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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 returns respectable fuel economy: The front-wheel-drive version we tested returned 21 mpg. Those looking for an all-wheel-drive will find that the Sienna is the only game in town.
Alerts
There are 3 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. And among minivans, the Sienna is a rational choice.

Its long list of strong suits include a comfortable ride and an energetic powertrain that returns respectable fuel economy: The front-wheel-drive version we tested returned 21 mpg. Those looking for an all-wheel-drive will find that the Sienna is the only game in town. That extra winter traction and peace of mind will sacrifice about 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
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (296 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 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

“jerky transmission (8 speed) and rattling from some source within vehicle”

Robert P., NY (2017 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Took it to dealer but they defined it to be engine type that causes the noise”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“clicking and road noise even with carpets to deaden the sound plus dealers says spotted tires from sitting on lot”

Anonymous, GA (2017 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

“The second row jump seats rattles when no one sits in it. The dealer said he would handle this durning the 10,000 mile service. There are at least two other minor recalls that need to be done at that time”

Robert F., GA (2017 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“It's just that as you drive you hear the wind as if it is blowing through the front windshield or passenger side windows. Windows are up but you hear wind movement. Annoying”

Anonymous, ID (2017 Toyota Sienna XLE 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Terrible interface. Location of the USB port is awful. Regularly shorts out the iPod and I have to reboot the iPod”

Todd-Michelle M., FL (2017 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“On Apps screen, the Traffic option is puzzlingly bad. North of Atlanta (where we have plenty of traffic jams), it only shows two images: the northside of Atlanta and the south, nothing within 30 miles of where we are. Worthless”

Robert C., GA (2017 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Still not user friendly hard time setting up not in manual for this type of GPS through scouts on apps on cell phone”

Anonymous, GA (2017 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5-L V6)

“Relies on cell phone app so system is not a nav system but is really a nav enabled system. Scout GPS is not a powerful system can not even string together multiple destinations for a road trip. If cell phone is down or you forget it nav system does not work if you do not own a smart phone with a data plan system will not work. I get bounced back and forth between Toyota and the app developer to resolve questions the nav system developer tracks where you go etc. must op out of using data for ta”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota Sienna XLE 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

“New 8 speed transmission shifts roughly but there is currently a TSB for a software update which I haven't done yet”

Walentin K., TX (2017 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“I turned in our 2014 Sienna on the 2017 model. I had just finished a 5 week cross country road trip with the 2014 and loved it. The 2017 model does not shift as smoothly and does not have the smooth acceleration as the 2014. I am getting used to the 2017 and have found that using the cruise control more allows the car to shift better”

Anonymous, NY (2017 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

“The passenger's side sliding door has noticeably hesitated using the electronic openers (fob, passengers button, drivers button, etc) since we bought it. Recently it has started jamming randomly (maybe 1 out of 40 times) when we try to open it. There is no visible defect and so far the Toyota dealership has not been able to remedy this”

Anonymous, WV (2017 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Glass defects

“The front windshield has a distortion in the bottom two inches that causes the fog line on a highway to look like it is wavering. I found this very distracting to the point where my attention was drawn to the fog line and not the road ahead. I contact Toyota and a field rep looked at it and the other 2017 Sienna's on the lot and found they all had the same issue. Toyota did not offer a solution. I cut some Masonite and slid it between the glass and the dashboard so I was looking over the ba”

Anonymous, NY (2017 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

Gauges

“Daytime or nighttime, there is no setting that makes the gauges readable at a glance--all settings are way too low. Made worse because there is no night setting for the mirror and blinding lights from behind are not handled well--if at all. At night, the brightness of the entertainment screen cannot be lowered, making it hard to see the gauges, or even a dark road (which we have here in the mountains!)”

Robert C., GA (2017 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Cannot see the speedometer during daylight hours -gauges are often in a shadow (only way to get "visibility" is to turn on exterior lights). This is a safety retrograde to what I had on my 2004 model that I traded in for this 2017”

F G., BC (2017 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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery died due to a faulty cell after owning the vehicle less than 10 days and driving less than 209 miles”

Anonymous, WV (2017 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Several pinpoint holes in hood area showing what appear to be thru the paint. Possibly caused by stones or objects falling from something above. Possibly fro a tree. Maybe during shipping”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota Sienna SE 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

Fuel injection system

“Gas leak. Strong smell of gas when first driven after temperature outside was below 50 degrees. Seals at fuel injectors probably were defective and did not seal properly”

Ed Z., IA (2017 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

Climate System

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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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