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2020 Toyota Sienna

$31,565 - $49,340
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Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna Review

by Jared Rosenholtz

Having the historical title of the only minivan in America that is available with all-wheel-drive, the Toyota Sienna is no stranger to comprehensive vehicle reviews. With minor redesigns in the past, and with the previous year model already showing its age, is the 2020 version still a worthy competitor in the family-carrier segment?

With a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine equipped across the range, the Sienna produces ample power - 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, which is more than what rivals such as the Kia Sedona and the Honda Odyssey can muster. Despite this, some rivals counter this advantage by offering superior onboard technology and smartphone integration, which the Sienna is not equipped with. Although providing a relatively comfortable ride and impressive acceleration, the Sienna is starting to feel a little repetitive year after year. While it offers excellent safety ratings and driver aids, a total redesign will benefit the Sienna greatly in maintaining its solid reputation and brilliant performance.

2020 Toyota Sienna Changes: What’s the difference vs 2019 Sienna?

For 2020, Toyota has given the SE trims the option of a Nightshade Package, which adds a "blacked out" grille, door handles, side mirror caps and spoiler, as well as gloss-black wheels. They have also added a 4.2 inch TFT information screen to the instrument cluster, but offer no significant changes besides this. The current Sienna is in its ninth model year and is due for a complete replacement for the 2021 model.

Pros and Cons

  • All-wheel-drive available
  • High level of safety features on the base model
  • Massive cargo space
  • Powerful engine
  • Smooth and refined ride
  • Dated interior
  • Control-layout is not very user-friendly
  • Lacks some features which are standard on rivals

Sienna Exterior

Although the Sienna has been around for some time, it retains the title of "swagger wagon" thanks to 17-, 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, a color-keyed rear spoiler, black roof rails and shark-fin antenna - for how long it will keep the title is debatable. On higher-end models, sporty vents and fog lights beneath the aggressive upswept headlights play off the sport-mesh front grille to create a unique look. The side profile is typical of the rectangular minivan, and a dual moonroof can be added on the fully-loaded model.

2020 Toyota Sienna Front View
2020 Toyota Sienna Rear View
2020 Toyota Sienna Front Angle View
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Dimensions

The 2020 Sienna is a standard minivan with seating for seven or eight, depending on trim level. It has a total curb weight ranging from 4,430 to 4,750 lbs depending on trim and drivetrain with ground clearance varying between 6.2 and 6.6 inches. It sits on a 119.3-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 200.3-200.6 inches. With a width of 78.1 inches across the range, height varies with drivetrain and specification - sitting between 68.9 and 71.3 inches depending on roof rail inclusion.

Exterior Colors

The Sienna comes in a wide range of nine different colors including Midnight Black Metallic, Alumina Jade Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Super White. Salsa Red Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Predawn Gray Mica, and Midnight Black metallic are available on all trims, whereas Toasted Walnut Pearl and Alumina Jade Metallic are only optional with the L, LE, XLE, and Limited models. Super White can only be featured on the L, LE, and SE, while Blizzard Pearl is exclusive to the L, XLE, and Limited models at an additional cost of $395. Parisian Night Pearl can only be had on the L, LE, SE, and XLE trims.

  • Super White
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Salsa Red Pearl
  • Alumina Jade Metallic
  • Toasted Walnut Pearl
  • Parisian Night Pearl
  • Blizzard Pearl

Sienna Performance

All the models in the Sienna range are equipped with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which makes 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. As the only minivan available in all-wheel-drive, compared to rivals who stick to a simple front-wheel-drive layout, the Sienna is unique amongst its peers. This also proves to be a huge drawcard for adventurous families that like to take the road less traveled while vacationing, and also opens up the Sienna to buyers shopping for crossover SUV's as well.

The Sienna hits the 0 to 60 mph mark in a time of 6.9 seconds, which is on par with that of the Honda Odyssey. Its towing capacity is more impressive than the Honda's 3,000 lbs, though, sharing the 3,500 lbs towing capacity with the Kia Sedona. The Sienna performs admirably for a minivan, managing towing with relative ease and showing impressive acceleration even when fully loaded; it can easily compete with many of the newer rivals in this segment.

2020 Toyota Sienna Front View Driving
2020 Toyota Sienna Front View Driving
2020 Toyota Sienna Wheel

Engine and Transmission

Every trim is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which makes 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. Older models featured a 2.7-liter option, but the better performing V6 is thankfully now standard across the range.

Thanks to the powerful engine, acceleration is impressive for such a big body - this is helped along by the smooth eight-speed transmission which is programmed for fast up-shifts to improve fuel economy. When on the open road or getting ready to overtake, the transmission complies eagerly by changing down to access more power. Although the Sienna has more than enough guts in the performance department, it's still a minivan and restricted by the laws of physics. When driving fast, it feels like the heavy vehicle that it is, and it's best not to push it to its limits. Still, for family vacations, loaded with luggage and maybe an added boat or trailer hitched to the back, the Sienna is a great option.

  • Engine
    3.5-liter V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

There is a definite sense of satisfaction when driving a large minivan that puts many sedans and smaller vehicles to shame in terms of acceleration. Thanks to the handy eight-speed transmission, the take-off is quick, yet consistent because the Sienna always maintains its composure. The steering is a bit heavier than expected for a vehicle of this type and lacks sufficient feedback, but this is a Sienna after all, not an 86. What it lacks in response is easily made up for by having a small turning circle, which aids in maneuvering its hulking mass through parking lots and other tight spaces.

The handling is quite average for a minivan, and there's definite body roll when taking corners fast, which is to be expected. The general ride quality is excellent, however, with the Sienna easily smoothing out bumps and road texture. The comfortable ride, mixed with the soft, supportive seats and cushioning suspension make the Sienna a happy place to spend long journeys, even when transporting lots of passengers.

For those wanting a sportier ride, the SE model offers a firmer ride and marginally better steering, trading off some comfort at the same time. While the SE's features can improve the feel of the Sienna slightly, it's still a minivan and isn't capable of the agile handling that smaller cars can provide, nor is it as impressive to drive as the Honda Odyssey.

Sienna Gas Mileage

All trims are equipped with the same powertrain and use regular unleaded gasoline; the fuel economy is similar for most of the models, with only the all-wheel-drive versions returning less economical estimates. The front-wheel-drive variants produce EPA estimates of 19/26/21 mpg for city/highway/combined cycles, and the all-wheel-drive versions manage 18/24/20 mpg. A 20-gallon fuel tank is standard across the range and based on the combined rates, the front-wheel-drive versions can travel a range of 420 miles before needing to refuel. The all-wheel-drive models can do around 400 miles.

Comparatively, the Honda Odyssey offers 19/28/23 mpg and a range of 448 miles on a 19.5-gallon tank, while the Kia Sedona gets 18/24/21 mpg and a range of 443 miles on a 21.1-gallon tank. Where fuel efficiency is concerned, the front-wheel-drive Sienna comes second to the Honda Odyssey but offers preferable gas mileage to the Sedona.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    20.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/27 mpg
* 2020 Toyota Sienna L FWD 7-Passenger

Sienna Interior

The Sienna has an angular dash layout that looks very old compared to its competitors; additionally, the layout is not particularly ergonomic and takes some getting used to. The seats are very comfortable, however. Lower trims receive cloth upholstery, with leather made available further up the price ladder. Of course, the whole point of a minivan is space, and in that department, the Sienna shines. It comes as either a seven-seater or an eight-seater, with the eighth seat being removable. There is also a massive cargo area, and the third row of seats can fold down to increase storage space; the second row of seats is also fully removable to allow pickup-like cargo space. A variant with customized seating is also available that allows for passengers with mobility challenges to be assisted in and out of the vehicle by means of the Auto Access Seat - a power-rotating lift-up seat extending from the vehicle to lower the passenger to the ground. The interior, although comfortable, can do with a modernized update.

2020 Toyota Sienna Dashboard
2020 Toyota Sienna Rear Passenger Seats
2020 Toyota Sienna Seat Details
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Seating and Interior Space

There's comfortable seating for either seven or eight passengers, depending on trim level. The entry-level model offers seven seats with captain's chairs in the second row; there are also four LATCH tether locations and a six-way adjustable driver's seat. On the LE variant, seating for up to eight is available in fabric-trimmed seats, with the second row tipping up and sliding into stowage position. The SE trim level upgrades to perforated leather-trimmed seating with multi-stage heating in the front. The next model up, the XLE adds leatherette second and third-row seats with 60/40 split. On the top-of-the-range Limited model, seven passengers are accommodated in premium leather-trimmed second-row captain's chairs or available lounge seating. A power third-row seat is also available on the front-wheel-drive model.

For the driver, ample headroom of 41 inches is available, and with legroom of 40.5 inches is on par with what the Honda Odyssey has to offer. Even six-foot drivers will feel at home in the cockpit. The second row of the Sienna has more headroom than its Honda counterpart, at 39.7 inches, while legroom of 37.6-inches is slightly less than rivals but is still comfortable for taller occupants. The third row is much tighter on space, with less available room than main competitors, and is best suited for children only.

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The interior is a combination of hard and soft-touch plastics, with the latter being slightly more dominantly used. The almost-obligatory faux chrome accents are added sparingly, and on the top-end trim are replaced with carbon-fiber-look accents or a wood finish. The L and LE trims have cloth interior in either Ash or Dark Bisque, while the SE gets perforated Black Leather. The XLE is available in the same Ash or Bisque, just in the leather, and the Limited upgrades to perforated leather in Ash or Chestnut.

Sienna Trunk and Cargo Space

One of the areas of excellence for the Sienna is the class-leading cargo space available. With a full load of seven - or eight - occupants, this minivan remains practical by offering 39.1 cubic feet of trunk space. This is substantially more than the Sedona can offer, and even tops the popular Honda Odyssey's 38.6 cubic feet. Additionally, the Sienna has versatility on its side, and with the third row of seats folded down, opens up to 87.1 cubic feet - more than enough space for camping gear, luggage for a big family and all the fishing equipment needed for an adventurous vacation. A cavernous 150 cubic feet becomes available with all seats tucked away.

In addition to the cargo area, the Sienna has loads of space for small items throughout the cabin too. A substantial glovebox can hold a purse or tablet, and a front tray in the dash area is available for pocket change. Cupholders in the front, rear and third-row are thoughtfully located, and seatback pockets allow for slender items to be stored. Additionally, there are front and rear door pockets, a huge storage bin between the front seats in the center console, as well as storage compartments for third-row passengers.

2020 Toyota Sienna Rear Passenger Seats
2020 Toyota Sienna Rear View
2020 Toyota Sienna Rear Angle View

Sienna Infotainment and Features

Features

At its base level, the Sienna is equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes pre-collision systems with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. On the LE trim and upwards, optional blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert can be added, as well as rear parking assist and premium navigation. Standard features across the range include a rearview camera, three-zone climate control, a 4.2 inch TFT multi-information display, adjustable driver's seat, and LATCH car-seat tether points. On the LE trim, second- and third-row sunshades are added, and more power-adjustments are added to the driver's seat. For the sporty SE trim, additional features include the sport instrumentation display. From the XLE trim to the top-end Limited variant, leather seats are standard and multi-stage heating in the front are installed. For the fully-loaded variant, a heated steering wheel and power third-row seat are also equipped as standard.

Infotainment

The entry-level L trim is equipped with a standard seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth compatibility, steering-wheel-mounted controls, Apple CarPlay, a USB port, five USB charging ports in the rear, and a basic six-speaker sound system. It also includes trial versions of Scout GPS Link, Safety Connect, and Wi-Fi Connect. Siri Eyes Free is incorporated from the base model, and HD Radio with Audio Plus features are added on the LE model. Voice command controls are added to the XLE and Limited trims, but further enhancements need to be by purchasing additional packages, to incorporate such features as Dynamic Navigation, a premium JBL sound system, and an optional Dual-View Blu-ray Disc Entertainment Center, featuring 16.4-inch display. There's still no sign of Android Auto, though, a feature now standard in all key rivals including the Odyssey and Sedona.

Sienna Problems and Reliability

There have been no complaints lodged about the 2020 Sienna, and the previous year model only reports minor incidents affecting individual models and not the entire range. There have been no recalls on the 2020 range, although there was a recall for 2019 models affected by an error with the front passenger door, which offered the potential of preventing the airbag from being deployed in case of a collision.

The Sienna has a basic warranty of three years/36,000-mile, a powertrain warranty of five years or 60,000 miles, and a five year/unlimited-mile warranty on corrosion and perforation. Additionally, a two-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance plan is also included.

Sienna Safety

The 2020 Toyota Sienna has not been tested by the NHTSA yet; however, the 2019 model was awarded the best possible overall safety rating of five stars out of five. Similarly, the IIHS has yet to evaluate the 2020 Sienna, but the 2019 model was rated Good in most crash tests.

Key Safety Features

The purpose of a minivan is to transport larger numbers of passengers, and as such, should be well-equipped with safety features. The Sienna is equipped from entry-level trims with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of features which include pre-collision systems with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. Furthermore, the Star Safety System is installed across the range and is comprised of enhanced stability control, traction control, four-wheel ABS, EBD, brake assist, and smart stop technology. Eight airbags are standard across the range, and four LATCH locations on outboard second-row seats and the center third-row seat are available. Additional features that can be added by means of packages purchased include front and rear parking assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and hill start assist.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Toyota Sienna a good minivan?

At first glance, the 2020 Sienna is starting to look somewhat dated, with bland exterior cues and an interior design that fails to live up to the crossover-inspired standards of the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona. It's against these benchmarks that the Sienna finds itself wanting in a number of areas. While it may offer seats for up to eight and class-competitive storage solutions, the Sienna fails to offer the same standards of tech, with Android Auto being notably absent. It also lacks driver involvement - something that may not have been crucial to the minivan once upon a time but is now a virtue and a highly regarded aspect of the Sienna's rivals. Despite the shortcomings, the Sienna still caters to a unique niche in the market, and being the only all-wheel-drive minivan, adventure-seeking families will appreciate the versatility of being able to tackle the road less traveled. It may be a solid choice, with Toyota's penchant for reliability a key selling point, but one can't help but feel the Sienna is past its sell-by date and in desperate need of a revamp.

What's the Price of the 2020 Toyota Sienna?

There are seven variants in the Sienna line-up with the entry-level L model given an MSRP of $31,415. The LE trim is priced at $34,235, and the LE with Auto Access Seat costs almost $6,000 more at $40,160. The sporty SE variant has a starting price of $37,565, while the XLE and XLE with Auto Access Seat cost $37,565, and $43,700 respectively. The top of the range Limited derivative is marketed with an MSRP of $44,310. All variants, barring the entry-level model, are available in all-wheel-drive, which costs approximately $2,500 more, although reducing the seating capacity from eight to seven. All prices quoted, exclude licensing, taxes, registration, and a destination fee of $1,095.

2020 Toyota Sienna Models

Toyota sells the Sienna in five core trims; L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited; with the LE and XLE gaining access to the Auto Access Seat sub-trim. All the models in the Sienna range are equipped with the same V6 engine mated to an eight-speed transmission tied to FWD by default with AWD an option on higher trims.

The L kicks things off, equipped with 17-inch wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Carplay, three-zone automatic climate control, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The next trim up is the LE, adding power-sliding doors, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, privacy glass, roof rails, and easy-clean fabric.

The SE adds sharper steering in its sporty guise, enhanced suspension, heated front seats, a larger information screen, unique gauges, sportier styling, leather first and second-row seats, as well as a power liftgate. The SE comes with 19-inch wheels on the front-wheel-drive model and 18-inch wheels in all-wheel-drive configuration.

Above that sits the XLE trim, which builds on the SE's standard features, but defaults to the LE's suspension and steering. It also has an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, imitation wood interior, and rear parking sensors.

The top of the range model is the Limited, which adds a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery on the first and second rows, driver-seat memory functions, front and rear parking sensors, a distinctive grille, LED daytime lights, and dual-moonroofs. Additionally, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors are included.

For the LE Auto Access and XLE Auto Access, standard features for each trim level remain the same, with only the outboard seat in the second row replaced with a power-rotating and lifting seat that is designed to help less mobile passengers in and out of the minivan.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$31,565
LE
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$34,385
SE
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,715
XLE
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,715
Limited
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$44,460
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Additional Packages

There are several packages available for the Sienna which are trim-level dependent. Most notably is the Entertainment Package which includes a dual-view 16.4-inch display with SD card reader, HDMI ports, a Blu-ray player, remote, and two wireless headphones which can be added to the SE, XLE, Limited and XLE Auto Access models.

A range of Preferred packages are available, which add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry and push-button start to the LE, while for the SE tops up on these features with rear-parking assist sonar, a power tilt-and-slide moonroof and a premium JBL ten-speaker sound system with subwoofer.

For the SE, XLE and Limited trims, buyers also have the option of combining the Entertainment bundle features and the safety enhancements from the Prefered package into the Premium package, which on the top two-trims also incorporates Driver Speak Easy voice amplification systems and a birds-eye view camera on the fully loaded models.

A new SE-exclusive package has also been added for the 2020 line-up: the Nightshade Edition package adds 19-inch six-spoke gloss-black alloy wheels, black exterior accents including a sport mesh front grille, outside mirror caps, a rear spoiler, and a black Toyota emblem.

What Toyota Sienna Model Should I Buy?

With a wide range to choose from, the Sienna models cater to a broad audience. The entry-level model offers great value-for-money, but without the option of all-wheel-drive and missing quite a few of the luxury features on top-end trims, can leave one feeling a little done in. The SE offers a more sporting ride with better handling and a few style enhancements that are quite attractive: with the addition of the Nightshade package, this minivan goes from soccer-mom-car to batmobile quite easily. Although we don't deem the blacked-out cosmetics of the Nightshade edition to be particularly necessary, the SE is the model that offers the best compromise in terms of driving experience, standard features and optional packages that allow the buyer some range of personalization. Adding the Premium package is recommended for the regular vacationers as the added entertainment system is a worthy investment on the long road. With most of the features present in the SE from even the fully-loaded variant, the SE offers the most value for money in the range.

2020 Toyota Sienna Comparisons

2020 Toyota Sienna
2020 Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey

With growing popularity, the Honda Odyssey offers a good comparison to the Sienna. Both vehicles feature a 3.5-liter V6 engine, although the Honda uses a nine-speed, or ten-speed automatic transmission, and makes 280 horsepower, compared to the Sienna's 296 hp. With the more powerful engine, the Toyota offers marginally poorer gas mileage rates of 19/26/21 mpg as opposed to the 19/28/23 mpg of the Honda.

The Odyssey has a more modern interior and - in the opinion of some - offers a more contemporary exterior. Luxury features such as a built-in vacuum and Android Auto are included in the Honda, the latter of which is glaringly absent in the Sienna. At lower levels, the Sienna offers more driver aids and safety features, as well as the option of all-wheel-drive. Additionally, the Sienna can tow 500 lbs more than the Honda. The Honda brings to the table improved ride quality, an enjoyable driver's car, and more potent performance than what the power deficit may suggest. With more refinement and greater features availability, it takes the win, becoming our benchmark for the minivan segment.

See Honda Odyssey Review

2020 Toyota Sienna vs Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona has a 3.3-liter engine with an eight-speed transmission that makes 276 horsepower; compared to the Sienna's 296 horsepower. The Toyota minivan has more punch under the hood. Interestingly, the Sienna fares better in gas mileage comparisons, with the Sedona earning EPA estimates of 18/24/21 mpg. The Kia shines in its more modern design and equipment, with a classier interior to boot. Android Auto and dual 10.1-inch touchscreens on the Sedona makes up for the less-impressive engine performance, while a lower base price compared to the Toyota seals the deal. As an added touch, Kia offers more extensive warranties. While we believe that fundamentally the Toyota Sienna gets the basics right, the Sedona does all that but is also the obvious choice for tech-savvy buyers looking for quality, capability, and technological advancement.

See Kia Sedona Review

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