Test Drive: 2018 Toy­ota Si­enna mini­van

The Progress-Index Weekend - - AUTOMOTIVE - By Greg Zyla Greg Zyla writes weekly for More Con­tent Now and GateHouse Me­dia.

En­try price: $30,850 Price as tested: $49,610

This week we’re en­joy­ing the lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings of Toy­ota’s top line 2018 Si­enna Lim­ited Premium AWD mini­van, the only mini­van in Amer­ica that of­fers 4x4. With roomy and deluxe ap­point­ments, this Si­enna could eas­ily be called a “max­i­van” thanks to its long wheel­base at­tributes and room for seven pas­sen­gers. New for 2018 is a re­fresh to the ex­te­rior de­sign with an all-new front end along with new lower side rocker pan­els. Dur­ing our week-long test, we uti­lized the Si­enna to move some house­hold items, make a few runs to the home cen­ter and also some shorter mileage runs on back coun­try roads. Over­all, and with ex­tra thanks to the in­te­rior’s many stor­age of­fer­ings, it was a plea­sure in each and ev­ery man­ner of use. Toy­ota en­gi­neers, al­beit late to the mini­van party that started with Dodge and Ply­mouth in 1984, have in­deed fig­ured out how to master any ex­tra cargo room con­cerns that usu­ally plague ve­hi­cles with third-row seat­ing, much to our de­light. Si­enna’s deep cargo area be­hind its thirdrow split bench al­lows fam­i­lies who might have had to buy an at­tach­able cargo top loader to stack suit­cases be­hind the third row with ease. Although we drove the top line Lim­ited Premium AWD that starts at $48,615, con­sumers are to take note that not all Si­enna’s cost over $40,000. The en­try level and well equipped “L” base model starts at just $30,850 with the pow­er­ful V6 en­gine as stan­dard and seat­ing that ac­com­mo­dates eight pas­sen­gers. The stan­dard en­gine that pow­ers all of the Si­enna fam­ily is a 3.5 liter V6 that pro­duces 296 horses and 263 lb. ft. of torque. In ad­di­tion to very im­pres­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion and pass­ing per­for­mance, fuel mileage is very good for a near two-ton ve­hi­cle, com­ing in at 19 city and 27 high­way for the front drive mod­els while the AWD Si­enna still de­liv­ers a de­cent 18 city and 24 high­way. A four cylin­der Si­enna is no longer avail­able as the V6 now de­liv­ers bet­ter fuel mileage over­all thanks to an up­dated eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that re­placed the ear­lier gen­er­a­tion’s sixspeed au­to­matic set­ups. Stan­dard fare on the Lim­ited Premium is pretty much a “full house” sce­nario as not one op­tion was listed on the win­dow sticker. Up­scale fea­tures like dual power slid­ing doors with child pro­tect, power driver and pas­sen­ger cap­tain chairs with lum­bar, heated seats, smart key with push but­ton start, dual moon­roof (very nice) elec­tro rear view mir­ror, Homelink, multi info dis­play, tri-zone cli­mate con­trol, beau­ti­ful two-tone leather, sec­ond row Cap­tain chairs, En­tune Premium Au­dio with JBL speak­ers, En­tune App Suite, MP3, 5 USB ports, phone com­pat­i­bil­ity, iPod con­nec­tions, aux­il­iary jack, Sir­iusXM satel­lite, am­bi­ent in­te­rior light­ing, up­graded in­stru­men­ta­tion, and much more.


2018 Toy­ota Si­enna mini­van Likes: New looks, AWD, Auto Ac­cess Seat, lots of cargo room, safety Dis­likes: Pric­ing can get ex­pen­sive, not much else

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