2020 Sienna New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Sienna minivan hasn't changed much in a decade, and it doesn't change at all for 2020. What makes it special is that it's the only minivan available with all-wheel drive.
Every Sienna uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine making an impressive 296 horsepower, quite powerful for a minivan. An 8-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. It rides well and it's spacious for passengers; with the seats removed, it can even carry sheets of plywood.
To add some sport to the lineup of seven models, there is the Sienna SE, which offers sharper handling, a firmer ride, muscular exterior styling, and 19-inch wheels and tires.
The EPA rates front-wheel-drive versions of the 2020 Sienna at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 21 combined, on regular fuel. With all-wheel drive the mileage drops 1 mpg.
The NHTSA gives the Sienna five stars overall for safety, with four stars in the side impact test and for rollover. The IIHS test gave it its top 'Good'? ratings in most of its crash tests, but only an 'Acceptable'? score for its driver-side safety in the small front-overlap test, and a 'Marginal'? score for that same test on the passenger side.
There are seven trim levels-L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. All but the base L model are available with all-wheel drive.
Standard equipment on the 2020 Sienna L includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay compatibility, but no Android Auto nor a Wi-Fi hotspot–they're not available on any model. There are five USB ports, however.
The Sienna LE comes with dual power sliding doors, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, and a power driver's seat.
The luxurious XLE adds a power passenger's seat, leather upholstery, and a moonroof.
The Limited features a power-folding third-row bench and an innovative loudspeaker system that amplifies the driver's voice to the second and third rows of the van.
The sporty SE slots between the LE and XLE.