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.

Editors' Review

There comes a time in everyone's life when you need to really think about what's important. Are you going to spend the rest of your days tethered to the whims and opinions of others, or are you going to forge your own path and do your own thing? If you've graduated to that latter group, I'd like to introduce one of the greatest utility vehicles in production and the ultimate road trip machine: the Toyota Sienna.

I can say that confidently, because to test the 2021 Sienna minivan you see pictured here I didn't just doddle around town for a week and make a couple runs to the grocery store. I loaded the thing up and headed as far east as I could amid the current travel restrictions, more than 1,000 miles on a road trip that took me just 10 miles shy of Canada. I covered rough roads and smooth ones, highways and byways, on-road and off, and, for the duration of this adventure, I never once found myself wishing for anything but the Sienna -- and that's despite not having any children along for the ride. Well, unless you count our pup Yoshi -- but at 12, she's basically a senior citizen. 

The 2021 Toyota Sienna is available with just one means of propulsion: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a hybrid system that offers a net 245 horsepower and a generous 288 pound-feet of torque. I wouldn't call it quick, but the Sienna has plenty of shove off the line, more than enough power for the highway and a better-than-respectable 3,500-pound tow rating. If that weren't enough, despite having all-wheel drive and comfortable seating for seating seven adults, the Sienna is EPA-rated for a remarkable 35 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. 

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The Good ~ Great economy ~ Effortless practicality ~ Comfort for seven passengers

The Bad ~ Somewhat uninspired drive ~ Mediocre lane-keeping tech

The Bottom Line The 2021 Toyota Sienna is the ultimate weapon for long or short hauls where cargo space and comfort are the priority.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 9
  • Media 8

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