The 2010 Toyota Sienna, which one reviewer calls "reliable and oh-so-easy to drive," places a strong second behind the 2010 Honda Odyssey (Base MSRP: $26,805 to $40,755). The Sienna and the Odyssey are still the only minivans to offer seating for eight passengers (it's optional on the Sienna). However, the Sienna, which is essentially unchanged for 2010, still lags behind other minivans in both front- and rear-crash tests, earning only 4 out of 5 stars for driver safety from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. In addition, the Sienna is the only minivan to receive a rating of "Poor" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's rear-crash tests. Since the 2010 Toyota Sienna is essentially carried over from the previous model year, consult our page on the 2009 Toyota Sienna for a detailed review of the vehicle.
The Toyota Sienna continues to be the only minivan to offer the option of all-wheel drive, an attractive feature for buyers who deal with harsh winters and may desire the added traction. Some reviewers say handling is uninspired, but Edmunds.com editors offer a more realistic assessment, noting "no minivan is going be purchased on the strength of its corner-carving ability." Still, they point out that the Honda Odyssey delivers "responsive handling with a reasonably smooth ride."
With the 2011 Toyota Sienna (Base MSRP: $25,060 to $40,570) now in showrooms, reviewers will likely find much less to complain about. Mark Elias, writing for LeftLaneNews.com, says the fourth-generation Sienna offers ride and handling that's "greatly improved over its predecessor." The 2011 version sports retuned MacPherson struts in the front and a more traditional rear torsion bar setup. Elias also says the ride is quiet and "all the goodies are top shelf."
Edmunds.com doesn't test the Toyota Sienna head-to-head against other minivans, but editors do compare it to its leading competitors. They award the Sienna a rating of 8 out of 10, calling it "one of the best minivans you can buy."
Review: 2010 Toyota Sienna Review, Editors of Edmunds.com
You can search SaferCar.gov for government crash-test results for most vehicles on the market today. The Toyota Sienna is one of only two minivans that do not achieve 5-star impact and 4-star rollover ratings, although its ratings are almost that high.
Review: 5-Star Safety Ratings, Editors of SaferCar.gov
3. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests the Toyota Sienna and other minivans. Although it performs well in front and side crashes, the Toyota rates a rating of "Poor" for safety in rear-end collisions.
Review: Toyota Sienna, Editors of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Fuel-economy ratings for all cars and trucks currently sold in the U.S. are listed here. The 2010 Toyota Sienna runs on regular unleaded and achieves 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway/19 mpg combined with two-wheel drive and 16 city/21 highway/18 combined with all-wheel drive.
Review: 2010 Toyota Sienna, Editors of FuelEconomy.gov
Since the 2010 Toyota Sienna carries over from 2009 essentially unchanged, observations made in the detailed review of the '09 model continue to apply.
Review: 2009 Toyota Sienna, Editors of ConsumerSearch, February 2009