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MSRP: $26,920 - $41,710
Invoice: $24,900 - $38,373
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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Toyota Sienna Interior

Reviewers love the 2014 Toyota Sienna’s ample cargo space, roomy, comfortable three-row seating and intuitive controls. Some test drivers think that the Sienna’s interior styling is dynamic, while others say it’s uninspired. Many reviewers write that the Sienna’s cabin is built with more hard plastics than they’d like.

  • "From the driver's seat, the Sienna's dashboard definitely has some verve. Look at the diagonal line that splits the center stack, for example, or the stylized gauge faces. We're not used to seeing such flourishes in a minivan. Materials quality is just okay, but at least the textures are interesting -- and that diagonal line gives the optional wood trim a very distinctive shape." -- AutoTrader
  • "Driver ergonomics is good, but the dash is rather bland and plastic parts are prominent." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Design-wise, the interior tries hard to be trendy with unique instruments and a sweep of contrasting trim on the dashboard, but some materials look and feel downmarket. The available imitation wood trim isn't fooling anyone, either." -- Left Lane News
  • "Lower trim levels of the Sienna are attractively decked out with high-quality fabric upholstery, while higher-end models get leather along with faux-wood cabin accents. Some of the plastics feel a bit downmarket, though, while others -- such as the intentionally rough-textured plastic on the dash -- are just plain odd. Seating is plush, there's abundant space for storage and the Sienna's controls are user-friendly." -- Edmunds (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Toyota Sienna seats up to eight people in three rows and comes with cloth upholstery. Optional features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, built-in second- and third-row sunshades and second-row lounge chairs, which recline and feature a built-in foot rest. Test drivers say that the front seats are comfortable, although one critic thinks that the front seats in the Honda Odyssey are more supportive. Reviewers write that the second-row captain’s chairs and third-row seats are very roomy and comfortable. One test driver thinks that the Sienna’s third-row seats are especially comfortable when compared with those found in a three-row SUV. However, the Sienna does have less legroom in the rear rows than the Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest.

  • "The Sienna's front seats provide satisfactory support on long trips, though they do make us miss the superior chairs in the Honda Odyssey." -- AutoTrader
  • "Third-row passenger room is commendable but, as with the second row, legroom is less than that of the Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Sienna has room aplenty on comfortable seats." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "We positioned ourselves [in the third row] for a spell and have to say, this is where minivans shine. Compared to a third row in an SUV, we wouldn't have nearly as many reservations about riding back there on long trips. Heck, the seats even recline now and getting to that comfy bench is a whole lot easier thanks to the new second row Tip-Up and Long-Slide feature." -- Autoblog (2011)

Interior Features

The Toyota Sienna comes standard with tri-zone climate control and a four-speaker audio system with an auxiliary jack. Optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, power-sliding rear doors, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, dual moonroofs and a 10-speaker JBL sound system. Navigation with a touch-screen display and Toyota’s Entune system is also available. Entune can connect with your smartphone and deliver features like Bing Internet searches and Pandora Internet radio, which are accessible from the Sienna’s touch-screen display.

Reviewers say the Sienna has lots of user-friendly features and simple controls. Many auto writers focus on the rear-seat entertainment system, which they say offers good picture and sound quality and can be helpful on long trips. Test drivers say the touch-screen navigation system is straightforward, though it is slow to respond to user inputs at times.

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  • "Still, the controls are user-friendly, and an optional dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system can help make road trips fly by." -- Left Lane News
  • "On the electronics front, the Sienna's available navigation system includes Entune, a suite of smartphone-connected services that includes features like the Bing search engine, Pandora streaming radio, real-time traffic, sports and stock information. The touchscreen interface is pretty easy to use, but sometimes the virtual buttons' delayed response to touch inputs can be frustrating." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • “This 16.4-inch LCD panel pivots down from the headliner and can show two different programs simultaneously. ... A DVD player lives in the dash, RCA inputs are scattered around the car, and wireless headphones are available at extra cost. Twin third-row headphone jacks are standard. Everything works well, is intuitive to operate, and offers decent resolution and audio quality." -- Jalopnik (2011)

Cargo

The 2014 Toyota Sienna has 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, which expands to 87.1 and 150 cubic feet behind the second and first rows, respectively. That's more overall cargo space than what most vans in the class offer. Reviewers like how easy it is to fold the Sienna's third-row seat into the floor to increase cargo capacity. However, the Sienna’s second-row seats have to be removed to expand cargo space. Competitors like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country offer second-row seats that fold flat into the floor. Still, test drivers say the Sienna has plenty of cargo space, as well as ample cabin storage space for smaller items.

  • "There is plenty of room for passengers and cargo in the 2014 Toyota Sienna." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Small-items storage is ample, highlighted by two large glove boxes and, on most models, a generously sized center console." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Second-row seats fold and slide all the way forward but still don't fold down into the floor. Removing and carrying them is not hard -- if you can find a place to stow them outside the vehicle, or course." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
  • "As in all minivans and most crossovers, the Sienna's third row folds flat into the floor. It's easier to do than in the Odyssey - ironic, given Honda was one of the pioneers of stow-in-the-floor third rows; on the Sienna Limited, it powers down with the push of a button." -- Cars.com (2011)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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