Among affordable cars, the 2017 Toyota Sienna is an excellent choice for families who need the versatility and practicality of a minivan. The 2017 Sienna is still relatively new, so you get a reliable auto you can drive for years to come and most of the recent features. Since it is a used auto, you will save at least several thousand dollars over what the Sienna cost when new.
Under the Hood
The 2017 model year of the Toyota Sienna got direct injection on the 3.5-liter V6 engine plus an 8-speed automatic. This upped the horsepower to 296 horses while also improving fuel economy. The ratings of 22 mpg combined with front-wheel-drive models or 20 mpg with all-wheel drive make driving the Sienna daily affordable, particularly for a minivan. The V6 is powerful enough to let the Sienna minivan perform admirably. It can easily get up to highway speeds and can stop quickly with responsive steering to help you avoid collisions. One of the big standout features of the Sienna in terms of performance is the available all-wheel drive. You will not find this on any other 2017 minivan.
Interior Seating and Cargo
The interior of the Toyota Sienna is very spacious as well as comfortable, with even adults doing fine in the rear seats. Most 2017 Siennas have bench seats for the second row. However, you can also find a model with captain’s chairs instead. If you keep the bench seat, it can slide to maximize cargo or third-row space. It also has a removable section you can stow in the cargo space to make it easier to get to the third row or make room for a tray and cupholder.
The only downside of the second row is that the seats do not fold flat although they do still fold. Even so, you can enjoy 37.1 cubic feet for cargo with all seats occupied or 150 cubes with the second and third rows removed. There are also many small storage spaces throughout the cabin, such as the side and map pockets, deep center console, and twin glove boxes.
The Sienna is well-equipped, with all models getting at least three-zone climate control, a 6.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a 3.5-inch driver information display. You can also enjoy a 7-inch touchscreen, leather seating, a larger driver information display, a rear-entertainment system, and Driver Easy Speak.
Anyone who wants a family-friendly vehicle will make safety a priority, and the 2017 Toyota Sienna delivers peace of mind in this respect. The Sienna earned multiple “Good” crash test scores from the IIHS, except for an “Acceptable” for the small-overlap front crash test. The NHTSA gave the Sienna a 5-star overall score, which does include four stars for both front-crash and rollover safety. Every single Sienna comes standard with side curtain airbags, a driver-side knee bag, and a rearview camera. It also offers four positions to install child car seats with the LATCH system. Other available safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, and rear cross-traffic alert.