While minivans have fallen out of favor with some consumers, thanks to the popularity of car-like crossover SUVs, the 2013 Toyota Sienna convinces people you can teach an old dog new tricks. With five trim levels that all offer cool, sculptured bodywork, the latest Sienna is light years ahead of last generation's bland, undistinctive van.
The five trim levels for the 2013 Sienna include Base, L, SE, LE, XLE and Limited. Depending on the trim level, the Sienna can offer 7- or 8-passenger accommodations. All trims offer an edgy interior that may be the best in class in terms of style and layout, but if you're interested in options like the dual-pane sunroof that can be operated individually, the Base model might not cut it.
The mid-level trim, or Sienna SE, offers a great combination of stylish sporty looks thanks to a factory body kit, lowered suspension and special instrumentation, providing many standard interior appointments, as well. However, if the body kit is a little much, take a look at the LE trim, as it offers 8-passenger seating, iPod/USB/Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch split screen video system in the back seat, second-row recliners and a backup camera.
The only engine and transmission available for the 2013 Sienna is the 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard for all trims, but all-wheel drive is available on the LE, XLE and Limited trim Siennas -- adding $2,550 to the tab and decreasing fuel economy both in the city and on the highway.
Prices for the 2013 Sienna Base start at around $26,500, while the top-of-the-line Limited is around $40,000. Many minivans compete directly with the Sienna, including the recently redesigned Honda Odyssey, which offers a lot of luxury amenities, or the value-priced Kia Sedona, which has plenty of room for everyone. Crossovers pose competition of their own, as well.
Minivans may be yesterday's trend to some buyers, but the 2013 Toyota Sienna, especially the SE trim, has given this segment new life and luster. It begs the question, why doesn't everyone have a minivan?