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2016 Toyota Sienna Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Toyota Sienna was new.


Performance: 8.3

Reviewers say the 2016 Toyota Sienna has adequate power from its V6 engine, composed handling and a smooth, comfortable ride. They add that the brakes are strong, and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly.

  • "Responsive enough around town and now quieter on the highway, the Sienna is about as satisfying to drive as an 8-passenger troop transport can be, and it's even more satisfying for passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Sienna has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 266 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The 2016 Sienna returns 18/25 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA, which is typical for a minivan.

Power is plentiful from the V6 engine, and the Sienna has no problem accelerating on the highway. However, when the engine is pushed it can emit a rough sound. The automatic transmission works smoothly.

  • "The familiar 266-horsepower V6 continues to deliver ample (if not subtle) power, while the 6-speed automatic transmission deftly manages that output." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We wish, however, that it made less of a fuss at high revs - it's a bit gruff." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Freeway merges and passing maneuvers are easily accomplished thanks to a 3.5-liter V6 that … [sends] 266 horsepower and 245 lb-ft to the front wheels." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Sienna comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional, which is incredibly rare for a minivan. The Sienna has a comfortable ride, accurate steering and balanced handling, with good control through corners. The SE trim has a sport-tuned suspension, which makes for improved handling but contributes to a slightly rougher ride. The Sienna's brakes are very strong.

  • For those seeking a more dialed-in driving experience, the SE trim offers a sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels. Both features improve handling but also result in a harsher ride and more road noise inside the cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While its dynamics aren't vastly improved for 2015, they're certainly competent, including a braking package that feels exceptionally strong." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

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