New 2020 Toyota Sienna Van/Minivan
Toyota Sienna Van/Minivan
The 2020 Toyota Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. It’s also spacious (seating up to eight), practical and versatile.
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The 2020 Toyota Sienna can be all things to all families. It’s a minivan, so that solves an issue when seeking a vehicle that can seat more than five. The Sienna can accommodate up to eight. Its versatile interior can handle an expensive trip to Ikea just as easily as a road trip to the lake or the coast. The gutsy V6 engine can be trusted to haul a loaded Sienna up steep hills without complaint. And the Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive, which is an absolute boon when the weather turns treacherous. Rivals include the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and Chrysler Pacifica.
The Sienna is due for an upgrade, however. A new generation is set to debut perhaps for the 2021 model year and, from what we know, Toyota isn’t particularly inclined to ramp up any sales incentives with this generation.
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You want a minivan with all-wheel drive. Even though there’s no other choice, most buyers seeking this particular combination should be happy with the rest of the vehicle, since the Toyota Sienna is also spacious, durable, practical and has plenty of safety equipment as standard. It also offers mobility-needs systems.
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Expense is more important than expanse. The Chrysler Pacifica has a hybrid version that’s lighter on gas and emissions, but can’t match the Sienna’s cargo space. Rivals like the Kia Sedona and Dodge Caravan are also priced lower, although their resale values aren’t as strong.
What's New for 2020
The 2020 Sienna offers a Nightshade cosmetic package that comes with appropriately dark low-lights. Apart from that, no changes.
Safe, stable, comfortable, with light steering and just enough power for overtaking. That doesn’t sound like an enthusiast’s ideal recipe for fun, but it’s exactly what a minivan driver wants and needs. And exactly what a Toyota Sienna supplies. The 3.5-liter V6 is a smooth, muscular engine with a reputation for reliability. Solo jaunts could be slightly entertaining, especially in the SE trim, a variant with a sportier suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels. But the usual tranquility of the cabin is disturbed by a little extra wind and road noise.
All-wheel-drive systems these days don’t have to be big and heavy. The Audi TT sports car illustrates that. So offering such a system in a minivan seems like a no-brainer. The slight rise in fuel consumption of a Toyota Sienna AWD is surely worth the extra reassurance.
Passengers requiring mobility assistance will really appreciate these optional features for the Toyota Sienna. They include the factory-installed, power-operated Auto Access Seat bringing easier 2nd-row access, plus an aftermarket wheelchair ramp.
The Toyota Sienna is seriously spacious. It houses three seating rows, with two occupants up front and three abreast in each row behind. Except for when a couple of captain’s chairs are fitted in the second row. The base L, top-of-the-range Limited and those versions with all-wheel drive are also 7-seaters. The 2020 Sienna provides four LATCH points for child-safety seats. And stowage spaces abound. Fold down both seating rows, with the second row placed as far forward as possible, and cargo area measures 117.8 cubic feet. Removing the 2nd-row seats (which are heavy and somewhat awkward) opens space up to 150 cubic feet.
No one buys a minivan to express their personal style. But every customer should appreciate the large glass areas that provide great outward vision for driver and passengers alike. The big doors enable easy entries and exits; power-sliding doors are especially useful. And the one-box design ensures sufficient headroom for every occupant. Anyone desiring a little more visual pizazz might like to investigate the SE trim level for its alloy wheels, smoked headlights and low-level spoilers front and rear.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2020 Sienna minivan comes in L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited, plus Premium versions of the top three trims. At the entry level, the 7-seater L has the Toyota Safety Sense array of features (forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance, intelligent cruise control, automatic high beams and road-sign recognition), plus 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone climate control, 7-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, five USB ports, and Amazon Alexa. LE brings power-sliding side doors, power-adjustable driver’s seat, easy-clean seating fabric, and an upgraded infotainment setup. All 2020 Siennas come with Toyota Care, covering two years/25,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
Notable Optional Equipment
All-wheel drive becomes available at the LE level. The Auto Access seat can be ordered for LE and XLE trims. Power-sliding side doors are also part of the LE’s inventory. SE brings a power tailgate, leather seating surfaces for the first two seating rows, and heated front seats. A power-adjustable driver’s seat comes in the XLE, Limited trim has power-folding 3rd-row seats, heated steering wheel, dual moonroof, and front/rear parking sensors. A dual-screen Blu-ray/DVD rear-seat entertainment system with HDMI inputs and two power outlets is optional for the Limited model. But the Limited Premium has pretty much everything, including leather for the third row.
Under the Hood
There’s just one engine in the 2020 Sienna, a 3.5-liter V6 making 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. Respectable numbers. And they’re achieved with regular gasoline. Just one transmission as well, an 8-speed automatic. The basic setup is front-wheel drive (FWD), but all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional and, as we’ve already mentioned, no rival offers it. Fuel economy is bearable but not class-leading. Regardless of how many wheels are driven, the Toyota Sienna is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
296 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
263 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (FWD), 18/24 mpg (AWD)
The 2020 Toyota Sienna L kicks off the range with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $31,415, to which a destination charge of $1,095 is added, making $32,510. The LE starts at $35,330, while the SE and XLE are both priced from $38,660. This middle ground is where we think the best value lies. Although buyers are perfectly at liberty to spend $50,285 on a Limited Premium model. The Honda Odyssey starts a little lower; the Kia Sorento starts a lot lower. Somewhere between those are the Chrysler Pacifica and the Dodge Caravan. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Sienna. Another positive aspect for this Toyota minivan is resale value. The Sienna has been a frequent KBB Best Resale Value Award winner.
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Toyota Sienna Consumer Reviews
September 26, 2011
Best Minivan out there - Toyota Sienna SE
I travel as representative for a manufacturer and have owned Dodge Caravan's, a new '04 Honda Odyssey EXL and a '07 Honda Odyssey...
August 26, 2011
Best Vehicle I have ever owned!
I recently traded my Mercedes ML to purchase the Sienna and it was without a doubt the best car buying decision I have ever made. I love...
July 30, 2011
Best Van Period
After test drivng Honda Oddessy, Chrysler and a Ford Flex and Nissan Quest (recent test drive as this just came out) this was the best...
July 07, 2011
Love The Sienna!!
I bought the Sienna last year and I love it! I drove a Previa for 17 years w/out any major problems and it still worked the day I...
June 06, 2011
I recently traded in my Chrysler 2008 van for the Sienna, and I couldn't be happier about it. The drive is very smooth and it has a...
April 24, 2011
Very Happy with Sienna
Have had the van two months now and am very happy with it. The van handles like a car, has plenty of power and is comfortable. I really...
April 12, 2011
This van is stylish, comfortable and reliable. I love it and will buy it again.
March 28, 2011
March 03, 2011
It only gets better!
I owned a 2005 Sienna LE for 6 years, 109,000 miles. Never had a serious problem. The 2011 LE had many great options added, backup...
January 31, 2011
best van i will get all toyota vans!
i really love it it's very nice and i love the cool things in it. i hope to keep it for a long time well until to new van comes out from...
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How does it compare?
|#1||2020 Toyota Sienna||296|
|#2||2020 Honda Odyssey||280|
|#3||2020 Nissan NV2500 HD Cargo||261|
|#4||2020 Nissan NV1500 Cargo||261|
|#1||2020 Honda Odyssey||22|
|#2||2020 Toyota Sienna||21|
|#1||2020 Nissan NV2500 HD Cargo||4.9 / 5|
|#2||2020 Nissan NV1500 Cargo||4.9 / 5|
|#3||2020 Toyota Sienna||4.3 / 5|
|#4||2020 Honda Odyssey||4 / 5|
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