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2019 Toyota Sienna: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Toyota Sienna ranks near the bottom of the minivan class. It’s not a bad vehicle, but after nearly eight years without a redesign, it’s starting to feel dated compared to rivals.

The 2019 Toyota Sienna is ranked:

Is the Toyota Sienna a Good Minivan?

Despite its low ranking, the Toyota Sienna is a good minivan. It’s the only vehicle in its class to offer all-wheel drive. It has plenty of cargo space, a roomy and mostly high-end cabin, and an easy-to-use infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa smartphone integration. Additionally, its V6 engine is one of the strongest in the class. However, this is an aging minivan in need of a redesign. Toyota has tried to keep it competitive through updates, but more modern rivals make it feel old by comparison.

Should I Buy the Toyota Sienna?

The Sienna is a great choice if you want a minivan with a lot of standard safety features, roomy seats, an all-wheel-drive option, and more cargo space behind the third row than most rivals offer. On the road, the Sienna provides a comfortable ride, with minimal disruption from rough pavement. However, the Sienna is an aging vehicle in need of a redesign. Many of its rivals, including the Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Sedona, have nicer cabins and more-modern infotainment systems.

Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Sienna?

The new Toyota Sienna belongs to a generation that hasn’t seen a redesign since the 2011 model year. Since then, Toyota has made a few updates to this minivan. A V6 engine became standard for 2013, and Toyota refreshed the 2015 model with updated interior materials and a retuned suspension. The Entune infotainment system also became standard for that model year. The 2017 Sienna gained a stronger V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the 2018 model received new standard features, including navigation, smartphone integration, and several safety features. For 2019, Toyota outfitted the Sienna with standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa.

The added safety features in the 2018 Sienna make that model an appealing choice as a family minivan, and the 2017 model’s powertrain updates make it a better choice than older Siennas. However, you could save a lot of money by buying an older model instead.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Toyota Sienna. If you decide an older model is right for you, visit our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 71 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Toyota Sienna in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 71 automotive sources. This Toyota Sienna review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2011 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Toyota Sienna Cost?

The base 2019 Sienna L has a retail price of $31,115. That’s one of the highest starting prices among minivans. The top-of-the-line Sienna Limited Premium with AWD starts at $48,890. That’s more expensive than the top trim levels of many rivals.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

Toyota Sienna Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey?

Fresh off a redesign for the 2018 model year, the Honda Odyssey ranks among the best minivans you can buy. It has more available features – including Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and an in-vehicle vacuum cleaner – than its Toyota counterpart, as well as more overall room for passengers and cargo. Both vehicles provide a comfortable ride, but the Honda’s more composed handling wins out. The Toyota gets a little more horsepower from its V6 engine and offers all-wheel drive, but otherwise, the Honda is the superior choice.

Which Is Better: Toyota Sienna or Dodge Grand Caravan?

Like the Sienna, the Dodge Grand Caravan needs a redesign. Between these two minivans, though, the Toyota is the better pick. It has a larger cargo hold and more standard and available features, including Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Sienna has an easier-to-use infotainment system and a smoother ride. It’s slightly more fuel-efficient too. The Dodge has a below-average starting price and handy Stow 'n Go seats (which fold into the floor so you don't have to remove them from the van), but that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the Sienna.

Toyota Sienna Interior

How Many People Does the Sienna Seat?

The base 2019 Toyota Sienna seats seven people on cloth upholstery. The high-end Limited trim and every model with all-wheel drive also seat seven. A removable center seat in the second row comes in the other models, increasing seating capacity to eight. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, second- and third-row manual sunshades, and dual power-sliding rear doors are available. Some upper trims also have second-row lounge chairs that recline and have extendable leg rests.

There’s plenty of legroom for adults in all three rows, but the sloping roofline limits headroom in the back, especially in the third row. The seats are comfortable, and visibility is decent. The second-row seats slide forward to allow easier access to the rear.

Sienna and Car Seats

There are four complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in this Toyota. The system is relatively easy to use, though the lower anchors are set deep in the seats.

Sienna Interior Quality

In lower trims, the Sienna’s cabin is more pragmatic than luxurious. That switches as you move through the lineup. The cabin is durable and has nice materials, though some rivals feel classier.

Sienna Cargo Space

The Toyota Sienna has 39.1 cubic feet of space with all seats in use. That’s more than what most minivans offer, including the Kia Sedona and Dodge Grand Caravan. Folding down the third row opens up 87.1 cubic feet of space, and folding down the second row unveils a maximum 150 cubic feet. That’s a fine total, though the Honda Odyssey has even more total space.

The third-row seats fold into the floor, but you have to remove the second-row seats to get the maximum cargo space.

Sienna Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

A rearview camera comes standard in the Sienna, along with the Entune infotainment system, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, smartphone-app navigation, voice controls, a six-speaker sound system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include push-button start, proximity keyless entry, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens, a 10-speaker JBL premium stereo, a dynamic navigation system, a moonroof, and Driver Easy Speak, which amplifies the driver’s voice through the rear speakers.

The Entune infotainment system is intuitive to use. The touch screen is responsive, the menus are logically displayed, and there are several redundant physical controls that make using the interface a breeze.

Toyota Sienna Performance

Sienna Engine: Potent Powertrain

A 3.5-liter V6 engine comes standard in the Sienna and produces 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Sienna has one of the most powerful engines in the class. It produces more than enough power to tackle a steep hill or merge on the freeway. This van will have no trouble hauling your family around.

Sienna Gas Mileage: Decent

The Sienna gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That’s about as fuel-efficient as rivals such as the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. The AWD Sienna gets slightly lower fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Sienna Ride and Handling: The Lone All-Wheel-Drive Minivan

Many people buy a minivan for a comfortable ride. The Sienna delivers, with its soft suspension soaking up most bumps in the road. This is a big van, however, and it leans quite a bit around corners. The SE trim sacrifices some comfort for athleticism with its sport-tuned suspension.

The Sienna’s claim to fame is its available all-wheel drive. No other minivan offers it.

Toyota Sienna Towing Capacity

When properly equipped with the Towing Prep package, the 2019 Toyota Sienna can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Toyota Sienna Reliability

Is the Toyota Sienna reliable?

As of this writing, J.D. Power has not evaluated the reliability of the 2019 Toyota Sienna.

Toyota Sienna Warranty

Toyota covers the 2019 Sienna with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most minivans have similar warranties.

Sienna Safety

Sienna Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Sienna four out of five stars in front and rollover crash tests and five stars in side crash tests for an overall five-star rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the 2019 Toyota Sienna as of this writing.

Sienna Safety Features

Standard safety features in the Sienna include a rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam assist, and adaptive cruise control. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera are available. Many minivans offer comparable safety features.

The Safety Sense P is standard in most Toyota cars and SUVs, including the Camry, Corolla (both the sedan and hatchback), and RAV4.

Which Toyota Sienna Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2019 Sienna in five main trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. The LE and XLE trims are available with an Auto Access power-rotating, lift-up second-row passenger seat, and the SE, XLE, and Limited trims are all available in Premium variants. Each trim comes with a V6 engine and front-wheel drive. You can add all-wheel drive to all models except the base L, though prices vary depending on trim. Additionally, the base trim seats up to seven while the other trims can be configured to seat seven or eight.

Toyota Sienna L

The 2019 Toyota Sienna L has an MSRP of $31,115. For that price, you’ll get cloth seats, a 60/40 split-folding third-row seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, a 4.2-inch information display, cruise control, and the Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a navigation system.

Toyota Safety Sense P also comes standard and includes safety features such as a rearview camera, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection.

There are no notable options or packages offered with the Sienna L.

Toyota Sienna LE

The 2019 Toyota Sienna LE has an MSRP of $33,935. It features eight-passenger seating, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a fixed front-center storage console with cup holders, manual second- and third-row sunshades, dual power-sliding rear doors, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

All-wheel drive is available for $2,540, and an LE Preferred package ($955) adds blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry.

Toyota Sienna SE

The Toyota Sienna SE trim (MSRP: $37,265) is the sporty Sienna. It features a sport-tuned suspension (for slightly improved handling) and larger alloy wheels. You’ll also get fog lights, leather seats (with synthetic leather for the third row), heated front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a power liftgate.

All-wheel drive is available for $1,505. A power tilt-and-slide moonroof with a sunshade is available for $850.

For $43,360, you can get the SE Premium package, which comes with a Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system, a 10-speaker JBL premium sound system, Driver Easy Speak (which amplifies the driver’s voice through the rear speakers), and everything listed above, save AWD.

Toyota Sienna XLE

The Sienna XLE (MSRP: $37,760) adds a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a moonroof, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and wood grain-style trim.

All-wheel drive costs $2,035. You can also get a Navigation package for $1,410. It adds rear parking sensors, Driver Easy Speak, and dynamic navigation, which provides real-time updates. The Premium package (which includes the Navigation package) remains available, bringing the price up to $40,955.

Toyota Sienna Limited

With a window sticker price of $44,010, the Toyota Sienna Limited is the top-of-the-line model. It seats seven people and builds on the XLE’s features with a dual-pane moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, premium leather seats, second-row lounge seats, a power-folding third row, a heated steering wheel, and a 10-speaker JBL sound system.

The Limited Premium package ($3,520) adds a surround-view camera, rain-sensing wipers, and the rear-seat entertainment system. No other packages are offered, though you can get all-wheel drive for $1,360.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Toyota Sienna isn't a bad minivan, but it feels outdated. It has plenty of cargo and passenger space, as well as the strongest powertrain in its class. It’s also the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. However, many rivals have been redesigned or updated more recently and offer convenience features – such as a hands-free liftgate or a built-in vacuum – that you won’t find in this Toyota. Unless you need all-wheel drive, consider alternatives like the Chrysler Pacifica or Honda Odyssey before choosing the Sienna.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Toyota Sienna review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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