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.
Unlike the Honda Odyssey, there's no joy in driving the Sienna. Handling falls short of being agile or engaging, even with the sporty SE version. But it's ultimately secure when push comes to shove.
You buy a minivan for its practical interior, and the Sienna doesn't disappoint. The cabin is spacious and versatile, with available seating for eight. Fancy top-line Limited versions offer second-row lounge seating, complete with footrests. Too bad the driving position is somewhat cramped, with sparse left foot room.
A 2015 freshening brings mostly improvements. Road noise has been reduced but the ride is slightly less cushy. More soft-touch materials inside improve interior quality. Electronic connectivity is also updated, with Toyota's Entune touch-screen audio system standard.
Overall, we prefer the Honda Odyssey to the Sienna for its more responsive handling and slightly-better fuel economy. But buyers who value reliability or all-wheel-drive will find the Sienna a very sensible choice.