The Toyota Sienna has presented buyers with a dilemma. It's been a top choice for families since its introduction in 1997 but has lagged behind other family vehicles. Especially in on-the-road entertainment. Toyota has said they're being conservative about digital security, but it has meant that Apple and Android devices weren't integrated for music and video the way they were in competitors' vehicles. Changes in the infotainment system may be the biggest news for the 2019 model, but there's plenty to appreciate overall.
What's the good news about the 2019 Toyota Sienna and its infotainment system?
Standard smart device interfaces are starting to appear on the 2019 Toyota Sienna. Maybe even a broad range of them. Toyota is one of the more cautious manufacturers when it comes to interfacing with their onboard electronics, including the infotainment system. Announcements and rumors have been plentiful in 2018 about the next year's models and what they might support: Apple CarPlay, Google Auto and even Amazon Alexa. For a vehicle which is a favorite for hauling the family around, this is good news for everyone who rides in a new Sienna. Dealers will have up-to-date news about what will work in 2019, and many of them are already posting information on their websites.
Does Sienna have all-wheel drive?
The Sienna is currently unique among minivans sold in the U.S. in that it has an AWD option, a feature more common in SUVs and crossovers. All-wheel drive tends to cut a few miles off the gas mileage estimates but provides important safety and driveability benefits. For the 2019 Toyota Sienna SE AWD passenger van, the estimated MPG is 18 city, 24 highway.
What does Sienna have for active safety systems?
Toyota Safety Sense is standard on the Sienna and includes many popular active safety systems. Toyota's collection of features includes a pedestrian detection system, lane following with steering help, automatic high beams and cruise control which uses radar to slow temporarily as needed when there's traffic ahead. The Sienna also includes several braking and traction control features and tire pressure monitoring. Personal safety features include seatbelt and restraint systems for adults and children, child protector rear door locks and the Safety Connect subscription-based assistance program. Blind Spot Monitor is an option on the LE and SE, standard on the XLE. The 2019 Toyota Sienna has also received the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating, so it not only is equipped to help avoid an accident but is built to fare well should one occur.
Does the Sienna offer assistance in maneuvering such as parking and backing up?
Rear parking assist sonar is an option on the SE and XLE. An optional Bird's Eye View Camera system combines the views from cameras around the vehicle and uses them to display an image of the vehicle from above. This helps drivers maneuver into tight spots and watch the curb distance when parking.
What kinds of entertainment system features and personal technology support does the Sienna offer?
The Entune 3.0 audio system for the 2019 Sienna should offer Apple CarPlay to connect with compatible iPhones and Amazon Alexa for easy hands-free interaction and may offer Android connectivity in the near future. The Sienna offers five USB power outlets for all the gadgets drivers and passengers need. Entertainment options include a drop-down 16.4-inch display which offers rear passengers a wide-angle image of a single program or dual images of separate video programs and wireless headphones for passengers. Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon keeps up to five users connected to the outside world.
What kind of passenger and cargo capacity does the Sienna have?
The Sienna has a seating feature called "Split & Stow 3rd Row" which helps manage seating capacity and cargo room as needed. It's power-operated on some models. Cargo access is easier with a power liftgate option operated from the key fob so the driver can stay put while others do the work. Total cargo volume is 39.1 cubic feet, 150 including access to the seat area.
What drivetrains are available for the Sienna?
The 2019 Toyota Sienna offers a 3.5-liter V-6 296 hp engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission.