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2015 Toyota Sienna SE Short Take Review

The 2015 Toyota Sienna SE is a good minivan.  I know, I know, it’s Blog of Speed, but we all need to cart around people and gear from time to time, and minivans do the trick nicely.  This particular minivan happens to be quite a good value.  At just under $40,000, this Toyota Sienna SE has everything you could want in a family hauler- leather with deviated stitching, seating for 7-8 depending on equipment, heated seats, a big infotainment system, and rear seat entertainment screens.

Relevant driving impressions- suspension is a bit soft and leans into turns, but steering feel is surprisingly decent.  It’s a bit over assisted, but road feel is good.  The Toyota Sienna has a 266 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 and is peppy and gives you what you ask for, highway passing power is more than adequate as well.  All seats are comfortable, and the fold and tumble rear seats work nicely and give a flat load floor.  The middle seats are a bit clunky to take in and out, but I doubt many people will use this as a cargo vehicle.  Other vehicles in the segment have fold and tumble second row seats, and I thought this was a curious omission on this Toyota Sienna, especially with a relatively high step-in height for the middle and rear passengers.

The infotainment system is good, with Toyota’s familiar Entune setup and a very clear and large touchscreen.  The system is a little laggy and there are prettier user interfaces out there, but the sound quality was very good and overall easy enough to use.  Bluetooth microphone quality is not great though, and I relied on my handset most of the time.

All in all, the Toyota Sienna SE is a good value and a rather good minivan.  It looks sharp in this SE trim, and handles decently (for a minivan).  I really do hope Toyota bring something special for the next generation Sienna, I just feel the minivan market is under appreciated and stagnant.  A real focus on driving dynamics could really revive the segment in my humble opinion.  If you need a minivan, it’s definitely high in the running.