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2012 Toyota Sienna

Base MSRP: $25,060 to $40,570
Reviewed
March 2012
by ConsumerSearch
2012 Toyota Sienna

Pros
  • High-tech options
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Smooth shifting six-speed transmission
  • Powerful V6 available
  • Crash-test results
  • Interior space
Cons
  • Some cheap-looking interior pieces
  • Base four-cylinder not particularly fuel efficient
  • Option packages can be expensive
  • Option packages can be expensive

The best runner up, and the only van offering AWD

Experts consider the 2012 Toyota Sienna to be one of the better full-size minivans available. Reviewers like its powerful and smooth available V6 engine, excellent six-speed automatic transmission, vast interior space, good crash-test results, and high-tech optional equipment like a split-screen rear entertainment screen that allows two media items to be played concurrently.

The Toyota Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive, which may be important for shoppers who frequently drive in inclement weather conditions.

Base four-cylinder is less powerful and no more efficient

The Sienna base model comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine. It's less powerful than competing base V6 engines, and as you'll see below, it doesn't provide any noteworthy fuel-efficiency benefits.

Testers also say that the Toyota's interior is less versatile than that of the best-reviewed 2012 Honda Odyssey (Base MSRP: $28,225 to $43,675) and the well-reviewed 2012 Chrysler Town & Country (Base MSRP: $29,995 to $39,300) .

On the whole, reviewers say the 2012 Honda Odyssey is the best all-around minivan, though the Sienna is a close runner up.

EPA Fuel Economy Estimates

4-Cylinder 2WD

- 19 mpg city

- 24 mpg highway

- 21 mpg combined

V6 2WD

- 18 mpg city

- 25 mpg highway

- 21 mpg combined

V6 AWD

- 17 mpg city

- 23 mpg highway

- 19 mpg combined

NHTSA Safety Ratings

- Front Impact: 4 stars

- Side Impact: 5 stars

- Rollover Resistance: 4 stars

- Overall: 4 stars

IIHS Safety Ratings

- Front Offset Impact: Good

- Side Impact: Good

- Roof Strength: Good

- Named 2012 Top Safety Pick

Full details in our review of the 2011 Sienna

The Sienna received no substantial changes in the 2012 model year. Therefore, our full 2011 review is fully applicable to the 2012 model. See our full report on the 2011 Toyota Sienna to get more details on all aspects of the vehicle with reviewer opinions.

Where To Buy

Our Sources

1. Edmunds.com

The editors of Edmunds.com provide useful reviews of all new cars, including details on specifications and competition. These reviews also include first-hand driving impressions.

Review: 2012 Toyota Sienna, Editors of Edmunds.com

2. ConsumerSearch.com

The 2012 Toyota Sienna is unchanged from the previous model year. This is our full report on the 2011 Toyota Sienna that offers analysis on what the experts have to say.

Review: 2011 Toyota Sienna, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com, April 2010

3. FuelEconomy.gov

The 2012 Toyota Sienna gets 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway/21 mpg combined with its base four-cylinder engine. This is about average among minivans, but the four-cylinder engine has less power than competitors' base engines. The V6 engine option on the Sienna gets the same combined rating.

Review: 2012 Toyota Sienna, U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency

4. SaferCar.gov

The 2012 Toyota Sienna gets an overall crash protection rating of 4 stars out of 5 in government testing. Due to test criteria revisions in 2011, ratings for model years before 2011 are not directly comparable to 2011 and 2012 model years.

Review: 2012 Toyota Sienna, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

5. IIHS.org

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Toyota Sienna the highest rating of "Good" in all crash-test scenarios. It gets the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation.

Review: Toyota Sienna, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Minivans Runners Up:

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2012 Chrysler Town & Country Base MSRP: $29,995 to $39,300

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2012 Kia Sedona Base MSRP: $24,900 to $29,190

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