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2018 Toyota Sienna Review

The 2018 Toyota Sienna ranks midpack among minivans. It has a powerful engine, a roomy and comfortable interior, and the best predicted reliability rating in the segment. However, it has ponderous handling, and its safety scores are unimpressive compared to most classmates.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Ample cargo and passenger space
  • User-friendly features
  • Low safety scores for class
  • So-so handling

New for 2018

  • Standard Toyota Safety Sense features
  • Standard 7-inch infotainment screen, upgraded Entune 3.0 with App Suite, five USB ports
  • Refreshed front exterior styling

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Toyota Sienna ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Minivans category. Currently the Toyota Sienna has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 75 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 8.8
Reliability:
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Is the 2018 Toyota Sienna a Good Minivan?

Yes, this Sienna is a good minivan. It has spacious seating for up to eight and one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. Solid fuel economy and an admirable predicted reliability rating add to its appeal.

The 2018 Sienna has several strengths:

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Lots of standard active safety and driver assistance features
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Huge amount of cargo space
  • Three rows of welcoming seats
  • Muscular V6 engine
  • Only minivan available with all-wheel drive
  • Good gas mileage

It also has a few weaknesses:

  • Subpar safety scores for the class
  • Must remove second-row seats for maximum cargo space
  • Body lean around turns
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 75 Toyota Sienna reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has decades of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Sienna?

There are about 600 listings for the 2018 Toyota Sienna on our site, with an average list price of around $26,300. Prices range from about $23,700 to $33,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Sienna Cost to Own?

The 2018 Sienna’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $25,200, or $5,040 per year. That’s about average for a minivan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sienna?

The 2019 Toyota Sienna gains standard Apple CarPlay smartphone integration along with Amazon Alexa compatibility. This is the first time these features are available in the Sienna. For 2019, Toyota also makes all-wheel drive available in the midrange SE trim, leaving the base model as the only one you can't equip with AWD. If you can live without those added features, opt for a used Sienna over a new one. Doing so will likely save you lots of money: Prices for a used 2018 Sienna range from $23,700 to $33,000, while a new 2019 model starts at around $31,300 and tops out at more than $52,000.

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If you've decided on a used Sienna, go with a 2018 model instead of an older one. For 2018, Toyota refreshed the Sienna's front appearance and made a suite of driver assistance features standard. This active safety bundle includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The 2018 Sienna also benefits from the latest version of the Entune infotainment system, with a native app suite and a 7-inch touch screen, up from 6.1 inches in the 2017 Sienna.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota Sienna?

The 2018 Toyota Sienna has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. That's above average for the industry, and it's the best rating in this small class.

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2018 Toyota Sienna Recalls

At the time of writing, one recall has been issued for the 2018 Toyota Sienna:

  • Certain types of wheels may crack from a harsh impact while driving

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota Sienna Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota Sienna comes in five trims: L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. The SE, XLE, and Limited were also available as premium trims when the Sienna was new. These trims add extras like a rear-seat entertainment system and Driver Easy Speak, which amplifies the driver's voice through speakers to the back rows. All models feature a V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

When selecting your trim, keep in mind how many seats you want and if you prefer front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Only the LE, XLE, and Limited trims are available with all-wheel drive, and AWD models seat seven. If you want eight seats, you'll have to stick with an LE, SE, or XLE model, which only come with FWD. The standard Sienna L is only a front-wheel-drive seven-seater.

The base Sienna has a long list of standard features, including most of the Sienna's available infotainment amenities and a ton of driver assistance features. Consider springing for an SE or higher model, which adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power liftgate, as well as features from the LE model like satellite radio, power-sliding side doors, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

  • Toyota Sienna L: The 2018 Toyota Sienna L comes standard with cloth upholstery, second-row captain's chairs, three-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, five USB ports, Bluetooth, the Entune infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, phone-linked navigation, a six-speaker stereo, voice recognition, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Toyota Sienna LE: The Sienna LE adds an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, power-sliding side doors, second- and third-row sunshades, a 120-volt power outlet, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.
  • Toyota Sienna SE: The Toyota Sienna SE comes with genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power liftgate, and sport-tuned steering and suspension. SE Premium models add blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, integrated navigation, a moonroof, Driver Easy Speak, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, two additional 120-volt outlets, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start.
  • Toyota Sienna XLE: The standard Sienna XLE adds proximity keyless entry and push-button start. Features in the XLE Premium trim include rear parking sensors, Driver Easy Speak, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, two additional 120-volt outlets, and integrated navigation.
  • Toyota Sienna Limited: The Toyota Sienna Limited includes a dual-pane moonroof, a heated steering wheel, integrated navigation, a 10-speaker JBL premium stereo, and front and rear parking sensors. Limited Premium models come with a surround-view parking camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and two additional 120-volt outlets.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Sienna?

The 2018 Toyota Sienna has an unimpressive composite safety score compared to most of the class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sienna a five-star overall rating, with four-out-of-five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sienna the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and a Superior rating for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention features. However, it earned an Acceptable rating (second best) in the driver-side small overlap front crash test and an even worse rating of Marginal in the same test on the passenger side. Its headlights earned an Acceptable rating for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning
  • pedestrian detection
  • automatic emergency braking
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control
  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • surround-view parking camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2018 Toyota Sienna Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Sienna or 2018 Honda Odyssey?

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is the most fun-to-drive model in the class. Both the Sienna and Odyssey have potent V6 engines, but the Honda impresses with its well-controlled cornering and responsive steering. The Odyssey has a high-quality cabin, and it's the class leader in overall cargo space, beating the Sienna by about 8 cubic feet. For maximum space in both vans, however, you must remove the second-row seats. The Sienna's list of standard safety and infotainment features is longer than the Odyssey's, but you can get features in the Odyssey that you can't in the Sienna. These include ventilated front seats, wireless device charging, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and family-friendly helpers like a built-in vacuum and an in-cabin-view camera. The Odyssey has great safety scores, but the Sienna has a slightly better predicted reliability rating. Anyone shopping for a used minivan should consider the Odyssey – if you can afford it. Its average list price is several thousand dollars more than the Sienna's, and it'll cost you about $2,000 more in five-year operating expenses.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Sienna or 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica was designed with modernity in mind, as evidenced by its standard, user-friendly infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All of the Pacifica's rear seats fold easily into the floor, making it easier to utilize than the Sienna, even though the Chrysler falls a little behind in actual cubic feet. These minivans each have swift, V6-powered acceleration, but the Pacifica boasts more engaging handling. You'll get a long list of standard driver assistance features and a slightly better predicted reliability rating with the Sienna, though the Pacifica has much higher safety scores. Each makes a solid pick for a minivan, so your decision will come down to personal preference.

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2018 Sienna Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota Sienna Drive?

All 2018 Toyota Sienna models come with a standard V6 engine. Putting out almost 300 horses, it's the most powerful engine in the class. There's plenty of muscle on tap for pulling away swiftly from a stop and for climbing hills. And the Sienna doesn't flinch when you pile the whole family in or load a bunch of cargo.

The Sienna handles as you would expect a large van to, with a comfortable ride quality but noticeable body lean around turns. For tauter, more athletic handling, consider the sport-tuned Sienna SE (though some might find its ride too firm). This Toyota also stands out as the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive.

  • Base engine: 296-horsepower V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Toyota Sienna Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Sienna returns impressive fuel economy for a minivan.

  • V6, FWD: 19/27 mpg city/highway
  • V6, AWD: 18/24 mpg
2018 Toyota Sienna Towing Capacity

The Sienna can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Sienna Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Sienna Seat?

The 2018 Sienna seats seven or eight people in three rows. The middle row features either two captain's chairs or a three-seat bench. Like most minivans, seating is comfortable and spacious all-around. The first row offers good outward visibility.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • second-row captain's chairs

Available seating features:

  • second-row bench seat
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • four-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • power-sliding side doors
  • genuine leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Sienna?

The 2018 Sienna has four complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors: two on the second-row outboard seats and two on the third-row middle and passenger-side seats. The system received the second-highest ease-of-use rating of Acceptable from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The tether anchors are hard to find, and the lower anchors are set deep in the seats.

2018 Toyota Sienna Features

The 2018 Sienna has a better infotainment setup than in previous model years, with a standard 7-inch screen and native smartphone integration through the Entune App Suite. You won't find support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, though. The infotainment menus are easy to navigate, and the system functions well. Large climate control buttons are within short reach of the driver.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Entune infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, an app suite, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, and voice recognition
  • Available infotainment features: phone-linked navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, integrated navigation, Driver Easy Speak, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a 10-speaker JBL premium stereo
  • Additional standard features: three-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: second- and third-row sunshades, up to three 120-volt power outlets, a regular or dual-pane moonroof, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start

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2018 Toyota Sienna Dimensions

Toyota Sienna Cargo Space

The Sienna serves up more cargo space that most minivans. You'll get 39.1 cubic feet behind the third row. Those seats fold flat into the floor to open up 87.1 cubic feet behind the second-row. You can fold down the middle-row seats to get 117.8 cubic feet, but they don't go down into the floor like in some other vans. You must completely remove the second-row seats to get the Sienna's full, cavernous 150 cubic feet of cargo room.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota Sienna Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,430 to 4,750 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,995 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Sienna Built?

Toyota built the Sienna in Indiana.

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