Minivans are purchased for their space, reliability, and practicality, and the 2020 Toyota Sienna has all of this to offer. Minivan prices can push you upwards of some brand new sports cars or high-end sedans, so when you buy a minivan you want to know you’re getting the best car you can get for your money. According to Consumer Report, the new 2020 Toyota Sienna makes the top of their list and gives it one of the highest overall ratings of any minivan they’ve tested so far.
Why you should buy a new Sienna
You can buy a brand new, off the lot Toyota Sienna for around $30,000 and with additional options can range upwards of $50,000 fully loaded – still not a bad price to get everything that this minivan has to offer. The Sienna has a history of being a reliable minivan option, and the 2020 model year is no different. For many minivan owners, you and your family rely on your car to get you where you need to go, whether that’s work, soccer games, or to your local grocery store.
The Toyota Sienna gets pretty decent gas mileage for such a large, heavy vehicle. On the highway, the Sienna gets about 30mpg which isn’t too bad, but you can expect to get around 14mph with normal city driving, which isn’t all that great.
The Sienna is only available with one engine choice, a 3.5L V6 engine that offers 296hp, not bad for a heavy and otherwise not aerodynamic vehicle choice. It has a an eight-speed automatic that many owners complain shifts relatively slow, but it is a minivan after all, not a sports car. The ride quality makes the drive comfortable and relaxed, and it definitely makes up for the lack of power.
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Interior, features, and extras
The major benefit of buying a minivan is the additional seating and space, and the Toyota Sienna doesn’t let us down here. The Sienna doesn’t have the most luxurious features possible, and the interior isn’t of the highest-quality materials you can find on the market. Chances are if you’re using this as a family vehicle this might actually work to your advantage.
The dashboard of the Sienna is minimal yet attractive. It features a large infotainment system that sits comfortably above the climate controls. On either side of the screen are control buttons and at the top, you might notice a feature forgotten by most modern-day cars: a CD player. That’s right, you can slide your scratched up old Eagles CD into the infotainment system and rock out to your heart’s content.
As a family-oriented vehicle, the Sienna does, of course, offer several safety options. At the front, the car has a pedestrian and forward-collision warning. For long rides on the highway, drivers can appreciate the car’s adaptive cruise control that can analyze traffic ahead and adjust the set speed accordingly. Lane departure assist is also helpful in highway and local traffic.
Whether you are looking to buy the Toyota Sienna or already own one, you can be reassured that at least according to Consumer Reports it’s a great option for a minivan. Some people even go as far as to say it out-does some family SUVs, but we will leave the decision up to you.