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Minivans may not get you style points, but they’re the ideal vehicle for many families. The Sienna is often ranked near the top of the segment, and there are several reliable Toyota Sienna model years available for under $15,000.

It’s always a good idea to check the reliability scores before purchasing a used vehicle, but you also need to have a mechanic inspect it, as well as obtain a vehicle history report

2012 Toyota Sienna

J.D. Power enjoyed the 2012 Toyota Sienna so much that it was ranked number one in the minivan segment. The quality and reliability score is 84, and the overall score is 85. If you’re interested in owning one, the average price is $9,88 -$15,063.

Owners praised the transmission, smooth ride, and comfortable second-row seats. Where the Sienna failed to deliver for owners was the audio system and the interior quality. They were also disappointed about how difficult loading and unloading the hatch is.

U.S. News also awarded the 2012 Sienna the number-one slot for minivans and had a lot of positive things to say about it. It has a large amount of cargo space, the third row is easily accessible and comfortable, and AWD is an option on some trims. The only thing U.S. News felt was underwhelming was the base four-cylinder.

2013 Toyota Sienna

J.D. Power dropped the quality and reliability score from 84 to 80 on the 2013 Toyota Sienna. The overall score also saw a dip, as it fell from 85 to 82. In spite of this, the 2013 model is still number one in the minivan category. The current price paid is around $11,348-$17,187.

The 2013 model was popular with owners due to the transmission and the comfortable second row. It’s also easy to get in and out of, which would make this an excellent vehicle for anyone with elderly parents who have some mobility issues.

What makes the 2013 a better choice than the 2012 is that the 266 hp V6 engine is now standard. U.S. News was thrilled about this news, as well as the large cabin, and available AWD. The materials used on the interior were the only source of contention U.S. News had about the 2013 model.

2014 Toyota Sienna

The quality and reliability score from J.D. Power increased from 80 to 81 for the 2014 model year, although the overall score dropped three points to 79. J.D. Power also dropped it from the number one slot in minivans to number two.

The pros for the Sienna remain the same, although owners did report rear visibility can be an issue. The audio system was also problematic, although no further details were given.

U.S. News did not lower the 2014 Sienna’s score, and it maintains its position as the number one minivan recommended by the news site. It was praised for the comfortable seats, as well as the powerful 266 hp V-6 3.5L engine, and the available AWD. In spite of being the top minivan, U.S. News believes that some rivals have superior handling.

The Toyota Sienna was a finalist for both the U.S. News 2014 Best Minivan for the Money and the 2014 Best Minivan for Families. It is currently ranked at number six in best-used minivans for under $20K.

People spent anywhere from $12,837-$20,388, although you may have difficulty finding a Sienna for sale. U.S. News reports that almost 29% of Sienna buyers continue to drive them nearly 10 years later. 


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