Five Things We Love About The Toyota Sienna #DriveToyota

So fancy that Toyota calls the Sienna the “Swagger Wagon”, but when I see it, I see a van. A nice, good-looking, modern van, but a van none the less. I’ve never been a big fan of minivans or vans. In-fact this was my second time ever driving one. Even though it would not be my choice for day-in and day-out, the 2016 Toyota Sienna has a lot of smart and amazing features. Some of which I was pretty sad to say goodbye to at the end of my review week. Could I be changing into a van kind of mom? I don’t know – but now that it is gone, I sure miss the heck out of this Swagger Wagon.


1. The Power Liftgate.

Hands full? Just reach for your key fob to open Sienna’s available power rear liftgate. It opens in seconds, and can be closed from the comfort of your driver’s seat, so you can make a quick (and easy) getaway.

2. Second-row climate controls
Sienna’s standard three-zone automatic climate control features a separate rear control panel, so everyone can enjoy the same level of comfort, regardless of their preferences.

3.Smart Key System
A convenient keyless access system. As long as the Smart Key fob is in your pocket or purse, you can open Sienna’s doors with the touch of a handle, and start or stop the engine with the push of a button.

4. Dual-View Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment Center
The Dual-View Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment Center 32 includes a 16.4-in. color display, RCA jacks, two 120V AC power outlets, a remote and two wireless headphones. Its unique screen can display one wide-angle image or two smaller images from separate sources at the same time.

5. Storage space
Sienna even has space within its space. The cargo area behind the third-row seat offers a storage compartment that’s perfect for small items you’d like to keep out of view, such as a purse or camera.


Power Broker
The Sienna conquers that obstacle course called the everyday with a silky-smooth 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination gives the Sienna confident power for urban trekking or highway merging while using fuel efficiently. The standard Tow Prep Package allows the Sienna to pull a 3,500-pound trailer. Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and a wide stance help deliver a solid, direct on-road feel. Aerodynamic under-body elements may seem a bit naughty to mention for a family vehicle, but they do enhance Sienna’s dynamic performance.

Road Warrior
When was the last time you heard “lowered, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, side skirt body elements and smoke-look sport trim mentioned in the same sentence as “family van?” The Sienna SE combines those features to make this van more like a sport sedan. Low-profile headlights with LED daytime running lamps (DRL) complement the muscular style. Inside, exclusive instrumentation and unique black leather-trimmed heated and powered front seats with white stitching complete this comprehensive transformation.

Let’s talk safety. Star Safety System, ALR seatbelts and Tire Pressure Monitor System are just a few reasons the Toyota Sienna is advenced in keeping families safe.

The Sienna is equipped with eight airbags, including dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags from the front seats to the third row, a front passenger seat cushion airbag plus a driver’s side knee airbag. Active headrests in both front seats help to reduce the possibility of whiplash in certain types of collisions.

The available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert on SE, XLE and Limited grades uses sub-millimeter wave radar designed to detect vehicles that are in the vehicle blind spot. When the system detects a vehicle in the adjacent lane, it alerts the driver using indicators on the side mirrors. If the turn signal is activated when there is a vehicle in the blind spot of the driver’s intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding mirror will flash. Rear Cross Traffic Alert can be especially helpful when backing out of a driveway or parking space.


There is just so much convenience in the Toyota Sienna, is makes life easier. I’m a big hands-free user, so the Driver Easy Speak option is a big favorite of mine. Also, easily accessible, at the drivers fingers tips is the center console and dash, that includes air conditioning, shifter and multimedia controls into a single unified panel. Perfectly placed, these keep my eyes on the road, where the belong.

Packed with popular modern options, style and safety, The Toyota Sienna just may have turned me into a fan of the van.

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Disclosure: I was delivered The Toyota Sienna to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. Photos used and the opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.


  1. A second row climate control is essential. I don’t know why more SUVS or minivans don’t come with them. The entertainment center also makes this car great for the family.

  2. Your car looks so cool! It has a lot of cool features and very stylish design.

  3. Our Family World says:

    Wow! Toyota Sienna looks gorgeous! I love those features and of course the safety is the most important.

  4. I love all the extra room and storage space in this Toyota. My daughter drives a Rav4 and loves that Toyota too!

  5. Elizabeth O. says:

    I’ve always liked this brand, they know how to make great cars. I think this is awesome, love the spacious interior and all the features that come with it.

  6. I have had a toyota since 2008. I love them, incredibly safe ratings and roomy and with everything I need in them! Plus if you keep it maintained there is never anything to fix! Same Truck since 2008 and nothing major except a flat! This looks like an amazing ride and I am looking for something for my husband!

  7. Robin Rue says:

    I also really love the Toyota Sienna. They don’t call at the Swagger Wagon for nothing! It really has so many nice amenities.

  8. What a beautiful car! We have a Toyota at the moment and we love it! Storage space is really important, especially if you have kids.

  9. CourtneyLynne says:

    Ooooo what a fabulous ride!!!!! I just love Toyota!!!

  10. The Toyota Sienna sounds like a great car for a large family or even business use! I love contactlless technology woot..And I am a Can kinda woman. I have Driven one before for 3 strait years! 🙂

  11. Karen Glatt says:

    I love Toyota Cars! This one is so nice and so roomy. It would make a nice vehicle to take on a road trip. I sure love the color.

  12. I really want the tire pressure monitoring system on the next car I get,

  13. I test drove a Toyota Sienna when I was trying to decide on a new car. I ended up buying a small car because I live alone and thought it was a bit too big for myself. However, it drove like a king.

  14. My friend has three kids. She used to tell me all the time that the Sienna was her dream car. She loves it. So many great features.

  15. My friend has a Sienna and she loves it! Now looking at what is in there I can see why she likes it. I think my favorite thing in the car is in the rear vents for air-conditioning and heat. I love it

  16. The Sienna looks like a great ride. I love all the space, and I love the extra features like the power lift rear door. Nice.

  17. The power lift gate is awesome! I have one on my SUV and I don’t know how I ever lived without it. The blind spot monitor would be awesome to have as well.

  18. So many great features. I love that this vehicle comes with 2nd-row climate control.

  19. The one thing I want the most is a power lift gate. When I got my truck I didn’t care that I didn’t have it. I didn’t think it was a big deal until I tried one out. My next vehicle will have one for sure.

  20. I drive a Toyota and love it, such a great company. My favorite feature is the smart key, it is so convenient when my hands are full.

  21. Looks like the perfect car for the whole family. I love the blind spot monitor too making driving much more safer!

  22. This is really nice it is always good to hear about cars and their features ty for sharing

  23. That’s a cute looking SUV…. My husband and I are planning to purchase a bigger car next year! I have to test drive this car

  24. This is a great looking Toyota! I love all of the features that it comes with. Great family car.

  25. Friends of ours absolutely love their Toyota! They are always talking about what a great family car it is!

  26. I would love to own a Toyota Sienna. My sister had the opportunity to review one so of course we took it everywhere. It is stylish and comfortable to ride in.

  27. Garf
    Twitter: g_kohls

    I love the temperature control the most. That’s the feature that I really missed from our old car.

  28. This looks like a great family car and mini van. I love all the saftey features that it has and storage space.

  29. michele d says:

    What a beautiful car. I was thinking about buying another mini van soon. Can’t wait to tell my husband about the Toyota Sienna.

  30. We love Honda but a dear friend of mine love Toyota. She said that it is the most reliable car she’s ever owned.

  31. I love Toyota cars but not vans, the Sienna though is making me thing twice about vans because of the features. I am not yet looking for such car but I can see how useful it would be for a family.

  32. So many options it’s hard to make a decision when buying a car ty for the info