2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD Review

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2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD

Advantages

Versatility

Cargo space

AWD capacity

The inconvenients

Price level

It’s hard to remove the captain’s chairs

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The Toyota Sienna is synonymous with family characteristics, versatility, interior space and reliability. Top trims add even more entertainment and accessibility amenities. If you live in a cold climate, the Sienna also offers all-wheel drive for all-season capability. It is one of the best family carriers on the market. Here’s what a higher level of trim brings to the party: tThis week we drove the premium 2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD.

What’s new for 2017

The 2017 Toyota Sienna benefits from direct injection and a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The rest of its features and options remain unchanged.

Features and options

The 2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD ($ 47,310) comes with standard equipment such as power sliding doors, power front seats and a 7-inch touchscreen. All-wheel drive is also included with 18-inch wheels. Inside, it receives leather seats and heated front seats. A sport mesh grille, fog lights, LED taillights and smoked accents adorn the exterior.

The Sienna Limited Premium, with its seven seats, adds navigation, an upgraded 10-speaker stereo, chrome exterior accents and a double moonroof. Other features included rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlights, automatic high beams, a rear-seat entertainment system and upgraded leather for the third row. It also came with a few more family options like wireless headphones, a first aid kit, roof crossbars, all-weather floor mats, and a universal tablet holder. Total MSRP including destination: $ 50,769.

Interior highlights

Since families spend so much time inside the cabin, this is the most important thing to watch, and the new Sienna doesn’t disappoint. The Family Carrier offers a contemporary interior appearance and a convenient layout for adults and children. You will find plenty of space in this spacious minivan with exceptional comfort for all drivers.

Up front, the wide, streamlined dashboard is attractive and, above all, functional for the driver. The controls are conveniently located on the driver’s side and the instruments are large and easy to read. The 3-zone audio and climate controls are easily accessible by the front passenger. The leather-trimmed seats are comfortable for long journeys and provide plenty of support. The 4.2-inch touchscreen has full-color graphics and is easily viewed from the driver’s seat.

Rear entry and exit is easy with the Sienna Limited’s power sliding rear doors that open to the second row. Captain’s seats were standard with our all-wheel drive tester. The chairs slide forward and backward, opening up plenty of room to stretch out when you’re not using the third row seats.


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There’s plenty of cargo space with the second row seats folded down and pushed forward, and the third row seats folded down. It offers an abundant cargo carrying capacity of 117.8 cubic feet. Behind the third row seats is 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and the deep well in the floor can keep a huge amount of groceries from sliding all over their backs, unlike most SUVs.

Engine and fuel consumption specifications

The 2017 Toyota Sienna gets an upgrade to its 3.5-liter V6 engine in the form of direct fuel injection, boosting output to 30 horsepower. The improved engine now develops 296 horsepower and is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Even with the increase in horsepower, the EPA’s fuel economy estimates have increased, with the family transporter now getting 18/24 city / highway and 20 mpg combined.

Driving dynamics

The Sienna minivan is designed for comfort, not performance. All families care about is that it will go at highway speeds with no problem, that it is safe, and that it is manoeuvrable around town. The Sienna scores well every time. It provides good visibility for the driver and there is a rear view camera for those times when you can’t see behind you.

The Sienna isn’t that quiet on the highway, but you won’t mind when you ride the upgraded JBL sound system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer. Kids won’t mind either, as they’ll be watching Blu-ray entertainment from the back seats with their wireless headphones on. Gear changes are smooth and virtually imperceptible from the new 8-speed automatic. This model comes with all-season capability with its Active Torque Control AWD system, which means you won’t have a hard time getting around this winter when the snow flies.

Conclusion

The Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD isn’t the cheapest minivan on the market, but you’ll enjoy plenty of interior space, a comfortable place for you and the kids to hang out, convenience, versatility and fun. Toyota’s reputation for reliability.

Denis Flierl has invested over 25 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. Follow his work on Twitter: @CarReviewGuy

2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium Gallery

2017 Toyota Sienna Official site.

Photos: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.



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