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2016 Toyota Sienna

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New for 2017

The 2016 Toyota Sienna receives Siri Eyes Free capability and Scout GPS App Link on lower trim levels.

Vehicle Summary

The 2016 Toyota Sienna is a minivan with seating for up to eight passengers and is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.


One engine is available in the 2106 Sienna a 3.5-liter V-6 with 266 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA rated the Sienna at 18/25 mpg city/highway in the front-drive model and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. Behind the third row, there's 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space that can be expanded to 87.1 cubic feet behind the second row. With the second row push forward and folded there's 117.8 cubic feet, and it can be expanded to 150 cubic feet with the second row seats removed.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, a 3.5-inch multi-information display, Bluetooth connectivity, and Toyota's Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Optional features include a rearview camera, larger alloy wheels ranging up to 19 inches in diameter, a moonroof, HID headlights, power front seats, second-row captain's chairs, keyless entry/start, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, navigation, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a JBL premium audio system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a rear seat entertainment system with a 16.4-inch screen.


The NHTSA gave the 2016 Sienna a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car received a Good score on all crash tests except for the small front overlap impact where it received an Average score (Good is the highest possible score). On the IIHS' front crash prevention test, the 2016 Sienna received an Advanced rating after it reduced a 12-mph impact by 9 mph and a 25-mph by 7 mph.

What We Think

In a 2014 comparison test that also included the Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, and the outgoing Chrysler Town & Country, the Toyota Sienna placed third because of its strong acceleration and sporty handling. However, the car's handling comes at the cost of ride comfort because the Sienna, especially in the SE trim, has a stiffer suspension setup. Interior fit and finish also lags behind the competition because the Sienna's cabin is filled with cheap hard plastics.

Cool Fact

The Toyota Sienna is the only minivan sold in the U.S. market that's available with all-wheel drive.

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