2017 Toyota Sienna Specs & Features
One of the best vehicles for taking your family on road trip is without a doubt the Swagger Wagon, in our opinion. In case you’re not sure what the Swagger Wagon is, it’s another name for the Toyota Sienna. Not much has changed for the 2017 model year, but that doesn’t mean its specs & features aren’t just as good as last year. So we thought we’d dive into what makes it such a great option.
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“The Sienna proves that a minivan can deliver huge helpings of comfort and style – making it a popular choice for Canadian families on the move, all year round, and the recipient of a 2016 Today’s Parent Approved seal from Today’s Parent magazine. For 2017, a new powertrain delivers more driving fun, joining an already impressive list of intuitive and convenient features and technologies.”
– Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada, Inc.
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When will the 2017 Sienna be available?
If you’re in the market for the perfect family road trip vehicle, then you’re in luck, as the 2017 Toyota Sienna is already available right here at Wheaton Toyota on the Trail. If you think you might be interested in trying one out for yourself, be sure to schedule a test drive right on our website or by giving us a call here at the sales desk.
2017 Toyota Sienna Canadian Release Date
We were crossing our fingers again that this would be the year for the Toyota Sienna to enter its next generation after an exciting remodel, but alas our wish didn’t come true. However, we weren’t hoping for a remodel because there’s anything wrong with the Swagger Wagon – it’s still the ultimate minivan, and a great option for any growing family. So we still can’t wait for the 2017 Toyota Sienna Canadian release date.
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2017 Toyota Sienna Specs & Features
While not much has changed from last year’s 2016 Toyota Sienna, we thought we’d detail some of the specs & features that still make the Swagger Wagon such a great option. For instance, it’s a lot more powerful than one might think. When people think of big power, they think of sports cars or muscle cars or even trucks, but the 2017 Toyota Sienna will be powered by a 3.5L V6 engine capable of doling out a whopping 296 horsepower. That’s a ton of power that will deliver an enjoyable driving experience every time you get behind the wheel.
But what are the two most important aspects of a minivan? Space and entertainment. You want to have enough space to fit the whole family and whatever they need to bring along, but you also want to make sure that your children remain entertained on longer trips. The 2017 Toyota Sienna provides 39.1 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the back row, which should be more than enough room to fit whatever you need to bring along, and there is plenty of space in the cabin for either 7 or 8 passenger depending on trim level.
As for the entertainment value, a 16.4” dual-view rear seat Blu-ray entertainment system is available in the back seat. Guaranteed to entertain your kids, it can either display one big screen or two separate pictures at the same time. On top of that, it has input that will allow them to plug in a game console and play on the go as well. With this kind of space and entertainment value, you’re going to have a great experience each time you hit the road.
Keep an eye on our blog for more updated information on when the 2017 Toyota Sienna will become available here in Canada.
The top-of-the-heap Limited AWD Sienna does it all. And does it well.
Pricing: 2016 Toyota Sienna
Base price (XLE AWD trim): $42,375
Options: $7,325 Limited Package
A/C tax: $100
Price as tested: $51,560
Toyota’s Sienna has long duked it out with Honda’s Odyssey over which is the best mini-van. Sure, in Canada Chrysler’s Grand Caravan typically sells four times as many vans, but rarely will you find someone who will argue in favour of the Grand Caravan’s superiority. It’s a value proposition and there’s plenty of demand for that. But when it comes to quality and reliability, the two Japanese manufacturers build a better van. And when it comes to resale, there’s simply no comparison. The Sienna, in current form, has been with us since 2010 (as a 2011 model). Mild evolutionary changes have come along since then, and I reviewed the most-loaded-up version you can buy. That’s the 7-seater XLE, with the Limited option package, with all-wheel drive.
The current Sienna’s styling that seemed so avant garde six years ago now feels quite benign. My review vehicle’s Pre-Dawn Grey Mica paint doesn’t help it stand out of the crowd either. But even if it isn’t as striking as it once was, the sleek, contoured lines are still stylish and the Sienna has aged well. Mine had meaty 235/55-sized rubber on nice 18-inch 10-spoke alloy rims.
If you want something slightly more dramatic, you can choose the SE model, which has a sportier body kit and 19-inch rims – not to mention “sport tuned” suspension and steering. It looks pretty cool and has earned itself the title “Swagger Wagon” amongst some drivers. That said, it can’t be loaded up as nicely as, say, my review van. Depends what you want and need, I guess.
Inside, Toyota’s use of materials are a mixed bag, with handsome stitched panels on the dash and plenty of hard plastics elsewhere throughout the cabin. It does look nice though, being a two-tone interior, and it’s a very pleasant place to be. All seating throughout the van is upholstered in premium leather. The front seats are heated and power-adjustable, and the driver’s seat has two memory positions. I found the seats very comfortable, even for a lengthy highway trip – but my wife simply couldn’t find a seating position that suited her.
The centre stack and dash is a bit of a busy place – you’ll find buttons for various functions all over the place, and at first it takes a bit of a search to find what you’re looking for. At the centre of the dash is Toyota’s 7-inch touchscreen which works well, feels quite responsive and makes for an intuitive user experience. It handles all the good stuff – navigation, your phone and the fantastic JBL sound system. It’s too bad the subwoofer is in the tailgate as its vibrations easily make their way to the front and rattle the rear-view mirror, even at lower sound levels. We really liked the well thought out tri-zone automatic climate control panel – it was easy to use and adjust for all three zones, which is more than I can say for most vehicles that have rear climate zones.
Nice touches include a front sunroof and the heated steering wheel, but we felt the driver assistance technology was a bit behind the curve – you only get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. At this price level, Toyota should be, at minimum, including dynamic cruise control and lane keeping alert/assist. Overall, the interior feels less modern than Honda’s Odyssey – but somehow, that’s not a bad thing. It all works quite nicely.
Second and Third Row Seats
Getting into the second row is obviously never an issue, thanks to the powered sliding doors. You can open and close them from a variety of places – overhead buttons at the front, grabbing the inside or outside handles on the door itself, a small button on the inside of the B-pillar at the front edge of the door or using the key fob.
The second row is spacious feeling, but I was surprised that there was not more head room. With that said, there was enough for me at 5’10”. The seats are extremely comfortable, and are adjustable via reclining and sliding functions. You’ll find huge tracks in the floor to slide the seats fore and aft. Speaking from personal experience, those tracks are magnets for every bit of dirt, grime, food and tiny pebbles that your family will track into the Sienna. That would be something to keep an eye on. There’s a rear climate control panel and excellent ceiling-ducted air-conditioning and the back of the centre console has a couple of flip-out cupholders as well as a household plug (thank you Toyota!).
We liked the bag hooks on the back of the front seats, which allowed us to set up garbage bags for our kids – perfect for road trips, and even everyday use.
Because the second row is a walk-through configuration, kids can get just head back that way – it’s a bit tight for an adult to squeeze to the back that way though. That’s not a problem though as the second row seats easily tip and then slide forward and out of the way. The third row has three seats, each with head rest and seat belt. I found the room to be adequate for adults. Headroom was just enough for me, and same goes for the leg room – but our kids were very happy back there. The outboard seats get cupholders and a lidded organizer bin (each of which contains a headphone plug and volume control knob). Our kids loved the airplane-style eyeball reading lights overhead – each of the four outboard seating positions in the two back rows gets one.
Rear seat entertainment is handled by a huge 16.4-inch screen – wide enough to be used as a split screen – that folds down out of the ceiling, conveniently blocking your rear-view mirror by the way. Inputs include a Blu-Ray player, an HDMI plug and a set of RCA inputs, in case you wanted to travel back in time and bring a VCR or something like that. You also get two sets of wireless headphones with this system. If you’re accommodating child seats, you’ll find a total of four sets of ISOFIX anchors – two in the second and two in the third row. All side windows in the second and third rows have manual sunshades, and there are powered rear vent windows. Rear passengers also get to enjoy the airiness that a large second sunroof adds – we loved that it opens just like the front one – an unexpected feature.
As you’d expect from a mini-van, there are a plethora of places to put your stuff. Toyota puts a huge, open rubberized bin on the floor ahead of the centre console, which we ended up using quite a bit. The console itself has a couple of cupholders (you can pop two more out of the centre stack), and a deep carpeted well under the armrest lid. You will also find dual glove compartments – the usual one, and one above it in the dash.
Pop the power tail gate and even with all seats in use, you get a large 1110 litre trunk. We loved the deep well behind the third row. There are tons of bag hooks, an organizer bin on one side and two power ports – a very convenient 120V household plug and a 12V plug as well. It is plenty of space – we did a long weekend road trip to a wedding with our family of five and we brought a sixth person, her luggage and a new puppy home (along with his kennel) – everything fit behind the third row. If that’s not enough space for you, you can always fold the third row flat into the well, making for a very large 2470 litre space. Something to note – folding the third row seats back up requires a significant effort on a pull handle, which flips the seats up and slings them forward and eventually locks them into place – it works but it’s not nearly as easy, slick or intuitive as in the Honda Odyssey.
And hey, if you feel like turning your van into a PokéStop, go ahead and take the second row out – you’ll be left with a cavernous 4250 litres of cargo space. Although I wouldn’t recommend luring people into a van, even if it’s in the name of Pokémon Go. It could look bad.
Under the Hood
There’s nothing new going on at the front. Toyota’s 3.5L V6 continues to soldier on, putting out 266 hp and 245 lb.ft of torque in this application. They’re still sticking with the 6-speed automatic transmission, and my vehicle had the all-wheel drive drivetrain. This has long been Toyota’s exclusive domain. If you want an all-wheel drive mini-van, you’re looking at Siennas and… Siennas. It all adds up though, making for a portly 2115 kg (4662 lb) van. Obviously nobody is going to expect stellar fuel economy from a 7-passenger all-wheel drive van. Toyota rates this configuration at 14.4 L/100 km (16 US mpg) in town and 10.2 L/100 km (23 US mpg) on the highway.
We ended up averaging 11.3 L/100 km (21 US mpg) during a just-over-1000 km week that included over 600 km on the highway. Of note, we were averaging around 130 km/h on the highway just to keep up with the Alberta long weekend traffic – my excuse is that we were trying to be on time for the wedding rehearsal. That’s the truth.
Get ready for an overdose on the word “smooth”. It applies to so much here. I found the Sienna’s acceleration to be fine, particularly around town. It has enough power to pull of things like passing on the highway, or pulling into traffic as well. It’s not a particularly fast vehicle, but that’s perfectly acceptable for this category. However you choose to drive it, it will accelerate smoothly – easing ahead from a stop, hammering on it to pass someone on the highway, you name it.
The transmission? Yes, it’s smooth. As you’d expect, it almost immediately hunts for a higher gear to save some fuel. That is perfectly fine for this vehicle, but if it irks you, you can avoid that by putting it in Sport mode. You can also shift gears manually using the gear selector.
Oh hey, let’s talk about the ride, since you’re probably wondering. I came up with a special word to describe it – smooth. Honestly, this thing is just a smooth operator all around. The suspension is beautifully sorted and it soaks up any hits, big or small, in town or on the highway. That’s an especially neat trick, since it sits on run-flat all-season tires, which are usually the cause behind a slappy, harsh ride. It even handles pretty well for a mini-van.
Parking the Sienna is a joy, thanks to the back-up camera, parking sensors all around and power-folding mirrors – and an astoundingly tight turning circle. Visibility out of the Sienna is very good – the one exception is the third-row headrests intruding on your rear view. If they’re not in use, they can be folded down. Night visibility was enhanced by the bright HID headlights.
Everything you’d expect from a mini-van is here – it’s spacious, comfortable, competent and luxurious in this trim. Yes, it is expensive, but it’s still less than a new Chrysler Pacifica (which isn’t available with all-wheel drive, may I add), and it is a proven vehicle. It should be reliable, resell for a relative fortune and do everything you ask of it for however long you own it.
WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) was very high. She always loved her mini-van, an Odyssey, and this one ranked equally high. She said it was very easy to drive and park, despite its size, and it was easy to use all the functions inside.
I found that the Sienna did everything well and if you’re in the market for a mini-van, I highly recommend taking one for a drive. It should be one of the top two on your shopping list.
Blog provided with permission from Tom Sedens, a local automotive blogger in Edmonton, Alberta, and member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). For more vehicle reviews, visit wildsau.ca.
Family-Friendly Features of the 2016 Toyota Sienna
When it comes time to buy a family car there’s a lot to consider, that’s why we love the family-friendly features of the 2016 Toyota Sienna. It seems that they have considered everything – and much of it comes standard!
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The 2016 Toyota Sienna was named the best 3-row minivan for families. Among the accolades it received were: aggressive styling, upscale interior, superb driving dynamics and an abundance of space and comfort. We’d like to tell you about all the features that we love – the little details that make it the perfect family-friendly vehicle.
The 2016 comes standard with heat-up mirrors. This means good visibility as you are driving, merging and passing in the winter. It doesn’t seem like a big detail but it does equal big safety.
This minivan also comes standard with a back-up camera. This is very important when you have children playing in the driveway, or maybe have left a bike or toy out. It’s another standard feature that is a big benefit to your family’s safety.
This car’s designers have thought of everything having to do with temperature, both inside and out. It has 3-zone climate control to keep everyone comfortable. It also has an outside temperature gauge so you know to get bundled up before stepping out into the cold, or to look for a shady spot to park if it’s a hot day in the summer. No more arguing with the kids about whether it’s cold outside, now you have proof!
Time in the car can be a great time for families to connect away from outside distractions. The conversation mirror lets the driver be a part of the conversation too. Or, if it’s a long ride and people need their own space, why not pop in a movie for the kids? While a touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth capability comes standard, you can always upgrade to add the rear-seat entertainment system that comes with two complimentary headsets.
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2016 Toyota Sienna Concept Cars in One Lap of America Race
As we’ve mentioned multiple times in the past, minivans aren’t quite as popular as they once were, but Toyota has been working hard in several different ways to increase that popularity with the Toyota Sienna. From the #SwaggerWagon videos, to the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, and now by sending two 2016 Toyota Sienna concept cars to the One Lap of America Race. The race is a huge tour across the United States, and Toyota has decided to give everyone the unexpected, by modifying a couple of Sienna minivans to participate in the race.
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“I’ve always loved this race, and this was the perfect opportunity for us to challenge perceptions… we’re already seeing a huge increase in the number of Millennials buying minivans. Toyota started the whole ‘Swagger Wagon’ phenomenon with Sienna, and our recent Sienna REAL Performance program took that swagger to a whole new level. This is going to be one epic adventure, and I think we just may shock some people along the way.”
– Kibo Kitahama, National Manager of Vehicle Marketing and Communications, Toyota Motor Co.
What are the Toyota Sienna Concept Cars?
The first 2016 Toyota Sienna concept car that will be entered into the One Lap of America race is the R-Tuned model that Toyota introduced last year at the SEMA Show. It is powered by a stock engine and automatic transmission, but updated it with performance upgrades to make it a beast on the track.
The other concept has never been seen before, and will be known as the Sienna SE +. Painted black with yellow accents, the SE + was upgraded with tons of appearance additions like two-tone roof rails and a spoiler extension. Its performance has been updated by several enhancements, including 19” wheels and Pirelli P Zero tires.
The two vans will compete in the Truck/SUV class and Exhibition class respectively, as the race takes them around the US in 8 days. Those 8 days will be spent not only in the 17 timed races, but racing around to the different locations throughout the day and night. We’re excited to see how these souped-up Sienna models do in the race, and will update you if we hear anything further.
2016 Toyota Sienna Specs & Features
While the amount of minivans on the market has steadily been decreasing over the past several years, they are still one of the best options for growing families in need of a bigger vehicle. Crossovers are great too, but when you have a minivan with as much style, as impressive specifications and as many features as Toyota’s Swagger Wagon, then a minivan no longer seems like such a hard choice. That’s why we thought we’d tell you about some of the 2016 Toyota Sienna specs & features today, to give you an even better understanding of just what makes the Swagger Wagon so great.
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“The Toyota Sienna is a minivan like no other – delivering all the practical needs that busy Canadians demand, plus great styling and surprisingly dynamic performance [that] drivers are sure to love,” stated the Vice President of Toyota Canada Inc., Larry Hutchinson. We thought we’d look at three areas in particular that make the 2016 Toyota Sienna the perfect family vehicle: space, safety and rear-seat entertainment.
Of course it is important to have space when the majority of your time will be spent carting around multiple passengers and, likely, all of the stuff that comes with them. Luckily, the 2016 Toyota Sienna has plenty of both in its cabin. With seats for up to 8 passengers and plenty of room for them to stretch out, you can certainly fit a growing family inside. And behind the back seat, you’ll have an extra 39 cu. ft. of space to fill with cargo. That’s plenty of space, both for passengers and cargo!
Fuel Economy Ratings
Minivans aren’t quite as big as utility vehicles, but they are bigger than cars so they aren’t quite as efficient as sedans or coupes. The Sienna, however, still have commendable fuel efficiency as it is able to achieve 13 l/100km through the city, and 9.5 l/100km on the highway. That’s certainly better than bigger people-movers like the Toyota Sequoia or anything similar.
Finally, the 2016 Toyota Sienna also includes the patented Star Safety System present in all Toyota vehicles. It is what ensures the safety of both the driver and passengers alike, combining things like a number of airbags, child protection features and even six advanced, driver-assistive safety features designed to enhance confidence behind the wheel.
So as you can see, the 2016 Toyota Sienna makes a great choice for young, growing families. If you have any further questions about this model – or any other for that matter – don’t hesitate to give us a call at the sales desk.
This one goes out to all you minivan families out there who get a Sienna for space, but fill it with your family’s swagger…