• The 2017 Toyota Sienna Minivan gets a serious boost [Video]


    Looking at the 2017 Toyota Sienna minivan, you would have a hard time telling it apart from the 2016 model. Drive the 2017 Toyota Sienna minivan, even for a moment, and you will notice a difference. Oddly, Toyota opted to play coy with the updated drivetrain. There are no major announcements or much (if any) advertisements. Despite now having one of the best power-plants in this bracket, it’s hardly acknowledged by Toyota. Odd.

    A new, beefy V6 comes directly out of the 2017 Toyota Highlander. This 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve with Dual VVT-i makes 296 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and it produces 263 lb-ft of torque at 4700 rpm. That’s a 30 horsepower increase and it can be felt the moment you hit the gas.

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    The Sienna also has an upgraded transmission, now having an eight-speed automatic, which improves fuel economy. Toyota expects the big minivan to get a rating of 19 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway, up from 18 and 25 for the current model.

    The automatic transmission is pretty smooth, but it has no problem banging through the shifts when you slam your right foot down. While the power is good through the mid-range, you can truly feel it off the line – the 2017 Toyota Sienna is downright quick. There is a tiny increase in cabin noise under full acceleration, but I only noticed it because I drove a 2016 model recently.

    Despite the new power, the rest of the 2017 Toyota Sienna remains the same. There are no new trims, interiors or even revised badging. Nope, the only thing that will tell you that this van is new is when it trounces other minivans at the stoplight. We need to get one of these back to our TFLcar test tract for another crack at the Chrysler Pacifica.

    The 2017 Toyota Sienna is available at Toyota dealerships right now and prices start at $29,750.

    Check out the full TFL video above to see driving impressions of the 2017 Toyota Sienna.

    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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    4 thoughts on “The 2017 Toyota Sienna Minivan gets a serious boost [Video]

    1. I was really hoping they fix the 2nd row middle seat. That is a deal killer. It looks and feels very ugly. In the power train, not sure why they are delaying the hybrid variant. Highlander Hybrid has been around for a while.

    2. Yes please fix the middle seat. The captain’s chairs are cool for some. But these vehicles are HUGE. They should have real 8 passenger seating. Keep trying all the vans and only the new Metris has the seating and cargo sensibly proportioned, but oh the sticker shock. I wish Ford would bring the regular transit. The TC drive train is too limited and the Transit 150 is overkill.

    3. Just what I’ve been waiting for…A 300-hp minivan built for drag racing. Only question… Should I pull the trigger, or wait for the Caravan with a 390 hp Hemi V8?

    4. Here’s some funny numbers my wife’s 07 Chevy uplander van awd 3.5 v6 215hp 200tq 20mpg city 30mpg highway I’ve gotten up to 34.5mpg on long distance trips 600 miles to a tank of gas on the way I put this up because Toyota is 10 years behind and now Were all supposed to care they cought up

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