2013 Toyota Sienna Consumer Reviews

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2013 Toyota Sienna
4.1
Average based on 32 reviews
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Pretty hip for a Loser Cruiser

by from CT on July 10, 2013

We've owned our 2013 Sienna XLE for a month and are very pleased with the vehicle. Its combination of exterior styling (best looking of the current minivan crop), interior utility, power from the 3.5L...
We've owned our 2013 Sienna XLE for a month and are very pleased with the vehicle. Its combination of exterior styling (best looking of the current minivan crop), interior utility, power from the 3.5L motor and overall driving comfort were what sealed the deal for us. I would have preferred the sportier suspension of the SE but that trim level is not offered with leather, which is required for quick cleanup of kid spills and dog dirt. Rear seats fold into the floor easily and the power doors are great. The pull-up sunshades for all of the rear windows are a nice bonus to keep the kids in the shade. Minor gripes are a terrible backup camera (the Chrysler unit in much better), over-boosted power steering and brakes and a touchy throttle at tip-in. But it's a minivan, so utility is paramount over driving prowess, right? That's why Dad has a race car for weekend track use! We're happy with our purchase and hope to spend many, many years with our Sienna as the kids and dogs grow older and dirtier.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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This thing ROCKS.. converted Soccermom and happy

by from San Jose, CA on December 17, 2012

Let me start off by saying I was looking for an AWD/4WD vehicle that could seat 5-7 people comfortably for road trips. I started with a 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited - fully loaded. The probl...
Let me start off by saying I was looking for an AWD/4WD vehicle that could seat 5-7 people comfortably for road trips. I started with a 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited - fully loaded. The problem was, with the 3rd row seat UP, there is absolutely NO cargo space - literally I couldn't put my daughter's skinny backpack back there without smashing it. SOOo after 2 years of luxe, I came to my senses and broke down and became THE VANILLA SOCCER MOM... bought the only AWD Sienna on the lot - a white LE model. Bare bones, and still I could not be happier. The Sienna handles really well - the lower center of gravity vs. the Highlander pays off. Plus the short nose allows for 'hamster in a habit-trail' tight turns. Comfort even at the LE level is good - space is AMAZING.. I feel like I'm driving an RV. Power is adequate - 266 HP vs the 270 in the Highlander, but a bigger car - I'm not missing much. The Highlander Hybrid had more torque = quicker starts, but the Sienna AWD LE is performs admirably. SPACE... that's why we traded in and that's what I got - with the 3rd row seats up, I can still put a full load of groceries (even a Costco sized grocery run) in the back. The 60/40 3rd row split allows for more cargo space without giving up too much human space - a definite plus. On the base Sienna you will still get Bluetooth phone/audio (great with my iPhone 4s), a back up camera (very small screen, but workable), dual sliding doors, and pre-installed window shades - a very nice feature with little ones that scream when the sun shines in their eyes. Gas mileage is MEH... but I drive freeway most of the time. I can get 25 MPG on the freeway if I behave... that's great. In town, not so lucky. Sticker says 16 MPG... since my driving is mixed, it's about 18. Even if I add a DVD player for a couple hundred bucks - I'm looking at $20g less than the Highlander Hybrid Limited, more USEABLE space and comfort. This was a definite UPGRADE in family vehicle comfort and usability. Somewhat stylish, decent price, good handling, okay gas mileage... I'm in heaven! Until they come out with a hybrid/electric AWD minivan. I give them 2 years...
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Excellent Engineering

by from Chicagoland on January 3, 2013

Overall, Sienna is a well designed minivan. It's great for families with little ones or even adults. The ability to quickly and easily enter and exit are superior to even large SUV's...which I love al...
Overall, Sienna is a well designed minivan. It's great for families with little ones or even adults. The ability to quickly and easily enter and exit are superior to even large SUV's...which I love also by the way. This Sienna is very nimble and easy to park...it has a great turning radius. The engine has good power and shifts smoothly. The smart key and push button door openings are tremendously convenient. The only negatives are that the steering is a little numb in the XLE during highway driving. I would recommend getting the SE version. The XLE isn't quite as easily to maneuver on the highways or at higher speeds....the confidence isn't there. It isn't a sedan but I think the electric power steering needs to be tighter, like in the SE. I purchased the XLE simply because there wasn't a leather option available in the SE that also included the Navigation package. Also, the drivers left foot is affected by the firewall of the left front wheel. It needs to be pushed forward out the way about 4 to 6 inches. Also, the navigation system/radio ergonomics needs to be redone...it's lazy engineering. The old simple way with at least a few dials for important functions like fan speed and radio tuning need to be put back. Simplicity and easy of operation of the navigation/etune/radio system is it's biggest weakness in my option. Otherwise, the 2013 Sienna is another example of Toyotas superior engineering...the best v-6 and transmission on the planet...lower friction, better materials and components and overall superior execution in these critical areas makes this a good buy.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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My SUV. Sport Utility Van!

by from Pittsburgh, Pa on November 15, 2012

I had been spinning my wheels trying to decide what vehicle was best for our family with two kids. Came down to the Honda CRV, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Highlander, or Toyota Sienna. I felt I only needed/...
I had been spinning my wheels trying to decide what vehicle was best for our family with two kids. Came down to the Honda CRV, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Highlander, or Toyota Sienna. I felt I only needed/wanted front wheel drive even though I live in the northeast. And I wanted cloth seats for the comfort. I was leaning towards the Odyssey and may have bought one if I went shopping on a different day,(I almost did buy one). But I had read some reviews about brake wear issues, steering feel, loudness of the ac motor at idle, premature wear of the cloth seats, and road noise of the Odyssey. I drove them both and bought the Toyota Sienna LE. What I like about the Sienna is, plenty of power, ability to manually downshift (to save wear on the brakes), as I live where it's hilly, smooth, quite ride, sliding second row seats, Eco light that helps me drive without being a lead foot, included roof rails and cross bars, perceived quality (my wife has a 2006 Camry, and it's been a problem free car), the back up camera, USB port, power sliding doors, hidden sliding door rails and rear wiper, and all the room inside. There are a few things I wish for though. I wish the console in between the two front seats was sliding so you could slide it in between the two second row seats, (there are no cup holders/try within reach of kids in car seats in the second row. The cloth seats are very light colored and although look great, seem like they will soil easy. An old style radio antenna up front. And it's hard to judge where your bumper is up front when pulling into a parking spot that has a curb or something in front of it. And the best part, as a guy, I can still say I drive an SUV. A Sport Utility Van. ; ) And so far, we really like it!
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OK

by from Michigan on December 26, 2013

We had a Ford Winstar until the deer decided to run out in front of us.... So repalced with a Sienna, We liked this van much better than the Town And Countrys we were looking at. But then it snowed......
We had a Ford Winstar until the deer decided to run out in front of us.... So repalced with a Sienna, We liked this van much better than the Town And Countrys we were looking at. But then it snowed.... ALOT and we are having a hard time gettin up hills and going thru the snow. The traction control light just blinks and the wheels spin. The tires are in very good condition. It took 3 tries to get up a hill the other evening. Had to get a running start and don't take your foot off the gas. Our Ford never had a hard time with this hill or going thru the snow. This is a big Dislike. Living in Michigan we need something that we can transport the family in safety especially during the the Michigan winters. Other than that the van rides very nice and the seats are comfortable.
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This car eats rear brakes

by from Grand Rapids MI on May 23, 2014

I own a 2010 Sienna with 78K miles. I am now on my third set of rear pads and rotors. Know three other Sienna owners with the same problem , one a 2012 model. Toyota claims there is no problem. Will n...
I own a 2010 Sienna with 78K miles. I am now on my third set of rear pads and rotors. Know three other Sienna owners with the same problem , one a 2012 model. Toyota claims there is no problem. Will not buy another Sienna. Can,t afford $500.00 a year on brakes.
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Buyer Be Aware

by from Cleveland, OH on June 9, 2014

Loud squeaky noise in cabin of all the Sienna's. Toyota is aware of and will do nothing about. Car performance is good, just can't get pasted the noise. Can't believe a big manufacturer doesn't know h...
Loud squeaky noise in cabin of all the Sienna's. Toyota is aware of and will do nothing about. Car performance is good, just can't get pasted the noise. Can't believe a big manufacturer doesn't know how to fix the problem.
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Does not recommend this car

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Dependable and flexible

by from Denver on January 5, 2013

Very useful car. Comfortable to drive, yet able to haul people and things easily. Dependable with a great repair record.
Very useful car. Comfortable to drive, yet able to haul people and things easily. Dependable with a great repair record.
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Poorly designed, premature failure

by from Buffalo, NY on April 28, 2014

we have a 2006 Sienna, we drive about 12K a year. It now 72K, water pump leaked, radio failed, the plastic nozzle of water spray to the windshied broke, horrible on gas for this size, the middle row o...
we have a 2006 Sienna, we drive about 12K a year. It now 72K, water pump leaked, radio failed, the plastic nozzle of water spray to the windshied broke, horrible on gas for this size, the middle row of 2 pilot seats were horrible to put back in. It broke some plastic latches, dealer shy away, of course. Power door failed the day we picked it up. I am tied of spending more to maintain, I don't feel very comfortable to go longer distance.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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2013 Sienna replaces Sequoia

by from Mullica Hill, NJ on October 17, 2013

Traded my 2008 Sequoia Platinum edition in for new 2013 Sienna Limited. The Sienna is a totally different vehicle with more cargo space and much easier to step in and out of. Had 49,000 miles of caref...
Traded my 2008 Sequoia Platinum edition in for new 2013 Sienna Limited. The Sienna is a totally different vehicle with more cargo space and much easier to step in and out of. Had 49,000 miles of carefree driving in the Sequoia, was the best SUV we ever owned. But the family needed a more accessible vehicle. After one month and 840 miles of driving we have made an excellent choice. Ride, handling, interior cargo space and many quality appointments have made us very satisfied with this choice. And talking with a few Sienna owners prior to this purchase verified that this is a great van. Zero negatives from anyone, they all stated that they would buy another if necessary. Have purchased 9 new Toyota's since 2002 , expect the same reliability from this one. And the run flat tires are standard on this AWD van, another nice feature. Can drive home then call AAA.
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