Many automotive body styles have been gutted by the rise of the sports utility vehicle, but it was the final nail in the coffin for the already waning minivan. However, there are a few that refuse to be put down, relying on their excellent value to be a lifeline, like the 2024 Toyota Sienna. It is a handsome vehicle that stands out for its novelty, but it's also practical enough to stand up to the competition, like the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, as well as a slew of SUVs. The hybrid powertrain makes a mediocre 245 horsepower, but it gets good fuel economy for a car this size. However, it does make a few missteps that an already endangered species can't afford to in the current market, so will Toyota's latest set of refreshes help buyers notice its minivan, or will it continue to be a hidden gem?
There aren't a whole lot of changes for the new Toyota Sienna minivan, though the Premium Package for the XSE helps to elevate the trim to the same level as the outgoing Anniversary Edition. It equips the mid-tier model with leather upholstery, power front seats with driver-seat memory, and a power-operated steering column. The LE and XLE have slightly darker chrome accents, and the XSE AWD and Woodland Edition also have some new wheel designs.
To compete with popular SUVs, the price of the 2024 Toyota Sienna needs to be reasonable for families. Starting at $37,185, the LE is exactly that, while the XLE and XSE add quite a few nice-to-have features at $42,495 and $44,745, respectively. With AWD as standard and slightly more ground clearance, the Woodland Edition will cost you $48,125. At the top of the range are the Limited at $49,445, and the Platnum at $52,645. Aside from the Woodland, every model can switch to all-wheel drive for $2,000. These figures are MSRP and do not include the $1,395 destination charge or other fees.
To get the most value, we'd stick to the lower half of the lineup, where the XSE offers a lot of nice features for the price. These include SofTex upholstery and a sport-tuned suspension for improved comfort and handling, along with additional driver-assist features like front and rear parking assist, and the top-end infotainment suite. You can still add AWD and keep the final price comfortably below $50k. If you intend to spend a lot of time off-road, the Woodland Edition is an option, as it adds just over half an inch of ground clearance, though it misses out on some packages available to the XSE.
The spacious interior of the Sienna is well-appointed and attractively styled, with loads of features even at the base level.
For an old-style car, the interior of the Toyota Sienna is pleasantly modern. The dashboard looks particularly well-finished, with cutting-edge style and a large touchscreen mounted high so that both the driver and passenger can interact with it. However, it is a little closer to the latter. The center console is enormous but is imminently practical, while every row of seats is spacious, comfortable, and easily accessible, and there is even a decent amount of cargo space, too. Overall, the impression it gives is one of dependability and security for the whole family, while upper trims have an air of luxury with their wood accents and multi-tone interior colors.
Up to eight people can be accommodated inside the Sienna, though different seat layout options are provided to alter occupancy limits and overall comfort. Front-row passengers will always have the best in terms of head- and legroom, but even in the very last row, passengers get almost 40 inches of legroom, which is something almost no three-row SUV can claim. Getting in and out is also a breeze thanks to wide-opening side doors, which feature hands-free access on the majority of trim levels. However, accessing the rear-most seats can be a little tricky without the captain's chairs as the sliding mechanism for the normal second-row seats is a little clunky.
The reason people choose an SUV over a sedan or hatchback is because it offers superior cargo volume. However, many forget that minivans are the traditional heavy hitters in this regard, and modern-day iterations continue to be superior, especially when you consider their overall passenger volume. Not having to sacrifice one for the other, the Toyota Sienna boasts 33.5 cubic feet behind the third-row seats, which grows to 75.2 cubes if you're looking behind the second-row. Fold everything but the driver's seat down, and you've got 101 cu-ft to work with. Shockingly, this isn't as much space as the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, but it's still more than you'll find in anything other than behemoth SUVs.
As for interior storage options, there are more than enough for the many passengers. These include the enormous center console with cupholders and a concealed cubby, along with another storage area underneath. There are two gloveboxes in the dash, one of which is lockable, an overhead console, and door pockets in the front doors. Including the two in the front, there are a total of 16 cupholders.
|Toyota Sienna||Chrysler Pacifica||Honda Odyssey|
|8 Seater||7 Seater||8 Seater|
|40.1 in. front|
39.9 in. middle
37.4 in. rear
|40.1 in. front|
39.6 in. middle
38.7 in. rear
|40.7 in. front |
39.5 in. middle
38.1 in. rear
|40.3 in. front|
39.9 in. middle
38.7 in. rear
|41.1 in. front|
39 in. middle
36.5 in. rear
|40.9 in. front |
40.9 in. middle
38.1 in. rear
|33.5-101 ft³||32.3-140.5 ft³||32.8-144.9 ft³|
Cloth is the most basic upholstery and the least comfortable of the lot, but it is luckily only found in the entry-level LE trim. Unsurprisingly, boring old Gray is the only hue on offer. More colors are added once you upgrade the XLE, which replaces the cloth with SofTex, including Graphite and Chateau. The XSE takes on a slightly sportier appearance with Moonstone/Gray or Gray Flannel/Black embossed SofTex with red cross-stitching. Black leather is also an option if you tick the $4,000 Premium Package. With its more restricted color options, the Woodland only offers the Gray Flannel/Black combination. The Limited gets leather upholstery as standard but reverts to the more standard palette of Graphire and Chateau, while the Platinum gets exclusive access to Nobel Brown leather. As for interior trim, the XSE sports satin-grain-style accents, while the Limited and Platinum have wood-grain-style accents.
No car meant for families would be complete without a great list of features, both standard and available. At the base level, the LE might not impress, but it does get tri-zone climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat, remote keyless access, push-button start, and a small 4.2-inch driver-information display. You also get a nine-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, and six speakers. While the screen never gets any bigger, the XSE upgrades to eight speakers, while the Limited and Platinum get a 12-speaker JBL premium setup. Moving up the trim levels adds quad-zone climate control, heated front seats, a Smart Key, a power sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror to the XLE. For a wireless charger, front-seat ventilation, and a larger seven-inch digital gauge cluster, you need to get the Limited. Only a select few features are reserved for the top-tier Platinum, including heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and a ten-inch head-up display.
|Tri-zone climate control|
|4.2-inch driver-info display|
|Heated front seats|
|Heated rear seats|
|12-speaker JBL sound system|
Neither quick nor fast, the Sienna was built for fuel efficiency and ease of driving fore of mind, and all trims can be had with AWD.
The engine in the Toyota Sienna is hybridized right from the beginning, combining two electric motors with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to make a combined 245 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. This is managed but an electronic continuously variable transmission with a sequential shift mode. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can opt for AWD, which sees the addition of a third motor, though overall outputs don't change. This setup favors efficiency over performance, so it takes the Toyota Sienna around eight seconds to go from 0-60 mph. Top speed is also mediocre at 116 mph.
Despite its slow acceleration to 60 mph, the Sienna actually has a decent amount of grunt thanks to the electric assistance of its motors. This goes well with the light and manageable steering, but it would be impossible to call the driving experience fun: it is simply relaxing and generally effortless. The optional all-wheel drive helps keep the minivan planted and confident, but it's not meant for off-roading, even with the little extra ground clearance offered by the Woodland. If you try to push the car too hard, the engine will complain audibly, and the brake feeling is a bit numb, which can undermine confidence when on the highway. Properly equipped, the Sienna has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
Large vehicles made to haul families about town aren't known for getting great gas mileage, but with a hybridized engine as standard, the Toyota Sienna gets good mpg figures. In FWD guise, the hefty minivan manages an impressive 36/36/36 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. Switching over to AWD has a minimal impact, dropping these numbers down to 35/36/35 mpg. A fuel capacity of 18 gallons allows the Sienna to travel between 630 and 648 miles on a single tank, which is quite amazing for a family hauler. It's also much more impressive than its rivals.
|2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid|
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
|2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid |
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
|245 hp||245 hp|
|116 mph||116 mh|
|36/36/36 mpg||35/36/35 mpg|
|Est. 8 sec||Est. 8 sec|
Though not all of its tests were perfect, the Sienna is considered eminently safe and even earned a Top Safety Pick+ in 2023.
You need peace of mind when transporting your family, and the safety review of the Toyota Sienna should give you just that. The NHTSA gives it five stars overall, though the front driver-side crash test scored only three stars. This reflects the IIHS's review from 2023, which returned ratings of Good in every category save for the moderate overlap front test, which managed just Moderate. The minivan still earned a Top Safety Pick+ in 2023.
Every trim comes with ABS, traction and stability control, EBD, and ten airbags. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is also included, with pre-collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist, but you also get blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and hill-start assist. The XSE unlocks front and rear parking assist with automatic braking, while the Platinum adds a panoramic view monitor.
|Rear cross-traffic alert|
|Front and rear parking assist|
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
With no recalls for the past two years, the Toyota Sienna's average reliability of 77 out of 100 seems a bit harsh. The seatbelt issue of 2022 was a minor problem and easily corrected. The warranty for the 2024 Toyota Sienna is also relatively average, covering the powertrain for five years/60,000 miles, bumper-to-bumper issues for three years/36,000 miles, and the hybrid components for eight years/100,000 miles.
Minivans aren't known for head-turning designs, but the Sienna is actually a rather handsome car. You'd expect a rather blocky front fascia, but it's sharp and stylish, with slanted and stretched-out LED headlights pointing down towards a wide grille in the lower bumper. The long profile is chunky, though, and the rear end is a square wall of metal and glass. Power-sliding side doors are standard, with the option to upgrade them with hands-free access similar to what you can get for the liftgate. The LED headlights can also be upgraded to bi-LED projectors, and upper trims get LED foglights. Similarly, the starter 17-inch alloy wheels grow to 18 inches on the Limited or 20 wheels on the Platinum and XSE.
There was a time when minivans were the most desirable cars in the US, but there are almost no examples left, and to compete with the far more popular SUVs, they would have to be better than good to stand out. The Toyota Sienna manages to do that well enough, with sharp styling, a great list of standard features, loads of room, and excellent fuel economy. Sadly, it is held back a little by lifeless handling and a sub-par cargo room for the segment. The Honda Odyssey is a better all-rounder, though it is not nearly as efficient, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is more luxurious. But while there are better options out there in some regards, none will save you as much money in the long run as the 2024 Sienna.
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