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2018 Toyota Sienna Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.2

The 2018 Toyota Sienna is a solid performer. It features a capable V6 engine, great fuel economy, and the option to add all-wheel drive. There's little to get excited about when driving a Sienna, but its composed, comfortable handling will deliver you and your precious cargo to your destination without a fuss.

  • "Why other minivans don't offer the option of all-wheel drive is a mystery, but one that works in the Sienna's favor. Although not inexpensive, for anyone living in the northern portion of the country, this option is worth its weight in gold." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most road flaws are soaked up without fuss and the suspension provides good isolation around town and on the highway." -- Consumer Reports
  • The standard Sienna's suspension is soft and accommodating, successfully filtering out impact harshness even for rear occupants. This is a large minivan, 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 (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Sienna is a peppy minivan, with enough power to deftly handle merging, overtaking, and hill climbs. It's powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 296-horsepower rating. The eight-speed automatic transmission is polished and shifts quickly when you need it to. Fuel economy is among the best in the class, at 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

  • "With its powerful 296-horsepower V6 engine, the Toyota Sienna has always delivered impressive acceleration that borders on sporty, although we don't envision many Sienna drivers challenging other cars to a drag race. The Sienna's power is better used for passing and merging, and tackling steep grades with a full complement onboard. On the highway, the Sienna is a serene machine, cruising effortlessly at 75 mph with barely a hint of road or wind noise infiltrating the cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 3.5-liter V6 delivers lively performance; we averaged 20 mpg overall on regular fuel. The all-wheel drive model is a tiny bit quicker but its different gearing and higher weight chop about one mpg off the average fuel use, lowering it to 19 overall." -- Consumer Reports
  • "We've long been impressed by the Sienna's V6 engine and how it delivers lively acceleration around town or getting up to cruising speed on the highway. The V6's upgrades for 2017 bring a healthy increase in performance along with mildly improved fuel mileage." -- Edmunds (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Sienna comes standard with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is available on select trim levels. Driving dynamics focus more on comfort in most models, resulting in a relaxing, quiet ride. The downside is that the softer suspension tuning leads to more body movement around curvy roads. The Sienna SE features a firmer, sport-tuned suspension system and feels more athletic, though the ride quality feels abrasive to some.

  • Though body lean is well suppressed, the Sienna corners like the big vehicle it is. The steering is responsive but feels numb and lacks feedback. The turning circle is small enough for easy maneuverability. In the tight turns at our track, the Sienna reached its cornering limits early on and managed only a modest speed through our avoidance maneuver but proved ultimately secure." -- Consumer Reports
  • Those looking for a bit more feedback from their minivan's driving experience should look to the SE trim. It features 19-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension for improved cornering. The trade-off for the SE's better drivability, however, is a firmer ride and a bit more tire noise." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All trim levels offer competent handling that most passengers will find agreeable. Still, the SE's firmer suspension (a relative term) provides more confidence around turns and greater body control over big bumps and undulations without giving up an appreciable amount of comfort. The marginally heavier steering is also more natural than the slightly numb feel on other trim levels. If you're accustomed to driving a car, the SE should make the switch to a minivan a bit easier." -- Edmunds

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