The 2020 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium is very laid back, all business

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Let’s talk alone for a second. Has everyone left the room? Even the cat?

Good. Now that it’s just us, we can talk about tricks: we’re really expanding the definition of “business casual” during lockdown, aren’t we? Our outfits may just be on the good side of decent legality, but they’re still on the wrong side of being served at the counter in an Arby’s.

Being built for comfort isn’t bad; it’s kept us productive for the past three weeks, hasn’t it? Minivans like the 2020 Toyota Sienna are the automotive equivalent of sweatpants, but like you and me, they get the job done for the family, especially if we can only get around by car.

We just spent the last week revisiting the 2020 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD minivan, now one of the few remaining vans on sale and no longer the only minivan with an all-wheel-drive powertrain. (The Chrysler Pacifica can be equipped with all-wheel drive.)

The 2020 Sienna gets a TCC rating of 5.5, which is far behind competitors from Chrysler and Honda. The strength of Toyota does not appear in our ratings: perceived reliability. What does it show? Well, let’s talk about it.

2020 Toyota Sienna

Shot: CarPlay, hooray

Toyota’s infotainment system is a challenge at best. At worst ? It’s like reasoning with a 10-week-old Labrador. Fortunately, Toyota added smartphone compatibility software to most of its lineup, including the Sienna, last year. This temporarily relieves the Toyota system of dealing with humans, which it prefers not to do. The smartphone software requires a wired connection to the phone, which is in the center console, not the center console. If the passenger wishes to charge a device, they will need to use one of the two charging ports available to rear passengers.

2020 Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna

Lacks: Scream from rear entertainment screen

Like any good living room (on wheels), the 2020 Sienna can be equipped with multiple ways to occupy the mind for long drives. Toyota’s integrated answer is a super-wide 16.4-inch, ceiling-mounted, dual-screen Blu-ray player standard on SE Premium, XLE Premium and Limited Premium vans. Before you check out the extended editions of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy for cross-country bliss, know this: with the screen down, rear vision is compromised.

2020 Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna

Mademoiselle: Spoil the child, save the trip

All-wheel-drive versions of the 2020 Sienna come with run-flat tires and no spare tire. (All-wheel-drive undercarriage fills the space the spare tire needs on front-wheel-drive minivans.) The lack of a spare might worry some families who plan to take long car trips with more than a fix-a-flat box.

2020 Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna

Hit: Miles and smiles

For most minivans on the road, mpg in the low 20s is the rule with a few exceptions. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg combined, the same goes for the 2020 Honda Odyssey. The Sienna rates up to 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, or 20 mpg with all-wheel drive. Over 150 miles in mixed driving, our Sienna Limited Premium AWD notched nearly 25 mpg combined, which easily beat the average. While not a large enough sample to be a reliable prediction, the Sienna’s 8-speed transmission and V6 engine can outperform expectations on the road.

2020 Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna

Miss: Seems to relax

Minivans are hardly the best in the world for looks, but the big Toyota face of the 2020 Sienna is awkward. In profile, the van is fine, and its rear isn’t bad either. In the front? The creased hood and ridged grille point to a wide maw with razor slats most often broken by a floating license plate. It’s a bit too much, and it hasn’t aged very well. The good news? Most pickup truck drivers won’t see the front of their car behind the wheel.

Built for comfort? Yeah. Built for families? You bet. Now go see what the kids did in the basement while we were talking.

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2020 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD

Base price: $50,285 (including destination charges)

Price as tested: $51,427

Powertrain: 3.5-liter V6 developing 296 horsepower, 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

EPA Fuel Economy: 18/24/20mpg

Successes: Great part, good powertrain, smartphone software

Cons: Expensive, styling isn’t great, can ride poorly.

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