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When it comes to family transportation, it's hard to beat a minivan for moving your brood and its stuff. The Sienna's long suits include a comfortable ride and a smooth, energetic powertrain that returns respectable fuel economy: Expect 20 mpg overall from the front-wheel-drive version. Those requiring all-wheel-drive will find that the Sienna is their only choice.
Alerts
There are 2 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 (sec.) 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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

When it comes to family transportation, it's hard to beat a minivan for moving your brood and its stuff.

The Sienna's long suits include a comfortable ride and a smooth, energetic powertrain that returns respectable fuel economy: Expect 20 mpg overall from the front-wheel-drive version. Those requiring all-wheel-drive will find that the Sienna is their only choice. Having four-driven wheels sacrifices one mpg and eliminates the spare tire for run-flat tires.

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
  • 3.5-liter V6 (266 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Toyota Sienna owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Squeaks coming from the second row seats. It took two trips to the dealer and overnight to correct the problem. The problem was corrected under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Back passenger seat squeaks and rattles much of the time, as is something metallic is loose in the seat. Six trips to dealership have not resolved problem”

Renee P., MD (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes squeal sometimes in your turns”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Second row seat squeeks when not in use”

Stephen L., IL (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“We heard rattles on both sides near the sliding doors. I took it to Toyota for the 10000 mile update. The service advisor said the mechanic found some rattles in the rear past the sliding doors. But, we still have some rattles over rough pavement”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“LOTS OF RATTLES/NOISE FROM DOORS AND OVERHEAD”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Popping noise from rear of vehicle”

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“The wind noise is so much louder than the Honda Oddesy”

Anonymous, IL (2016 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

“Proximity/collision sensor would randomly go on”

Greg S., IL (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“Radio freezes, no sound. In order to fix it, i have to turn off the car and restart it. Happens often. Took it in to fix it it but it's still a problem. Looses signal frequently”

Anonymous, MI (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“The radio and display screen constantly turned off or went blank. We took to the dealer for repair 5-6 times. Even the backup camera would not function properly. You could see what was behind you but the lines wouldn't show you where you were going and wouldn't beep if someone was behind you. The dealer finally did an update to the software and the problem was fixed”

Anonymous, AR (2016 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“it thinks im on a different road”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The GPS didn't work all the time. A part had to be replaced”

D K., CA (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“HD radio does not work on a regular basis”

Anonymous, PA (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Loses/Changes channels intermittently”

Anonymous, NC (2016 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

Body control module

“Sliding rear doors had intermittent failure to close”

Anonymous, NC (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“I'm not sure this is the right area for the problems I had. The car started itself. I had turned off the motor and was exiting the car when the ENGINE STARTED ITSELF. Other times, the car does not always start. If it doesn't start the first try it starts on the 3rd try, occasionally the 8th try before it starts. Dealer was unable to fix the problem and then became unwilling to even try to fix the multitude of problems we experienced. We purchased the 2016 Sienna May 21, 2016 and traded it in for”

Anonymous, AR (2016 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

“Blind spot warning was displaying false positives. Repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“check engine, power steering warning lights came on”

Anonymous, NH (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Sensor failure occurred that caused failures of the ABS, cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitor system. Took multiple trips to fix. Toyota took care of it under warranty. Overall, excellent vehicle”

Anonymous, NC (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

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

“Because of a recall we have disabled the motor of the sliding doors. There is not yet a repair for the recall. We had not experienced the failure before receiving the recall notice”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“RECALL ON DOORS REQUIRING USE OF ELECTRIC/REMOTE CONTROL OF DOORS TO BE STOPPED WHILE PROGRAMMING CHANGED. DOORS ALSO RATTLE AS WELL AS OVERHEAD AREAS”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“Back window was missing a latch to keep the window stable”

Anonymous, NV (2016 Toyota Sienna L 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

Premature brake wear

“in the first 10,000 miles I had to replace the brakes rotors in the front wheels twice because they warp and Toyota did not want to cooperate I had to go to a private mechanic shop to solve the problem”

S C., CA (2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“they just get hot and warp, I owned two other Toyota sienna before this one and had no problem with brakes, I'm sure they have changed the alloy to save money, but they won't admit it,,”

S C., CA (2016 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

“there isn't anything wrong w the AWD system, however it is the AWD system on the Sienna that is responsible for the EXTREMELY poor tread wear of the tires. My 1st set of tires were bald after only 25,000 - and the dealer told me that is "normal" for Sienna AWD models; something I was not warned about when purchasing the vehicle. This is important because the AWD Sienna utilizes very expensive Run-Flat tires”

Mark D., ID (2016 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

“Problem caused extensive wear on two front tires. Do not know of anything while driving that might have caused misalignment”

Anonymous, NB (2016 Toyota Sienna LE 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

Engine Minor

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

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.

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Paint/Trim

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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