Review: New 2020 Toyota Sienna SE Premium

The 2020 Toyota Sienna stretches about 200 inches from bumper to bumper, meaning it’s large both inside and out. Its doors slide open to reveal 164.4 cubic feet and a highly configurable cabin. There’s seating for eight or seven with the optional second-row captain’s chairs, and the middle seats can be removed to turn the Sienna into an enormous cargo van. Unfortunately, the Sienna’s second-row seats don’t stow away in the floor like the seats in the Chrysler Pacifica. Instead, their removal is a tedious and labor-intensive process.

Toyota Sienna SE Premium

The Interior

The common denominator of every Sienna trim is a 3.5-liter V6 which puts out 293 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission normally routes this power to the front wheels, but all-wheel drive is available on most trims. The Sienna is the only minivan offering such a drivetrain; the competing vans from Kia, Honda, and Chrysler are all exclusively front-wheel drive.

Main Trim Levels

The 2020 Toyota Sienna minivan comes in five main trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. The SE, the XLE and the Limited are further available in Premium sub-trims. The base L comes well-stocked with the essentials, while the LE, SE and XLE trims add more premium features. The SE also has a sportier design. Topping the range is the Limited, which comes with nearly every Sienna feature as standard. Toyota also offers a mobility-enhanced Sienna (LE and XLE) with a power-operated Auto Access Seat.

Toyota Sienna SE Premium

The Vehicle Stability Control

Vehicle Stability Control is an electronic system designed to help the driver maintain vehicle control under adverse conditions. It is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving practices. Factors including speed, road conditions, weather and driver steering input can all affect whether VSC will be effective in preventing a loss of control. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.

2006: the front fascia, side molding, and headlamps were restyled. Blue-backlit electroluminescent Optitron gauges were added to LE, XLE, and Limited trims. The “XLE” prefix in “XLE Limited” was removed, and new exclusive equipment for this trim included an optional memory function for the driver’s power seat and side-view mirrors (also available on XLE as an option) and power-folding exterior side-view mirrors with integrated in-glass LED turn-signal repeaters Other options included Bluetooth and a power-folding third-row seat. Front row side torso airbags and side curtain airbags for all three rows became standard equipment on all models. The optional rear-seat audio system was discontinued. Horsepower and torque ratings were changed to meet SAE’s new standard to 215 hp (160 kW) and 222 lb.ft (from 230 hp (172 kW) and 242 lb-ft (328 N⋅m), Toyota also now rates engines on 87 octanes).

Toyota Sienna SE Premium

Although all 2020 Sienna trim levels share a basic shape, Toyota has done a good job differentiating each version. The sporty SE model has different bumpers with an open lower section upfront, plus clear white 9005 led headlight kit and bigger 19-inch wheels. The grille worn by the top Sienna XLE and Limited models is dressed in extra chrome. Most trim levels also get their own wheel designs, too.

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