The 2019 Toyota Sienna represents the eighth year since Toyota's minivan was completely redesigned. Although it's received significant updates in that time, all of its competitors have been completely redesigned since then, most notably the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. That said, the Sienna still offers a compelling array of family-friendly attributes and continues to boast a serious competitive advantage by being the only minivan that offers all-wheel drive as an option (although a Pacifica AWD is coming) . While its competitors are ultimately stronger products, the Sienna isn't as hopelessly out of date as its age would indicate. What's new with Sienna for 2019? Toyota has added a vital but still incomplete tech update for 2019. Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration are standard features on Toyota's old infotainment display, but there's still no Android Auto. Adding part of the smartphone functionality is a step forward, but the majority of folks still won't be able to enjoy these features — there are currently more Android users than iOS users in the United States. All-wheel drive is also made available on the sportier SE trim level for 2019. What's Sienna's interior and in-car technology like? The Sienna is a wide van from the outside, and it features a wide, expansive dash on the inside. There are a lot of hard plastics all around, but many of those get replaced with wood and soft touch materials as you climb the trim ladder. It looks old for the most part, because the Sienna really is an old van. None of the fancy swoops and shapes from newer Toyota interiors have made it into the Sienna, and that makes it feel dated. This is only amplified by the modern Pacifica, Odyssey and even Kia Sedona interiors that we prefer over this one. Utility for all of your passengers is about average for the segment. You get 10 cupholders with the seven-seat van and 12 with the eight-seater. Then five USB ports are made available, with at least one in every row. Some of the functionality suffers from the messy design of the center stack, such as the heated seat scroll wheels being tucked down away from view while a gaggle of buttons that all look the same sit out in the open. Toyota's infotainment system is a mess of a dinosaur-like interface. Thankfully it makes Apple CarPlay standard for the 2019 model year, but all the other system's functions are problematic. The user interface's skin, design and menus all feel like they're more than a few steps behind the competition. Everything works, it just discourages actual use by generally being slow, unresponsive and displeasing to operate. If technology and infotainment are important parts of your buying decision, know that the Toyota is toward the back of the pack in this respect. How big is Sienna? The Sienna is about the same length as all the other minivans for sale. There isn't much differentiation here, as they all hover just above 200 inches. You …
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