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  • (4.3) 44 reviews
  • MSRP: $11,219–$24,247
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 20-21
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7-8
  • Cargo Space: 87.1 cu.ft.
2012 Toyota Sienna

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Toyota Sienna

What We Don't Like

  • Mushy brakes
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Indecisive transmission
  • Highway steering response
  • No second-row floor storage

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Available lounge-style second-row seats
  • Available 180-degree backup camera

2012 Toyota Sienna Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Toyota redesigned its Sienna minivan for 2011, affirming its commitment to stick it out in a segment other automakers have fled over the past decade. Wider but slightly shorter than its predecessor, the Sienna offers a four-cylinder or V-6 engine and seating for up to eight people. All-wheel drive continues to be offered on the V-6 Sienna, the only minivan to offer that feature. Major competitors include the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler's twins, the Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.

The Sienna comes in five trim levels: base, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. This is the first Sienna generation to offer a sport-tuned SE variant with a firmer suspension, 19-inch wheels and racier exterior details. The SE, XLE and Limited come standard with a V-6, which is optional on the base and LE. All-wheel drive is optional on the LE V-6, XLE and Limited.


New for 2012
Changes are minor for the second model year of the current design. A power front passenger seat and automatic headlamps are new standard features for the XLE trim, and the optional rear-seat entertainment system for the SE is now packaged with a moonroof.

Exterior
The Sienna's styling borrows from Toyota's Venza wagon, complete with Camry-like headlamps, wraparound taillights and a wide, bladed grille. Each trim level gets a distinct grille, with the SE getting a blacked-out version with a mesh insert. Other SE accoutrements include lower side skirts, clear-lens taillights and 19-inch wheels. Seventeen- and 18-inch alloys go on other trim levels.

A roof spoiler is standard, and it conceals a rear window wiper. Fog lights go on the SE, XLE and Limited. All-wheel-drive models come with run-flat tires. Exterior features include:

  • Projector beam headlamps and daytime running lights
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available power sliding doors


Interior
The Sienna's dashboard has been designed so both the driver and front passenger feel a majority of the space is theirs, Toyota says. Its swoopy lines convey separate spaces for both occupants, with large dials for major functions like temperature adjustment and stereo volume.

Depending on seating configuration, the cabin accommodates seven or eight occupants. Standard second-row captain's chairs have a walk-in feature that tips up the bottom cushion and slides the seat forward for third-row access. A removable center seat is optional; it stows in a nook behind the third-row seat. The third row folds into a storage compartment behind it to create a flat load floor.

The Sienna's second-row seats are removable, creating maximum cargo capacity of 150 cubic feet. There's 39.1 cubic feet behind the third row and 87.1 behind the second row.

Load up the options, and you can get heated leather seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, dual moonroofs and a navigation system. The optional rear entertainment system has a wide flip-down screen that can play two different inputs — two DVDs, for example, or a DVD and a video game — side by side, with passengers listening to their individual programming via wireless headphones. Interior features include:

  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard CD stereo


Under the Hood

The Sienna's four-cylinder engine comes from the Venza and Highlander. The 2.7-liter engine makes 187 horsepower and 186 pounds-feet of torque. The 3.5-liter V-6 makes 266 hp and 245 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Both engines run on regular gas
  • Front- or all-wheel drive


Safety
Toyota's optional Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system integrates stability control with various drivetrain components for better response during evasive maneuvers. On Limited models, the optional adaptive cruise control system works with Toyota's Pre-Collision System, which can alert the driver and tighten the seat belts should it detect a rapidly decelerating car ahead. A backup camera is optional. Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system and traction control
  • Active front head restraints
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows
  • Knee airbag for the driver

 

Consumer Reviews

4.3

Average based on 44 reviews

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We Love Siennas

by Dustin from Marinette, WI on October 16, 2017

We bought (in 2014) a 2005 Toyota Sienna and loved it. That Sienna had no issues, but we wanted to get a newer vehicle so we opted for the 2012 Toyota Sienna Limited AWD. WE LOVE IT. Can be happier... Read Full Review

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12 Trims Available

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Toyota Sienna Articles

2012 Toyota Sienna Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Sienna Base 7 Passenger

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Sienna Base 7 Passenger

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Sienna Base 7 Passenger

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Sienna Base 7 Passenger

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 7 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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