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2015 Toyota Sienna

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/26/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Toyota Sienna is updated with slightly refreshed exterior styling and a host of new features including a new Driver Easy Speak system, new front passenger seat cushion airbag, and an updated entertainment system with Blu-Ray and HDMI compatibility.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Sienna is a minivan with seating capacity for up to eight passengers. Sold in five grades, it is the only vehicle in its segment with available all-wheel drive, making it a viable option as an all-weather family hauler.

Overview

The Toyota Sienna is available with a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 266 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain combination gives the minivan good power for acceleration and overtaking. Handling is improved with additional spot welds for structural rigidity and revised springs and shock absorbers. Brake pedal feel is a weak point due to it feeling soft and mushy, making it hard to determine how hard you're braking. Fuel economy is average for the class at 18/25 mpg city/highway for front-drive models and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Interior space in the 2015 Sienna is generous for up to eight adults and up to 150 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows folded down. The new center stack has better usability with controls that are easy to use "at a glance or through feel" and within the driver's reach. Gauges are also easier to read with certain clusters repositioned higher in the dash. The newest version of Toyota's Entune infotainment system is also available with user-friendly controls and responsive touch-sensitive buttons.

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Toyota Sienna a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, earning a Good score in four categories, Acceptable in the small overlap front test (Good is the highest possible score), and offering Advanced frontal crash prevention (front crash prevention awards include Basic, Advanced and Superior).

What We Think

The refreshed 2015 Toyota Sienna improves upon the pre-face-lift model with a better infotainment system and more intuitive center stack controls. In a First Drive review, we said that the revisions made to the van's suspension and the addition of additional spot welds improved its handling without detracting from its smooth ride. Additionally, its available all-wheel drive makes it a viable choice for families living in areas that experience severe weather.

However, in the same review we also noted that its mushy brake pedal didn't inspire confidence and caused drivers to "wonder if the vehicle is going to stop in time." Despite the addition of more sound insulation, the Sienna's cabin remains noisier than its competitors with "prominent wind noise around the A-pillar."

You'll Like

  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Spacious and flexible cabin
  • Improved infotainment system

You Won't Like

  • Mushy brake pedal
  • Average fuel economy
  • A lot of wind noise

Key Competitors

  • Honda Odyssey
  • Nissan Quest
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Ford Transit Connect Wagon
  • Kia Sedona

Rating

3 star

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