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2014 Toyota Sienna

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/28/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

The Toyota Sienna returns for 2014 with minor changes, such as a stand-alone blind spot monitoring system option, more standard features such as three-zone automatic climate control and eight-way power driver's seat for the LE trim.

Vehicle Summary

The Sienna is Toyota's minivan sold in L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited trims. It is available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations and with front- or all-wheel drive. Toyota no longer offers the 2.7-liter I-4 in the Sienna since it was dropped in the 2013 model year.

Overview

The 2014 Toyota Sienna sets itself apart from its competitors with its available all-wheel drive option. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 266 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic, the Sienna's powertrain is competitive in the segment. Regarding fuel economy, front-drive models are rated by the EPA at 18/25 mpg city/highway while opting for all-wheel drive drops those estimates down to 16/23 mpg. On the road, the minivan drives surprisingly well and particularly the SE model, which has larger 19-inch wheels with a firmer suspension and revised steering compared to the rest of the range.

Since it's a family vehicle, the 2014 Sienna offers a host of optional tech and convenience features such as rear seat "Dual View" entertainment, power liftgate, and voice-activated navigation. Toyota's Entune Multimedia Suite is available on all but the base L trim and gives owners access to mobile phone apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Bing. On the Limited trim, captain's chairs are available for the second row while all models have standard sliding seats for improved flexibility. However, the infotainment system lags behind the competition with dated graphics, a small screen and unintuitive controls.

The Sienna has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) while the IIHS has given it a good rating across the four categories in which it has been tested (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2014 Sienna remains a versatile family car that can shuttle kids or cargo. In a First Test review, we said that the minivan offers more convenience than a crossover with its ability to accommodate adult passengers "regardless if they were in the front, second, or third row." Its ability to accommodate up to eight passengers also means that the Sienna is one of the top minivans along with the Honda Odyssey due to its flexibility and ability to haul people or cargo. However, interior quality lags behind the competition. In a 2010 comparison, we stated that the Sienna's plastics were "closer to the bargain-basement feel" of the Dodge Grand Caravan.

You'll Like

  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Flexible cabin with seating for eight
  • Handles well for a minivan

You Won't Like

  • Dated infotainment system
  • Low-quality cabin plastics
  • Limited number of USB ports and 12V outlets

Key Competitors

  • Chrysler Town and Country
  • Dodge Caravan
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Nissan Quest

Rating

4 star The Lexus is minivans.

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