- MSRP: $26,585
- MPG City: 18
- MPG Hwy: 25
- Seating Capacity: 7
- Rating: 8.6
For families who need to haul children to school, the mall or soccer practice, nothing beats the space, fuel efficiency and versatility of a minivan. The 2013 Toyota Sienna has set the bar pretty high for its competitors as it is at the top of its class in numerous categories. The Sienna is spacious, powerful, comfortable, and comes with a number of impressive features. Our rating of 8.6 is based on 39 published reviews and test drives by automotive critics and journalists.
In 2013 the 4 cylinder engine was dropped and is no longer an option. Though it performed quite well give the size of the Sienna, the V6 offers a similar fuel economy and provides considerably more power. New features include 3-zone automatic climate control in the LE model and blind-spot monitoring for the Limited and XLE models.
The Sienna gives its main competitor, the Honda Odyssey, a run for its money. However, the Odyssey offers more standard features, is more fun to drive and a more comfortable interior. The Dodge Grand Caravan is another alternative to consider if you are looking to stick to a budget.
Pros and Cons
- Powerful engine
- Most cargo space in its class
- 3rd row comfortable for adults & long trips
- Size and weight is felt on turns
- Second row doesn’t fold into the floor
- Trim: L FWD
- Passenger Capacity: 7
- Passenger Doors: 4
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
- MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
- Engine: Gas V6 3.5L/211
- Horsepower: 266 @ 6200
- Torque: 245 @ 4700
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Option
Like most of its main competitors, the 2013 Toyota Sienna minivan is available in five trims which range from the L to Limited. The seating options are somewhat confusing as the L and Limited are only available as 7 seaters, the SE is only available as an 8 seater, and the LE and XLE offer both 7 and 8 passenger configurations. Front wheel drive is standard with all trim levels, and all-wheel drive is an option on the LE, XLE and Limited models.
Some notable features for the Sienna L include:
- Auxiliary audio jack
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Cruise control
- Sliding rear doors with power windows
- 4-speaker CD sound system
- 3-zone air conditioning
- Telescoping steering wheel
The LE adds the following features:
- Power-sliding side doors
- Heated outside mirrors
- Audio controls on the steering wheel
- 8-way power driver seat
- 4-way power passenger seat
- 3.5-inch display with back-up monitor
- Bluetooth compatibility
- 6-speaker sound system
- iPod/USB interface
The sporty SE adds to the impressive list of LE features by bumping the wheels up to 19-inch alloy and adding some styling elements to the front fascia. The suspension is firmer, the power steering upgraded, and a few new instruments are added to the control panel. Leather upholstery and steering wheel also set the SE apart.
Next in line is the XLE model with:
- Acoustic windshield
- Automatic headlights
- Automatic power windows
- Blind spot monitor
- Heated front seats
- Leather upholstery
- Tow prep package
- Unique metallic grille insert
- Wood-grain interior trim
Finally, there is the luxurious Limited edition. Features exclusive to this trim include:
- 10-speaker JBL surround-sound system
- Auto-dimming outside mirrors
- Driver memory settings
- Dual sunroofs
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Satin chrome grille
- Keyless entry and ignition
- 2-tone leather seating
- Leather and wood steering wheel
- 2nd-row lounge seats
- Power folding 3rd-row seat
Additional options are grouped according to buying region and trim level. Highlights include a back-up camera, navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, adaptive cruise control and rain-sensing wipers.
“The 2013 Toyota Sienna is a large people mover with impressive tech and safety features, good fit and finish and a strong engine. These add up to make the Sienna a confident competitor to its longtime rival the Honda Odyssey as well as the revamped Nissan Quest. ” – Kelley Blue Book
“We positioned ourselves [in the third row] for a spell and have to say, this is where minivans shine. Compared to a third row in an SUV, we wouldn’t have nearly as many reservations about riding back there on long trips. Heck, the seats even recline now and getting to that comfy bench is a whole lot easier thanks to the new second row Tip-Up and Long-Slide feature.” – AutoBlog
“Roomy, comfortable, well-built and offered in several different trim levels, the 2013 Toyota Sienna minivan is an excellent choice for larger families.” – Edmunds
Powertrain and Performance
All trim options come with a 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 with 245 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with front wheel drive is standard on all trims. All-wheel drive is optional on all but the L.
The Sienna dominated its competitors in 0-60 time with an impressive 7.5 second run. Fuel economy is respectable at 18/25/21 (city, highway, combined), while the all wheel drive upgrade has slightly lower figures.
Safety features on the Sienna are fairly standard for its class. They include active front head restraints, a driver side knee airbag, side curtain airbags, front side airbags, stability and traction control and an antilock disc braking system. The Limited trim offers an optional safety package that includes hill start assist, a pre-collision warning system and active cruise control. Stopping distance and crash testing scores are above average.
Interior Design and Special Features
High quality fabric upholstery is provided in the lower level trims, while faux-wood accents and leather grace the higher-end trims. The plastics used in the interior are a point of contention, as they tend to detract from the overall appearance. Seating and storage space are excellent, and the controls are arranged in an intuitive and user-friendly layout.
The optional navigation system includes Entune for smartphones and a touch-screen interface. Like interfaces in other vehicles, the screen is not as responsive as it could be. The optional rear-seat entertainment system is top notch, as it allows split-screen viewing and dual media options.
The V6 that powers the Sienna is quite impressive, as it provides smooth and peppy acceleration for over 4300 lbs of minivan. It rides reliably on the highway and is great for running errands around town. The resourceful 6-speed transmission delivers power when it is needed as the gas pedal is quite responsive, but manages to keep the fuel economy respectable.
The 2013 Toyota Sienna offers a plush, comfortable ride and handles well in all trim levels. The recalibrated suspension in the SE noticeably improves handling and makes the ride quality a bit firmer. Steering is what you would expect from a Toyota – a bit numb but precise and the SE’s is definitely an improvement.