2019 Toyota Sienna Review: It’s Showing Its Age

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It’s been nine years since the current Toyota Sienna hit showrooms, but does that mean it should be overlooked compared to newer rivals, like the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey? While the Sienna is showing its age, on paper, it still offers a few features that set it apart, such as available all-wheel drive and nearly 300 horsepower under the hood. Yes, you read that right, the Sienna puts out 296 horsepower, which is more than you’ll get from Toyota’s SUVs, like the Highlander or 4Runner.

On the outside, the Sienna’s styling is by far the most conservative in the segment, which is a good thing, because it’s aged well. The Pacifica still holds the title of the best-looking minivan you can get right now, but the Sienna’s feature on styling design approach works well because a minivan is more about what’s there. has inside only its appearance.

2019 Toyota Sienna Review

Once inside, you’ll find room for up to eight passengers, and the reason a minivan is better than a three-row crossover is that the three rows of seats will easily accommodate your taller friends. The Sienna offers plenty of room no matter which seat you choose, but if you want more room, the Odyssey offers a few extra inches for second- and third-row passengers. Behind the third row, there’s 39.1 cubic feet of space for your gear. The Sienna’s second-row seats don’t fold into the floor like in the Pacifica, but they slide forward and back.

Although the Sienna offers a spacious and comfortable interior, the interior is the easiest way to determine the age of the current Sienna. Toyota recently upgraded the infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, but it’s accessed via an old seven-inch touchscreen. If you need Android Auto, you’ll find it here. The center console and gauges also look dated and some materials could be a bit better. If you want a more modern interior, you’ll want to check out the Pacifica or the Odyssey. Some features, like ventilated seats and a built-in vacuum, are also missing from the options list.

2019 Toyota Sienna Review

The 2019 Sienna is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway if you choose the front-drive version. The all-wheel-drive Sienna is rated at 18/24 mpg.

So how does it roll? The 3.5L V6 generates 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft. of torque, which is more power than you’ll find under the hood of the Odyssey and Pacifica. The V6 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and, as we’ve already mentioned, the Sienna is available in front- or all-wheel-drive. If all-wheel drive is a must, the Sienna is the only minivan to offer it.

2019 Toyota Sienna Review

With nearly 300 horsepower under the hood, it’s easy to spin the front wheels if you hit too hard from a standstill, but once you’re moving down the road, we wouldn’t call it really fast or jock. On the road, the Sienna feels big and heavy, which isn’t helped by its lifeless steering. The transmission also prefers to stay in higher gears to increase fuel economy spec, which is good, but it’s also a bit slow to downshift. If you want a slightly livelier driving experience, you’ll want to opt for the SE trim level, which has a sportier suspension and better steering.

The 2019 Sienna is offered in several trim levels: L, LE, SE, SE Premium, XLE, XLE Premium, Limited and Limited Premium.

Although the 2019 Toyota Sienna feels a bit aged compared to its rivals, it offers some interesting features, like available all-wheel drive and the SE trim level, which is one of the sportiest minivans.

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