Disclosure: I was loaned the Toyota sienna SE for 7 days for the purpose of review. Thoughts, opinions, are mine so please understand that your opinion may differ. Purchase after doing your own research. Stock photos are provided since it literally rained the entire time of my loan experience
Baby boy’s due date is fast approaching and we’re in the market for a bigger vehicle to hold my family of 5. Going from car lot to car lot I refused to look into a mini van. I didn’t want to me that mom. Then Toyota asked me to drive the Sienna for a week and after a little hesitation I agreed.
I seriously instantly fell in love with it. From the moment you open the doors you are surrounded by space and comfort. We drove the SE model which out of 4 model it’s 3rd in line so it has all the features of “the best” just without the DVD player and 2nd row foot rests.
Prices for the 2014 models begin at $26,920 (plus $860 freight) for the base Sienna L seven-passenger front-wheel-drive version and range as high as $41,710 for the top-of-the-line Limited with all-wheel drive. With a sportier appearance and 19-inch wheels, the SE, seven-passenger (8 passenger option) model we drove starts at $33,860.
The Sienna holds either seven or eight people, with two up front, two or three in the middle when you add in a tiny seat that is typically folded and stored in the trunk area, and three in the third row.
The SE model is designed to have a sportier look and more-responsive performance. Besides the 19-inch wheels, you get a sport-tuned suspension, chrome outer door handles, and unique instruments, interior colors and interior trim. The 2nd row sliding seats offer a ton of leg room or storage space but with little ones I recommend keeping the seats pushed closer to the front seats or else you can’t reach back to help them or hand them something. I figured that out very quickly.
One of my favorite features on the Sienna SE is the power sliding doors. I could open the doors from the key pad, by lightly pulling the door handles and then they continue to open on their own, from buttons that are near the front center console, OR there are buttons on the inside of the van near the doors!
I’m not use to the lack of gas mileage you get with a mini van but I thought the 18 city/25 highway was pretty good.
So if you’ve been hesitant of getting yourself and family into a van just stop. The Toyota Sienna could be your van! It’s not the only vehicle I want to drive and own.