2013 Toyota Sienna – The Ultimate Mini Van

The 2013 Toyota Sienna is a family vehicle that provides great handling and all-weather capability while providing comfortable seating for a large group or family. It is also loaded with countless comforts to keep everyone satisfied.

2013 Toyota Sienna Exterior

The Sienna comes in a variety of colors to suit most families; Shoreline Blue Pearl (available December 2012) or Super White, Silver Sky Metallic, Pre-Dawn Gray Mica, Black, Sandy Beach Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Cypress Pearl and Salsa Red Pearl. These colors guarantee an owner a vehicle that will fade into the sea of colors in the lot or jump out at anyone looking –depending on their preference. High couture bumpers and body side moldings add to the stylish look of the Sienna, while halogen headlights have an auto-off feature. Daytime Running Lights can manually be turned on and off and an integrated color-key back spoiler featuring a center high mounted stop lamp make for increased style and increased visibility both for the driver and an increased presence for those traveling toward the Sienna.

The Sienna comes in a base model, an LE package, SE package, an XLE package, Limited Models package and the All-Wheel Drive option. The LE package adds a license plate garnish, a front grille that has ultra-stylish chrome, privacy glass and roof rails, to upgrade the aesthetics of the vehicle somewhat. The SE version, meanwhile, adds a Sport Mesh front grille with smoked chrome style surround, front and back underbody spoilers. The SE trim also has rocker panels on both sides, a power door in the back and a tow prep package – to appeal to a hardier or more work oriented geographic. The XLE has a slightly different appearance with a front grille and chrome accents, power sliding doors, a moonroof and a tow prep package. The Limited Models package adds a Satin chrome front grille; reverse-linked heated exterior power mirrors that feature a memory for more than one operator and integrated turn signal indicators. The tires for the AWD package are the notable difference.

The Sienna seats up to eight passengers, with a six-way driver’s chair and four-way front passenger chair. It has removable second row chairs with Tip Up and Long Slide features and a 60/40 Split & Stow third row seat. With 10 cupholders (12 for the eight-passenger model), power windows that has an auto down/up and jam protection, the Sienna is quite the car. With power door locks with anti-lockout, retractable assist grips at all outboard seating positions and remote Keyless Entry with lock, two-stage unlock and a panic function, the Sienna keeps passengers content in the vehicle. It also guarantees assurance for the driver that despite having several little passengers that might accidentally lock everyone out, it will be easy to gain entry regardless.

2013 Toyota Sienna Interior

The tri-zone manual climate control, AM and FM radio, CD Player with MP3 and WMA playback capabilities and SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability guarantees a great ride in comfort and complete with distraction. A six-disc CD changer is available in the Limited Models, and the LE, SE and XLE models add hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth.

Additional luxuries that come standard include dual adjustable sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, an overhead console with map lights, a conversation mirror, a center lower storage compartment and a floor tray. The Sienna has dual-level glove compartments featuring a lower level that locks for a secure feeling. These and seat back pockets on the captain’s chairs make for more than sufficient storage space for the entire group and plenty of little niceties that may not be essential but usually come in handy if they are present in the vehicle.

Minor additions to these niceties come in the XLE package (overhead console with side and rear door controls, wood grain-style middle console featuring lighted storage compartments) and the Limited package (wood grain, leather trim and more illumination as well as the same well-equipped overhead console). Push Button Start is another handy feature that is included in the Limited package.

The LE, SE and XLE models also offer a package with Entune and a navigation assist. An additional package at each of the aforementioned levels includes the Blind Spot Monitor. These models come equipped with a 3.5-in. multi-informational display with a back up monitor. However, the Blind Spot Monitor adds an extra level of security in those moments when vision is limited as the vehicle travels in reverse.

Another optional installation is a Dual-View Entertainment center with a 16.4-in. display, RCA jacks and 120V AC power outlets. This may be a worthwhile upgrade for parents that plan long trips with all kids in tow.

The 2013 Toyota Sienna gets an estimated 18 miles per gallon city and 25 mpg highway in the front-wheel drive model and 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive model. Both models have a six-speed ECT-i automatic transmission, independent front struts with a stabilizer bar and a back torsion beam stabilized with a bar suspension.

2013 Toyota Sienna Engine

Electric motor assisted rack-and-pinion steering, four wheel ABS, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution make for great handling. In addition, all-season steel belted radial tires for the front-wheel drives and run-flat all-season tires for the all-wheel drive models improve the already great handling and feel of safety in the Sienna. A battery-saver feature, tire pressure monitor system and a windshield wiper de-icer grid are small details that add reassurance for the driver. These features come in especially handy when busy owners who may be forgetful of such important aspects of cold-weather travel.

The vehicle increases the feel and reality of a secure ride with the STAR Safety System. Along with 3-point seatbelts at every seating position, a seatbelt warning system, active headrests, seat-mounted side airbags and an advanced airbag system, the operator can feel at ease. For both the operator and front passenger a driver knee airbag, 3-row side curtain airbags, CRS Latch system, child protector sliding door locks and side impact beams in the front and sliding side doors are standard on every model.

A base price for the Toyota Sienna is $26,435. The LE package adds roughly $3,000, while the XLE and SE packages each add about $7,000 to the base price. The Limited model comes in just under $40,000.