Why New Tech in 2018 Toyota Sienna Minivan Will Make It a Top Seller (Again)

The Toyota Sienna is on the best top sellers in the minivan segment for two years. To keep the sales momentum going, Toyota has upgraded the 2018 Sienna minvan with new tech features. It is called an ideal family-friendly van, with a choice of seven- or eight-seat cabin configurations, ample cargo space and an array of safety, comfort and convenience features. For active families on the go, Sienna remains the only van in the segment with available all-wheel-drive (AWD).

For 2018, TSS-P will be standard on all Sienna models. This multi-feature advanced active safety suite bundles cutting edge active safety technologies including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA); and Automatic High Beams (AHB).

Sienna drivers will enjoy enhanced connectivity and entertainment through the new Toyota Entune™ 3.0 multimedia system on all models, offering an enhanced set of connected vehicle technologies.

The Entune 3.0 system will feature navigation and App Suite Connect for everyone. The Sienna L, LE, SE and XLE grades will come standard with the Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps. Sienna LE, SE, and XLE grades will come standard with the Entune Audio Plus, which includes Safety Connect, and Wi-Fi Connect. WiFi Connect will allow up to five mobile devices to connect using 4G LTE.

For those wanting it all, the Entune 3.0 Premium JBL Audio (available on SE and XLE and standard on Limited) adds Dynamic Navigation and Destination Assist and features new advancements in sound quality. Sound enhancements include Sound Staging, which positions speakers directly in front of the listener to help emulate a live concert venue; Low Frequency Sounds, made possible by an added 10.1-inch subwoofer; Clari-Fi, a technology that “un-compresses” music to help restore an audio track’s dynamic range; and nine speakers that are specifically tuned to cabin dimensions and materials.

Additional technology updates include:

  • Five USB ports covering all three rows.
  • Updated Rear Seat Entertainment to include streaming capability for Android devices
  • Bird’s Eye View monitor (available on Limited Premium grade)
  • 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display.

Exterior styling is updated with a redesigned front fascia that includes a larger lower grill 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.

The 2018 Sienna also offers nine exterior colors, including three new choices: Toasted Walnut Pearl, Alumina Jade Metallic, and Parisian Night Pearl. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 296 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, Sienna is available in L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited grades.

The 2018 Sienna will be reaching Toyota dealerships in the fall of 2017. The Sienna, is assembled in Princeton, Indiana.