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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Toyota Sienna XLE

Vehicle Type: Minivan Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 3

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $39,850
Price as Tested: $44,780

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 18
EPA City mpg36
EPA Highway mpg36
EPA Combined mpg36

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The Sienna minivan has been around since 1998. It was last redesigned for 2021, when Toyota made a brilliant move: replacing the Sienna’s V6 with the hybrid drivetrain it uses in the RAV4 and Highlander hybrids. That decreased its power by about 50 hp but increased the fuel efficiency from 20 mpg to 36 mpg. With an abundance of room for up to 8 people and their stuff, the Sienna is a great family vehicle for running errands, taking kids to baseball practice, or going on a weekend camping trip. Its ride and handling are smooth, serene, and unruffled. The second-row captain’s chairs slide forward and back, and interior comfort is aided by tri-zone automatic climate control. For longer trips, the great gas mileage is a definite plus, as is Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 complete set of standard advanced safety features. Gripes? Not many. The Sienna’s engine is underpowered and the drivetrain is noisy, especially when accelerating. The interior fit and finish could use upgrading, as could the infotainment system. Adjusting the seats can be a little awkward, and the rear roof support (C pillar) creates a significant blind spot.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • High mpg and ADAS features add up to good value
  • • Plenty of room for up to 8 people and their gear
  • • Smooth, comfortable ride quality

Weak Points

  • • Underpowered engine, noisy drivetrain
  • • Outdated infotainment system
  • • Seating could be more comfortable

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/6
Curb weight (lbs): 4640.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 203.7 / 78.5 / 68.5
Wheelbase (in): 120.5
Number of air bags: 11
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Falken ZIEX A/S
Front and rear tire size: 235/65 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): 3,500
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L I4 Dynamic Force
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 189 @ 6,000
Electric motor horsepower: 130
Combined system horsepower: 245

Test Data

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Handling: 5.99
Quality and Drivability: 6.47

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