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The 2017 Toyota Sienna May Seem Flawed But It’s Honorable

Critics raved about the 2017 Toyota Sienna when it was new. The 2017 Sienna distinguished itself from class rivals with its deluxe cabin and available all-wheel-drive. But at the same time, the recalls associated with this model make it seem less appealing. They don’t necessarily have to be deal-breakers, though. 

2017 Toyota Sienna performance 

The 2017 Sienna’s powertrain is a notable highlight. All 2017 Siennas feature the same 296-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Sienna’s V6 provides plenty of power and is pretty efficient too.

When properly equipped, the Sienna can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is average for its class. What makes the 2017 Sienna more of a standout is that it was the only minivan that offered all-wheel-drive. Reviewers at Consumer Reports were most impressed with the minivan’s quick acceleration. CR also liked that the Sienna returned a decent real-world fuel economy rating of 21 mpg overall. 

As CR notes, the Sienna maneuvers like the large vehicle that it is. The minivan can feel vague at times, and there is some body-lean. Overall, CR felt that the Sienna is ultimately secure, but it’s not a fun ride. Still, the Sienna is hard to beat when it comes to practicality. 

“Its long list of strong suits include a comfortable ride and an energetic powertrain that returns respectable fuel economy: The front-wheel-drive version we tested returned 21 mpg. Those looking for an all-wheel-drive will find that the Sienna is the only game in town. That extra winter traction and peace of mind will sacrifice about one mpg and eliminates the spare tire for run-flat tires.”

Consumer Reports (2017)

On the inside 

The rearview of a 2017 Sienna with the third-row folded down.
2017 Toyota Sienna interior | Toyota

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The 2017 Sienna serves up a high-quality cabin and comfortable seating. Base L models will have seating for seven, while the upper-level trims have standard seating for eight. The L trim doesn’t have many amenities, but its cloth seats are comfortable, and it has a three-zone automatic climate control system. The Sienna also comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and connectivity gadgets, including Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free. 

You’ll want to shop for LE models for more convenience features such as power-sliding doors, window shades, and a bigger touchscreen display. CR calls out the SE trim for its leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power liftgate. For the grandest experience the 2017 Sienna has to offer, look for XLE models. The XLE trim has a driver’s memory seat and more in-car tech, including a navigation app. 

Potential trouble spots

The 2017 Toyota Sienna minivan is seen during the 2017 North American International Auto Show
The Toyota Sienna | SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

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The Sienna earned excellent safety scores and a decent predicted reliability rating from CR. While these ratings add peace of mind, it’s important to note that there are eight NHTSA recalls associated with the 2017 Sienna. These recalls relate to the Sienna’s service brakes, fuel system, and steering. 

Before you buy a 2017 Sienna, make sure the dealer addressed the recall actions. The good news here is that there aren’t many complaints associated with this model. This Toyota also has a strong reputation for reliability. The average price of a 2017 Sienna ranges between $19,050 – $28,175