2018 Toyota Sienna

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MSRP: $30,850 - 48,715

2018 Toyota Sienna Review

The 2018 Toyota Sienna has tons of cabin space and a long list of user-friendly features. It's also the only minivan you can buy with all-wheel drive. It finishes on the lower end of our minivan rankings, however, because of its aging design and surprisingly low predicted reliability rating.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.2
Safety: 8.8
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Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Roomy cabin with high-quality materials
  • Spacious cargo area
  • Composed and confident on the road
  • Only minivan to offer all-wheel drive


  • More expensive than most rivals
  • Sport-tuned SE trim has firm ride quality
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating


New for 2018

  • Suite of advanced safety features standard on all trim levels
  • Smartphone integration, navigation, and five USB ports now standard
  • Reshuffling of standard features and options


Is the Toyota Sienna a Good Minivan?

Though it isn’t the highest-ranking minivan, the Sienna is still a good vehicle. There's ample room for you to haul a full load of passengers and gear at the same time, and its interior is built to last. The Sienna's 300-horsepower engine is one of the most powerful in the class, so you'll easily get up to speed, even when the van is packed full. The Sienna is also the only minivan on the market available with all-wheel drive. Additionally, it comes outfitted with a ton of advanced safety and driver assistance features.

On the downside, the Sienna has slightly lower crash test scores than most of the class. Additionally, though Toyota is typically synonymous with dependability, the Sienna is a black sheep of the family. Its predicted reliability rating is lower than every rival and below average among all new cars.

Should I Buy the Toyota Sienna?

The Sienna is an excellent choice if you want a spacious workhorse to ferry around people and cargo on a regular basis. It has more cargo space behind the third row than other minivans. There’s adult-friendly seating throughout the Sienna’s cabin, which comes in seven- and eight-seat configurations. Starting at over $30,000, the Sienna is one of the more-expensive minivans available. However, it has many new standard features for 2018 and a history of high resale values, which give it more bang for the buck.

The Sienna hasn't been fully redesigned for a while, so it looks a little outdated alongside newly launched or recently refreshed models. Gone are the days when minivans were soulless grocery-getters that populated suburban driveways and municipal soccer fields. Now, rivals like the Honda Odyssey (redesigned for 2018) and Chrysler Pacifica (all-new for 2017) boast swanky designs and handy features like a built-in vacuum or stowable third-row seats. They also offer more modern infotainment systems and family-friendly features like second-row entertainment and gaming screens.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Sienna?

For 2018, the Toyota Sienna gets a bunch of new standard features: a larger 7-inch touch screen, smartphone integration, built-in navigation, and five USB ports. It also comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of driver assistance features, which includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

You can likely save a bunch of money with a used Sienna. Just know that some used models won't have all the new-for-2018 features. Among used Siennas from the previous years, a 2017 model is a better choice than previous models. The 2017 Sienna received a 30-horsepower boost to its V6 engine and a new, smooth-shifting eight-speed transmission.

To research some other models in this generation (which stretches back to 2011), check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Toyota Sienna. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 76 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Toyota Sienna in our comprehensive car review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 76 professional Toyota Sienna car reviews. This 2018 Toyota Sienna review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2011 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Toyota Sienna Cost?

The Toyota Sienna has one of the highest starting prices for a new minivan. Retail prices stretch from $30,750 (for the base Sienna L) to $48,615 (for the top-of-the-line Sienna Limited Premium AWD).

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Toyota Sienna Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey?

Anyone in the market for a new minivan should consider the fully redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey. It has a high-class cabin design and engaging performance that helps it outrank the Sienna and the rest of the class. Families will appreciate the Odyssey's superb crash test scores and its designation as an IIHS Top Safety Pick. There's plenty of room for passengers wherever they sit, and more maximum cargo volume than the Sienna.

Which Is Better: Toyota Sienna or Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica is a compelling buy in the class. Its cabin is a posh, quiet space with comfortable seats and an excellent infotainment system. The second and third rows in the Pacifica feature Stow 'n Go seats that fold down into the floor. That means you don't have to manually remove any seats to get maximum cargo volume, like you do in the Sienna and Odyssey. The Pacifica is also available as a plug-in hybrid, which we review separately. The Sienna’s larger cargo capacity is its main advantage over the Pacifica. However, both vans can carry a ton of gear. Overall, you’re better off with the Pacifica.

Which Is Better: Toyota Sienna or Kia Sedona?

The Kia Sedona should be appealing for its price, which is several thousand dollars less than the Sienna’s. However, the Toyota is a better bet if you have more room in your budget. It has more cargo space and a longer standard features list.

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Sienna Interior

How Many People Does the Sienna Seat?

Two seating configurations are available in the Sienna. The base L trim, the range-topping Limited trim, and every model outfitted with all-wheel drive come with second-row captain's chairs and seat seven people. All other editions have a removable center seat for the second row, increasing your carrying capacity to eight. This seat, along with the third-row bench seat, can be quickly stowed. All-around, seating in the Sienna is spacious and comfortable.

Sienna and Car Seats

The Sienna has four seats with full LATCH hardware – two in the second row and two in the third row. The anchors can be a tricky to find (tether anchors are not in an obvious location, and the lower anchors are mounted deep in the seat cushions) but are otherwise easy to use.

Sienna Interior Quality

The ambiance of the Sienna's cabin ranges from utilitarian (with cloth upholstery in the entry-level editions) to swanky (as seen in models outfitted with synthetic or genuine leather). The solidly built interior uses high-quality materials and comes packed full of technology.

Sienna Cargo Space

Behind the rearmost seats, the Sienna has 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space. That's significantly more than every other model in our minivan rankings. The third-row seats quickly stow into the floor, but to achieve the maximum 150-cubic-foot cargo capacity, you have to remove the bulky second-row seats.

Sienna Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

For 2018, Toyota scrapped the Sienna's previous base infotainment system, putting an upgraded interface in even the lowest trim levels. This means a 7-inch touch-screen display is now standard, as are niceties like navigation, smartphone integration (via the Entune App Suite), and five USB ports. Overall, the menus are laid out in a logical fashion, and the system is easy to use. Driver Easy Speak (which amplifies the driver’s voice through the speakers to the back rows) and a dual-view Blu-ray entertainment system with a 16.4-inch display are among the available technology options.

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Sienna Performance

Sienna Engine: A Meaty Minivan

The Sienna has one of the most powerful engines in the minivan class. Though you shouldn't plan any drag races with it, the Sienna's 3.5-liter V6 engine isn't shy about tackling a steep hill or overtaking a slower family hauler.

Sienna Gas Mileage: One of the Thriftiest

The Sienna gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That's among the most efficient in this class and equivalent to the fuel economy ratings of the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica.

Sienna Ride and Handling: The Solitary All-Wheel-Drive Option

For shoppers who live in snowy regions, no minivan can compare to the Sienna. It's the only one that offers all-wheel drive (note that every trim comes standard with front-wheel drive). The Sienna handles like you expect a large van to, with a reasonably comfortable ride but noticeable body lean in sharp corners. For tauter, more athletic handling, consider the sport-tuned Sienna SE (though some will find its ride too firm).

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Sienna Reliability

Is the Toyota Sienna Reliable?

The Sienna stumbles when it comes to predicted reliability. It scores 2.5 out of five, which is not only the lowest rating in our minivan rankings but also a below-average score for a new vehicle.

Toyota Sienna Warranty

Toyota covers the Sienna with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Sienna Safety

Sienna Crash Test Results

The Sienna earns lukewarm crash test scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it top ratings in four out of five crash test categories. However, the Sienna earns the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Sienna four stars out of five in both the frontal crash and rollover tests.

Sienna Safety Features

The 2018 Sienna comes packed with lots of standard safety features. In addition to a rearview camera, this minivan comes with Toyota Safety Sense P – a suite of advanced safety systems composed of lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. Available safety features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Toyota Sienna Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Sienna comes in five main trim levels (L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited), with starting prices spanning from $30,750 to $43,735. The SE, XLE, and Limited are also available as premium trims, which add extras like Driver Easy Speak and a rear-seat entertainment system. Every trim comes standard with front-wheel drive, and you can add all-wheel drive to the LE, XLE, and Limited models for about $1,400 to $2,500.

When selecting your trim and options, keep in mind how many seats you want. The Sienna L and Sienna Limited both come only as a seven-seat van. In all other trims, eight seats are standard – unless you add all-wheel drive, which reduces seating to seven.

Toyota Sienna L

The base Sienna L ($30,750) is a seven-passenger minivan with front-wheel drive. For 2018, it comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The infotainment system now features the Entune 3.0 infotainment interface, a 7-inch touch-screen display, navigation, five USB ports, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, and Siri Eyes Free. Other standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a Split & Stow third-row seat, and keyless entry.

Toyota Sienna LE

Starting at $33,660, the eight-passenger Sienna LE comes with an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual power-sliding doors, manual second- and third-row sunshades, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. All-wheel drive is available for $2,540.

Toyota Sienna SE

The Sienna SE is the sporty edition of the pack. It features a sport-tuned suspension that minimizes body roll in corners but may feel too firm for some. Other standard features include heated leather-trimmed front seats, a leatherette-trimmed Split & Stow third-row seat, a leather-trimmed tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and a power liftgate. Pricing starts at $36,990 for the Sienna SE and $42,205 for the Sienna SE Premium.

Toyota Sienna XLE

Notable features of the Sienna XLE ($36,990) include leather-trimmed and heated front seats, a moonroof, wood grain-style trim, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a proximity key, and push-button start. The XLE is also available with all-wheel drive ($2,430) and the Premium package ($3,690).

Toyota Sienna Limited

For $43,735, the top-of-the-line Sienna Limited has seating for seven, a 10-speaker JBL sound system, Driver Easy Speak, a dual moonroof, and front and rear parking sensors. Options include all-wheel drive ($1,360) and the Premium package ($3,520).

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The Final Call

When lining up the Toyota Sienna against top competitors like the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, you'll need to decide if the Sienna's higher price tag is worth it. The Sienna is a solid contender in the minivan segment, it offers gobs of cargo space, and it has a history of very high resale values. But it's hard to ignore convenient touches that can only be found in rivals: for example, stowable second-row seats (an option in the Pacifica) or options like a built-in vacuum and a hands-free liftgate, which are both available in the Odyssey and Pacifica. The Sienna also posts a lower predicted reliability score than every competitor in this class.

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

  • "With a limited number of minivans available in the marketplace, the 2018 Toyota Sienna qualifies as one of the better choices. Over the years, Toyota's family van has grown in size, power and price, meaning when it comes to hauling the kids and all their stuff, the Sienna is still far superior to any SUV or wagon." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although the Toyota Sienna is one of the older minivans in the segment, a steady stream of improvements has kept it competitive. It deserves consideration, especially if you live in a cold climate where the available all-wheel drive is a welcome option." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "It's certainly not perfect, but the current Sienna has been a best-seller for years for a few very good reasons: it's reliable, it's practical, it's comfortable and at the low end of the price range, it's darn good value. While other minivans make their hay at the top of the range, the Sienna sells in droves to value-conscious consumers who can do without a fancy-schmancy vacuum, and it deserves to do so. "Swagger Wagon" it may not quite be, but the Sienna, though at the end of its product lifecycle, is far from dead yet, and if you're one of the few minivan buyers left out there, you'd be remiss not to swing by a dealership and check it out." -- New York Daily News (2017)
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