The eight years seems like an eternity in the automotive world, which is why the overhauled 2018 Toyota Sienna is considered a senior citizen. The Dodge Grand Caravan is the only rival that is older than this swagger wagon. The Caravan is mostly preferred by rental companies, government agencies, and other users who don’t know any better.
Minivan sales are gradually sliding in the United States, but manufacturers continue to introduce new models with supreme performance and safety features. Toyota is bringing the new Sienna out for 2018 model year. The updated Sienna offers a new look and reimagined safety features.
Chrysler’s all-new Pacifica is also on the way, and a brand new Honda Odyssey will hit the dealerships this fall. It looks like the minivan segment is slowly heating up and we are in for more goodies in the next couple of months. Toyota’s updated Sienna introduces a large lower grille opening that mirrors the inbound 2018 Toyota Camry. The deliveries for the upcoming Camry will begin this fall.
2018 Toyota Sienna – Exterior and Interior Changes
Most of the changes in the 2018 Toyota Sienna are limited to the front fascia. The incoming Sienna presents a new grille and bumper treatment, making it look more like a hand-vac. We also noticed a significantly large nose that bears some resemblance with the redesigned Prius and Corolla.
All versions of the inbound Sienna van are also going to adopt the Sporty SE’s rocker panel extensions, along with three new colors. These include the Parisian Night Pearl, Alumina Jade, and Toasted Walnut Pearl. However, the mid-range Toyota Sienna features a laminated front windshield, and range-topper Limited trims pick up acoustic glass in their front side windows.
Safety and Tech
On the safety side of things, families feel a bit safer with the refreshed Sienna minivan. Toyoda will also add the Toyota Safety Sense-P system with active and passive safety programs. It will include many features as standard. Some of them are adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-departure mitigation with steering assist, and autonomous emergency braking.
The 2018 Toyota Sienna principally comprises tech changes. Toyota now offers five USB ports, where the Pacifica consists of three rows of USB while Honda packs two. The rear-seat entertainment system for the redesigned Sienna will feature streaming capability for Android gadgets.
Additionally, all models will come with a 4.2-inch infotainment display. Options like a surround-view camera will be reserved for the Limited version. The Entune 3.0 infotainment system becomes available as standard on all trims. Furthermore, it will include the Connected Navigation Scout that utilizes smartphone as a navigation system.
Each trim except the base L variant will present a 4G LTE model with Wi-Fi connectivity. On top-tier options (SE and XLE), Entune 3.0 will add a JBL audio system along with navigation. Overall, the reworked Sienna minivan brings a stylish and practical exterior and interior.
2018 Toyota Sienna – Powertrain Setup
The 2018 Toyota Sienna makes do with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an output of 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This unit is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The minivan comes as standard with front-wheel-drive and carries over its optional all-wheel-drive configuration. The inbound Sienna becomes the only minivan in the segment offering all-wheel-drive setup. Its EPA city/highway fuel economy is 19/27 mpg (FWD) and 18/24 mpg for the (AWD).
Cost and Estimated Arrival of the 2018 Toyota Sienna
The Toyota is yet to publicize the van’s on-sale date or price. However, the 2018 Toyota Sienna is likely to strut into auto showrooms this fall with only a minor bump in MSRP. More feeds will become available as soon as the new van hits the 2017 New York International Auto Show.