2020 Toyota Sienna

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2020 Toyota Sienna Performance Review

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Performance: 8.0

The 2020 Toyota Sienna features a powerful engine, and it rides smoothly over most road surfaces. Handling is poised as long as you don't push the issue, and gas mileage is on par with other minivans. One notable advantage for the Sienna is that it's the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive.

  • A strong V6 makes the Sienna one of the quickest minivans on the market. The engine isn't terribly responsive in typical driving, and ample body roll reveals itself on curvy roads, but most minivan drivers should find it tolerable." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "Most road flaws are soaked up without fuss and the suspension provides good isolation around town and on the highway." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The Sienna features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 296 horsepower. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Sienna's engine is one of the strongest in the class, and it provides plenty of power and quick acceleration. The transmission works well enough, but it could be a little smoother. When properly equipped, the Sienna can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

With front-wheel drive, the Sienna gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are about average for a minivan. Opt for all-wheel drive, and ratings drop to 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

  • "The Sienna keeps pace with the quickest minivans on the market, though the transmission's operations sometimes leave a little to be desired." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Handling and Braking

Minivans aren't known for their athleticism, and the Sienna is no exception. It emphasizes a smooth ride, and the suspension does a good job absorbing road imperfections without disturbing passengers. This Toyota feels stable around turns, but there's noticeable body roll if you take them too quickly. The SE trim, which has a sport-tuned suspension, gives you better cornering ability, but it has a slightly firmer ride. The Sienna comes standard with front-wheel drive, and it is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive.

  • "The Sienna glides down the highway, offering a supremely comfortable ride. It can get a little unsettled if you hit a bump in the middle of a turn, but that's the only real knock against it." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • 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 (2018)
  • Those looking for a bit more feedback from their minivan's driving experience should look to the SE trim. … The trade-off for the SE's better drivability, however, is a firmer ride and a bit more tire noise." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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