2011 to Present: Toyota Sienna
The third-generation Toyota Sienna was introduced in 2011. Its overall dimensions are close to the previous model, with both based on a 119.3-inch wheelbase. All third-generation models feature a four-door body style, with two traditional doors up front and a pair of sliding rear doors for access to the second and third rows.
The Sienna features a broad, front fascia with narrow upper and lower grille openings. Wraparound headlamps and deep pockets for the available fog lamps are present. A sloping hood gives way to a canted windshield.
The Sienna’s profile is marked by multiple character lines and sculpting, as well as deeply arched wheel wells. From the rear you’ll find a spoiler, an available power liftgate and wraparound combination lamps.
When it launched as a 2011 model, the Sienna was available with two engine choices. A 187-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 were offered, both of which are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, room is for seven or for eight. Bucket seats are up front and bench seats can be found in the second and third rows. Shoppers can opt for two captain’s chairs in the second row.
Upon its release, the third-generation Sienna offered a four-speaker audio system with an audio auxiliary jack. Further up the trim level ladder, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and iPod connectivity were standard. A voice-activated navigation system and two 120-volt outlets were included as part of a package upgrade.
In 2013, Toyota dropped the four-cylinder engine, making the V6 standard going forward. A blind spot monitoring system also became standard on the top Limited trim.
Beginning in 2015, Toyota added an available Driver Easy Speak feature, enabling the driver to communicate more effectively with third-row passengers through a built-in microphone. More standard equipment was also added, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port and a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system.
Notable changes for the 2016 model year include the addition of Siri Eyes Free across the model line.
The Sienna’s competitors include the Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona and Nissan Quest. Buyers might also consider three-row crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse.
Earlier Toyota Sienna Models
Introduced in 1998, the first-generation Sienna was offered through the 2003 model year. It’s a front-wheel drive model that was initially available in both three- and four-door body styles. Beginning in 2001, only the four-door was offered.
A four-speed automatic transmission and a 194-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 engine was standard on all models at launch. Engine output increased to 210 horsepower for the 2001 model year.
The second-generation Toyota Sienna was introduced in 2004 and stayed in production through 2010. That model also offered available all-wheel drive for the first time. A 230-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission were offered at launch.
For 2006, the Sienna gained revised interior and exterior styling. New options were also offered, including a power-folding third-row seat.
Beginning in 2007, Toyota replaced the Sienna’s engine with a new 3.5-liter V6 that makes 266 horsepower.