Like the sedan market, the minivan market is on the decline; it is, in fact, declining at a faster pace than the saloon market. Manufacturers such as Ford, Mazda, Chevrolet, and Hyundai have already pulled out. Toyota recognizes that the minivan market is declining and will probably never as many units of the model as it did in 2005. However, the automaker hopes to take advantage and improve the sedan’s market share as there are now fewer competitors. The 2019 model is an upgrade of the current model meaning changes are minimal. The 2019 Toyota Sienna continues with its boxy look, but the automaker has tried to make it more aggressive. The minivan is still available in 5 trims which are L and LE on the lower end, mid SE and XLE and the Limited trim on the upper end.
2019 Toyota Sienna Exterior
The exterior changes are minimal as a new generation of the Sienna minivan is expected for the 2020 model year. The minivan keeps its pronounced front fascia which was slightly reworked last year unchanged. The grille looks much bigger which gives the Sienna look sportier. There are additional lower lockers and bigger fog lights.
The exterior is offered in three colors: Alumina Jade Metallic, Parisian Night Pearl, and Toasted Walnut Pearl. Other than these changes, everything else carries over unchanged. Most of the changes are unnoticeable to the untrained eye making it difficult for most enthusiasts to tell the difference between the new and the outgoing models.
The 2019 Toyota Sienna does not have any major changes inside the cabin. However, the automaker is set to offer the new model with Apple CarPlay, a first for the minivan (Toyota is currently adding the app to different models in its lineup). However, the automaker’s Entune infotainment system will not support Android Auto for now. Also, the model gets privacy glass as a standard feature for all models. 4G LTE will continue to be optional for lower trims and standard for top grades.
The TSS (Toyota Safety Sense) 2.0 suite of driver assist systems is standard. The system features automatic emergency braking, auto high beams, and lane departure warning. The upgraded system for 2019 model year adds lane keep assist as part of the lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control (at all speeds), road sign detection and cross traffic alert.
The 2019 Sienna can “swallow” up to 8 passengers and still leave room for plenty of cargo making it a go-to car for large families who cannot afford a large crossover. It is also used by business people such as marketing companies who need to haul their personnel and cargo regularly.
Power sliding double rear doors, tri-zone climate control, power moonroof, keyless entry, tri-zone climate control, leather seats, heated seats and steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and satellite radio are optional for lower trims but standard for top trims.
Engine and performance
The Sienna minivan is motivated by a single V-6 gasoline engine with a displacement of 3.6 liters. The V-6 mill produces 296 hp (an improvement of 30 hp) and 263 lb-ft of torque. The engine utilizes an 8-speed automatic gearbox and buyers can have it either in FWD or AWD. With FWD, the engine returns 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on highway drives while with AWD the minivan returns 18 mpg and 24 mpg on town and highway drives respectively.
The power hike enables the new model to accelerate to 60 mph in only 7 seconds. There are rumors the automaker will offer a hybrid drive-train that pairs the V-6 mill with an electrical motor backed by a17.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. The drive-train will produce around 300 hp and the car will have an all-electric range of around 36 miles.
Price and release date
Sales of the Sienna will likely commence in August or September; the automaker will release prices of the model sometimes in July but our best bet is that Toyota will keep the price unchanged due to the heavy competition in the segment. Thus, the base model will start at around $30,000 while a fully-equipped Sienna Limited Platinum may fetch close to $50,000.