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As minivans go, the Sienna is a sensible choice, but it isn't very engaging to drive. The Sienna rides very comfortably and is quiet inside, but handling is lackluster. The 3.5-liter V6 is lively and returned a respectable 21 mpg overall in our tests with the new for 2017 eight-speed automatic. The all-wheel-drive version--the only such minivan on the market--sacrifices 1 or 2 mpg. An eighth seat cleverly stores in the back when it isn't installed in place. The 2017 update also brought a standard backup camera, an additional LATCH attachment, and a front-passenger seat-cushion airbag. Reliability has been above average. That and the availability of all-wheel drive are the Sienna's biggest advantages over the Honda Odyssey.

Road Test

When it comes to family transportation, it's hard to beat a minivan for moving your brood and its stuff. And among minivans, the Sienna is a rational choice.Its long list of strong suits include a comfortable ride and an energetic powertrain that ret...

Highs

  • Roomy, practical, and versatile interior
  • Strong reliability history

Lows

  • Eight speed automatic isn't all that smooth shifting
  • Handling agility not a strong point, even for a minivan

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking a Sienna: Front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive (AWD)? All Siennas have the same engine -- a 3.5-liter V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic. AWD is optional on the LE, XLE, and Limited trim lines. Which trim level?...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 2 year/unlimited
Body Styles
minivan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (296 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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