2018 Toyota Sienna: The Only Minivan with an All-Wheel-Drive System

In addition to featuring an all-wheel-drive option, the 2018 Toyota Sienna has a multitude of user-friendly features and a huge cabin space. However, the minivan suffers from low predicted reliability ratings and a dated design. The 2018 Toyota Sienna MSRP range from $30,745 to $48,000.

The Good:

  • Composed and confident ride
  • Enormous cargo space
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Optional all-wheel-drive system
  • Spacious cabin with high-quality material construction

The Bad:

  • Aging design
  • Low predicted reliability ratings
  • Pricier than most competitors

New for 2018

  • Advanced safety features are now standard on all trims
  • Five USB ports, navigation, and smartphone integration are now standard
  • Reorganizing of standard features and other options is available


2018 Toyota Sienna minivan is offered in a total of 5 trims, namely L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. The SE, XLE, and Limited makes are available with the optional premium packages, adding extra features like Driver Easy Speak and a rear-seat infotainment system.

Each trim comes with a standard front-wheel-drive system. An optional all-wheel-drive system is available for LE, XLE, and Limited trims. The “L” and “Limited” trims are available in a 7-seat configuration, while other trims have 8 seats.

Opting for the all-wheel-drive system, however, reduces the seating capacity to 7. Toyota Sienna L comes with Toyota Safety Sense P, 7.0-inch infotainment system featuring Entune 3.0 infotainment interface, Siri Eyes Free, and a Split & Stow third-row seat as standard features.

The 8-seater LE trim adds dual power-sliding doors, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, HD radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Sienna SE flaunts a sporty build. The trim features a sport-tuned suspension, heated leather-trimmed front seats, and a power liftgate.

Noteworthy standard features available to the Sienna XLE trim are a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, push-button start, and wood-grain-style trim. The topmost Sienna trim i.e. Limited supports a 10-speaker JBL sound system, a dual moonroof, and Driver Easy Speak.


The cabin quality of 2018 Toyota Sienna ranges from practical (entry-level editions) to posh (when equipped with synthetic or genuine leather upholstery). The interior boasts the use of high-quality materials and a galore of smart technology features.

2018 Toyota Sienna has comfortable and spacious seating. It is available in two configurations, 7-seat, and 8-seat. The minivan has 39.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third-row, which is league-leading.

The infotainment system with an upgraded interface is engaging and intuitive. It offers a 7-inch sharp touchscreen, five USB ports, navigation support, and smartphone integration as standard.


2018 Toyota Sienna comes with the hearty 3.5L V6 engine. It is capable of escalating hills as well as maintaining a decent pace on the highways. For anyone living in regions receiving heavy snowfall, no other minivan comes closer to the Sienna in terms of its excellent drivability.

Although Sienna has a noticeable body lean around sharp corners, it offers a great handling and a comfortable, composed ride quality. The Sienna delivers 19 mpg in cities and 27 mpg on highways, which is amongst the best fuel economies available among its segment.


The 2018 iteration of the Toyota Sienna has slightly above average crash test ratings. The IIHS awards top ratings to the minivan in four of the five crash test categories. The ride receives four stars out of the maximum five stars in front crash and rollover tests conducted by the NHTSA.

2018 Toyota Sienna comes with a galore of safety features. The minivan comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P, a suite of advanced safety systems. It includes automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

Other safety features available to the 2018 Toyota Sienna minivan include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and rear cross traffic alert.

Although 2018 Toyota Sienna is a great minivan, it has a higher price tag as compared to rivals. Anyways, the minivan comes with great warranty options and has a history of solid resale values.

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