Execs: Monumental gasoline financial system benefit; big-kid-friendly second-row; above common dealing with; inside storage
Cons: Not as highly effective as different minivans; behind-the-times infotainment; low cost inside supplies on decrease trims
If cost-savings and gasoline effectivity are high priorities, the 2024 Toyota Sienna is the minivan for you. Relying on whether or not you select front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, you’re going to get both 35 or 36 mpg from this large household hailer. That out-greens all however the (costlier) plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica. The volatility of fuel costs may see the quantity of financial savings over a yr of driving come and go, however there’s little question the Sienna would be the most frugal possibility of the bunch of different glorious minivans on the market.
Fortunately, the Sienna backs up its effectivity with different glorious features corresponding to the way it drives, its enticing inside (notably on increased trims) and nice utility options just like the Tremendous Lengthy Slide second-row. It’s not as fast in a straight line as a few of its V6-powered opponents are, nevertheless it handles nicely for a minivan and may tow as much as 3,500 kilos ought to the necessity come up. Our least favourite half about it’s the loud and groaning engine, nevertheless it’s exhausting to complain an excessive amount of if you’re getting over 30 mpg in a car that’s this utilitarian.
And whereas Toyota could be responsible of pricing its autos above the competitors in lots of segments, the Sienna is priced equally to its Pacifica and Honda Odyssey brethren. The Kia Carnival will undercut it on the low finish, however look to the Sienna’s large gasoline financial system benefit to save lots of you cash in the long term. For us, it comes all the way down to the Sienna and the Pacifica Hybrid, which is why we carried out a comparability take a look at so that you can take a look at all the benefits and drawbacks of every. Ultimately, although, we’d drive off within the Sienna.
Inside & Know-how | Passenger & Cargo House | Efficiency & Gas Financial system
What it is wish to drive | Pricing & Trim Ranges | Crash Scores & Security Options
What’s new for 2024?
Modifications for 2024 are slim, however one massive one is the addition of a Premium Bundle for the sportier XSE grade that provides lots of the luxuries you would possibly discover on increased trim ranges like energy leather-based seats, orange inside stitching, 7-inch instrument panel show and heated facet mirrors. Wheel finishes for the Woodland and XSE AWD grades are modified, and each the LE and XLE grades get darkened headlight accents.
Sienna XLE and Sienna Platinum interiors
What are the Sienna inside and in-car expertise like?
The Kia Carnival has since trumped it, however the Sienna’s entrance cabin remains to be shockingly high-style for a minivan. The controls are canted ever-so-slightly towards the driving force, whereas the excessive heart console gives extra of a car- or SUV-like really feel. Nonetheless, that console is absolutely only a bridge over an enormous open canyon ripe for no matter you wish to put down there (seemingly a handbag or small diaper bag). There are a variety of different useful locations up entrance to stow issues, as nicely, which we go over on this deep dive assessment of the Sienna’s inside storage.
Sadly, we have discovered that cabin high quality differs extensively relying on trim degree. The higher XSE, Restricted and Platinum trim ranges trim ranges get padded, leather-look trim throughout the doorways and a contemporary wood-look trim degree throughout the console. Against this, the decrease XLE trim degree, will get exhausting textured plastic as a substitute of the padded stuff and weird rust-colored plastic trim with embossed traces and metallic specks (pictured beneath). It appears to be like low cost, and it’s the distinction between the Sienna being higher than its opponents and being a little bit bit worse.
As for expertise, all the same old options are current and the 9-inch touchscreen is definitely seen, reached and operated, although it is nonetheless operating a dated model of Toyota infotainment software program versus the remainder of the automaker’s lineup (which admittedly has its personal foibles). It’s totally a lot outdone by each competitor’s system, particularly Chrysler’s and Kia’s. The rear seat leisure system additionally presents just one roof-mounted display, versus the twin seatback screens of the Chrysler, and its USB ports should not as conveniently situated as these of the Chrysler and Kia.
Sienna XLE and Sienna Platinum heart console inside trims
How massive is the Sienna?
The Sienna is comparable in measurement to the opposite minivans. We did not discover it any extra maneuverable or much less cumbersome to drive in tight locations, and it presents the identical kind of huge cargo area behind its third-row seat. Now, its specs point out far much less cargo area when the third row is lowered in addition to when the second-row seats are eliminated, however we suspect this is because of a distinction in the best way Toyota measures cargo capability. In actuality, we predict it is successfully related.
Actually, minivans most differ when it comes to their second-row seating ideas. The Sienna presents a alternative of two (and is most much like the Kia Carnival). The eight-passenger mannequin might be higher suited to folks with smaller children because it comes with a detachable second-row center seat (pictured beneath) that you could affix a toddler seat to whereas conserving the outboard seats open. The seven-passenger setup discovered on higher trim ranges options the brand new “Tremendous Lengthy Slide” second-row captain’s chairs, which slide additional than its opponents by a substantial quantity. Slid to the rear, they supply sufficient legroom for NBA forwards to chill and calm down. Additionally they slide ahead all the best way to the entrance seats, making it extra more likely to match no matter you want inside with out shifting the seats (whereas being extra comfy than the non-hybrid Chrysler Pacifica’s Stow ‘N Go seats). A second lever folds the seat cushion up and the seatback ahead to both present a simple ingress into the third row, or to maximise cargo quantity even additional.
There are definitely benefits to Stow ‘N Go (for individuals who prioritize cargo-carrying versatility) and Honda’s “Magic Slide” second-row (for these with a number of babies), so there is not a proper or flawed reply right here. Selection is sweet. On this case, we predict the Sienna’s idea is greatest suited to households with older children.
What are the Sienna gasoline financial system and efficiency specs?
Each 2023 Toyota Sienna is a hybrid. There is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electrical motors, plus a 3rd added to create the accessible all-wheel-drive system. Its battery recoups power from the brakes and engine (it is not a plug-in hybrid just like the accessible Pacifica Hybrid, which has all-electric vary and the next value). Whole system output is 245 horsepower, which is lower than its V6-powered opponents.
Gas financial system is massively higher, although. Toyota estimates the Sienna will get 36 mpg mixed with front-wheel drive in EPA testing and 35 mpg mixed with AWD. We averaged 39.4 mpg on a 454-mile highway journey with out making any effort to drive effectively, however our long-term take a look at of a 2023 Sienna Platinum AWD has returned a median of simply over 31 mpg. The Odyssey, Carnival and V6-powered Pacifica get 22 mpg mixed. Due to in the present day’s excessive fuel costs, that’s a distinction that would equate to as a lot as $1,000 in fuel financial savings per yr with the Sienna. Even when fuel costs go down, you’ll nonetheless be a determine within the a whole lot. That’s unimaginable to disregard.
What is the Sienna wish to drive?
The hybrid-only Sienna definitely will not be the best choice for lead-footed minivan drivers, however that is a minority, if probably an oxymoron. For everybody else, energy ought to be completely satisfactory, whereas the instantaneous nature of the electrical torque truly makes it really feel fast off the road round city. You do should stay with droning from the e-CVT, although, particularly when accelerating onto the freeway.
In any other case, the drive is clean and principally quiet with shockingly responsive dealing with. When not accelerating, the engine makes little sound. Noise from the wind and highway are principally filtered out earlier than intruding into the cabin. The suspension is taut sufficient to supply good help for the Sienna’s lengthy, cumbersome physique, however not punishing over the craggy roads of southeast Michigan and northwest Oregon the place we drove the Sienna. It is truly now probably the most partaking minivan to drive. That is in distinction to most variations of the outdated Sienna, which may very well be quite floaty. We used to recommend consumers go for the extra managed Sienna SE trim degree, and though the equally “sporty” new XSE trim does sharpen the Sienna, it is definitely not a must-buy for individuals who favor a extra composed or partaking drive.
As for the Woodland Version, don’t anticipate the Subaru Outback of minivans. It does not drive a lot completely different than different Siennas, both. Sure, it has further floor clearance, however with solely 0.59 inches greater than a Sienna XLE at 6.96 inches, there’s actually solely sufficient to (perhaps) forestall a tow hitch from scraping on a driveway (as it can in different Siennas). So with no different actual mechanical enhancements, and barely any aesthetic variations, the Woodland looks like a missed alternative to create one thing actually particular for these seeking to go on extra-adventurous household journeys.
What different Toyota Sienna opinions can I learn?
2021 Toyota Sienna vs 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Comparability Take a look at
We take a look at our high two-recommended minivans on this full comparability take a look at. It comes down to 1 level out of a potential 230. (Spoiler Alert: the Sienna wins)
2021 Toyota Sienna XSE First Drive | It is the “sporty” one
The XSE options distinctive styling together with suspension and steering variations that end in a special, sharper driving expertise. Not like the final Sienna, we do not assume getting this “sportier” model is a should for individuals who favor a extra responsive driving drive, nevertheless it definitely does not harm.
2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland First Drive Overview: Not woodsy sufficient
The Woodland is a great concept, however does not go far sufficient when it comes to type or functionality.
2021 Toyota Sienna First Drive | Purposeful effectivity with type
Our first assessment of the Sienna, masking in additional element its adjustments and new options.
2021 Toyota Sienna Inside Storage Overview
We go full James Cameron on this deep dive into the Sienna’s inside storage, filling all 18(!) cupholders and its multitude of bins.
What’s the 2024 Sienna’s value?
The Sienna’s costs go up by about $300 for 2024, making the brand new base value $38,580, together with the $1,395 vacation spot cost. The minimal will increase solely paint a part of the story, nevertheless, as Toyota elevated the worth throughout the 2023 mannequin yr, making the true distinction in year-to-year pricing rise above $1,000 for a lot of trims. Earlier than you get too steamed by that, although, know that the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey have equally excessive base costs. Solely the Kia Carnival, which is available in at $34,565, is notably decrease.
Regardless of being thought of the “base” Sienna, the LE is extra akin to the mid-grade trim ranges of earlier years so that you’re at the very least getting the kind of gear applicable for its value level. Apart from the will increase in gear and higher-quality cabin supplies (see Inside part above), there are some key variations with the trim ranges. The XSE options sportier styling and chassis tuning, whereas the Woodland includes a modest floor clearance improve and barely extra rugged styling cues.
All costs beneath embrace the vacation spot cost.
What are the Sienna security rankings and driver help options?
Each Sienna consists of ahead collision warning with computerized emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with steering help, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, and full-speed adaptive cruise management. Computerized reverse emergency braking is included on all however the base LE. Additionally commonplace are Toyota’s Security Join emergency telematics providers, together with plenty of atypical airbags: driver’s knee, passenger seat under-cushion (prevents submarining underneath a seatbelt) and second-row seat-mounted facet airbags.
The 2023 Sienna was named a High Security Decide+ by the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security, the best ranking a car can obtain. In authorities crash assessments, the Sienna acquired 5 out of 5 stars for general and facet crash safety, with a four-star frontal ranking.