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2015 Toyota Sienna Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Toyota Sienna was new.


Performance: 8.2

Most automotive journalists think the 2015 Toyota Sienna has a strong V6 engine, composed handling and a very comfortable ride.

  • "The loaded all-wheel drive Limited model we tested on the Sienna press preview event delivered ample acceleration, a comfortable ride, and predictable handling." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Compared with the pace-setting Honda Odyssey, the Sienna's responses to directional changes are a little deliberate and the output of its V-6 not quite as vigorous as we'd like." -- Car and Driver
  • "This is a large minivan, of course, so it's not exactly nimble, but the light steering and good visibility make it more pleasant to drive than most vehicles its size." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • Riding on the same platform that underpins the popular Camry and numerous other Toyota models, the Sienna certainly isn't fun to drive, but its handling is safe, secure and competent." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Toyota Sienna comes with a 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the 2015 Sienna gets 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class.

Most auto writers say the Sienna offers quick acceleration, which makes highway merging and passing easy. However, some reviewers note that the engine can get very noisy during hard acceleration.

  • This is a strong, smooth engine, although despite an abundance of new sound-deadening throughout the Sienna for 2015, it still gets quite noisy when really pushed." -- Edmunds
  • "We wish, however, that it made less of a fuss at high revs - it's a bit gruff." -- Autoblog
  • "Freeway merges and passing maneuvers are easily accomplished thanks to a 3.5-liter V6 that seconds 266 horsepower and 245 lb-ft to the front wheels." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "Even with the optional AWD, the Sienna accelerates briskly and never feels labored or short on power." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Toyota Sienna has front-wheel drive, yet all-wheel drive is optional and a rare offering in the class. A revised suspension is new for 2015, and reviewers report that the Sienna’s handling is a bit more composed than before, especially the Sienna SE, which comes with a sport-tuned suspension. Braking performance is excellent, according to critics, and the Sienna has a very comfortable ride.

  • "While its dynamics aren't vastly improved for 2015, they're certainly competent, including a braking package that feels exceptionally strong." -- Car and Driver
  • "Obviously no minivan handles like a sports car, but the Sienna's steering is nicely weighted and body lean in turns is well controlled." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Indeed, during a brief drive, the Sienna XLE felt less nautical in its body motions than before and instilled a greater sense of control without losing any semblance of its comfortable, cosseting ride for all board." -- Edmunds
  • "Normally not stop-the-presses stuff, but Toyota says the added reinforcements prompted Sienna engineers to recalibrate the springs and shocks for improved handling, and our very limited wheel time along the (admittedly benign) roads on the Big Island of Hawaii revealed the 2015 Sienna SE model's handling to be tidier and more engaging than you'd expect for a porky, 4,560-pound, eight-passenger box on wheels." -- Autoblog

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