Toyota Sienna Is The Cream Of The Crop Essay

1649 Words Nov 9th, 2016 7 Pages
As far as minivans go, the Toyota Sienna is the cream of the crop. Well, don’t tell that to Honda and Chrysler as both brands field excellent people movers of their own. Add in the Kia Sedona, Dodge Grand Caravan, and the Nissan Quest, and there are six models to consider in this once shrinking, but now very much thriving segment.

Now in its twentieth year and coming to the end of its third generation, the Toyota Sienna has something no competitors provide: available all-wheel drive. The Sienna once offered a standard four-cylinder engine, but wisely scrapped the base engine in 2013, continuing with the V6 alone. In this arena, a V6 is expected — how else can you move upwards of eight people and all their gear plus possibly tow something?

The most significant change for the 2017 Sienna is under the hood. The 3.5-liter V6, in use since 2007, was upgraded and now features direct injection. That move yields a 30 horsepower boost for an engine now rated at 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The V6 now comes paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission — the six-speed is history. These changes have yielded a more efficient model with an EPA rating of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — that’s a 2 mpg gain over last year.

2017 Toyota Sienna Trim Levels

The 2017 Sienna is available in L ($29,750), LE ($32,540), SE ($36,110), XLE ($42,145), and Limited ($42,800) trims. Add $950 for the destination charge. All-wheel drive is available with the LE,…

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