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Sophisticated Functionality: 2018 Toyota Sienna Minivan

With state-of-the-art features and rewarding driving dynamics, the 2018 Toyota Sienna minivan is configured for seven- or eight-passenger seating. The Sienna is available in five conveniently configured grades: L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. The Toyota Sienna family van enters the 2018 model year with a freshened face, quieter cabin, new Entune multimedia systems as well as a larger lower grille and larger fog light compartments, plus sculpted lower rocker panels from the SE.

The Sienna is a powerful cruiser with the D-4S direct-injection 3.5L V6 engine bolted to a Direct Shift – 8AT eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive with active torque control is available for the LE, XLE, and Limited trim levels, providing an important all-weather traction advantage that is not found in any other family van.

With its unitized body with anti-vibration sub-frame, MacPherson front and torsion beam rear suspension and Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Sienna delivers a solid, direct on-road feel. The SE grade adds stylish projector-beam headlights, LED daytime running lamps (DRL) and smoke-look trim to the Sienna formula. Its sportiness goes beyond just looks, though: it rides atop a sport-tuned suspension and exclusive 19-inch wheels and tires. The combination of sportier underpinnings and footwear sharpens the 8-passenger van’s handling on twisty roads.

Inside the passenger cabin, the Sienna remains at heart an exemplary people-mover, offering an expansive cabin that’s comfortable for up to eight passengers (or seven with the available second-row captain’s chair seating). Stow the Sienna’s third row seats and remove the second row to open up a cavernous amount of available cargo space, all easily accessible from the wide, dual sliding doors. Power liftgate comes standard on SE, XLE and Limited grades. The Sienna can even carry 4x8-ft. sheets of plywood.

The available seven-seat configuration features second-row captain’s chairs that slide 23 inches rearward to reveal enormous legroom. Or, if young children are riding along, drivers can position the second row of seats closer to the first row to ease their access to child passengers.

On eight-passenger models, the second-row center seat can be removed and stowed in the left side of the rear-storage area, leaving a cup holder and storage tray between the two remaining seats. Regardless of cabin configuration, all second-row seats provide easy access to the third row.

With the Tip Up and Long Slide feature, the seats can be easily moved forward and back on extended rails, adjusting room as needed for passengers or cargo. Sliding the second-row seats all the way to the rear creates a walk-in aisle, making it easier to enter, exit, install a child seat, or place a child in a seat. Storage bins, spaces, and cup holders galore are on every Sienna grade.

The 60/40 Split and Stow third-row seat folds flat with one motion and is made even easier in the Limited FWD model with its power seat lowering and raising functions. Even with the third-row seats in use, the Sienna still possesses enough cargo capacity to hold five golf bags or four large suitcases. Handy grocery hooks in both rows add storage convenience. Roof rack crossbars are available for even more cargo carrying possibilities.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 119.3; overall length: 200.6; width: 78.1; height: 68.9
All vehicle measurements are in inches

Engine: 3.5L V6 – 296 hp at 6,600 rpm and 263 lbs-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm.
Transmission: eight-speed ECT automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 3.5L V6 – 19 city/27 hwy, (FWD), 18 city/24 hwy. (AWD).
Cargo capacity: 150.0 cubic feet
Payload capacity: 1,380 lbs.
Towing capacity: 3,500 lbs.

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, driver’s knee airbag, dual all-row side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, smart stop technology, enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, Entune 3.0 Audio with Connected Navigation, daytime running lights, automatic headlamps, automatic power door locks, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer, integrated backup camera, battery-saver feature, and side-impact beams. SE adds front wide-angle fog lamps, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, Driver Easy Speak, and Smart Key System with push button start. SE Premium adds blind spot warning indicators and rear cross traffic alert. XLE Premium adds rear parking assist sonar. Limited adds front/rear parking assist sonar.

Limited Premium adds high-intensity discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights and rain-sensing washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers.
Optional safety features include: Safety Connect, Bird’s Eye View monitor and Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation.

Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile
Powertrain: 5-year/60,000 mile
Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited
Roadside Assistance: 2-year/25,000 mile 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Toyota Sienna minivan starts at $30,850 for the Sienna L FWD upto $48,715 for the Sienna Limited AWD. Destination charges add $1,045.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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