Toyota has apparently realized that the minivan segment is heating up thanks to the 2018 Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica. For 2018 Toyota is throwing in some minor updates to the Sienna minivan in an attempt to keep it competitive, but will these minor changes be enough?
On the outside Toyota has essentially updated all of the soft points of the exterior. The front fascia has been swapped out with a grille and lower air dam design that is similar to other, newer Toyota models. The new face is having to mesh with the existing headlights and sheetmetal.
Around back the Sienna now has clear lens taillights and a slightly modified bumper design.
Inside Toyota has not offered any updates for the 2018 Sienna. The only change is an upgrade to the Sienna’s infotainment system to Toyota Entune 3.0, which is rolling out on the company’s newest models. With the latest Entune, buyers will be able to stream from Android devices to the rear seat entertainment system and gain access to 4G LTE WiFi hotspot capability. To better utilize the infotainment system, Toyota has upped the USB port count to five.
Additionally, the new Sienna will offer more standard safety features, keeping with the Toyota trend. All new Siennas come standard with a pre-collision system and pedestrian detection, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams.
Toyota says it has also reduced noise, vibration and harshness thanks to a laminated windshield on SE and higher trims, while the top-tier trims also have laminated side glass in the front row.
These changes to the 2018 model are a follow up to Toyota throwing in a more powerful engine on the 2017 model. Both the 2017 and 2018 model are powered by Toyota’s 3.5-liter V-6 with 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque that flows through an eight-speed automatic.
So will these minor changes keep the Sienna relevant? It’s tough to say given the competitive set this thing is going to face on the market. The current Sienna has been without a major redesign for nearly seven years now.