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Overview (Final Score: B+)
Theis a mainstay in the minivan segment, which is a staple for the American market despite not growing much. With renewed competition from other minivans, Toyota decided to upgrade the Sienna for 2017 to address some of the van’s woes since this generation’s introduction.
A new engine and transmission are the primary new items added to the 2017 Toyota Sienna, both of which work together to improve performance and fuel economy. One of our chief complaints last year was that the Sienna produced less-than-expected fuel efficiency and didn’t have much get-up when loaded with passengers. Some of that has changed this year.
The 2017 Sienna carries on with the solidly performing Toyota minivan that’s been a popular choice among buyers for years. With great family ergonomics and class-exclusive all-wheel drive, it’s definitely worth considering and worthy of its high rating.
What We Love About the 2017 Toyota Sienna:
- Excellent interior ergonomics
- Good materials quality and interior design elements
- Available AWD is segment exclusive
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Toyota Sienna:
- Removing middle row for maximum cargo space is difficult
- Fuel economy returns remain lackluster
- Trim levels quickly raise the van’s price
Pricing and Value (10/10)
The 2017 Toyota Sienna starts at a reasonable price point for the segment and comes adequately equipped for the window sticker. Most buyers are in the middle trims and will find their best option to be the LE trim with either FWD or AWD, if bang for the buck is the goal. The XLE trim is also recommended if a lot of longer-distance family toting is expected as its upgrade to the rear seat entertainment system is easier to get.
The resale value for the Sienna is traditionally high and will likely remain so. Especially for the AWD models, being exclusive to the minivan segment. Some competition is being had with new entries into the segment, so buyers may want to be willing to push for price negotiations at the dealer more than they might have in the past. Dealers may be more receptive to dickering.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (70/80, 88%)
There are not as many competitors in the minivan segment as there are in some others, but nevertheless, there are some new rivals to the Toyota Sienna that are worth considering. Chief among those is the, which was introduced last year. The Pacifica is sleek, extremely ergonomic and fuel efficient, and has a plug-in hybrid option.
Theis finishing its run this year and will likely be extremely price competitive as a result. The is very upscale compared to the Sienna and has a unique look that many find appealing. Finally, the is in its last year as a generation and will debut as a new van for 2018, making it likely to be price-competitive as dealers attempt to empty their lots of the older model.
Given the stiff competition and likely price wars in the minivan segment, the 2017 Toyota Sienna still remains a popular choice. And deservedly so as it’s an excellent mix of family ergonomics, price point and capability.
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