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2018 Toyota Sienna First Drive

2018 Toyota Sienna Interior

The 2018 Toyota Sienna has a familiar minivan shape and mission, but its new shape and unique features separate the van from the clan—maybe that’s the plan?

Last year, the Sienna’s upgrades were largely confined to spaces you couldn’t see: a new engine and transmission. This year’s upgrades are all about what we can see: a new front bumper, side panels, an updated infotainment system, more USB ports, a new rear-seat entertainment system, and standard safety gear.

We’ve rated the 2018 Toyota Sienna a 6.3 out of 10, a decent score that reflects its continual updates over the years.

matic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. Other automakers offer the same features on their minivans, but many charge extra for the bundle—Toyota’s is standard on every trim.

Up front, it’s had not to notice the 2018 Toyota Sienna expanding maw. Designers dropped the front bumper lower and made it wider to give the van a more aggressive look. Side panels that were reserved for sportier SE models last year are now standard equipment on all grades this year, and bigger fog light housings and a furrowed hood will help the Sienna achieve a class-leading “give me your lunch money and beat it, wimp” look.

Under its hood, Toyota offers a 3.5-liter V-6 borrowed from the new Camry sedan and Tacoma pickup that was revised last year. It makes 296 horsepower and is shifted through an 8-speed automatic that helps the 2018 Toyota Sienna wring out the most from its gas tank—but there’s no hybrid on the horizon here. Instead, the Sienna owns another title in the powertrain department: the only van with available all-wheel drive. Whether that’s useful to buyers is debatable, but the 2018 Toyota Sienna manages respectable fuel economy in both setups—around the low-20s combined in both configurations.