about two cubic feet. Reviewers like how easy it is to fold the Sienna's third row seat into the floor to increase cargo capacity, but they point out that you have to manually remove the second row seats. The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country have second row seats that fold into the floor. Despite that one hiccup, reviewers say the Sienna has plenty of cargo space as well as storage spaces for smaller items.

  • "The hideaway 3rd-row seat is split for versatility; sections drop easily into a floorwell that otherwise holds 12 or more grocery bags. The front-drive Limited's 3rd-row power-folding feature is nice, though it operates slowly. … Small-items storage is ample, highlighted by two large glove boxes and, on most models, a generously sized center console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Second-row seats fold and slide all the way forward but still don't fold down into the floor. Removing and carrying them is not hard -- if you can find a place to stow them outside the vehicle, or course." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
  • "As in all minivans and most crossovers, the Sienna's third row folds flat into the floor. It's easier to do than in the Odyssey - ironic, given Honda was one of the pioneers of stow-in-the-floor third rows; on the Sienna Limited, it powers down with the push of a button.” -- Cars.com (2011)

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