- Seats seven or eight passengers
- V-6 power only (four-cylinder engine dropped in 2013)
- IIHS Top Safety Pick
The 2014 Toyota Sienna provides reliable, comfortable transportation with plenty of options to keep kids happy on trips both short and long.
Minivan shoppers have a unique set of criteria unique compared to shoppers for other types of vehicles. Factors like seating, cargo space, and utility take precedence over things like style and horsepower. Thankfully, the 2014 Sienna delivers on all of these fronts in a tidy package that has been designed with families in mind.
The Sienna looks like, well, a minivan. There’s only so much you can do with a minivan’s shape/proportions and Toyota has added creases to the hood and sides in an attempt to invoke some visual sharpness which helps. Even compared to most minivans, the Sienna is a little bit short-nosed in appearance; it perpetually looks like it ate something slightly sour. 18-, 19-, and 20-inch wheels are available, and power sliding doors and a power liftgate are optional.
Under the hood, the Sienna offers one engine/transmission combination, a 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 245 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The Sienna has EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 18/25 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive, and 16/23 mpg city/highway with all-wheel.
The Sienna splits its features over five trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. Seating for seven is standard thanks to a pair of second row captain’s chairs, but can be expanded to eight with an optional second row center seat that is removable and can be stored in a nook behind the third row. When needed, the Sienna can transition easily from transporting people to cargo. The third row folds completely into the floor to make a flat cargo floor and the second row seats can be removed, to give a maximum storage capacity of 150 cubic feet.
Standard features in the Sienna include cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and an auxiliary audio input for the stereo. The Sienna can also be outfitted with a slew of tech options, such as a navigation system, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, iPod/USB port, and the Entune app suite which connects to your smartphone. Our favorite option is the extra wide rear flip-down screen that can actually split between two different inputs, so the kids don’t have to fight over control of the screen.
For family vehicles like the Sienna safety is a paramount concern. Thankfully, the Sienna delivers when it comes to safety, earning a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, side curtain airbags for all three rows, and active front head restraints. Optional safety technology includes a backup camera, blindspot warning system, and adaptive cruise control.