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2015 Toyota Sienna

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2015 Toyota Sienna Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 9.2

Generously accommodating and delightfully easy to use, the Toyota Sienna is about as minivan as minivans come. And it’s been made even better for 2015, with visual, functional and foundational upgrades that return the Sienna to the head of its class in several areas. It’s also the only minivan to offer available all-wheel drive, and its stellar reputation for long-term reliability helps it retain its value better than any other minivan. If you’re looking for a research shortcut to your next minivan, here it is: Buy a 2015 Toyota Sienna.

You'll Like This Car If...

Roomy, functional, feature-filled and stylish, the updated and enhanced 2015 Toyota Sienna might be the most likeable minivan on the market. Excellent resale value and a strong reliability record help make it an unassailable choice. Of course, if you’re looking for a minivan with all-wheel drive (AWD), there’s quite literally nowhere else to look.

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If keeping costs low is a top priority, know that the Dodge Grand Caravan has a starting price some $8,000 less than the cheapest Sienna. Of course, the Dodge’s resale value is nowhere near the Sienna’s. In addition to the similarly revered Honda Odyssey and distinctly styled Nissan Quest, the new-for- 2015 Kia Sedona is another option worth exploring.

What's New for 2015

Improved ride and handling, meaningful interior upgrades, and a variety of exterior visual enhancements qualify the 2015 Toyota Sienna as a substantial step up from the 2014 model.

Driving the Sienna
Driving Impressions

As part of its 2015 update, the Sienna is now put together with an additional 142 spot welds. It’s not something a new Sienna owner is likely to brag about...

... to the neighbors, but the stiffer platform is part of the reason the 2015 Sienna is more satisfying to drive than the 2014 model. The familiar 266-horsepower V6 continues to deliver ample (if not subtle) power, while the 6-speed automatic transmission deftly manages that output. Responsive enough around town and now quieter on the highway, the Sienna is about as satisfying to drive as an 8-passenger troop transport can be, and it’s even more satisfying for passengers. 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 2015 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.

2015 Toyota Sienna Details
2015 Toyota Sienna photo Interior

Interior upgrades for the 2015 model year give the Sienna a more premium, more contemporary feel. A redesigned instrument cluster includes a new LCD information display, and the center stack has been reconfigured for a tidier look and easier operation. Available in 7- and 8-passenger configurations and with four child-safety-seat LATCH points (up from three in 2014), the Sienna also offers more cargo room behind the third row than any other minivan.

Exterior
2015 Toyota Sienna photo

Some of the KBB.com editors think the Sienna is the best-looking minivan on the market, and some think it’s downright stylish. Subtle design changes for 2015 include new grille, headlight and taillight designs, applied variably throughout the line. The sport-themed Sienna SE actually sits a bit lower and features side skirts that make it look lower still.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2015 Toyota Sienna L comes with a 6.1-inch touch-screen Entune infotainment system – with a USB input, Bluetooth connectivity and integrated backup camera – 3-zone air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, and six cup holders. In addition to eight airbags, the Sienna’s standard Star Safety System includes stability and traction control, brake assist and Toyota’s Smart Stop Technology, which helps halt the vehicle even if the accelerator is depressed.

Optional Equipment

The 2015 Toyota Sienna offers plenty of mouthwatering options, including an ultra-wide rear-seat entertainment system that can play two movies side by side (now Blu-ray capable for 2015), dual front/rear moonroof, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, 2nd-row captain's chairs with deployable footrests, and a variety of Entune infotainment upgrades ranging from premium JBL sound to integrated apps. The Sienna also offers the minivan-exclusive Driver Easy Speak function, which subtly amplifies the driver’s voice through the rear speakers. A radar-based pre-collision system and dynamic cruise control are available at the top of the range.

Under the Hood

The 2015 Toyota Sienna features a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 266 horsepower and delivers up to 25 mpg in conjunction with a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with AWD optional. 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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