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2018 Toyota Sienna Walk Around


As minivans go, the Sienna is sharp and stylish, while not pretending to be anything but a minivan. A finned grille is on the LX, XLE, and Limited, while SE and Limited get LED headlamps. The SE with appearance package looks the sportiest, as the rocker panels and big wheels stand out. We’re not so sure about the clear taillight lenses, so 10 years ago.

Interior

The cabin is spacious, smartly finished, conveniently laid out, and very comfortable for all passengers. The front seats are supportive. The dashboard is sweeping and contoured, with big gauges that are easy to read. Audio and climate controls are easily reached by the front passenger. A 6.1-inch touchscreen is standard. Lower trim levels also get a 3.5-inch black-and-white LCD information screen, while upper models upgrade to a 4.2-inch color display.

Storage for small things is bountiful, with a deep console and dual gloveboxes. A handy storage platform below the center dash between the front seats provides a convenient place for a purse or your take-out order.

The standard second-row bench slides back for legroom or forward for cargo space. Removing one section provides access to the foldaway third row, which can actually carry grownups and isn’t so difficult to reach. In the Limited, reclining lounge-type seats include footrests and leg-cushion extenders. Captain’s chairs are standard with all-wheel drive, which fold but not flat.

Adults can climb in and out of the back easily, however it can be a struggle to open the side door manually from the outside, should the power doors be reluctant to respond to the key fob, which commonly happens with SUV and minivan liftgates, and sedan trunks as well.

There is a massive 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, and the deep well in the floor there easily holds and confines many grocery bags and boxes, superior to SUVs. With both rows folded, the space climbs to 117.8 cubic feet, not quite like a cargo van because the seats don’t fold into the floor, but still a ton of space.

The cabin of the Sienna isn’t as quiet on the highway as we would hope a family minivan to be.

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