Although isn’t as popular as was earlier, minivan segment is still pretty popular. After all, regardless of the fact how good are, crossovers will never beat minivans in their basic purpose. Okay, some SUVs can accommodate the same number of passengers, but the level of comfort can’t be compared. Plus, minivans provide significantly more cargo. Anyway, one of the biggest names in the segment is Toyota’s Sienna. The vehicle has been around for quite a time, so the car manufacturer decided to boost both styling and performance of its fast-selling model. The refreshed 2018 Toyota Sienna has been introduced already. Because of that, we know pretty much everything about the minivan.
2018 Toyota Sienna: Engine and Fuel Economy
The Japanese car manufacturer will offer the 2018 Sienna with a single engine option. The vehicle features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 296 horsepower to either front- or all four wheels. The new engine produces around 30 ponies over the predecessor. Since the engine stays paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, there won’t be any fuel economy changes. By using front wheels only, the 2018 Toyota Sienna will be rated at 19 mpg city, 27 highway, 22 combined. Of course, the all-wheel-drive model gets a bit lower result (18/24/20). We have to admit that we were expecting the 2018 Toyota Sienna Hybrid as well. That would be pretty clever move, especially now when Chrysler introduced the Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid minivan. However, it’s highly possible to see some kind of hybrid in two years.
Interior and Exterior Changes
Inside, the 2018 Sienna has received several pretty important updates. Aside it has five USB ports spread through all three rows the minivan also features an updated rear-seat entertainment system. From now on, the vehicle has the streaming capability for Android devices and a standard Entune 3.0 entertainment system, which comes with App Suite Connect. No, there will be no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you will have to be satisfied with App Suite Connect. The refreshed Sienna will also get a standard navigation for L, LE, SE and XLE trims, while there is an optional JBL audio system with a 10.1-inch subwoofer.
Toyota’s design department made a number of changes on the exterior as well. The 2018 Toyota Sienna appears to have Camry’s bumper and totally redesigned headlights. In addition, the side skirts from the SE model will be standard for all trim levels, which are really great news. The front end also sports a bit lowered and a larger grille, as well as bigger fog lights. Plus, you can pick between three totally new exterior colors: Toasted Walnut Pearl, Alumina Jade Metallic, and Parisian Night Pearl.
Safety System and Price
Toyota largely improved safety system of the minivan, so the standard equipment includes a pre-collision system and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams.
The 2018 Toyota Sienna is officially introduced this year at the New York auto show, and it’s already available in dealerships worldwide. The base model costs $30,700, which is really a good bargain.