2017 Sienna New Car Test Drive
Toyota Sienna is big and roomy and may be configured to seat seven passengers with second-row captain's chairs or eight with a three-position bench. It's the only minivan we know of that offers all-wheel drive as an option.
The 2017 Toyota Sienna gets an upgrade to its 3.5-liter V6 engine in the form of direct fuel injection, hiking horsepower by 30 hp. 2017 Sienna models also get a new 8-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy has increased for 2017 Sienna: up to 22 mpg Combined (city/highway) with front-wheel drive, or 20 mpg Combined with all-wheel drive.
Notably well-equipped, the Sienna comes in five trim levels, plus three Premium variants. All-wheel drive is available for Sienna LE, Sienna XLE, and Sienna Limited. The upgraded V6 engine now develops 296 horsepower and comes with all models.
Sienna stresses family-oriented features, versatility, interior space, reliability. Upper trim levels add entertainment options and accessibility equipment. A 6.1-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity comes standard. Extras include rear-seat entertainment, power sliding doors, navigation, and voice projection for communicating with back-seat passengers.
Side-curtain airbags protect occupants in all three rows. Outward visibility excels. All Siennas include a rearview camera, which has been upgraded to provide a 180-degree view. Government and insurance-industry crashworthiness scores are good but the best. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sienna a five-star rating overall, but only four stars for frontal crash protection and for rollovers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranked the Sienna Good in most areas, but only Acceptable for the small-overlap frontal crash procedure.
A number of contemporary safety features are optional. Among them: forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front/rear parking sensors.
The 2017 Toyota Sienna comes in L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited models, plus premium editions.
Sienna L ($29,750) gets seven-passenger seating with fabric-trimmed upholstery, three-zone climate control, rearview camera, 6.1-inch touchscreen, 3.5-inch information display, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch wheels.
Sienna LE ($32,540) has eight-passenger seating, power sliding doors, power front seats, and a 7.0-inch touch screen. All-wheel drive with seating for seven and 18-inch wheels ($2,540) is optional. Automatic Access Seating is available.
Sienna SE ($36,110) features leather seating surfaces, eight-passenger seating with heated front seats, sport mesh grille, foglamps, LED taillights, sport instruments, 19-inch wheels, and smoked exterior accents. Sienna SE Premium ($40,830) includes a 16.4-inch rear entertainment system with Blu-ray player, keyless ignition/start, and a Driver Easy Speak system that amplifies the voice.
Sienna XLE ($36,310) reverts to 17-inch wheels, with seating for eight plus woodgrain accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a moonroof. All-wheel drive with seven-passenger seating and 18-inch wheels is optional ($2,210). An Automatic Access Seat is available. Sienna XLE Premium ($39,505) adds the Blu-ray player and Driver Easy Speak system. All-wheel drive is optional ($2,210).
Sienna Limited ($42,800) has seven-passenger seating and adds navigation, an upgraded 10-speaker stereo, 18-inch wheels, chrome exterior accents, and dual moonroof. All-wheel drive with seating for seven is optional ($1,140). Limited Premium ($46,170) seats seven, adding the Blu-ray player and rain-sensing wipers. Adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems are available. All-wheel drive is optional ($1,740).