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2014 Toyota Sienna

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2014 Toyota Sienna Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

The Toyota Sienna minivan for 2014 rises above the minivan mob by offering a nearly unbeatable combination of models, options, strong resale value and styling. Easily the equal of the Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest, the Sienna goes a step further by offering the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), the only minivan in the U.S. to do so. The Sienna's V6 is more powerful than either the Odyssey or Quest, although the Dodge Grand Caravan is more powerful than all three, and the Odyssey trumps both the Sienna and the Quest when it comes to fuel economy. While the Sienna is roomy, its interior color choices and plastics are a bit of a letdown, especially when compared to the Quest or Town & Country.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your next minivan must have good looks, room for eight and the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2014 Toyota Sienna is your first and only choice. Excellent resale value and a strong reliability record give added peace of mind.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If keeping costs low is a top priority, a better choice might be the Dodge Grand Caravan which costs nearly $7,000 less than the cheapest Sienna trim. Of course, the Dodge's resale value is nowhere near the Sienna's. Another option might be the well-equipped Kia Sedona.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Toyota Sienna gains a Tow Prep package as part of its standard equipment list, while Toyota's Blind Spot Monitor is offered as a stand-alone option on the SE trim.

Driving the Sienna

Driving Impressions With its 266-horsepower V6 engine at work, the 2014 Toyota Sienna minivan is surprisingly quick on its feet. Even with the optional AWD, the Sienna accelerates briskly and never feels...

labored or short on power. The 6-speed automatic does a good job of finding and holding the right gears and when it does shift, the transition is nearly imperceptible. We found the Sienna's ride to be quite smooth, but did feel there was more road and wind noise inside than in the Honda Odyssey. With some small blind spots toward the rear of the van, we also found the Blind Spot Monitoring system a welcome addition. For those seeking a more dialed-in driving experience, the SE trim offers a sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels. Both features improve handling but also result in a harsher ride and more road noise inside the cabin.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
As the only minivan in the segment able to put power to all four wheels, this option is the one to have if you regularly find yourself driving in snowy or slick conditions.

2ND-ROW LOUNGE SEATING
The pair of leather-trimmed captain's chairs available in XLE and Limited versions of the 2014 Sienna are a treat for 2nd-row passengers. In Limited models, the seats have a "long-slide" feature that makes them feel more akin to a living-room recliner complete with footrests.

2014 Toyota Sienna Details
2014 Toyota Sienna photo Interior

There is plenty of room for passengers and cargo in the 2014 Toyota Sienna. The minivan can be configured with bench seats in the second and third rows in order to accommodate up to eight people total, or with captain's chairs in the second row to hold seven. Third-row passenger room is commendable but, as with the second row, legroom is less than that of the Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest. Cargo capacity behind the 3rd-row seat, however, is greater than those rivals. Driver ergonomics is good, but the dash is rather bland and plastic parts are prominent.

Exterior
2014 Toyota Sienna photo

Swoon-inducing looks usually aren't at the top of the list for minivan buyers and, while the 2014 Sienna isn't likely to change that, its sheetmetal is comfortably inoffensive. The Sienna has a mildly athletic, forward-leaning stance. A svelte beltline runs the length of each side, effectively splitting the vehicle and preventing it from looking bloated. SE models, which aim to be sportier, sit a bit lower and ride on bigger, 19-inch wheels. The Sienna SE also features smoked taillights and, for a visually lower stance, side skirting.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2014 Toyota Sienna minivan comes with 3-zone air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary jack and four speakers, cruise control, keyless entry and eight cup holders (six on 7-passenger models). The standard Star Safety System includes stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and Toyota's Smart Stop Technology, which helps halt the vehicle even if the accelerator is depressed. LE models add dual power-sliding doors and tri-zone automatic climate control. SE models have larger wheels and sport-tuned suspension. XLE models add leather seats and power liftgate, and top-line Limited trims have blind-spot monitoring, dual moonroofs and a 10-speaker JBL premium sound system.

Optional Equipment

Two navigation systems are available on the Toyota Sienna. One is an older-style, DVD-based version with integrated rearview camera and 7-inch screen, and the other is Toyota's Entune system, available on LE, SE and XLE trims. Entune uses a smaller, 6.1-inch screen, but it has upgraded voice recognition and the ability to run mobile apps that can provide information on movie times, fuel prices and restaurants. Other options include all-wheel drive, a 16.4-inch display for entertaining rear passengers, blind-spot monitoring, dynamic-cruise control and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Toyota Sienna comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that makes a robust 266 horsepower and delivers up to 25 mpg. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with AWD optional. The only transmission is a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic. The 2014 Sienna's towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.

3.5-liter V6
266 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
245 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (FWD), 16/23 mpg (AWD)

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2014 Toyota Sienna Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 119 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Great minivan

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "AWD"

Cons: "not easy to get to 3rd row seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Responsive for minivan make it very easy to pass and love AWD in the winter time, decent gas mileage little above 20 m/g still good for AWD."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Overall excellent

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,531

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great handling for long drives - lots of room"

Cons: "Weak bumpers, cannot see front hood"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great looking reliable transportation. A lot of room. Only short coming is the exterior bumpers - breathe on them and they dislodge or become easily scratched and damaged. Don't buy without a backup camera!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love my 2001 Sienna so we bought 2nd one. :)

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, standard equipment, & fuel economy"

Cons: "Navagition System is not up to specs on this Toy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It feels like you're driving a sedan not a van. The navigation system is a disappointment! it's elementary in design and usage. Google maps beats it hands down. Plus it's over $700 to update Toyota's Nav system. save your $$$. Love the storage in it, and the flush fold down 3rd row seats. ..now I don't have to find room to store them. The 2nd row recliner seats are comfortable but, are a hassle to extend the foot rest on the recliner once it is lifted. I was afraid it would break if I forced it, bcuz everything else is smooth and easy glide in movements. So I visited different dealerships searching for an easy solution to extend the foot rest. There's none. In fact most of the Toyota Reps I spoke with only new they lifted, not that the rest also extended another 8-10 inches. I love that they do but.... ugh The fact you can plug in your home gaming system for play at the same time you're watching a movie on the split TV screen is fantastic on long trips!"

12 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Great vehicle but a few irritating characteristics

By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good solid minivan, but details need attention."

Cons: "Often I want to say "What were they thinking??""

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I like the Sienna and plan to keep it for several years. If you drop something between the front seats and the center console, it is impossible to squeeze your hand in to retrieve the item. When you start the car and are backing up, messages pop up blocking the most valuable space on the rear camera screen. The navigation system isn't as good as Google Maps, and it costs $700 to update. Garage door opener button is on rear view mirror. I had to develop a light touch to avoid messing up mirror. Trying to type into this box is terrible. It keeps skipping characters. This is not "operator error.""

22 people out of 32 found this review helpful

own a sienna for 3 years not one single problem

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable"

Cons: "small car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"the only complain I would place is,that I feel the car lite and strong winds on road make driving feel unsafe"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great vehicle for a mom of two

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,120

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "comfortable, easy to maneuver"

Cons: "its a van"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've added aftermarket remote start to this vehicle which has made it invaluable to our family. Being able to start the car and open the doors from the house, so the girls can climb in and start getting buckled is perfect. The car is comfortable and has proven great for road trips."

25 people out of 50 found this review helpful

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