Minivans have been making a strong comeback in recent years. No longer is this vehicle solely looked at as a ‘soccer mom’ car. Newer models are more stylish than ever before. They’re also still possessing the functionality and respectable prices which made them popular entities in the first place. As it pertains to the class of 2018, the Toyota Sienna is breaking the mold as a fantastic minivan. With high marks across the board, many are excited about this year’s model.
As seen on Toyota.com, there are four configurations to choose from: L ($28,444), LE ($31,136), SE ($33,485), and XLE ($36,990). This vehicle is equipped with rather decent fuel economy. It gets 19 miles-per-gallon in city driving, and 27 miles-per-gallon on the highway. Performance wise, each car has a 3.5-Liter V-6 DOHC 24-Valve (includes 296 HP). When needed, the car can shift into an eight-speed automatic transmission. When compared to fellow peers in its class, the 2018 Toyota Sienna is among the best with both engine power and fuel economy metrics. Duly, the car is powerful enough to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Generally speaking, the exterior of the 2018 Toyota is understated yet brilliantly sharp. It retains the traditional look of the typical minivan — though it has received an updated appearance across the board. From an interior standpoint, the cabin can comfortably fit eight people with plenty of room to spare. This is one of the most attractive aspects of the 20018 Toyota Sienna.
Every model includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth capabilities, three-zone automatic climate control, a rear-view camera, five USB ports, navigation, and a plethora of safety measures. For enhanced costs, one could opt for a 10-speaker sound system, HD/satellite radio, a dual-pane moon roof, and dual power-sliding doors. The infotainment screen in particular is quite easy to use.
When further compared to its peers, there’s no question the 2018 Toyota Sienna holds plenty of value in regards to cargo space. With every row positioned in its upright spot, the car holds 39.1 cubic-feet of space. With the third-row folded down, it goes to 87.1 cubic-feet. When both the second and third rows are folded into the floor, an eye-popping 150 feet is available. For a family consistently transporting equipment for sports or school, this option is highly intriguing.
Safety wise, the IIHS offered the 2018 Toyota Sienna “GOOD” marks on four of its five major safety categories. Additionally, the NHTSA gave 4-star marks for frontal crash and rollover. To further assist with safety measures, standard aspects of the car include lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system (with pedestrian detection).
All in all, there’s a lot to like about the 2018 Toyota Sienna. From a functionality standpoint, the spacious interior plus above-average cargo works tremendously well when transporting a large group of people — or even items.
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