15 Best Family Cars: 2015 Toyota Sienna
The Toyota Sienna minivan makes its second appearance on our list of Best Family Cars, and for good reason. Not only is the 2015 Toyota Sienna newly refreshed -- with a redesigned interior that now features an additional LATCH point in the third row -- it's the only minivan you can buy that offers all-wheel drive. If you're looking for family-friendly hauling and live in a snowy climate, the new Toyota Sienna is the only game in town.
The Toyota Sienna minivan makes its second appearance on our list of Best Family Cars, and for good reason. The 2015 Toyota Sienna is newly refreshed -- with a redesigned interior that now features an additional LATCH point in the third row -- and it remains the only minivan you can buy that offers all-wheel drive. If you're looking for family-friendly hauling and live in a snowy climate, the new Toyota Sienna is the only game in town.
However, that's not the only reason the Sienna makes a return appearance. The Toyota Sienna not only has seating for up to eight passengers, but its 7-passenger versions can be ordered with either captain's chairs, or cool recliner-style lounge seats complete with footrests. Regardless of how you configure your Sienna's seats, long seat travel ensures your second-row passengers will have plenty of legroom, especially if there's nobody sitting in the third row. If there is, rest assured that they'll have plenty of headroom and legroom as well. Cargo space behind the third row is also excellent, although we do wish Toyota did as good a job hiding its seat hinges as Honda does.
Creature comforts? It has plenty. There's the all-new dash, which includes the latest version of Toyota's app-driven Entune entertainment system. Along with that is an available wide-screen rear-seat entertainment system that can display two different movies at the same time. On the more practical side is Toyota's Driver Easy Speak, which makes it easier for third-row passengers to hear what the driver says. Put another way: "Sorry, Dad, we couldn't hear you," is no longer going to fly. Under the hood is the same 3.5-liter V6 we've been enjoying in the Sienna for years, along with its 6-speed automatic transmission. There are different setups for the suspension; most offer a good compromise between control and comfort, while the SE beefs things up a bit, making the Sienna handle better at the price of ride comfort.
We wish the top-line Limited was available with 8-passenger seating, and it's unfortunate that all-wheel-drive versions can only seat seven passengers. On the off-chance you have to remove the second-row seats, the process is cumbersome, and the seats -- particularly the lounge-style chairs -- are notably heavy. But in reality, those aren't major drawbacks, and it's easy to see why the Toyota Sienna remains one of the best-selling minivans on the market.