The Toyota Sienna is all about family-oriented features, versatility, interior space, and reliability. Upper trims add even more entertainment and accessibility equipment. If you live in a cold climate, the Sienna offers all-wheel drive for all-weather capability too. It’s one of the best family haulers on the market. Here’s what an upper trim level brings to the party: this week we drove the top-of-the-line, 2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD.
What’s New For 2017
The 2017 Toyota Sienna gets direct fuel injection and a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The rest of its features and options carry over unchanged.
Features & Options
The 2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD ($47,310) comes loaded with standard equipment like power sliding doors, power front seats, and a 7-inch touchscreen. All-wheel drive is also included along with 18-inch wheels. Inside it gets leather seating surfaces and heated front seats. A sport mesh grille, fog lamps, LED taillights, and smoked accents decorate the exterior.
The Sienna Limited Premium, with its seven-passenger seating, adds navigation, an upgraded 10-speaker stereo, chrome exterior accents, and a dual moonroof. Other features included rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlights, automatic high beams, rear-seat entertainment, and upgraded leather for the third row. It also came with a few extra family options like wireless headphones, a first aid kit, roof rack crossbars, all-season floor mats, and universal tablet holder. Total MSRP including destination: $50,769.
Since families spend so much time inside the cabin, it’s the most important thing to look at, and the new Sienna doesn’t disappoint. The family hauler offers a contemporary interior appearance and convenient layout for adults and kids. You will find plenty of room in this spacious minivan with exceptional comfort for all riders.
Up front, the sweeping, contoured dashboard is attractive and most importantly, functional for the driver. Controls are placed conveniently on the driver’s side and instruments are large and easy-to-read. Audio and 3-zone climate controls can be easily reached by the front passenger. The leather-trimmed seats are comfortable for longer trips and offer plenty of support. The 4.2-inch touchscreen display comes with full color graphics and can be easily seen from the driver’s seat.
It’s easy to get in-and-out of the back with the Sienna Limited’s power rear sliding doors that open up to the second row. Captain’s chairs were standard with our all-wheel drive tester. The chairs slide forward and all the way back, opening up lots of room to stretch out when you aren’t using the third-row seats.
There’s plenty of cargo space with the second-row seats folded and pushed forward, and the third-row seats folded. It offers up an abundant 117.8 cubic feet of cargo-carrying ability. Behind the third-row seats is 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and the deep well in the floor can keep a massive amount of groceries from sliding all over the back, unlike most SUVs.
Engine & Fuel Mileage Specs
The 2017 Toyota Sienna gets an upgrade to its 3.5-liter V6 engine in the form of direct fuel injection, hiking horsepower by 30. The upgraded engine now develops 296 horsepower and comes coupled to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Even with the increased power, EPA fuel economy estimates have increased with the family hauler now getting 18/24 city/highway and 20 combined mpg.
The Sienna minivan is built for comfort, not performance. All families care about is that it will get up to highway speed without an issue, that it’s safe, and it’s maneuverable in the city. The Sienna scores well every time. It has good visibility for the driver, and there’s a backup camera for those times you can’t see behind you.
The Sienna isn’t all that quiet on the highway, but you won’t care when you crank up the upgraded JBL sound system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer. The kids won’t mind either as they will be watching the Blu-ray rear seat entertainment with their wireless headphones on. Shifts are smooth and practically imperceptible from the new 8-speed automatic. This model comes with all-weather capability with its Active Torque Control AWD system, which means you won’t have any trouble getting around this winter when the snow flies.
The Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD is not the cheapest minivan on the market, but you will be getting copious interior space, a comfortable place for you and the kids to spend time, convenience, versatility, and Toyota’s reputation for reliability.
Denis Flierl has invested over 25 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. Follow his work on Twitter: @CarReviewGuy