COMPARISON: 2017 Toyota Sienna – Does the Family Hauler Stack Up?

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Minivans aren’t the coolest cars out there, but they’re still a favorite with families. It’s hard not to love the convenience of sliding door, lots of seating, and the ability to quickly reconfigure the interior for cargo instead of passengers.

There are five different Sienna models from which to choose, starting with the base L at $29,750 and moving up to the Limited at $42,800. That starting price makes it affordable for families on a tight budget, while the Limited offers every amenity you could want in your minivan.

Looking for a Toyota Sienna? Check out BestRide’s listings here.

This includes things like dual power sliding doors, power tilt/slide moonroof, heated leather-trimmed front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, and three-zone automatic climate control. There’s also the coveted rear-seat entertainment system and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system.

The Limited includes Entune Premium JBL audio with a seven-inch, high-resolution touchscreen, navigation, AM/FM/CD/MP3, SiriusXM, HD Radio, and the Entune App Suite. It’s a fully-featured system that keeps you connected and entertained whether it’s a road trip for the holidays or a trip across town to drop the kids off for practice.

There’s also plenty of cargo room with seating for up to eight passengers or seven passengers with available captain’s chairs. These feature a pass-through to the third row so it’s easier to hand things all the way back.

Under the hood is a 296-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine that helps prove minivans don’t have to be boring. It’s paired to a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission that helps keep the ride quiet and composed even if you’re frazzled trying to keep up with your day.

There are some other big players in the minivan market, so let’s take a look and see how the 2017 Toyota Sienna fares against the competition.

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2017 Toyota Sienna Limited AWD

Performance
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 296
Torque: 263 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Front Headroom: w/without dual moonroof 39.1/41.0
Front Legroom: 40.5
Middle Headroom: w/without dual moonroof 38.0/39.7
Middle Legroom: 37.6
Rear Headroom: w/without dual moonroof 35.9/38.3
Rear Legroom: 36.3

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Behind First Row: second row removed/folded 150.0/117.8
Behind Second Row: 87.1
Behind Third Row: 39.1

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 18
Highway: 20

Pricing: $48,250

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Full

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Performance
Engine: 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower: 287
Torque: 262 lb-ft
Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Front Headroom: w/without sunroof 38.4/40.1
Front Legroom: 41.1
Middle Headroom: w/without sunroof 38.0/39.6
Middle Legroom: 39.0
Rear Headroom: 38.7
Rear Legroom: 36.5

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Behind First Row: 140.5
Behind Second Row: 87.5
Behind Third Row: 32.3

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 18
Highway: 28

Pricing: $42,495

2016 Honda Odyssey

2016 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

Performance
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 248
Torque: 250 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Front Headroom: 38.3
Front Legroom: 40.9
Middle Headroom: 39.4
Middle Legroom: 40.9
Rear Headroom: 38.0
Rear Legroom: 42.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Behind First Row: 148.5
Behind Second Row: 93.1
Behind Third Row: 38.4

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 19
Highway: 28

Pricing: $45,025

2017 Sorento
2017 Sorento

2016 Kia Sorento SXL V6

Performance
Engine: 3.3-liter V6
Horsepower: 290
Torque: 252 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Front Headroom: 39.5
Front Legroom: 44.1
Middle Headroom: 39.3
Middle Legroom: 39.4
Rear Headroom: 36.3
Rear Legroom: 31.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Behind First Row: 73.0
Behind Second Row: 38.0
Behind Third Row: 11.3

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 17
Highway: 23

Pricing: $44,590

If cargo capacity is your priority, then it’s hard to beat the Sienna. Once you remove the second row it has more room for cargo than any of its competitors. Even if you’re using that second row for passengers, the Sienna still has ample room for cargo behind the second and third rows.

Where the Sienna lags behind is fuel economy.The Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey post an impressive 28 mpg city while the Sienna can only muster 20 mpg.

On passenger room, it’s a bit of a toss up. The Sienna falls in the middle, with headroom that varies depending on whether or not you opt for the moonroof. The Odyssey is a standout if your want rear legroom, so consider that carefully if you’ll often have a car full of adults and not just kids.

The 2017 Toyota Sienna, what Toyota calls the Swagger Wagon, has plenty of swagger. Nice amenities and competitive pricing make it an attractive choice. Although not a standout on fuel economy, it’s a superior choice for those who will be packing it full of cargo and a strong contender in the minivan marketplace.

Looking for a Toyota Sienna? Check out BestRide’s listings here.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin