Toyota Sienna

Toyota’s Sienna minivan has duked it out with Honda’s Odyssey for years, and these days, it faces fierce competition from the Chrysler Pacifica, too. It’s still a competitive cross-shop that’s worth looking into, however, especially if you’re in a climate where its available all-wheel drive is an asset — it’s the only such minivan on the market today.

Treated to a mild facelift for 2018, the Toyota Sienna comes with the company’s familiar and well-regarded 3.5-liter V6, tuned here to deliver 296 horsepower through its eight-speed automatic. Priced from $30,750 for the base L model, most Sienna buyers will likely find themselves spending closer to $40,000 by the time they add on a few creature comforts and advanced driver assist systems for maximum safety.

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Editors' First Take

Some vehicles can haul a load of passengers, others are supremely comfortable and plenty of others deliver incredible fuel efficiency. Plot these attributes on a Venn diagram and the 2021 Toyota Sienna would land smack-dab in the middle. It can accommodate up to eight adults, plus it's appropriately cushy and amazingly economical. For drivers that haven't completely turned their noses up to minivans, the new Sienna makes a strong case for itself.

One of the best arguments in favor of this Toyota is fuel economy. After a good ol' thrashing on a wide variety of roads, I averaged just shy of 35 miles per gallon in my Platinum-trim, all-wheel-drive tester. That's practically economy-car efficiency, plus it's right in line with this Toyota's window sticker. According to the EPA, it should return 35 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 35 mpg combined. Front-drive models are rated at 36 mpg across the board, and all-wheel drive is available across the lineup.

Delivering that astonishing real-world efficiency is a hybrid drivetrain, which is standard in all 2021 Siennas. Yep, a traditional V6 is no longer offered. This gasoline-electric propulsion system, which is built around a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 1.9-kilowatt-hour nickel-metal hydride battery pack mounted underneath the front seats, delivers 245 horsepower, a good bit less than you get in either a Honda Odyssey (280 hp) or non-plug-in-hybrid Chrysler Pacifica (287 hp).

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