The refreshed 2015 Toyota Sienna has an improved driving quality and retains the roomy, versatile interior that made this minivan popular.
The 2015 Toyota Sienna is an eight-seat minivan with dual sliding doors, ample cargo room and a host of family friendly amenities. New improvements to the Sienna’s underbody and chassis lend it more confidence on the road to go along with the good fuel economy and strong performance that it offers.
There are five trim levels for the 2015 Sienna: L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard in the Sienna, and it’s currently the only minivan in the U.S. offered with all-wheel drive as well.
The base Toyota Sienna is well-equipped with seating for seven or eight passengers. Dual sliding rear doors, tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB port are among its standard features. Upgrading to a higher trim level adds better audio options, an upgraded infotainment system and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Among the minivans on today’s market, the 2015 Sienna carries a contemporary and refined look. Others are sometimes more bland or more striking, but the Sienna finds a good balance between extremes.
For 2015, the Sienna sees only light changes to its exterior. These are most apparent in the front fascia, where the grille has been softened. The rear taillights were also given a more stylistic appeal.
Materials upgrades in the Sienna’s cabin mark big improvements for the minivan. Driver controls and package amenities are ergonomic and plentiful. Seating, even in the third row, is comfortable and even inviting. The second row folds and rolls forward easily to give trouble-free access to the back, and the third row folds down flat for cargo expansion.
That cargo space is deep and useful with the third row up and wide and long with it down. The center seat for the second row, which is a 40/20/40 split, can be removed and stowed in a cubby in the cargo area. With all rear seats folded and stowed, the 2015 Sienna boasts 150 cubic feet of cargo room.
The Sienna is powered by a well-seasoned 3.5-liter V6 engine that outputs 260 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission powers the front wheels in the base model, and all-wheel drive is available in the LE, XLE, and Limited trims.
The EPA estimates that the base Sienna gets 18/25 mpg city/highway, or 21 mpg combined. An all-wheel drive Sienna is rated at 19 mpg combined (16/23 mpg city/highway).
The base Toyota Sienna is well-equipped with tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB port among its standard features. Upgrading to higher trim levels adds better audio options, an upgraded infotainment system and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Technology in the Sienna centers on the Entune infotainment system. This improved touch-screen user interface has a lower learning curve when compared with previous renditions. As screen sizes increase, Entune becomes easier to use and the details of how the user interacts change.
Another technology point is the optional rear-seat entertainment system, which centers on a big, wide LCD screen that folds down from the ceiling. The screen can be split, allowing you to watch a movie from the built-in Blu-ray player and use another device (DVD player or game console) which can be connected at the rear ports below the armrest. Separate audio channels for the rear seats can be accessed through the included wireless headphones and controlled with a wireless remote. Front passengers can also listen to their own channel.
The 2015 Sienna received good scores in crash testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Sienna an overall rating of five out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Sienna with a “Good” score in all crash tests except the small-overlap frontal crash test, where it received the second-best “Acceptable” rating.
Some minivans have a lower cost of entry than the 2015 Toyota Sienna, but others are also more expensive. The Sienna, like most Toyota vehicles, enjoys good resale and trade-in values and a higher-than-average reliability record. It is also priced and sized correctly for a large family, with options to suit most.
The 2015 Toyota Sienna enjoys popular sales in this dwindling segment. With seating for up to eight, good fuel economy and car-like driving dynamics, the Sienna aims to please.