The exterior design of the 2023 Toyota Sienna is an attempt at cosplay SUV, but even a casual glance in its direction shows that for a minivan it is. Good for us. We love how this minivan behaves on the road, with a quiet cabin and a refined ride. Aside from the obvious practicality benefits that come with any minivan, the Sienna saloon is spacious and well-equipped, although its second-row seats are not removable or stackable like other vans. This fourth-generation Sienna is offered exclusively as a hybrid, with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants having the same rating of 245 hp. Sienna’s fuel efficiency, 36 mph, is much better than other minivans on the market, but we’d rather be piloting Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odysseyor Kia Carnival.
What’s new in 2023?
The current Siena is the third year of this hybrid generation. Meanwhile, Toyota celebrates 25thanniversary sign this year with limited version: only 2525 25th The anniversary edition of Siennas will be built and all of them will be based on the XSE sports finish and will be painted in either Celestial Silver or Wind Chill Pearl. Special 20-inch wheels, roof rails, black exterior badges and exterior mirrors with built-in puddle lights are visual cues to the face of the special model. The interior is decorated with black leather upholstery with silver firmware, JBL stereo system, wireless smartphone charging pad, heated and ventilated front seats and carpets with 25th Anniversary logo.
Prices and which to buy
We look at the XSE sports model, which comes with 20-inch wheels, more aggressive front and rear bumpers and sporty front seats. The XSE also comes standard with built-in navigation and captain’s seats in the second row. The XSE, like all Sienna configurations, comes standard with front-wheel drive, but adding all-wheel drive costs just $ 760, which seems like a decent upgrade.
Engine, transmission and performance
Unlike previous versions of the Toyota family van, the Sienna is offered exclusively as a hybrid. The power transmission consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and a pair of electric motors, which together generate 245 horsepower. All-wheel drive is available and adds a third electric motor to the rear that drives the rear wheels. Siena’s main rival— Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid—Offed exclusively with front-wheel drive, but its V-6 engine and electric motors deliver 260 horsepower. Our all-wheel drive Sienna Platinum failed to excite us while accelerating testingrequiring 7.7 seconds to reach 60 mph and complete a quarter mile in 15.8 seconds at a speed of just 88 mph; these results are similar to what the Pacifica Hybrid managed, but much slower than the non-hybrid Pacifica examples we tested as well Honda Odyssey.
Fuel economy and real miles per gallon
The EPA estimates the front-wheel drive versions of the Sienna should deliver 36 mpg in the city as well as 36 mpg on the highway, and all-wheel drive examples have a rating of 1 mpg below at 35 mpg. In our mix of city and highway driving we coped with 29 mpg with our all-wheel drive Platinum test car. If we get the chance to implement the new Siena Fuel economy test on the 75-mile highway, we will update this story with results. For more information on fuel economy Sienna visit EPA website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Sienna’s interior is modern and stylish, complementing its bold exterior design. Instead of the open cab design of the previous generation, Toyota has created a high center console that covers the distance from the dashboard to the center armrest, with a large storage cabinet underneath. The upscale Limited and Platinum models have a two-tone interior trim and dashboard covered in stitched leather, while the XSE sports model gets black and white faux leather seats with red contrasting seams. Unlike the Odyssey and Pacifica Hybrid, the second-row Sienna seats are not removable; however, additional second-row captain seats can be moved back and forth for a total of 25 inches to provide maximum legroom for rear-seat riders or to open up as much space in the aft section of the second-row cargo. The Limited and Platinum models can be with reclining second-row seats with pop-up poufs. The two upper pads can also be equipped with an on-board vacuum cleaner.
Infotainment program and communication
Toyota’s latest infotainment interface is a 9.0-inch touchscreen display that stands vertically on the climate control dashboard. The Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa connectivity features are standard, and there are seven USB ports in the cabin. Toyota also provides SiriusXM satellite radio and an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. The base stereo is a setup with 6 speakers; and the XLE models get eight speakers. The 12-speaker JBL stereo system is optional for XLE and XSE and standard for Limited and Platinum. Built-in navigation is standard, starting with the XSE finish; the rear-seat entertainment system with 11.6-inch display is optional for all but the base LE model.
Safety and driver assistance functions
Toyota offers blind spot monitoring and its Safety Sense 2.0 package driver assistance functions standard for the new Sienna, while convenient features such as parking sensors and a 360-degree external camera system are optional. For more information on the results of the Sienna crash test, visit the National Road Safety Authority (NHTSA) and the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) websites. Key security features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure warning with lane keeping assistance
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty coverage and maintenance
The Kia Carnival offers longer coverage for both the power unit and for the bumper-to-bumper warranty than the Sienna. But Toyota is offsetting its rather basic warranty package with a two-year free maintenance plan.
- The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- The transmission warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- The hybrid component warranty covers 8 years or 100,000 miles
- Free maintenance is covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles
Toyota Sienna Hybrid Platinum AWD 2021
TYPE OF VEHICLE
front engine, all-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door van
PRICE AS TERAVANA
$ 53,350 (base price: $ 51,635)
DOHC 16-valve Atkinson cycle, 2.5-liter native-4, 189 liters. rear: 54 hp, 89 lb-ft (total power, 245 hp); Nickel-metal hydride battery with a capacity of 1.9 kW / h
Suspension (F / R): rack / multi-link
Brakes (F / R): 12.9-inch ventilation disc / 12.5-inch ventilation disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza LS1000, P235 / 60R-18 102V M + S
Wheelbase: 120.5 inches
Length: 203.7 inches
Width: 78.5 inches
Height: 68.5 inches
Passenger volume: 162 feet3
Cargo volume: 34 feet3
Equipped weight: 4821 lbs
C / D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.7 sec
100 mph: 21.0 sec
Start, 5-60 mph: 8.7 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 4.4 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 5.6 sec
1/4 mile: 15.8 seconds at 88 miles per hour
Top speed (limited by governor, mfr claim): 116 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 188 feet
Road resistance, 300-foot diameter: 0.79 g
Acceleration time at startup does not drop Deployment 1 foot 0.3 sec
C / D FUEL SAVINGS
Observed: 29 miles per gallon
EPA FUEL SAVINGS
Combined / city / highway: 35/36/35 mpg