Freshened inside and out for 2015, the Toyota Sienna minivan is a versatile family vehicle, chockablock with brood-friendly features and refinements. It’s also the only minivan that still offers an all-wheel-drive option. Beyond that, it also embodies Toyota’s bedrock strengths: quality, durability, and reliability.
So why don’t we love it above all the others in this thinly contested tournament? It comes down to three little words that sum up a trait that may not be perceived as important to many in this segment, but which is always at the top of the charts at our house. We’ll get back to that. But first, here’s what’s new for this freshened family freighter.
As part of the 2015 update, the grille has been revised on the LE, XLE, and Limited models, while new LED daytime running lamps flank restyled headlights on SE and Limited trims. Still, the face of the 2015 Sienna will look familiar. This also applies to the going-away view, where redesigned taillights for all but the SE are the only change from 2014.
The interior was given more attention, getting more soft-touch surfaces, sophisticated color schemes, upgrades to the various Entune audio systems, and a 4.2-inch color TFT info display nestled between the tachometer and speedometer on everything but the L and LE, which make do with a 3.5-inch black-and-white piece. The base L features a 6.1-inch touch screen and Bluetooth connectivity; the rest get a seven-inch screen and Bluetooth. The entire dashboard has been redesigned, too, in part to accommodate relocating the center stack more than three inches to the left, making it much easier for the driver to access the audio, HVAC, and other secondary control functions. Those functions are logically placed and easily interpreted thanks to more modern aesthetics and the reintroduction of knobs instead of buttons for key functions. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by TONY SWAN