If you are looking for the best combination of features, reliability and performance for your money, look no further. The Odyssey is the closest competitor, but of course doesn't offer an AWD option, ...
If you are looking for the best combination of features, reliability and performance for your money, look no further. The Odyssey is the closest competitor, but of course doesn't offer an AWD option, has an anemic engine, dull and dated styling, and costs more. The Sienna comes out on top where it really counts. And, of course, if you decide you need AWD, it's also your only choice.
Inside, the Sienna is comfortable, particularly with the leather package, but the driving experience is hampered by Toyota's screwball interior design choices. Some of the controls are illuminated at night, but not all of them, which is a bizarre choice and makes finding switches and knobs in the dark a bit of a challenge. Some of the controls have that distinctive "designed by an engineer" feel to them, with some having bizarre and non-intuitive overloading or limitations (for example, the dynamic laser cruise control has a magic sequence you use to switch between it and "normal" operation, and in the DLCC mode you can only make adjustments in 5 mph increments). Others, like the stereo, have sacrificed usability by making some functions available only through the touch screen (if you have the nav option). Other keys have names that aren't helpful (on the Nav-equipped models, there's "menu", and "info", and "audio") and lead to a game of "guess which button you need to press".
This is also not the car to get if you want fuel efficiency. That 6-cyl engine always has plenty of power on hand, but it comes at a cost. Opt for AWD and you will be filling up often. We're averaging about 17mph with mixed city and highway driving. One thing became clear right away: the Sienna should come with a larger gas tank.
These are minor quips, however. Overall, this is where you go if you want a good looking van with plenty of power and utility behind it. And if you opt to load it up with features, there's no better choice out there, especially for the money.
Finally, the minivan is kind of cool. :)