New for 2014
The Toyota Sienna enters the 2014 model year with several changes to standard and available equipment: for the SE trim level the blind spot monitor system is now a standalone option, previously it was only available as part of an options package. The blind spot monitor, which includes cross-traffic alert, remains a standard option on the Limited trim level. The tow prep package has been made standard equipment for all models, which allows owner to tow a trailer up to 3,500 pounds.
The Toyota Sienna is the automaker’s minivan that can haul up to eight people, which sits alongside the Highlander in the lineup. The Sienna is the only vehicle in its class to offer an optional all-wheel drive.
The 2014 Toyota Sienna comes with a 266-hp 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 245 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic, and with the option of all-wheel drive over the standard front-wheel drive — unique to the Sienna in its class. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 16-18/23-25, with a slight penalty for AWD. The Sienna can be optioned with an eighth seat, which stows to the left of the cargo area and can be deployed between the second-row seats when needed.
The 2014 Toyota Sienna received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and earned a rating of good for four categories of IIHS testing (the highest-possible rating is good).
What We Think
In a 2011 comparison among the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, and Chrysler Town & Country, the Sienna’s smooth drivetrain helped it to stand out amongst its peers. We praised the Sienna for its quality ride and steering feel, but noted, “Both the Honda and the Toyota can seat eight, but if you’re planning to use the middle-row center seat, the Odyssey provides a wider, more comfortable chair… The outboard seats, however, are most comfortable in the Toyota, with generous padding and a nice contour to the seat bottoms.”
“The fact that the Sienna’s second-row seatbacks don’t fold forward is also frustrating. Instead, the bottom cushions tip up and the chairs slide forward into a clumsy storage mode. For heavy hauling, the bucket seats can, thankfully, be removed,” we said. “[The Sienna is] a better driver with an excellent, practical interior, and, at a $3388 as-tested discount versus the Odyssey, it’s also a better value.”
- Smooth powertrain
- Available AWD
- Sliding second-row seats
You Won’t Like
- Fitting someone in the middle second-row seat
- Awkward second row for large cargo loads
- Questionable interior material choices
- Honda Odyssey
- Nissan Quest
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Dodge Grand Caravan