Oh Toyota. I’m not sure who was it at the company who decided to market the Sienna with ‘Swagger Wagon’ tagline, because at first I thought it was kind of crazy. The tagline first appeared in an ad featuring the van and two parents rapping. At first I thought someone at the marketing department was having a YOLO moment. But the crazy thing was it worked. People took notice of the Sienna and began to put on their list of vehicles to look at. So when a Sienna XLE came in for week’s review, I wondered if there was something to this van or if the tagline Toyota had created was only promoting something mediocre.
You can’t miss the Sienna due to how big it it. With measurements of 200.2 inches for overall length and 78.2 inches for overall width, the Sienna has to be the biggest minivan on sale. It also looks like Toyota did some rummaging from other vehicles in their lineup as the front grille looks to come from the Venza crossover, while the rear tailgate appears to come from one of Toyota’s large SUVs. The Sienna isn’t the the ugliest minivan on sale, but it isn’t the best looking either.
Power comes from Toyota’s venerable 3.5L V6 with 266 horsepower and 245 horsepower. It can be paired with front-wheel or my tester’s all-wheel drive system. Both drivetrains feature a six-speed automatic. The V6 is very much able to hold its own in the Sienna as power was abundant and was able to get the van up to speed in no problem. The six-speed automatic delivers smooth $h!s, while the optional all-wheel drive keeps the vehicle on the road with almost no hint that its working. Fuel economy for the Sienna XLE AWD is rated at 16 City/23 Highway/19 Combined. My week average landed around 18 MPG.
The Sienna’s ride is what you would expect in a minivan; a suspension that has been tuned for coddling its occupants with nary a bump or road imperfection. This does mean the Sienna rolls when cornering, but then again this isn’t meant to a sports car. Noise levels are kept to a decent level in day to day driving, though freeway driving does bring in a bit more road noise than any other minivan I have driven.
So while the ‘swagger wagon’ tagline may make some people scratch their heads, it does give a light to the Sienna which I think is one of the best vans I have driven yet. It has more than enough luxuries and space for you and your passengers to enjoy wherever they are going, along with a ride that makes you feel you’re in a luxury car. Win win in my book.
Disclaimer: Toyota Provided the Sienna, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
Trim: XLE AWD
Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6
Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
Horsepower @ RPM: 266 @ 6,200
Torque @ RPM: 245 @ 4,700
Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 16/23/19
Curb Weight: 4,735 lbs
Location of Manufacture: Princeton, Indiana
Base Price: $36,185
As Tested Price: $40,322 (Includes $860.00 Destination Charge)
XLE Navigation Package with Entune App Suite - $1,735.00
Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert - $500.00
XM Satellite Radio - $449.00
Carpet Floor Mats w/Door Sill Protector - $330.00
Roof Rack Cross Bars - $185.00
Cargo Net - $49.00
First Aid Kit - $29.00