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2018 Toyota Sienna Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Toyota Sienna was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2018 Toyota Sienna is an outstanding choice if you need lots of space for people and things. Both seven- and eight-seat models are available, and all trim levels are finished with durable, high-grade materials. New for 2018 is the addition of a full suite of active safety features and an enhanced infotainment system.

  • Most minivans have fairly utilitarian interiors, with the Sienna coming in about average, helped by the 2015 update. It's plusher than the stark Honda Odyssey, but isn't as plush as the Kia Sedona. … The dashboard and door tops are now padded to the touch and higher-trim versions are trimmed with accents of wood and chrome." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Lower trim levels of the Sienna are attractively decked out with high-quality fabric upholstery, while higher-end models get leather along with simulated wood cabin accents. Materials quality is very good, and the dash design is modern and attractive." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "More importantly, we think that upscale Sienna models bring a whole new level of luxury to the minivan world, with the high-end Sienna Limited starting to feel more like a Lexus than a Toyota. That's good news for van drivers who spend big money to get a Sienna Limited." -- Autotrader (2015)

Seating

The Sienna comes standard with seating for seven, cloth upholstery, second-row captain's chairs, and a Split & Stow third-row seat (which folds into the floor for convenient storage). Seating options include a removable center seat (increasing total capacity to eight), an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, manual second- and third-row sunshades, heated front seats, and leatherette or leather upholstery.

For child safety seats, there are two sets of LATCH anchors in the second row and two sets in the third row. It doesn't take a lot of sweat to clip car seats into the anchors, but the hardware is difficult to locate.

The front seats aren't as cushy as the Honda Odyssey's, but overall, the Sienna is comfortable and spacious. The second-row seats are adult-friendly and can easily slide forward to allow access to the rearmost seats.

  • You buy a minivan for its practical interior, and the Sienna doesn't disappoint. The cabin is spacious and versatile, with available seating for eight. Fancy top-line Limited versions offer second-row lounge seating, complete with footrests. Too bad the driving position is somewhat cramped, with sparse left foot room." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The eight-passenger Sienna comes with a [split-folding] second-row bench with a sliding center section that slides forward to improve access for a child safety seat. It can also be removed and stowed within the van itself (unlike the Odyssey's, where you must find a place for it elsewhere)." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • The Sienna's front seats provide satisfactory support on long trips, though they do make us miss the superior chairs in the Honda Odyssey. In the base 7-passenger version, the second row consists of standard captain's chairs that slide fore and aft. Opt for an 8-passenger Sienna, and you get a special center seat in the second row that slides forward independently in case you want to keep an extra-close eye on a child sitting there. The top-of-the-line recliner-style captain's chairs feature footrests that flip up, but the front occupants will have to cooperate by sliding their seats up; otherwise, the footrests won't have room to extend." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

Every Sienna comes with three-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and 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. The base infotainment system includes the Entune 3.0 infotainment interface, a 7-inch touch-screen display, navigation, five USB ports, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free.

Interior options include rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, dual power-sliding doors, HD Radio, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker JBL sound system, Driver Easy Speak, push-button start, a proximity key, and a single- or dual-pane moonroof.

It takes very little time to master the Sienna's infotainment system, thanks to its straightforward menus. The touch screen and interface are responsive, and there's a nice array of redundant buttons for fast adjustments without using the screen.

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  • A high-mounted touch-screen audio system has simple on-screen page logic. Most fonts are big and easy to read. There are small traditional volume and tuning knobs, but we could do without the flush touch-sensitive buttons that surround the radio screen. It (sic) too easy to brush them and activate them by accident." -- Consumer Reports
  • "On the electronics front, every Sienna comes with a touchscreen interface. Both available screens feature a similar easy-to-decipher menu structure with surrounding buttons that require little effort to jump from one main function to another, including the built-in navigation system or a suite of smartphone-connected services. There's also an available rear-seat entertainment system, which features a split-screen monitor that allows two different media (a movie on one side and a video game on the other, for example) to play simultaneously, thereby making it easier to quash at least one potential sibling argument." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Dead center of the dash is Toyota's latest Entune entertainment and information system, and it's a pretty good one. All models … get a 7-inch touchscreen augmented by two knobs, one for volume and one for tuning. All of the touch-sensitive buttons respond immediately to input and the system changes between functions quickly, so you're never waiting long for the computer to think." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Cargo

The Sienna has one of the largest cargo capacities in our ranking of the best minivans. It measures 39.1 cubic feet behind the third-row seats and 87.1 cubic feet with those seats folded into the floor. Up to 150 cubic feet of cargo room is available overall, but you have to lift out the second-row seats first, which is a heavy, awkward task. A power liftgate is optional.

  • Folding away the split third-row bench opens up a cavernous cargo bay. Mastering the maneuver for dropping the third row into its well takes practice. And wrestling out the second-row seats, if need be, takes considerable strength. Even with the second-row seats removed, some seat-track hardware remains, making it hard to slide in large, heavy cargo." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Toyota's minivan features … plenty of nooks and crannies up front for electronics and bags, and ample storage in back behind the third row." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • Maximum cargo space is 150 cubic feet, though to achieve this you have to take out the second-row seats, which are quite heavy and awkward to remove." -- Edmunds (2017)

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