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Editor's Overview

Over the years, Toyota’s Sienna minivan has grown in size, power and price, but when it comes to hauling kids and all their stuff, the Sienna is superior to any SUV or wagon. In addition to its stellar reliability and resale numbers, the 8-passenger 2018 Toyota Sienna is also the only minivan to offer the option of all-wheel drive.

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If you’re looking for a roomy minivan that specializes in reliability, longevity and ease of operation, the 2018 Toyota Sienna checks all the right boxes. Standard driver assists maximize safety, while options such as mobility-needs systems and all-wheel drive widen the Sienna’s already broad appeal.

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The Sienna is not the least expensive minivan you can buy; that honor goes to the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona, neither of which can match the Sienna’s resale value. The Chrysler Pacifica offers better styling, more features and a hybrid option, but can’t match the Sienna’s cargo volume.

What's New

The 2018 Toyota Sienna receives the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) suite of driver assists as standard equipment. This includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and assist plus automatic high beams. A newly styled front end, upgraded Entune multimedia system, additional USB ports and a Bird’s-Eye View monitor for the Limited trim round out the changes.

Interior Features

The 2018 Sienna minivan has three rows of seats and can accommodate seven or eight passengers. Seven-passenger models have a pair of 2nd-row captain’s chairs, while 8-passenger models have a bench that seats three. You can opt for a 7- or 8-passenger arrangement in every Sienna except the SE, which is 8-passenger-only. If you choose 2nd-row captain’s seats in the XLE or Limited, your passengers get lounge seats with adjustable ottomans and armrests. Toyota’s minivan features four LATCH points for child-safety seats, plenty of nooks and crannies up front for electronics and bags, and ample storage in back behind the third row.

Exterior Features

Compared to the Honda Odyssey with its "lightning-bolt" side-window treatment or the Kia Sedona and new Chrysler Pacifica with their progressive stances, the Toyota Sienna appears more conservative to our eyes, although this year’s revised front end does add a bit more flair. Like all matters of taste, this isn’t a bad thing, and whether the Sienna looks the best among its peers or is lost in the crowd will be subject to your eyes. Sienna SE models strive to put the "swagger" in this Toyota’s wagon with big 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear underbody spoilers and smoked headlights.

Driving Impressions

With its powerful 296-horsepower V6 engine, the Toyota Sienna has always delivered impressive acceleration that borders on sporty, although we don’t envision many Sienna drivers challenging other cars to a drag race. The Sienna’s power is better used for passing and merging, and tackling steep grades with a full complement onboard. On the highway, the Sienna is a serene machine, cruising effortlessly at 75 mph with barely a hint of road or wind noise infiltrating the cabin. Those looking for a bit more feedback from their minivan’s driving experience should look to the SE trim. It features 19-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension for improved cornering. The trade-off for the SE’s better drivability, however, is a firmer ride and a bit more tire noise. Those living in snowy climes will definitely want the optional all-wheel drive, although models so equipped do surrender a few mpg vs. the front-drive vans.

Pricing Notes

The 2018 Toyota Sienna L has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $30,745 for a base L model, including destination charges. On the other end of the Sienna spectrum, a loaded all-wheel-drive Limited Premium model tops $48,000. You can find a lot of value in between, starting with an LE model. At these prices, the Sienna nearly mirrors those of its Honda Odyssey competition, is slightly above the new Chrysler Pacifica, and is a few thousand more than the starting prices of the Nissan Quest, Kia Sedona and Dodge Grand Caravan. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Sienna. Another feather in this Toyota’s cap is resale value: The Sienna has routinely been a KBB Best Resale Value Award winner, including most recently in 2016.Bonus Content: See what the Toyota Sienna is like compared to its competitionToyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey

Notable Equipment

Toyota’s Sienna minivan for 2018 spans five trims: L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. A base L model comes with the Toyota Safety Sense system, tri-zone climate control, fabric seats, rearview camera, automatic headlights and the Entune Audio system with 6.1-inch touch screen, AM/FM/CD player with USB, and iPod and Bluetooth connectivity with Siri Eyes Free for Apple devices. That model is only available with seating for seven; all others can accommodate seven or eight. The LE gets easy-clean fabric, power-operated sliding doors, upgraded infotainment system and power-adjustable driver’s seat. All 2018 Siennas come with Toyota Care, which covers two years/25,000 miles of complimentary maintenance.

Notable Options

Keep climbing trims and you’ll get extra conveniences such as a power liftgate (optional on LE models), Leatherette or genuine leather seats, push-button start, moonroof, navigation system and Driver Easy Speak, which broadcasts the driver’s voice to the rear speakers — no more needing to turn around and yell at the kids! Active safety features include blind-spot monitoring, while the Limited models get a JBL audio system with a 10-inch subwoofer. A rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray DVD player and ultra-wide 16.4-inch screen with HDMI inputs, Android streaming capabilities and twin power outlets is available to further keep the kiddos occupied.

Favorite Features

ALL-WHEEL DRIVEWhy other minivans don’t offer the option of all-wheel drive is a mystery, but one that works in the Sienna’s favor. Although not inexpensive, for anyone living in the northern portion of the country, this option is worth its weight in gold. MOBILITY SOLUTIONSPassengers in need of mobility assistance will find the 2018 Sienna’s available equipment to be a lifesaver. Among the more notable features are an aftermarket wheelchair ramp and the Auto Access Seat, a factory-installed power-operated chair providing easier access to the second row.

Under the Hood

The 2018 Toyota Sienna is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with power ratings of 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque while running on regular unleaded gasoline. Power is routed through an 8-speed automatic transmission. This combo helps push fuel-economy figures close to best-in-class, although both the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacific Hybrid do better. As with its competitors, the Sienna comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD), while unlike the rest it’s available with all-wheel drive (AWD) across every trim except the base L and sportier SE, a boon for drivers living in cold-weather states. With either layout, the Toyota Sienna is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. 3.5-liter V6296 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm263 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 mpg (FWD), 18/24 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

With a limited number of minivans available in the marketplace, the 2018 Toyota Sienna qualifies as one of the better choices. Over the years, Toyota’s family van has grown in size, power and price, meaning when it comes to hauling the kids and all their stuff, the Sienna is still far superior to any SUV or wagon. With seating for up to eight passengers, the Sienna offers a versatile interior as attractive as it is functional. Options galore spread over five trims cater to just about every budget and personal taste, and while the Sienna’s styling remains more conservative than the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey, it has one trick up its sleeve more important than looks: the option of all-wheel drive.

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Sienna extras that can make a mom's day.

2018 Toyota Sienna XLE

The sienna drives smoothly. It has four captain chairs and a bench seat. The bench seat folds into the floor if you need more space. I am able to carry a wheelchair and groceries in the back without putting the seats down. The dash has both cigarette plug in and USB plug ins and the rear of the vehicle also has USB plugins which is very popular with my teens. The center console in the front of the vehicle is quite deep and I am able to store my purse in there when out hiking. Above the rearview mirror, on the roof of the car is a set of buttons for the sliding doors and moonroof. Also up there is a small mirror that folds down so that you can see the rear seats. It is very helpful for keeping an eye on my seizure prone child. Another favorite feature is the displays can be customized. I can set one page to display the current speed of any road I am on as well as the speed I am currently traveling. Very helpful with teens. The things I do not like are the keyless feature- I really prefer an actual key! And I do not like the lane assist. I have it turned off. The roads I drive on have a lot of construction going on and there are several places with lane shifts and the steering wheel would try to take over and put the car back to where it thought I should be. It is just a matter of pushing a toggle to turn off the lane assist, which is great. Overall I am quite pleased with my sienna.

- Susie R

Toyota Sienna, a car with lots of space and great performance.

2018 Toyota Sienna XLE

My Toyota Sienna is great. When the third seat is down it provides an enormous amount of space. I can carry all my woodworking materials plus the tools I need, I have the second row with captains chairs, There is so much space that all our friends rave about it! One of the main features I truly appreciate is that the car comes with a complete set of floor mats. Great protection for when my grand kids drop or spill something, which is also pretty regular. I purchased the light gray color finish. This finish hides dirt! Whereas most of the other finished have more class this is great for going up dirt roads and not seeing so much dirt. At first I did not believe that this was true about the color, but I can attest to that fact, also like the fact that the tires are so big that I can get into some 'unusual spaces.' I also greatly enjoy the sound system. I drive a great deal of distance and this sound system is fantastic. The layout of the dashboard is also a great design. My wife really enjoys all the room on the passenger side. Also that the seat goes back so far for her afternoon nap. I am impressed with the design of this car. And it comes with all the backing of the Toyota company. Truly one of the best cars I have owned.

- Richard T

Sienna seems more friendly, allows the driver to speak to subsequent passengers using the microphone of the phone and the speaker and offers eight airbags

2018 Toyota Sienna

The Sienna is never short of power with its 296 horsepower, achieve superior fuel economy, powerful 8-speed transmission, recharge your devices with 5 USB 27 ports in any of the three rows of seats. In addition, 7-inch high-resolution touchscreens display the image of the available high-view camera 33 to help you easily get out of tight places. Bring your family and friends with the Split & Stow 3rd Row® Y seats. with the dual-view Blu-ray Disc ™ entertainment system available, the problem is that it is very expensive

- William L

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