2018 Toyota Sienna

It is only last year that Toyota hooked up the Sienna with a powerful mill. Toyota is at again, now giving the 2018 Toyota Sienna a visual upgrade both inside and out. The Toyota Sienna is among the best-selling minivans in the U.S.; however, the model has been losing ground to the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica models due to its lack of visual upgrades. The automaker hopes the new updates will reclaim its lost ground. The model will be on display at the New York Auto Show next month.

2018 Toyota Sienna

2018 Toyota Sienna Exterior

We have to wait for a little longer to see a new generation of the Sienna as Toyota has only upgraded some visual aspect of the Sienna for the 2018 model year. The new upgrades make it look more attractive.  Toyota has greatly transformed the front fascia whereby the previous hood has been replaced by a more muscular piece with a pair of centerlines that almost touch each other close to the snout. Designers also shifted the Toyota emblem to the grille. Below the grille is a new, prominent air dam with a new mesh design. There are also new square-shaped fog lights that are slightly recessed into the fascia.

On the sides, there are new side skirts that add a dose of character.  SE trim models get a laminated front windshield while the Limited trim models feature a new acoustic side glass on the front row. These features help reduce noise as well as vibration.

At the rear, the taillights have adopted an American look where the top part is clear and the lower part is red in color. Other features are carried over unchanged.  Toyota will offer new exterior color options; they are Alumina Jade Metallic, Parisian Night Pearl and Toasted Walnut Pearl.

Interior

Most of the interior features in the outgoing model will carry over. The seats and door panels are carried over. The Sienna is available with 3 rows; the second row of seats comprises of captain seats that can roll forward to expand cargo space upon folding flat the third-row seats. The 2018 model gets 5 USB ports spread out between the three row of seats to enhance infotainment connectivity and phone charging. The rear-seat entertainment function adds a streaming capability for Android while the Limited trim has an option for a Bird’s Eye View monitor.

All models feature the latest version of the Entune 3.0 infotainment system with navigation and an apps suite. Specifically, the L, LE, SE, as well as the XLE trims, get Moving Maps and a Navigation Scout GPS Link. The LE, SE and XLE trims add Entune Audio Plus with Wi-Fi Connect that supports 5 devices on the 4GLTE hotspot. An Entune 3.0 Premium JBL sound system is optional on SE and XLE trims and is standard on the Limited trim. It adds Destination Assist and Dynamic Navigation. The system has a 10.1-inch subwoofer, Clar-Fi software and 9 speakers.

Toyota is committed to the safety of its customers and to show its commitment, the automaker has made the TSS-P suite standard on all models. It features a radar-based dynamic cruise control, pre-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams and lane departure warning along with pedestrian detection.

Engine and performance

There are no new engines as the Sienna carries over with the same mills as the outgoing model. The engines received a comprehensive upgrade for the 2017 model year.  Therefore, the model still features a 3.6 L, V-6 engine that produces 296 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque.

The mill is paired with an 8-speed transmission system. Although it’s offered in the 2WD drive as standard, AWD is available. The model can hit 60 mph from a standstill in around 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph. The model is yet to receive EPA ratings but d I expect a slight improvement over the outgoing model’s 19 mpg, 27 mpg and 20 mpg in city, highway and combined drives respectively for 2WD models and 18 mpg, 24 mpg and 20 mpg in city, highway and combined drives respectively for AWD models.

Price and release date

Toyota will probably announce the price of the 2018 Sienna at the upcoming New York Auto Show next month. Because nothing much has changed, I expect the automaker to maintain the current model’s price which starts at $29,750. Sales will commence later this year.

Competition

In the U.S. market, the 2018 Toyota Sienna will face most rivalry from the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey.

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