The Toyota Sienna will receive some major updates for the 2018 model year. Contrary to previous reports, the vehicle will in fact not be a full redesign. The most notable changes will be the addition of family-friendly features and the much-anticipated addition of Toyota Safety Sense as standard equipment.
2018 Toyota Sienna Exterior and Interior
Exterior styling is updated with a redesigned front fascia that includes a larger, lower grille and a larger fog light compartment to convey a stronger presence. Like the current Sienna SE grade, side lower rockers have also been added to all grades for a sportier appearance. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) improvements have been added to the SE grade with a laminated front windshield, and the Limited grade with new acoustic front row side glass.
On the inside, the Sienna adopts the Entune 3.0 infotainment system. On L, LE, SE and XLE grades, the system offers Connected Navigation Scout GPA Link with Moving Maps, while all but the base model gets Safety Connect and Wi-Fi Connect, allowing up to five devices to connect to 4G LTE internet in the vehicle. Premium JLB Audio is now available with the infotainment system as well, offering a 10.1-inch subwoofer and nine speakers specially designed for the interior of the van.
On top of all that, a new 4.2-inch multi-information display has been added to all Siennas along with upgraded rear-seat entertainment that allows for streaming from Android devices. Vibration, harshness and noise is also said to be improved by this new model.
2018 Toyota Sienna Under the Hood
The makeover actually started last year, when the Sienna’s 266-hp V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission were binned in favor of a new 296-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic. The combination helped raise the front-wheel-drive Sienna’s fuel economy by 1 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway, to 19/27 mpg, while the all-wheel-drive model saw increases of 2 mpg city and 1 mpg highway, to 18/24 mpg. With 30 extra ponies and two more gears, the Sienna’s acceleration, unsurprisingly, improved. We saw the trot to 60 mph fall by 0.3 second, to 7.0 seconds flat.
Safety will be an area in which the new Sienna shines thanks to the addition of the automaker’s Safety Sense suite of driver assistance technology. As part of the TSS-P variant of the package, the vehicle will offer a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control and auto high beams.
2018 Toyota Sienna Pricing and Release Date
The 2018 Toyota Sienna is currently expected to begin production in October 2017. We currently estimate an on-sale date sometime in late fall. The vehicle’s next full redesign is projected to debut sometime in 2019.
Official pricing is still a long way off. For reference, the current model starts at $29,750 for the base L model, rising to as much as $47,310 for the range-topping Limited Premium version with all-wheel drive.