The 2017 Toyota Sienna is now more powerful, but its real strength is its capability and versatility.
Minivan drivers are some of the most fiercely loyal owners on the planet—just ask one.
It takes some coaxing (or capitulation) to get them inside, but once they're in, they usually stay there. They're ultimate family vehicles: vans are robust machines built for car seats, plenty of flailing legs, ground-in cereal in the seats, 50 pounds of requisite cargo per kid, and serve as a de facto arena for slap-boxing fights on long road trips.
We give the Sienna a 6.3 out of 10 on our overall scale thanks to its comfort and available features. Great safety scores are holding it back from some of its competition, and the Sienna may not appear on any runways during fashion week anytime soon. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Styling and performance
The Sienna keeps its formula the same for 2017: the inside matters most. The same two-box shape appears for 2017, and an available appearance package for SE models slightly shakes things up for the minivan with rocker panels and big wheels.
Inside, the Sienna is smartly styled with big readable gauges and climate and audio controls easily reachable by passengers.
The biggest change for 2017 is under the Sienna's hood. Toyota added direct injection to its 3.5-liter V-6 and an 8-speed automatic that adds 30 more horsepower (for a total of 296 hp) and increased fuel economy. The Sienna manages up to 22 mpg combined in front-drive configuration, 20 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.
Performance in minivans is (rightly) measured in terms of safety and maneuverability, which the Sienna manages well, but it still can't overcome physics. Its handling isn't as crisp as a sedan, which is expected considering its size and weight.
Comfort, safety, and features
That size and weight has its advantages: The Sienna is exceptionally spacious and comfortable inside. Adults won't have a problem fitting into—or even getting into—the back seats, and the van's configuration makes it equally versatile for school runs or home-improvement store runs.
Second-row bench seats are standard on most models, but captain's chairs are available (and standard on all-wheel-drive versions) including downright luxurious versions for Limited Premium models. Unlike some of its competitors, the Sienna's second-row seats don't completely fold flat into the floor.
The Sienna boasts up to 150 cubic feet of cargo room with second- and third-row seats removed, 37.1 cubic feet with all rows of seats upright.
Both major U.S. safety rating agencies give the Sienna good marks, although they're not the top of their class. The feds give it a five-star overall score, with four stars for rollover and front crash protection. The IIHS gives the Sienna mostly "Good" scores, save an "Acceptable" mark in its front small-overlap crash test.
Base versions of the van come with many features important to families, including a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment, rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Add-ons include a bigger touchscreen, rear-seat entertainment system, power sliding doors, dual moonroof, a driver's voice projection system for back-seat passengers, navigation, and an upgraded stereo.