2013 Toyota Sienna Performance
Most reviewers are pleased with the performance of the 2013 Toyota Sienna. They report that it has ample power and benign handling. However, it isn't as fun to drive as vans like the Honda Odyssey or Mazda5.
- "After driving the whole lineup, including the sport tuned SE, we were impressed with the Sienna's composed road manners and surprising performance." -- Autoblog (2011)
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Toyota Sienna is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 266 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Sienna gets an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. The Sienna used to offer a four-cylinder engine, but for 2013 the V6 is standard across the line.
Reviewers are impressed with the Sienna's engine, saying it has plenty of power. They also say the transmission delivers smooth, well-timed shifts.
- "The V6 is strong and smooth, even with the added weight of all-wheel drive. The transmission delivers prompt, smooth shifts." -- Consumer Guide
- "We've long been impressed with the Sienna's V6, which has the juice to deliver lively acceleration whether you're bopping around town running errands or swiftly getting up to cruising speed on the freeway. The smart six-speed automatic does a great job at keeping the thrust on tap, yet the combination still manages to provide respectable fuel mileage provided one isn't too heavy on the throttle." -- Edmunds
Handling and Braking
Like most minivans, the best reviewers can say about the 2013 Sienna's handling is that it's inoffensive. They report that when you push the Sienna, its size and weight become obvious. However, they also say that on the highway and around town, the Sienna is comfortable, quiet and smooth, which is what most minivan buyers are looking for. The Sienna is the only minivan to offer available all-wheel-drive.
- "Sienna's handling is about what you'd expect from a minivan. Body lean is moderate in fast turns. The steering feels fine, if a bit over-assisted. The SE's sport suspension helps a bit here, providing a bit more stability at higher speeds. The turning radius is reasonably tight, only really hampered by the vehicle's sheer length." -- Consumer Guide
- "The 2013 Toyota Sienna's ride quality is plush, and handling is competent in all versions. The SE's recalibrated suspension helps it provide more agile handling with a somewhat firmer (though still comfortable) ride quality. The steering is typical Toyota, meaning precise if somewhat numb, though the SE offers a meatier feel to the steering action." -- Edmunds