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2019 Toyota Sienna

$31,315 - $49,090
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Toyota Sienna

2019 Toyota Sienna Review

by Jared Rosenholtz

With the increasing popularity of crossovers and compact SUVs, are minivans still relevant to the market? In the case of the Sienna, its legacy cannot be discounted. With a few key upgrades to this year’s model and the addition of all-wheel drive to the popular SE trim, there are now more reasons to consider buying this car. However, with the introduction of new rivals such as the Kia Sedona, Toyota designers may need to think about a substantial refresh to remain relevant. Competitors in the family-hauler segment offer better ride quality and handling than Toyota, but the Sienna still has versatility, space, convenience and a powerful engine as prominent advantages. Priced between $31,115 and $48,890 - with up to eighteen different configurations - there is great diversity on offer. It still remains the only minivan in the United States with proper towing capabilities.

2019 Toyota Sienna Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Sienna?

Although only minor upgrades are present for 2019, these added features are significant. All-wheel-drive is now available on the SE trim, as well as an additional 18-inch wheel choice. The Premium package for the Sport trim also adds rear parking assist. Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay are included as standard too, but Sienna is still not Android Auto compatible. On the LE trim level, a Preferred Package is also now optional, which enables blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, smart keyless entry, and push-button start. Lastly, a fixed center console with wood-grain inlay, illuminated storage compartment, and illuminated cup holders has been added for the XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Auto Access, as well as the AWD models on the Limited and Limited Premium variants.

Pros and Cons

  • Auto Access option for less-mobile passengers
  • Strong V6 engine
  • Maintains its brilliant reliability scores
  • Extensive and practical cargo space available
  • Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay now included
  • All-wheel drive optional on four trim levels
  • Lack of Android Auto compatibility
  • Not all trim levels are equipped to tow
  • Body roll in corners and lackluster handling
  • Low-quality interior
  • Unappealing styling

Sienna Exterior

Crossovers have stolen the versatility-limelight from minivans over the last few years, and with their stereotypical looks, vehicles such as the Sienna have faded in popularity. With no exterior changes, the Sienna is due for a major facelift in 2020. With a color-matched rear spoiler, center-mounted LED braking light on the back window, and power exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals as well as blind-spot indicators on the top-end trims, this minivan’s design remains mostly unchanged. Dual power sliding side doors are available from the LE model upwards. You also get privacy glass in the rear, touch-sensor door handles with chrome accents and black roof rails on the range-topping models. Wheels range from 17- to 19-inches in diameter with a range of designs and finishes per trim.

2019 Toyota Sienna Front View
2019 Toyota Sienna Rear View
2019 Toyota Sienna Front Angle View

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Dimensions

The Sienna’s curb weight ranges from 4,430 lbs to 4,750 lbs depending on drivetrain and trim level, making it heavier than its immediate competitors like the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona. The Sienna has a total length of 200.6 inches, with heights ranging from of between 68.9 inches in FWD guise without roof rails to 71.3 inches in AWD format with roof rails. All trims measure 78.1 inches in width and ride on the same 119.3-inch wheelbase, which is similar to other minivans. Ground clearance for the Sienna is better than the Honda offering but not as impressive as the Sedona, with the Toyota positioned between 6.2 and 6.6 inches off the road in various trims and drivetrain configurations.

Exterior Colors

An almost identical color palette remains in place from 2018 and provides a broad spectrum of green, blue, red, gray, or white options, with a total of nine colors available and only one deviation from 2018. Standard metallic colors include Midnight Black, Alumina Jade, and Celestial Silver, the latter in place of last year’s Silver Sky offering. Parisian Night Pearl, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Salsa Red Pearl are also available, as is Super White and Predawn Gray Mica. Blizzard Pearl remains the only extra-cost option, which will set buyers back an additional $395.

  • Super White
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Salsa Red Pearl
  • Alumina Jade Metallic
  • Toasted Walnut Pearl
  • Parisian Night Pearl
  • Blizzard Pearl

Sienna Performance

Across the Sienna range, performance on all trims is relatively comparable, with all models making use of a 296 horsepower V6 engine, comparable in size and output to that of the Honda Odyssey. The powertrain feeds through to the front wheels by default, with all-wheel-drive an option on certain trims and a unique selling point, making the Sienna the only minivan available with AWD. The available 263 lb-ft of torque and the eight-speed automatic gearbox combine with FWD in the quickest combination to deliver a 0-60 mph sprint of seven seconds dead, making it quicker than many of its rivals. With only one powertrain available, the general performance from the V6 is admirable, even though it cannot be called exciting. Loading the vehicle with cargo or eight passengers has no negative effect on acceleration, and whether laden or not, the Sienna is capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs, regardless of drivetrain.

2019 Toyota Sienna Front View Driving
2019 Toyota Sienna Front View Driving
2019 Toyota Sienna Wheel

Engine and Transmission

Powering every Sienna is a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Engine outputs are good, at 296 hp and 263 lb-ft. When in Normal drive mode, the Sienna’s throttle responses can seem a little lethargic with heavier throttle inputs required to get the most out of the V6 powerplant; however, the transmission offers silky and seamless shifts for day-to-day driving, and reacts intuitively when needed to overtake or climb steep hills. Ample power is available in reserve, though and provided you can modulate throttle inputs, the Sienna provides more than ample performance for the modern family.

  • Engine
    3.5-liter V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Minivans are not designed to be nimble or agile, and with its large size and bulky body, the Sienna handles exactly as expected. With any aggression, there’s a large amount of body-roll around corners and on winding roads, which doesn't inspire much in the way of driver confidence. The SE trim with its sportier configuration, as well as AWD, offers an improved sense of handling and grip, but the Sienna simply fails to live up to the athleticism of the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona.

Steering presents as light enough to manage tight parking spots easily, although on the open road this is not ideal: more feedback would inspire confidence as the somewhat lifeless steering at speed is, well, slightly disconcerting. The Sienna offers smooth deceleration, although a little more effort is needed to get the brakes to bite solidly. Emergency brake tests from 60 mph resulted in a distance of 120-odd feet, which is better than some of its rivals but fairly middling for the segment.

Sienna Gas Mileage

Like much of the Sienna’s attributes, gas mileage estimates are squarely average for the segment. Front-wheel-drive variants offer gas mileage figures of 19/27/22 mpg, with these figures dropping to 18/24/20 mpg for AWD configured Siennas. All models have a 20-gallon gas tank, which implies a total range of 440 miles for FWD derivatives and enables AWD trims to manage 400 miles before stopping at the pumps. The Sienna has no Hybrid option at this point unlike the Chrysler Pacifica but offers better gas mileage rates than the Kia Sedona. The Honda Odyssey outperforms the FWD Sienna by only one mile per gallon for highway driving.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    20.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/27 mpg
* 2019 Toyota Sienna L 7-Passenger

Sienna Interior

Interior space and utility remain a strong point for the Sienna. Up to eight passengers can be accommodated in three of the trim levels, between captain’s chairs and lounge-type benches. Uniquely, the Sienna can also be customized to enable easy entry and exit for passengers who are not as mobile, by means of switching out a second-row outboard place for a power-lifting, rotating seat. Entry-level models are equipped with fabric seats, while the remainder of the trims offer leather upholstery and heated front seats. Overall cabin ergonomics are suited to convenience, and while there are some soft-touch points, hard surfaces and plastic features dominate. One noticeable improvement over last year’s Sienna is the addition of Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but Android Auto is still excluded. With generous room for all passengers, comfortable seats, great visibility, and power sliding side doors, the Sienna is thoughtfully designed to make life easier.

2019 Toyota Sienna Dashboard
2019 Toyota Sienna Rear Passenger Seats
2019 Toyota Sienna Seat Details

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Seating and Interior Space

The LE, SE, and XLE trims offer seating for eight occupants, while captain’s chairs are available on the L and Limited models to accommodate seven. Cloth upholstery on the base models is standard, with leather and multi-stage heated front seats equipped from mid-range variants. Some rival minivans offer more comfortable seating, however, there isn’t too much to complain about on the Sienna. For longer road trips, more frequent stop-and-stretch points may be needed, as the seats only have average legroom in the back. Passengers taller than six-feet, may not be as comfortable in the rear as they would be upfront, where space and comfort are much more evident. The third-row access is ample, but not exceptional and seating back there should be reserved for smaller occupants.

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Minivans are different from SUVs in that the sense of luxury and opulence is more dominant in the latter. Seating and a few soft-touch points are available, but an abundance of hard plastics in the Sienna cabin detract from the sense of class. Fabric in Ash or Dark Bisque is equipped on the L trim, with the same colors available for upholstery on the LE, just in different patterns. The SE trim offers a more premium feel with perforated black leather seats and dashboard trim. Ash or Dark Bisque leather can be selected for the XLE, while the top-of-the-range Limited model offers two-tone, textured Ash or Chestnut leather.

Sienna Trunk and Cargo Space

The Sienna has a large and versatile cargo area. With all seats up, there is 39.1 cubic feet of space available, much better than what other minivans have to offer. Folding down the back row allows for a total of 87.1 cubic feet of space to be opened up, and a maximum volume of 150 cubic feet is attainable with all seats stowed. At the top point of the range, seats are also power-folding, and with an easy, low liftover height, makes this minivan a perfect family or cargo hauler.

Small item storage is characterized by a large number of cupholders spaced throughout the cabin (twelve to be exact), with two pull-out holders along the dashboard and two located behind the center stack which can pop out to reach the second row. A cavernous center console bin in the front can hold tablets or a purse, and two additional, mid-sized boxes are also available in the third row. Door pockets are low and deep, making them useful but requiring some stretch to access. An overhead console with space for sunglasses is also available throughout the range.

2019 Toyota Sienna Rear Angle View
2019 Toyota Sienna Side View
2019 Toyota Sienna Side View

Sienna Infotainment and Features

Features

Catering to the needs of the modern family, the Sienna comes well-equipped. All models feature three-zone automatic climate control that can be individually set for each row, as well as an integrated backup camera (with surround-view cameras on top-end trims), and four sets of LATCH car-seat tethers. The Toyota Safety Sense package covers safety and driver assistance features, comprising pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. At the midpoint of the Sienna range, the SE trim has multi-stage heated seats in the front, which carry over into upper trim levels, as well as smart key systems with push-button start. The fully loaded model adds front and rear parking sensors and power-folding rear seats. The LE Auto Access and XLE Auto Access trims have a uniquely fitted rotating seat in the second row which can lower or lift to make entrance and exit easier for less-abled passengers.

Infotainment

All models are equipped with some variation of the Entune 3.0 Audio with App Suite, which is installed to a seven-inch touchscreen, paired with six speakers, AM/FM radio, GPS compatibility, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition, and Bluetooth wireless streaming. The LE, SE, XLE, and both Auto Access trims have an additional CD player and Toyota Connected Services. Upgrades to the Entune Premium can be had as package options on the XLE and XLE sub-trim, but are standard on the XLE Premium, and includes dynamic navigation. Top-of-the-range options feature the Entune Premium Audio with JBL systems, which features Clari-Fi technology, and ten speakers with subwoofer and amplifier.

Sienna Problems and Reliability

Rated as second best in the JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study for Minivans for 2019, the Sienna maintains a good reliability record. However, four separate recalls have been logged for the 2019 Sienna, including non-permanent text on the load capacity label, door spot welds that could affect airbag effectiveness and the use of incorrect tube nuts on the brake lines. Despite this, a three-year/36,000 mile full warranty, five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, and an additional two-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance plan give buyers some peace of mind.

Sienna Safety

The IIHS rated the Sienna as good for most crashworthiness areas, with the exception of a small overlap on the driver’s side and front passenger side, receiving an Acceptable and Marginal rating respectively. The NHTSA provided an overall five-star rating.

Key Safety Features

A total of eight airbags are installed throughout the cabin, and two full suites of safety systems are standard inclusions on the range: the Toyota Safety Sense suite of pre-collision systems, as well as the Star Safety bundle which pertains to traction, stability, and braking. Notable driver aids such as ABS, EBD, and brake assist with smart stop technology are featured, as well as pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. Base models also have an integrated backup camera and hill start assist with extra front and rear park sensors installed on the fully-loaded model.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Toyota Sienna a good Minivan?

The Sienna has an extended history and long legacy of reliability and good service. It is a durable minivan with a reputation for versatility and convenience. With ample space and a wide variety of configurations options, the fact that it is all-wheel-drive enabled is quite significant as it’s the only minivan on sale with a second driven axle. Toyota has found a sweet spot in the market, touching on some SUV-like characteristics, with the value-for-money basis of the minivan. Safety scores, good fuel economy, and an enthusiastic engine help to keep the Sienna as a solid choice and a good vehicle to buy. However, it is also one of the oldest minivans on the road and could do with an overhaul in terms of design, styling and newer technology. It’s feeling its age, but its still a solid family hauler.

What's the Price of the 2019 Toyota Sienna?

With eighteen configurations available on this range, pricing structures are broad, ranging from $31,115 to $48,890. All prices are exclusive of a destination charge of $1,095. At the entry point to the range, the Sienna L is the cheapest option priced at $31,115. One level up, the LE starts at $34,135 in FWD guise while the Auto Access has an MSRP of $40,060. The mid-range SE trim in FWD form is $37,465, with the AWD option priced at $38,770. The XLE offers a plethora of options for configurations, and as a front-wheel-drive is priced at $37,465 while the Auto Access is priced from $43,600. Limited trim levels are fully-loaded with prices starting at $44,210 before options.

2019 Toyota Sienna Models

The 2019 range is comprised of five basic trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. A 296 hp 3.5-liter V6 powers all trims, with AWD available on all but the base L derivative.

The entry-level model is the Sienna L, featuring 17-inch wheels, power exterior mirrors, and daytime running lights. Inside, the L trim offers cloth seats with power adjustment six ways for the driver. Entune Audio 3.0 is installed and allows for navigation and Bluetooth compatibility.

The LE model provides optional 18-inch wheels, color-keyed mirrors, and dual power sliding doors. Seating up to eight passengers, infotainment carries over unchanged, although HD/Satellite radio is available, and a new Preferred package can be added for blind-spot monitoring and keyless entry.

For the SE trim, major differences in appearance tally 19-inch gunmetal wheels, sport mesh grille. You also get a power-assisted liftgate. Inside, perforated leather with multi-stage front-heating seats, as well as a sports instrumentation cluster is present.

Building on the SE’s features, the XLE is characterized by 17- or 18-inch wheels, color-coded mirrors with blind-spot warning indicators integrated, and touch-sensor activated door locks. Keyless entry and push-button start are included on this trim.

The top-end trim level is the Limited, featuring 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights and seats for seven in premium leather. The third-row seats are power-activated, and front and rear parking sonars are equipped. The infotainment system offers premium JBL audio with dynamic navigation and the App suite.

Two final options exist, the Auto Access Seat sub-trims, applicable to the LE and XLE trim levels only. With the same features as the standard models, these variants equip the passenger-side seats with a power rotating lift-up chair, to allow easy access for less-abled passengers.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
$31,315
LE
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
$34,135
SE
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
$37,465
XLE
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
$37,465
XLE Auto Access
3.5-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All Wheel Drive
$39,895

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Additional Packages

With a range of standard configurations, further enhancements are available by means of additional packages.

The top three models have an option to upgrade by means of the Premium package. For the SE, XLE, and Limited trim levels, this bundle is model specific in terms of content. The SE Premium package adds blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, power moonroof, touch-sensor activated door handles, keyless entry with push-button start, easy speak voice amplification and premium audio with dynamic navigation. A rear parking assist sonar is a new addition for this year. Dual-View Blu-ray Disc entertainment is also included, featuring a 16.4-inch monitor with HDMI port and two 120V power outlets.

Taking into account existing features for the XLE, the Premium package for this trim includes seating for up to eight, rear parking assist sonar and the same Bly-ray entertainment bundle as on the SE.

The Limited Premium package features the same entertainment upgrades but also equips the Sienna with HID headlights, automatic high beams, 10-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, and rain-sensing wipers.

On both the LE and SE, a Preferred bundle is now also available that equips blind spot monitor and smart key systems on all doors. For the SE, there are a few extras included, such as remote illuminated entry, touch-sensor locking/unlocking doors, a power moonroof, and a premium Audio Entune JBL sound system featuring ten speakers.

Separate navigation, moonroof, and outdoor packages are also available for selected models.

What Toyota Sienna Model Should I Buy?

With four of the available models available as all-wheel drive, the buyer is spoilt for choice. Whether AWD is a must or not, the best option is the SE trim, with newly added all-wheel-drive traction. This model is sport-oriented with seven seats available and can tow up to 3,500lbs. It also offers a host of exterior enhancements too, with convenience features such as a power liftgate and luxurious perforated leather seats which are heated in the front. As an addition to this recommendation, it is worth noting that the XLE Auto Access option is a must-have for families needing assistance with passenger entry or exit: the rotating power-activated seat is superb, and the remaining details of this trim level are also top-end. It features leather interior, keyless entry, and premium audio as well as most of the features already included on the SE model.

2019 Toyota Sienna Comparisons

2019 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey

Both the Sienna and Odyssey feature a 3.5-liter V6 engine, providing similar performance, although the Sienna provides 16 hp more. The main drawback of the Sienna is the lackluster handling with more pronounced body roll through corners. The Honda remains a more capable and controlled vehicle overall, with better cornering and more dynamic steering where the Sienna feels quite numb. There is very little difference between the two in terms of gas mileage, with only one mile per gallon improvement for highway cycles by the Honda. The Toyota minivan provides the best cargo space, with a more generous cabin as well, but the Honda’s cabin feels more premium. Toyota now offers Apple CarPlay on an easier to use infotainment system, but the Honda makes available both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Toyota is more reliable, but the Honda is no rolling junkyard either. As a result of the better driving experience and more premium cabin, though, we recommend the Odyssey. The Sienna is good, but it feels old compared to more contemporary rivals.

See Honda Odyssey Review

2019 Toyota Sienna vs Kia Sedona

At the outset, Kia’s Sedona is a much better-looking vehicle inside and out, with an interior that seems more crossover than minivan, and making it more appealing to the general buying public. The Kia offers exceptional value for money, sufficient cargo space, better ground clearance, a longer wheelbase, and numerous standard features on even the base model. The Sienna offers better fuel economy and the option of all-wheel-drive, but the Kia is more enjoyable to drive, and the family will likely find their accommodation more comfortable. Unless you fall into the niches of requiring either AWD or assisted access for the rear seats, the Kia is a more complete package all-round.

See Kia Sedona Review

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