2019 Sienna vs. the Competition

Overview

Although the onslaught of crossovers and SUVs has put minivans’ heyday in the past, these practical and feature-filled family vehicles still have a clear purpose as well as a loyal following. You don’t have to be a mom to appreciate the practicality of an easy-access sliding side door and space for a lot of stuff. The Sienna presents a standout package of class-best cabin space, stellar safety ratings, abundant desirable features, legendary reliability, and high value retention that vehicle buyers really go for, especially when they have a lot of people to transport.


The Toyota Sienna doesn’t only offer these attributes – it stands apart from its rivals, and not just because it’s the only minivan sold in the United States that’s available with all-wheel drive. Rival minivans such as the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Kia Sedona are also fighting for their share of this market. Let’s take a look at what makes the 2019 Toyota Sienna rise to the top of the list.

 

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The Basics

With 150 cubic feet of interior volume, the spacious Sienna tops the segment. Its base MSRP of $31,315 is at the high end of the pack, but – as the saying goes – you get what you pay for. By contrast, the Grand Caravan, which starts its pricing at $26,790, has inferior safety ratings and lower gas mileage. Toyota is also the only one of the aforementioned manufacturers to offer a restraint systems warranty, covering 5 years or 60,000 miles, as well as 2 years/20,000 miles of scheduled maintenance.


Performance and Fuel Economy

While all of the base models of the minivans compared here are powered by a non-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the Sienna’s is the most powerful, making 296 horsepower. It’s also the only one with an eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, giving it added efficiency. Those fuel economy numbers are great for this class, with the EPA rating the Toyota Sienna to achieve an estimated 19 mpg around town and 27 mpg on the highway. The Dodge Caravan is rated for 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.


Safety

Automakers know that active safety technology is high on the list of today’s minivan buyer, and the presence or lack of these features can make or break a sale. The Sienna is mighty impressive, with every trim, even the base, coming standard with the Toyota Safety Sense active safety technology suite (pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure assist with steering assist, and automatic high beams). Honda also offers its comprehensive active safety suite, Honda Sensing, but it is not included on the base Odyssey – only the higher-priced trims. The Sienna minivan also puts a standard bird’s-eye view camera (not available on the Odyssey, Grand Caravan, or Sedona) on it highest trim levels.

There are excellent passive safety features packed in to the Sienna minivan, too, including seatbelt pre-tensioners and height-adjustable seatbelts – something you won’t find on other vehicles in this class. The Grand Caravan is the only one of these 2019 minivans to receive less than a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in their crash testing.


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