The four-cylinder Toyota Sienna is officially a thing of the past. Toyota has opted to ditch the minivan's entry-level 2.7-liter engine, thereby making the 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 standard equipment. The move makes some sense, as the entry-level four cylinder didn't really manage better fuel economy – the 187-hp powertrain managed 19 miles per gallon city and 24 highway, whereas the V6 gets 18/25.

Buyers can look forward to a few small changes for the 2013 model year, including easier-to-clean fabrics on LE trim as well as an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat and four-way power passenger throne. LE guise also delivers three-zone climate control with individual control for the driver, passenger and rear seats. Stepping up to Limited trim will net consumers a standard Blind Spot Monitor, though the tech may also be had on SE and XLE versions as an individual option.

Prices have jumped up a bit, starting with the base Sienna at $25,450, or $1,390 more than the 2012 model. Toyota says that on average, prices have increased by around $466 over all trims. The topped-out Sienna all-wheel drive Limited tips the wallet at $41,240 before tacking on any additional options. Check out the press release below.
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2013 SIENNA

The Toyota Sienna family van offers enhanced value for 2013 with new additions in most model grades. The four-cylinder engine has been discontinued, leaving the popular 266 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 as the sole powertrain choice. The roomy and versatile Sienna remains the only vehicle in its class to offer an all-wheel drive option.

For the 2013 model year, most grades of the Sienna gain new amenities and refinements. The popular LE grade adds easy-clean fabric seats throughout, along with a new eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and a four-way power front passenger seat, and a three-zone automatic climate control system. The climate control system features a cabin air filter, along with individual temperature settings for the driver, front passenger and rear seat passengers. The rear passengers have a separate digital control panel.

The 2013 Sienna Limited gains a standard Blind Spot Monitor, and this feature is now also available as a standalone option on the SE and XLE grades.

The Sienna base MSRP will range from $26,450 for the Sienna grade seven-passenger with a six-speed automatic transmission to $41,240 for the Sienna all-wheel-drive Limited seven-passenger all-wheel-drive with a six-speed automatic. The MSRP's reflect an average overall increase of $466 or 1.4 percent.


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      Sj027
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did they manage to fix that horribly cheap, bargain bin plastic interior and fake wood accents? A family friend has a 2008, and it is leaps and bounds nicer than the current model as far as fit and finish is concerned...the previous gen feels like a Lexus inside. I couldn't imagine shelling out 41k for a vehicle that has a similar grade interior to a Dodge Caliber.
        Ricky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sj027
        This. The interior quality is a absolute joke in the current Sienna. Especially for the price. I will say that I think the 4 banger would have been more popular if: 1. it had more advanced technologies like DI and such so it's more powerful and fuel efficient. 2. It was offered on more than the CE and LE trims. In some regions you can/could only get the 4-banger on the CE...that's another limiting factor.
        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sj027
        Good thing it's not $41k...
      Hedo D
      • 2 Years Ago
      4-cylinder minivan isn't going to work due ot its shear size. Unless of course, the van is about size of Mazda5. I'm surprised no one has come out with diesel minivan in US. Since you can't use hybrid system due to location of battery, coming out with 4-cylinder turbo diesel would be the most optimum choice. I wonder if Mazda would decide to have Mazda6 and Mazda5 with SkyActiv-D engine. At the same time, I wish they also come up with a 2+2 RWD Skyactiv-G coupe.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hedo D
        Yes, it's as absurd as a 4 cylinder SUV.... Oh, yeah, the Ford Explorer...
          drewpy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          If said 4-banger in the sienna had 240 hp, it wouldn't be absurd...but 185 or whatever...seems kinda like itd be a little sluggish...
        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hedo D
        No one's come out with a diesel minivan because people here barely buy diesel sedans. The sales of a diesel minivan would be poor at best.
      pickles
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this is the best looking van -ever. It's too bad that so many poor interior design choices aren't being modified in the mid cycle refresh. The dash is almost handsome yet harder to the touch than Tupperware. (I know nobody fondles their dash, but when my '70 Datsun had a padded dash, it's hard to forgive Toyota in 2013 on a $30-45k car). Four great storage cubbies disappeared in this iteration from the last and the load floor with the seats removed has huge, load-scuffiing plastic crap surrounding where the mid-seats go. These are all reasons I just want to keep my 2006 Sienna a lot longer. Add to that that Stow-n-Go is absolutely brilliant- it's sadly hard to justify the Toyota -even refreshed...
        pickles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pickles
        .. and STILL no hybrid, even when Toyota promised every car after, like 2010 would have a hybrid option... and this is when Chrysler is on the verge of releasing one. Overtaken by Chrysler in the hybrid department? Ouch.
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny, I am thinking about supercharging my V6 Sienna because it can use a bit more umph.... Also the SE springs are nice but the damper setting is still too soft.
      The Other Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Say what you want about Chrysler products, but the Dodge Caravan is still a steal compared to this. A not-so-stripped, stripper starts at $20,995, with the Pentastar V-6. It also gets the same mileage as this, but with more power, plus stow and go seats. For 2 grand more you get a more resonable equipped model. No, I am not a salesman, but to haul 7 people around, a Caravan is a darn good value.
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      why is this hunk of junk even paraded in this forum...the fact that some suburbanite soccer moms take their bipolar autistic brats once a week to some sort of a useless practice, is not enough of a reason to make this car "talk worthy" Now I'm giving myself a TU
        Carolyn Popejoy Nash
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        You are a broken person. From the autistic-kid hauling soccer mom. Really, you should re-think your comments.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never understood why anyone would ever want a 4-banger in a mini-van, especially since most of them are at or over the two-ton mark.
        Spellchecker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        I can never understand how Americans want a gas-guzzling V6 in a minivan. It makes zero sense to me. Here in Europe few minivans come with gasoline engine options and even fewer people opt for them anyway. Diesels in minivan provide good everyday performance while returning more than acceptable fuel economy.
          ClementZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spellchecker
          You must remember, minivans in NA are usually several hundred pounds heavier than minivans in Europe. A 4 cylinder minivan would provide rubbish FE numbers, as well as rubbish performance, since they'd have to work absurdly hard to lug the things around. A V6 is a better option, considering their size. Very few people in NA buy diesels for whatever reason.
          carfan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spellchecker
          to ClementZ..."minivans in NA are usually several hundred pounds heavier than minivans in Europe." that's because it's loaded with fat American mommies, fat american kids and the fattest of all the big bellied American husband...4 cylinders is a joke for this american family, you really need a diesel MAN truck By the way, this POS toyota is a joke just like any toyota...specifically made for the american mentally invalids
      JCamalari
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Ahhhhh, the student has now become the master..." Seriously?
      arvinsumague
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope Toyota fix these: - have the all wheel drive option, at the same time having the 8 seating option. - have the 4 cylinder powerful enough to carry the all wheel drive option and the 8 seating option - fix the interior. Really can't they put something else other than plastic? - probably have the SE's steering and suspension calibration standard to all siennas. - have the option of dual sunroof or the wide LCD for the 8 passenger versions.
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      There was a 4 cylinder sienna? How much do these things weigh? 0-60 time of like 8 minutes?
        heydanchan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @drewpy
        9.5 seconds, which isn't that bad. Our full size van had a 0-60 of 13 seconds, and we had no issues with that. People these days don't know what they're looking for. Look at the Chevy work van (not the express but the smaller one). It comes with a 2 liter engine! That's how you get better fuel economy. Small engines!
      • 2 Years Ago
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