2017 Toyota Sienna

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$29,750–$47,310 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2017 Toyota Sienna. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Touchscreen interface
  • Second-row captain's chairs slide far back
  • Two sets of third-row Latch anchors
  • All-wheel drive optional
  • Maneuverability
  • Class-leading cargo room

The Bad

  • Lots of road noise in cabin
  • Loud engine
  • Difficult to operate folding third row
  • Busy eight-speed automatic
  • AWD fuel economy
  • Cluttered multimedia panel

Notable Features of the 2017 Toyota Sienna

  • New direct-injection V-6 engine
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Blu-ray entertainment system available
  • 180-degree backup camera available

2017 Toyota Sienna Road Test

Jennifer Geiger
The Verdict:

Toyota calls its minivan the “swagger wagon,” but an update for 2017 failed to add enough pep to its step to outperform competitors in Cars.com's Ultimate Minivan Challenge 2016.
 

Versus The Competition:

Parents are used to making sacrifices (sleep, personal space, sanity…), and the Sienna — more than other minivans — asks them to trade comfortable road manners for family-friendly convenience features.

For 2017, the Sienna gets a bit more horsepower and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. It competes against the Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Sedona; compare all three minivans here. It also competes against the Honda Odyssey, which is redesigned for 2018. Read about it here.

Exterior & Styling

Despite what your friends say, the words “minivan” and “style” are not mutually exclusive, and several automakers succeed with head-turning designs; the Sienna is not among them. Its last redesign — for the 2015 model year — brought a more streamlined grille and sharper, dynamic-looking headlights, but it wasn’t enough.

The Kia Sedona's brawny, studded front end is both dramatic and handsome, and the Chrysler Pacifica oozes class with its polished face and sleek silhouette. The Sienna lives somewhere in the middle — dullsville.

How It Drives

Like cramming a Dustbuster into the couch to rescue long-lost Cheerios, the Sienna is a chore to drive. It's both slow and groaningly, unpleasantly loud. Its gruff engine sound is a constant presence in the cabin, and high levels of road noise had me checking to make sure all the windows were rolled up.

I tested an all-wheel-drive model, and although its updated 3.5-liter V-6 powertrain adds 30 more horsepower and direct injection for 2017, it doesn’t feel any quicker. The added weight of the AWD bogs it down. The van is lethargic from a stop, and the busy, rough-shifting ...

For 2017, the Sienna gets a bit more horsepower and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. It competes against the Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Sedona; compare all three minivans here. It also competes against the Honda Odyssey, which is redesigned for 2018. Read about it here.

Exterior & Styling

Despite what your friends say, the words “minivan” and “style” are not mutually exclusive, and several automakers succeed with head-turning designs; the Sienna is not among them. Its last redesign — for the 2015 model year — brought a more streamlined grille and sharper, dynamic-looking headlights, but it wasn’t enough.

The Kia Sedona's brawny, studded front end is both dramatic and handsome, and the Chrysler Pacifica oozes class with its polished face and sleek silhouette. The Sienna lives somewhere in the middle — dullsville.

How It Drives

Like cramming a Dustbuster into the couch to rescue long-lost Cheerios, the Sienna is a chore to drive. It's both slow and groaningly, unpleasantly loud. Its gruff engine sound is a constant presence in the cabin, and high levels of road noise had me checking to make sure all the windows were rolled up.

I tested an all-wheel-drive model, and although its updated 3.5-liter V-6 powertrain adds 30 more horsepower and direct injection for 2017, it doesn’t feel any quicker. The added weight of the AWD bogs it down. The van is lethargic from a stop, and the busy, rough-shifting new eight-speed automatic transmission took its time delivering more power for passing.

However, it might be a worthy tradeoff for families in the snow belt, as the Sienna remains the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive; it’s an option on LE, XLE and Limited trims. It proved capable during a winter weekend, easily muscling through compacted snow and maintaining a good grip on my neighborhood's icy side streets.

However, the security of having all-wheel drive again comes at a cost. Two-wheel-drive versions are EPA-rated at 19/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined. That’s significantly higher than the AWD model's 18/24/20 mpg. Even so, both versions' numbers are up this year; the 2016 Sienna was rated 18/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive and 16/23/19 mpg with AWD.

Against competitors, the 2WD Sienna's estimated combined mileage matches the Chrysler Pacifica and beats the Kia Sedona by 2 mpg. But during a 260-mile trip with my family of five (and our stuff), I averaged 20.5 mpg in mostly highway driving — well short of the EPA's highway estimate.

On the highway, the Sienna's ride composure is comfortable, with good bump absorption. Despite its length, it's also surprisingly maneuverable thanks to one of the smallest turning circles in the class. Body lean is unavoidable, however, especially during sweeping turns, like highway off-ramps.

Interior

Although its driving experience is unrefined, the Sienna’s interior steps thing up a few notches. The cabin of the Limited Premium I tested was well-appointed; its leather seats, contrast stitching on the dashboard and glossy wood panels impart a tasteful vibe. It feels good, too, with many key touch points — like the dash and upper door panels — wearing soft, textured plastics. The quality and design carry over to lesser trim levels; even the mid-level SE trim has leather-accented front seats.

Room in the second row is outstanding thanks in part to captain's chairs with generous sliding travel. I was able to install my twins' rear-facing infant seats in these chairs, slide them all the way back, then pass in front of them to access the third row. But neither the Sienna nor its competitors can match the Pacifica's ultra-flexible Stow 'n Go second-row seats, which easily tumble into the floor for more cargo room.

The Sienna is also available with a second-row bench, which has three seats.

The third row is adequately sized for kids but trails competitors’ in roominess: With 38.3 inches of headroom, it offers a bit less than the Pacifica (38.7) and Sedona (38.9). The Sienna has two sets of third-row lower Latch anchors and two top-tether anchors, making the third row very flexible for car-seat accommodation. Click here for the full Car Seat Check.

Cargo & Storage

As a mom with lots of stuff to stash, I appreciate the Sienna's major stuff-stashing capabilities, from its best-in-class cargo room to its double glove box and sizeable center console box. In the second row, the floor-mounted cupholders are set too low for easy use when buckled into the captain's chairs, but Toyota did a great job with the third row. Each side has two cupholders and a small covered storage bin that’s sized right for some snacks and stickers.

In back, there's 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, putting the Sienna at the top of its class, ahead of the Pacifica (32.3) and Sedona (33.9). Double stroller? Definitely. Two portable cribs? Totally. Folding the 60/40-split third row opens the space up to 87.1 cubic feet of room. That’s again outstanding in the segment, more than the Sedona's 78.4 cubic feet and just shy of the Pacifica's 87.5. Fold the second and third rows down for maximum cargo space of 150.0 cubic feet — the best in the class. 

Maneuvering the seats isn't easy, however. The problem is getting the third row back up into its seating position. The ungainly two-step process requires a lot of muscle and is not something I'd like to do often. It's an easier, more fluid maneuver in many other vans.

Ergonomics & Electronics

The multimedia and climate control panel is not easy on the eyes; it’s a cluttered and confusing array of screen, dials and small buttons. Once you get the lay of the land, though, the controls are all within easy reach of the driver and the system is easy to use. The standard Entune multimedia system's 7.0-inch glossy touchscreen was responsive, with an intuitive menu structure and large, clear onscreen buttons; a 6.1-inch screen is standard.

My test van also had Toyota’s available Easy Speak voice-amplification system, which projects the driver's voice through a hands-free microphone to the third-row speakers. With a 6-year-old who wants to converse nonstop, I was eager to test the voice-saver. In the third row, my tiny talker had no problems hearing my amplified voice, but Little Miss Chatty thought I sounded so funny, she asked me more questions than usual and eventually told me to turn it off; she was "tired of playing this game." That made two of us.

Kids are likely to be more impressed with the optional DVD entertainment system's 16.4-inch flip-down screen, which can display two videos side-by-side and has an SD card slot and RCA and HDMI inputs; it's also Blu-ray compatible. Parents will appreciate the two pairs of wireless headphones.

Safety

Unlike the Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Sedona, the 2017 Toyota Sienna did not ace the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's minivan crash tests due to a score of acceptable (out of possible scores of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in the small overlap front test.

A backup camera is standard on all trim levels; a helpful 180-degree backup camera is available. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on SE Premium, XLE and Limited trims. Toyota's Pre-Collision System, which uses audio and visual alerts as well as automatic braking to prevent a crash, is optional on the top Limited model but unavailable on other trims.

Value in Its Class

The 2017 Toyota Sienna starts at $30,690, including destination; all-wheel drive adds around $2,000. It's a few hundred dollars more than the 2016 version and priced above the Pacifica ($29,590) and Sedona ($27,695).

The 2017 Toyota Sienna remains the only minivan with optional all-wheel drive and is a strong contender in terms of its two-wheel-drive fuel economy and cargo-hauling abilities, but the Sedona and Pacifica do the job quicker, quieter and with more style — or should I say… swagger?


2017 Sienna Video

Toyota calls its minivan the swagger wagon, but it came in last place in Cars.com's Ultimate Minivan Challenge 2016. The 2017 model gets a new engine and transmission but still has lackluster styling, loud road manners and so-so fuel economy.

Latest 2017 Sienna Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

BUYINY

by jimmy on August 9, 2018

GREAT VAN TO OWN I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERY ONE IT HAVE NICE Interior Design AND NICE EXTERIOR GOOD PERFORMANCE AND IT IS EXCELLENT FOR YOUR MONEY Read full review

(2.0)

For flat roads only

by Wheeler from Nj on August 8, 2018

I understand the previous owner?s desire to get rid of it at such low mileage (5000). Around town, accelerating on an incline, causes jerky performance. And, upshifts/downshifts, at highway speeds, on ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Toyota Sienna currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Toyota Sienna L 7 Passenger

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sienna received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

B

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker