2020 Toyota Sienna in Rhode Island

 

 

Overview

Even though the minivan segment has declined in popularity, Toyota is looking to revive this once-booming vehicle class with the 2020 Sienna. At their core, minivans are the ultimate utility vehicles, as they’re accommodating for both passengers and cargo alike – more so than your typical SUV – so why the cold shoulder from the buying public?

Could it be that they’ve always been less sporty and attractive than other vehicle classes? Possibly, but that’s all about to change with the ’20 Sienna. With a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, the Sienna is anything but weak, and with some sportier upgrades for its SE trim, it looks like Toyota is giving it a modern spin. With that in mind, let’s see what other attributes come with this all-new minivan, which comfortably seats seven or eight depending on the second-row configuration.

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Comfort and Convenience

The ‘20 Sienna comes in five main trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited, although the SE, XLE, and Limited can be had in Premium sub-trims. Standard features on the L include automatic headlights, a windshield wiper de-icer, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a rearview camera, and a conversation mirror. With the LE grade, roof rails, power-sliding rear doors, privacy glass, heated mirrors, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and easy-clean fabric upholstery (third row gets premium vinyl) are added. The SE is similar to the LE, but it gets some sportier upgrades like a sport-tuned suspension, sharper steering, and sleeker exterior style. This grade also gets a power liftgate, first- and second-row leather upholstery (the third row has premium vinyl), and heated front seats. If you upgrade to the SE Premium, a sunroof and keyless entry and ignition come standard.

The Sienna XLE shares many of the SE’s comfort and convenience amenities, minus the sport upgrades. It also comes with a power-adjustable front passenger seat, imitation-wood trim, power-opening rear-quarter windows, and keyless entry and ignition. The XLE Premium adds the SE Premium’s features plus rear parking sensors, while the loaded Limited comes with most of the XLE Premium’s features as well as LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, front and rear sunroofs, and front and rear parking sensors. Inside it comes with premium leather upholstery for the first and second rows, driver-seat memory functions, and a heated steering wheel. FWD models get a sliding center console between the first two rows, extendable footrests for the second row, and a power-folding third row with faux leather trim. Finally, the Limited Premium adds xenon headlights, automatic wipers, a surround-view parking camera, and upgraded third-row leather for the AWD models only.


 

 

Safety

While the ’20 Sienna has yet to be rated for its overall safety, it does come with plenty of active safety features. The Toyota Safety Sense system comes standard on all trims, which includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic headlights. Otherwise, the only trim that adds anything new to the safety list is the SE Premium, which includes a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.


Standard Technology

The L grade gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the Toyota Entune interface, Apple CarPlay, five USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system complete with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. Nothing new as far as tech comes with the LE, but the SE comes with unique gauges and a larger driver information screen. The SE’s Premium version adds navigation, a premium JBL audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a Driver Easy Speak system, which amplifies the driver’s voice through the rear speakers.

The XLE’s accommodations are similar to the SE, and the XLE Premium comes with the SE Premium’s tech. The Limited gets most of the amenities from the previous trims up to this point, except for the entertainment system, while the XLE Premium truly comes fully equipped with all of the tech from before, even the rear-seat entertainment system.