2017 Toyota Sienna: Reliability in Minivan Form
Standing on the side of the road because your vehicle broke down isn’t so bad when it’s just you or just you and your spouse, but when you have a whole family that becomes stranded this can be a serious challenge to keep everyone happy during this time of crisis. In order to avoid this problem you need to have a vehicle that carries a stellar reliability record, which makes the Toyota Sienna a fantastic choice when you need a new minivan for the family to fit in and love the ride.
The Sienna doesn’t just hang its hat on reliability. This minivan has been given a new transmission for the 2017 model year and even added thirty more horsepower to the engine to make this the most powerful minivan in the class. This is also the minivan that can easily give you room for seven or eight passengers to ride inside and has a plethora of safety features for you to be able to keep the family out of harm’s way on the road. The Sienna has one more thing to put the cherry on top of the sundae; it’s the only minivan offered with AWD to give you that extra confidence and control you want to enjoy.
One of the most important aspects of any minivan is value. When you have a family that needs a large people hauler you want to know you’re getting a serious value for the price you’re paying. This minivan offers you the value you’ve been looking for. The Sienna starts out at $30,690 for the L model as the lowest price if this is where you budget puts you, but can be had at the other end of the spectrum as an AWD Limited Premium model that tops out at $48,000. You can easily find tons of value between these two with other models.
When we look at the value offered, first we need to think about the features that are included. At the L model you have tri-zone climate controls, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, and the Entune Audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a USB port, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, Siri Eyes Free and seating for seven. If you want eight to be able to ride you need to move up to at least the LE model which also adds power operated sliding doors, an improved infotainment system, a power adjustable driver’s seat an much more. All models give you the Toyota Care which is two years/25,000 of complimentary scheduled maintenance to get you started right.
In order to see your value for the price increases we have to look at the options offered on the Sienna. This minivan gives you items such as a power liftgate, leatherette upholstery, push button starting, genuine leather on the higher trims, a moonroof, a navigation system, the Driver Easy Speak to project the Driver’s voice through the rear speakers, blind spot monitoring, radar cruise control, pre-collision automatic braking, a rear seat entertainment system with Blu-ray DVD and a 16.4-inch screen and two power outlets.
The lone powertrain for the Sienna is made up of a 3.5-liter V6 engine that gives you a full 296 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is attached to a brand new eight-speed automatic transmission to allow better fuel mileage than you would normally have on a minivan. The standard offering is with FWD which allows you to have 19 city/27 hwy of fuel mileage to enjoy or you can have the added control of the AWD and still have good mileage with 18 city/24 hwy mpg.
While this is certainly a minivan, it does have a bit of a sporty feeling to it to make it an even better ride than you might expect. The Sienna rides on a dynamic suspension that responds well to all steering inputs and helps you keep the family safe and secure on the road. This is a minivan you can feel confident in passing most others on the highway so that you can enjoy the drive you want on the open road. If a minivan is the right choice for you and your family, the Sienna will make the best choice with the ride, power and reliability you need and the space and comfort you want.