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Toyota Sienna
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Toyota’s seven- /eight-passenger minivan gets some worthy changes in the name of convenience, quality and safety; still ranges from basic all the way to Lexus levels of luxury.

Drivetrain
Camry-based 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is standard and all-wheel-drive is optional.

Despite Toyota’s attempts to market minivan ownership as more exciting and full of attitude, the reality is that minivans aren’t meant to be thrilling. And the Sienna remains one of the best: a familiar face at soccer games and cheerleading practice, while also being stylish transport for carting friends and family around with relative ease. For 2015, Toyota has given the Sienna a thorough reworking inside and out. The basic shell remains the same, but there’s a reshaped grille, while the new headlights are thinner, and optional LED running lights help spice up the higher trims. The engine remains a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 offering that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Its proverbial “ace” is the all-wheel-drive option that separates the Sienna from the rest of the minivan herd. Sienna has managed to maintain its popularity with smart features and enough capacity to cart up to eight friends and/or family members (seven if the optional second-row high-back chairs are selected to replace the three-person bench). Pretty much everything the driver can see or touch is new, including soft-touch materials on the door cards and dash, a three-spoke heated steering wheel, center console, transmission shifter, and the integrated Entune display audio system. In the top-level Sienna Limited, the mid-row buckets turn into reclining lounge seats that also feature swing-up foot rests for maximum self-indulgent travel (just try to pry the kids out of them). The third-row bench folds flat into the load floor when not needed. The base Sienna L and LE show up with tri-zone air conditioning (driver, passenger and rear), multi-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel plus the usual power-controlled goodies. The SE includes a mesh-style grille, sporty body trim, taillights with tinted lenses, special instrumentation and interior trim, sport-tuned suspension and distinctive 19-inch wheels (17-inchers are found on base models). The XLE features climate control, power moonroof, leather-covered seats (heated in front) and power-sliding side doors, while the high-stylin’ Limited with its living-large lounge chairs also has keyless remote entry and push-button start, sliding first- /second-row floor console and a dual-sliding moonroof. Optional is a unique dual-view 16.4-inch widescreen monitor that can display a single program or two programs, side by side, from two sources, including, for 2015, Blu-Ray discs, an HDMI input and SDXC media card reader.