Toyota’s seven/eight-passenger minivan ranges from kid-hauling master to Lexus-alike luxury.
Camry-based 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is standard and all-wheel-drive is optional.
While it might be an aging stereotype, the Sienna is a familiar face at soccer games and cheerleading practice, while also being stylish transport for carting friends and family around with relative ease. 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 sharp styling, 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). 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.
Base price (incl. destination): $27,600
Type: Four-door minivan
Engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V6 (266)
Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 16/22
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain anti-lock brakes; stability control
Weight (lb.): 4,310