The Toyota Sienna affords a comfortable ride and a smooth, energetic powertrain returning respectable fuel economy. Expect 20 mpg overall from the front-wheel-drive version. If you need an all-wheel-drive minivan in this model year, Sienna is your only choice. Be apprised however, those four-driven wheels sacrifice one mpg and dictate run-flat tires.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC available from 2001, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2006.
Road Test

The Toyota Sienna affords a comfortable ride and a smooth, energetic powertrain returning respectable fuel economy. Expect 20 mpg overall from the front-wheel-drive version. If you need an all-wheel-drive minivan in this model year, Sienna is your only choice. Be apprised however, those four-driven wheels sacrifice one mpg and dictate run-flat tires.

Handling falls short of agile or engaging, even with the sporty SE version, but it's stable and secure.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
minivan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (187 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (266 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Toyota Sienna owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Drivers side door alignment, binding on fender"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Toyota Sienna Base 3.5-L V6)

"Received recall notice for rear passenger sliding doors. Still waiting for notice from Toyota when repair is available. Although not asked, problem with airbags is recall of Sienna for Takata airbag used on front passenger side. Replacement not scheduled till September. No front seat passenger until then"

Ed B., FL (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota sent a letter stating it was dangerous to sit in the second row due to defective sliding doors. Toyota claims no repair is available at this time"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"we had some repair work done by a geico authorized facility - The motor in the door was replaced and now we are having shorting issues with the electrical system due to the draw on the motor. So the issue is parts availability for replacement issues or faults"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger power sliding door is having movement issues (hard movement, grinding, etc) despite lubrication and dealer check."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"For just over a year we've had issues with the rear gate latch coming loose and the sliding doors either (1) grinding, or (2) malfunctioning. The local dealer and I have both repaired the rear liftgate, but they only lubricated the sliding doors which has done little to nothing to repair the issue since they, cannot duplicate the problem in the shop."

John F., TX (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Recall on controls for power doors and sunroof."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"Recalled defect could cause sliding side doors to open automatically while vehicle is moving."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Sliding door recall. Done free of charge by dealer."

Rajiv B., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"recall to correct possiblity sliding door may malfunction"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Cable broke on left sliding passenger door. Very expensive and difficult to repair."

Anonymous, NS (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"one of the power sliding door motors failed and needed to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"pneumatic arms had to be replaced for back gate door at 34 months"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"the rear door on our 2004 Sienna lifted high enough so I did not hit my head when loading the vehicle. With the 2012 I have not been so lucky. The side sliding doors freeze in winter rendering them useless"

Robert M., NJ (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Wouldn't fully close. Entire computer governing door needed to be replaced at a cost of $3000"

Angela C., MA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Sliding door motor and the door latch went bad costing over $3000 and three weeks to fix!"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The driver side sliding door was stuck and was hard to operate"

Vic P., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"Both sliding doors have each failed three times requiring extensive repairs under warranty.... they have even replaced both door hinges! I believe electric doors are a poor option in cold/icy climates. They jam and then malfunction. The rest of th"

R C., ON (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Fuel door hinge broke and now cannot open side dooe"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The latch on the rear door quit operating with the switch above the front seat console. It seemed to be easily repairable by Toyota dealer."

John B., KY (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"Since this vehicle was just under two years old we have an issue where the passenger side exterior mirror vibrates at highway speeds. Several trips to multiple Toyota dealers have unsuccessfully identified the problem and, universally, we've been told we can't replicate that despite directing that they (1) take it on a highway, or (2) accompany us while WE take it on a highway and they observe the mirror. This will be the reason, if any, that we don't buy another Toyota."

John F., TX (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Seat belts

"sliding door was not closing properly and was stuck. The seat belts were eaten by rodents and had to be replaced. 1 was eaten twice"

Vic P., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"does not always work"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Seat motor burns out"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"second row left hand seat cushion had to much movement up and down"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sliding movement parts break"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Recall for power controls"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"rubber moulding detached."

Anonymous, NS (2012 Toyota Sienna Base 3.5-L V6)

"When lowering the passenger side window, the rubber gasket came loose and pulled out of the metal door frame"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger front door window - window gasket separated from window frame at upper front corner. Inside door, loose gasket loop jammed into window mechanism, feeling window open. Gasket had to be replaced at 49000 miles"

Gary H., FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The driver window run channel is loose and often slides out of place when the window is opened"

Steven R., OR (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leak from the aft sun roof drain line"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Overhead rear sun roof leaking."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"water was leaking into rear of vehicle past seals around rear hatch. repairs were paid out of pocket"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The drivers side windshield wipers have torn the windshield weather stripping away from the front windshield. Inorder to prevent this, the wiper blade was adjusted and now clicks up over the side of the windshield. Very poor design."

Ronald A., MO (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"water drains for sunroof didnt work properly and dumped all the rain water into the rear compartment that the rear seats fold down into when not in use"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Driver's side front window malfunctioned and weather stripping came loose. Window would not go up and down"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Weather stripping on 3rd row window came loose"

Scott D., CO (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is rattle in the back of the van that is annoying. Have taken seats out, etc and cannot seem to find the cause"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"Clicking noise in the rear when turning"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Continuous rattle except on very smooth surfaces"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaks and rattles in the second row sliding doors, and power rear door is no longer automatic"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"As a Limited, we generally thought it would be a quieter vehicle in general. A great deal of wind and road noise seems inherent in this vehicle, especially with the run-flat tires. This already noisy interior has been plagued with pronounced squeaks and rattles throughout the vehicle, especially in the sliding doors, which the dealer was never able to address. We've had much better luck with private/smaller service providers. Great car and super reliable, except road trips are much louder th"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The third row seats rattle. Problem since new that Toyota never fixed despite bringing it to attention while under warranty. Now the warranty has expired."

Jeff B., WI (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Right 3rd row seat rattles when no one is sitting on it"

James A., IL (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Sliding door squeaks when going up or down drive way ram"

H P., FL (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"handicap modification causes air leak noise"

Almer G., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna)

"lots of squeaks from the 3rd row seats, especially when in the upright position"

Todd F., WI (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"2nd row seats rattled. Fixed completely after 3 visits to repair. Fine now"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Interior from the back seats when up, chronic problem for this van in prior years"

Joshua W., NY (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The third row seats rattle almost constantly"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise around the driver side door"

Tim C., TN (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"When it is windy outside, the vents rattle causing a sound inside the car when the car is stopped or even when it is off. The car has been brought in more than once for this issue, but it has not been fixed as Toyota says this is normal."

Matthew K., IL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"It is like the windows may still be open. You always check to see if the windows are closed."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber is in good shape, but wind and road noise pronounced"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Not sure which windows of outside element is making the noise, but it has gotten louder as car has aged."

Ronald A., MO (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"at higher speeds the noise is so bad you can hardly hear the radio"

William H., IN (2012 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"I've had the car since March and noticed the wind noise shortly after purchase. The dealer thinks it may be a leak in the windshield but has not confirmed it. I will be bringing it back soon to check it again"

Kathleen M., CT (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Quit working and too expensive to repair"

Jerome P., UT (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Difficult to view in bright sunlight."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Sienna)

"Display screen too small/too far away. Camera view limited to directly behind. Have to use side mirrors to back up and can't look at the little backup camera screen. Camera is worthless marketing gimmick and attempt to hide car's huge blind spots"

Todd-Michelle S., MI (2012 Toyota Sienna LE)
CD player

"The head unit mechanically opens to accept CDs. It gets stuck."

Jeff S., NV (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The problem occurred about 2 years ago. The CD player just stopped working, after 20 minutes or so it would work again for maybe a half hour or so and then stop working. Whenever I took it to the Toyota dealer they could never find anything wrong with it In April 2018, it stopped working again and this time when I took it to the same Toyota dealer, they determined the unit was defective and ordered another replacement unit. When they installed it the CD player worked fine, and after about one week, the back-up camera stopped working. They ordered another replacement head unit. After installing it, the back up camera still did not work, so they ordered a replacement camera. The replacement camera did not work either. They ordered another replacement head unit and I'm still waiting to be contacted that the part has come in and schedule another appointment. When I ordered the car brand new in March of 2012, I was concerned with all the electronic bells and whistles that I ordered could be an expensive repair problem once the warranty expired. I purchased an 84 month extended no deductible warranty through the Toyota dealership at a cost of $1995.00. The charges that the Toyota dealer charged the Extended warranty company for the first head unit that they replaced was $2,828.67, that included labor and sales tax. When they replaced the back-up camera, they charged the extended warranty company $917.95 and that price included labor and state sales tax. I have not incurred any out of pocket expenses, other than the inconvenience. I really like this vehicle other then this incidence."

Richard S., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"just went blank. Nothing. Just black. as if no electricity going to it"

Sheila L., GA (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Loss of connection between device and head unit when using both bluetooth and USB cable. Music wil lcut out multiple times per song"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I expressed my opinion in the previous question. Because of its clumsiness I much prefer to use my Garmin GPS"

S B., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The entire navigation system, radio and bluetooth all failed and had to be replaced. The car was only 300 miles out of warranty. I'm still fighting with Toyota over the $3200 cost"

Andrea S., GA (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Screen not USble in daylight due to reflection on the screen. Unit should be recessed"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Pairs with phone, but not media player. Almost every time."

Jeff S., NV (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"phone disconnects and reconnects randomly. dealer unable/unwilling to invest time to figure out issue"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"XM radio antenna failure"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Satellite radio stopped working as well as the ability to pair my garage door and my phone. I took it to the dealership and they said it was an expensive repair. It stopped working shortly after the warranty expired and I was told that this is common, I will not fix but I am not happy about it"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Can't tune into station"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My Am or Fm went out. Was told some electronic problem; would cost $500 to repair. Very unhappy. Cannot listen to my sports channel; which was all I listened to when in my car. Cannot afford to replace this conponent."

Anonymous, (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"System had a total failure"

Andrea S., GA (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The XM radio is almost usless. lMight be the XM system"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Serius radio antenna went out. No warranty"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"rear screen is went blank. no nothing. Will not come on"

Sheila L., GA (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"Volume increases and decreases, as if one or more speakers disconnect & then reconnect. Can't pinpoint a particular speaker"

Dan S., SC (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"the voice recognition has to be the worst I have had to use. You give a command it repeats something so unrelated to what you said that you have to wonder if the system actually listens to your voice or simply responds to any sound you make"

Anthony N., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"lost my antenna. the high wind loosened up two side panels front and back that I had to pull over and push back in place. they do not hold well. the rubber molding on top is out on both sides from the sun expanding it"

John J., MT (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Flimsy front bumper came off when backing out of a space in powder snow. We have been told sliding doors have a defect that Toyota has been unable to solve. Trim around front driver seat split in two"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The mud flaps has come loose, the windows leak"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Front bumper plastic cover separated from the fender and the repair requires a new side-to-side cover replacement at $600 or so. I used glue and it worked in warm weather"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The bumpers are not put on so sturdily. Constantly popping off, i can pop them back on easy enough. The paint seems very thin and scratches easily."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side fog light mount (weak plastic) broke twice during warranty. Broke again after warranty expired, but dealer replaced the plastic mount again at no charge. I have duct taped fog light in place since 2016. Left and right front fender caps separate (unsnap) from mainhood body portion since 2016 when vehicle speed is 45 mph or higher. Have used twist ties and bungie cords to keep them from completely falling off."

Michael J., AR (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"Front bumper cover became loose and even after repair there have been continued issues"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Front bumper (which is sort of a joke) came loose when my wife was parking the car and the curb in front of the minivan was slightly higher than the low hanging plastic. The result was the "bumper" coming loose with a repair est. of over $700"

Robert M., NJ (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Front too low, molding often times hits curb. Loosens molding and bumper"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"lower right hand road light chrome fitting was lost and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"There is no front bumper protection. If you just touch big plastic snout there is separation between plastic and metal. Barely touched a snow bank"

Douglas M., NS (2012 Toyota Sienna Base 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"As above"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The front and side plastic sections on both of the front seats (the vertical plastic sections below the leather seat) have come apart and the tabs that held them together are all broken"

Steve K., LA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Carpet has come loose and difficult to clean"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber around rear windows has failed twice"

Marcella K., WA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"On doors paint was chipped by parking lot door hits"

K B., VA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Small places on roof."

Anonymous, NS (2012 Toyota Sienna Base 3.5-L V6)

"The paint on our left front bumper is starting to peel off! It may be because of automatic car washer. Maybe the pressure washer in the car washer is too strong."

Gary D., KS (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"cracking and peeling"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"rust where door was binding"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Toyota Sienna Base 3.5-L V6)

"WHEEL COVERS (HUBCAPS) CORROSION AROUND BOLTS"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"cupling needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE)
Calipers

"Recurring rust Front & Rear requiring replacement twice in three years"

Allen H., QC (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"The brakes and rotors were working but wearing out and we replaced the pad and had the rotors resurfaced before having a problem."

Bill B., MI (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Rust on the disks"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes wear out and need pads and rotars."

Bill B., MI (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Wear noted in routine service check"

M S., MD (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Both front and rear brakes , both pads and rotors, were replaced, costing around $1000. We drive very carefully, but all our driving is local, short trips these days"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes and tires wear down too early"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the front brakes and rotors at about 45,000 miles, which seems too early for me. Honda CRV with 131000 miles still has original brakes"

David G., NH (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes wear too qickly. Roughly 30,000 miles is all I have gotten the last two sets - used to get 40,000 and more. Same car, same primary driver, same routes, but pads don't last as long as the did previously"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors are turned frequently"

Tim C., TN (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"brake pads were worn and shop said original rotors were made too thin to be turned"

Justin S., NC (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rotors at 38000"

D S., NY (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Warped rotors on front brakes from the factory. Not corrected by Toyota while under warrenty"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors have been warped were warped since 30000 kms"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Warped rotors on front brakes. Woop, whoop sound as you braked going down mountain roads"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes would squeak when applied especially when backing up"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Rear axle fixed alignment out of alignment - appears to have been that way since new"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"I had an electronic power steering failure. No matter how hard I tried I could not turn the steering wheel. Fortunately the car was still under the Toyota certified warranty. The steering column had to be replaced. $2100 repair"

Tom H., ME (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"front struts and coil springs had to be replaced at 25000 miles for leakage and ride issues"

John G., NJ (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"a KNOCK OR BUMP WHEN ACCELERATING FROM STOP.. NOT A CV JOINT..WAS TOLD IT WAS A PART ON THE COLUMN UNDERSIDE....NOT A SAFETY FACTOR AT THE TIME..GOING IN SOON FOR REPAIR"

Donald C., TX (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Intermediate shaft linkages wore out. Replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Not sure there is an issue. There feels like there is something loose in the linkage?. I also noted this similarly in a 2011 Sienna. Not sure this is a problem and have not noted any driving issues"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"When I bought the vehicle it had about 70,000 miles on it and I noticed a clinking noise when you hit a bump in the road. It turns out it is part of the linkage in the intermediate shaft. It turns out that the repairs are running $800-$1000. Not what I have come to expect from Toyota. To date there is no recall in place for this item, but Toyota has changed the design of the replacement part because they know there is a problem. This is my 7th Toyota and my second Toyota Sienna van. I don't mind paying for maintenance, but not paying for to replace poorly designed parts."

Anonymous, IA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the steering column shaft."

Rajiv B., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering column had to be replaced (I'm not sure of the technical side of it). Larry H Miller Toyota (Boulder, Colorado) and CarMax, to both of their credit, did an awesome job of taking care of it."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Accompanied by growling noises in steering that resulted in warranty replacement of power steering pump/motor"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"tie rod loosened to cause annoying rattle"

Trevor M., AB (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"tie rods had to be replaced after 25000 miles and five years of service"

John G., NJ (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tire wear due to rear fixed alignment falling out of alignment"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"My Sienna wore brand new Michelin Primacy tires down to 2/32 in about 40,000 miles"

Craig U., VA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"wheel bearings went out while on vacation hard to get replaced took about four days at dealership to get diagnosed, get parts, do repair"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"The power plug in the front stopped working for no apparent reason as well as the USB port"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"When I push the button to unlock my car, does not make the beeping sound any longer."

Anonymous, (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

"Remote sliding passenger doors. Intermittent failure"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"New cruise control stalk installed by dealer after purchase"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail light burned out on one side."

Anonymous, ID (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"headlights had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Had to take it back twice to be fixed"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"We have 2 keyless entry vehicle - when parked in the driveway or garage, there is an issue when both people try to enter the cars - The vehicles conflict and sometimes my husbands key is what actually allows me to start my car - but then when I leave, it wants to shut down - when my key is hanging on my purse inside the car"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Front passenger electric door lock works intermittently"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Believe car was delivered with cracked plastic potting of a pressure sensor which failed. Cost over $120 to replace and reprogram car's computer"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Indicated a problem. Dealer said false reading,"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Sienna LE)

"When a pressure monitor signals a problem, the dealership has said several times that the monitor is not fUnctioning correctly. It was replaced And again indicated a non-existing problem. Also, when atire has a problem, please in indicate WHICH tire has A problem."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Sienna)
USB port

"Kept shutting off. Fuse would blow but now works intermitedly"

Dianne J., GA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Undisclosed complete electrical failure. Toyota dealership would not adequately explain what happened and what was required to fix, but the entire electrical system went 'haywire' for 10 seconds on attempted startup then shut down"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"We had to bring the car in 3 times before the dealer found out what was wrong"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped cooling. Expensive replacement of compressor"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Drain clogged causing water buildup under carpet and then mould issue."

Anonymous, NS (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Climate control unit makes noise all of the time. Sounds like it is continuing cycling ."

Lawrence B., VA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Can't get fresh air without heating it or using the AC. Car assumes I will always run AC and puts fan on recirculate when car interior hot and outside air is perfect. Fresh air is always heated by the engine. I use windows to defeat auto climate"

Todd-Michelle S., MI (2012 Toyota Sienna LE)
Blower (fan) motor

"excessive noise, needed to be replaced"

B F., CO (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Noisy"

Don H., NS (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"it failed"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Car has a funny smell in the summer from the evaporator"

Russ-Jodi A., UT (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Water leakage when a/c on, soaked the carpets in front and rear. This appears to be an issue with other Sienna's (based on what is on the internet). I believe it is a health issue as well as a design issue"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"Difficult to operate, slow to respond, hard to understand controls"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC refrigerant leak took 2 trips to dealer to repair - not sure if I paid for extra work that was not needed the first time but the second repair was quicker and free so I guess overall I am satisfied with the repair"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

"When I bought the vehicle I noticed that the a/c had been evacuated and recharged.Within 1 month there was no refrigerant left..My Toyota Dealer here where I did not purchase the vehicle was able to find the leak and fix it promptly.."

Edward S., ME (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"General safety recall"

Gary H., FL (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota recalled and replaced the passenger-side airbag at no charge to me. Otherwise, I had no problem."

Marilyn D., MS (2012 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"Airbag recall, which was taken care of by the dealer."

Norma S., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna Base 3.5-L V6)

"Hard to read. Clumsy display. Dangerous as it requires too much concentration to operate. Complicated design of radio station display. In a single word a Horrible feature except for the rear view camera"

S B., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"the most user unfriendly system. difficulty getting it to work with my phone from day one. The voice commands are useless"

Anthony N., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"The component connected to the rear axle and driveshaft for AWD control failed. The part alone was $1,600. I did not expect to see this kind of problem. I have owned many AWD vehicles. This is the first time I have had a component failure."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"The Coupling sub assembly failed. Interesting enough , they paid for the repair ($2000). The next day the Toyota Tundra differential was recalled (new models)"

Bill B., MI (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"the coupler assembly bearing wore out. . The dealer replaced the differential coupler assembly and pinion seal at no cost and sent the part in to headquarters? for inspection. I heard the Toyota Tundra was recalled for a similar problem. Both vehicles are all wheel drive."

Bill B., MI (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Tire alignment on rear axle was out, causing excessive tire wear. Should have been fixed w/o charge since it was out since new, but they charged me anyway"

Charles W., ID (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced axle. At first the dealer was not going to cover the problem under warranty, even though we had extended warranty. Eventually, one Toyota dealer covered it fully"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The car started making a high pitch whine, there was also a burning electric smell coming from the left side of the engine bay. The mechanic confirmed that the alternator was not producing the correct voltage and required replacement. In order to replace it the entire radiator had to be removed making for a rather expensive repair."

Ryan C., CA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"We had replaced the original battery in 2015, and then had to replace that battery in 2017. We took it to a dealer and had them try to find the problem. They were unsuccessful but told us that the second battery had never been fully charged. They could give us no explanation other than to say we should plan to replace the battery every 2 years"

Eileen A., NY (2012 Toyota Sienna LE)

"Battery failure"

Stephen G., MI (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Starter stopped working while on a 3,000 mile trip. Cost us a full day and an overnight stay in a hotel as the local Toyota dealer did not normally have that part on hand. There were no prior symptoms or warnings of impending failure."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Water pump went out soon after we bought it. It was fixed and we have had no trouble since."

Zach S., IA (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"It failed and needed to be replaced. Thankfully it was under warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Rough shifting caused by transmission sensor failure"

B F., CO (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission seal and sensor needed replacing"

B F., CO (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Had to have water pump replaced"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"had to service filters"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Heads gaskets on left bank near firewall went bad. Toyota dealer wanted $3200 to replace. Fortunately the car is still under the Toyota certified warranty. They paid for everything except the fluids"

Tom H., ME (2012 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
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