2017 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD
three.5-liter V6, DOHC (296 hp @ 6600 rpm, 263 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm)
Eight-velocity automated transmission, all-wheel drive
18 metropolis / 24 freeway / 20 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)
19.2 (noticed mileage, MPG)
Base Worth: $39,460
As Examined: $forty,one hundred seventy five
Costs embrace $940 freight cost.
Sure, you learn the headline appropriately — that is certainly a review, operating in June 2018, of a 2017 mannequin yr vehicle. Chalk it as much as different priorities (in any case, writing isn’t my full-time gig) however truthfully, it doesn’t actually matter on this case.
Toyota hasn’t actually made vital modifications its minivan because the early years of the Obama administration. Positive, minor particulars are all the time tweaked yr over yr, however the essence of the 2017 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD isn’t considerably totally different from that of the 2011 mannequin. And that’s not a nasty factor — regardless of the age, minivan house owners hold flocking again to the Swagger Wagon.
Take an in depth look (click on to embiggen) on the knowledge within the above chart when you don’t consider me. Whereas the marketplace for minivans has shrunk dramatically from over three quarters of one million automobiles in 2007 to 484,618 final yr, the highest three gamers have stored a stranglehold on their relative positions out there. Whereas FCA sells almost one out of each two vans within the U.S., Toyota and Honda every transfer over 20 % persistently, each single yr. It’s a smaller pie than years in the past, definitely, nevertheless it’s a loyal, regular pie certainly. Toyota is clearly doing nicely to take care of its place as a favourite.
Toyota has maintained a market fame because the standard for reliability, which has led to unimaginable proprietor loyalty. Driver controls all through the Toyota lineup are remarkably comparable, which makes shifting from one mannequin to a different within the showroom an train in familiarity. For instance, the identical little cruise management stalk, jutting from the steering wheel on the 4 o’clock place, has been utilized in Toyota merchandise for many years.
Equally, many Toyota merchandise, the Sienna included, use the identical basic Entune touchscreen infotainment interface. It’s a bit dated, and infrequently is sluggish to answer contact inputs, however it merely works.
One perceived high quality concern appeared: the sound of the doorways when slammed. Maybe I anticipate an excessive amount of of a vehicle constructed by the identical people who supply vault-like door shut experiences in upmarket Lexus fashions, however when the child slammed the passenger door upon faculty drop-off, a hole rattle echoed by way of the physique construction. Once more, it’s possible extra of a notion factor moderately than an precise high quality drawback, however when spending over $forty,000 on a car I’d hope it’d sound rather less tinny.
Toyota is an outlier within the van market with its choice of all-wheel drive. In colder climates, the additional traction afforded by a second set of pushed wheels is all the time welcome. Nevertheless, the drag of the extra drivetrain and the extra 250-ish kilos blunts the fuel financial system ratings by round two miles per gallon, per the EPA. The 19.2 mpg I noticed in my week with the all-wheel drive Sienna was thus a bit disappointing. I’m positive that had the winter been worse right here in Ohio, I’d have appreciated the grip.
The driving expertise was unremarkable — which in a van is a fascinating trait. The newer vans from Chrysler and Honda are higher insulated from street and wind noise than this Sienna, however it’s by no means objectionably loud, even at interstate speeds. Street imperfections are nicely damped, although deep potholes can be felt and heard all through the cabin.
Seating was fairly snug in all three rows, although leg room was sometimes a bit tight within the third row for my tall body. Most conventional-sized adults would do high quality within the wayback for brief journeys, and youngsters will probably be completely content material again there. The second row captain’s chairs are virtually too snug — my youngsters didn’t need to return to the thinly-padded seats in my City & Nation.
Styling? Properly, the Sienna has been round for many of a decade. It’s nonetheless fairly engaging, however it’s so extremely acquainted that you simply’ll lose it within the parking zone or the varsity drop-off lane in the event you don’t put distinct stick household stickers within the rear window. The maroon end on my tester appeared function-combined to mix into the background.
My spouse is the “cookie mother” for every of my daughters’ Woman Scout troops, which suggests she wants to select up EVERY SINGLE CASE of cookies every woman within the troop sells earlier than distributing them among the many women. We’ve discovered through the years that a minivan (or two) is important for hauling the morsels of sugar and happiness in a single journey. Folding the third row, and flip/sliding the second row of seats reveals a large load flooring prepared to simply accept loads of stuff. The Sienna doesn’t have the flattest flooring when the seats are up — a number of bumps the place the seats fasten can eat up somewhat little bit of area — however we simply match one hundred forty five instances of cookies within the roomy Sienna.
I could also be biased — in any case, I’m a type of weirdos who’s a member of TWO minivan-particular web boards. I drive a 2012 Chrysler City & Nation day by day, and have owned a pair of Honda Odysseys as properly. However I’ve stated it earlier than — the minivan is the right household vehicle. Whether or not the cargo is human, canine, furnishings, or lumber, the pliability and area afforded by a low load flooring and excessive roof make the shape superior to any crossover. And the Toyota Sienna, regardless of the mannequin yr, does it in addition to some other van on the market.
[Images: © 2018 Chris Tonn; Sales chart via Excel with data from GoodCarBadCar.net]
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