Written by Marco Carvajal
Driving the 2020 Toyota Sienna SE Premium FWD for 8 passengers in the warm state of Florida. Riding the Sienna with children and family gives you a wish to stay on the road The Sienna feels like my small portable home on the road. Enough room for everybody on board and storage for anything you may need, from music instruments to sport accessories, beach umbrellas, portable chairs, extra clothes, it seems that everything can fit inside the minivan Toyota Sienna.
Riding inside the Toyota Sienna SE minivan can be compared with being inside of a limousine, but instead of champagne, let’s serve juice for the kids.
The Sienna is an excellent choice for people who want to purchase a minivan at a reasonable price and with lots of extras. Large families, or even families with few members, can benefit greatly from this beautiful minivan. Having a larger storage area, more space for passengers, excellent entertainment for children, and an excellent audio system. The Sienna is spacious and conservative, but at the same time organically comfortable.
So far the Toyota Sienna is the only minivan in the segment offering available all-wheel drive, giving you the power for any off-road.
The Sienna has everything you need to make yourself comfortable and safe on the road. Especially when travel long-distance rides, this minivan makes the journey much more pleasant and comfortable. If the passengers are comfortable then the driver will automatically enjoy the trip and be able to focus more on driving.
For some people, a minivan is not the most striking and fashionable mean of transportation, but it is worth test-driving the Sienna, most will be surprised and impressed!
Made in the US
The Toyota Sienna minivan is becoming an American tradition, it has been produced by Toyota for more than 2 decades. The Sienna is manufactured at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana.
Onboard the Sienna long rides are exciting and very comfortable. The driver can focus on driving and enjoy the large interior of the cabin, and the passengers can relax and watch a movie while riding. So much space inside the back of the Sienna allows passengers to walk from the third row to the second row.
Passengers onboard this minivan can recline the seats almost all the way down, making the Sienna the perfect place to take a nap and rest while watching your favorite move on the DVD/Blue Ray or other external media. Reclining seats so much is only possible on a minivan, no other automobiles give you so much interior space.
The Sienna is here to stay, it replaced the first-generation Toyota Previa minivan in 1997. The Sienna was not only a name upgrade for Toyota’s minivan lineup. It also included several enhancements including a new front-wheel-drive system to replace the Previa’s rear-wheel-drive.
The 2020 Sienna is part of the Third Generation, introduced in 2011. Even though Toyota has not changed the current Sienna third generation in the last 9 years, every year Toyota is enhancing the Sienna, producing small changes and upgrades. Toyota keeps refreshing features and details to keep customers interested in each new minivan model.
The Sienna 4th Generation should be available sometime in the near future, but for now, the current third-generation has enough features and options to satisfy the most demanding drivers and passengers.
The 2020 model includes many practical features, and new trims with standard Front Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, and seven or eight-passenger seating available.
The 2020 Sienna is a great choice, it includes Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility on all models standard, plus a generous amount of five USB ports covering all three rows.
The L trim gets Toyota Entune 3.0 with Connected Navigation (Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps). The LE, SE, and XLE trims get Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with Safety Connect, and WiFi Connect for up to five mobile devices with 4G LTE coverage (also standard on the Limited trim).
New Nightshade Edition Slick Look for the 2020 Sienna
The new 2020 Sienna keeps all the great look and features from the previous model but it gets better than ever. New for 2020, the Sienna SE and SE Premium trims are available as the Nightshade Edition. The new feature is themed on black color.
If superhero Batman would buy a minivan, he will get the cool black Nightshade Edition Sienna.
The Nightshade Edition enhances the Sienna adding the following cool features
- Black sport mesh front grille
- Black door handles
- Black 19″ wheels (18″ for all-wheel drive)
- Black spoiler
- Black mirror caps, and
- Black Toyota badges
The Nightshade Edition package is only available with four exterior colors: Midnight Black Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, and Super White. As per the interior, it is only available in black.
This Nightshade additional feature has a starting price around $700, very low price for a very cool impressive look upgrade for the 2020 Sienna.
New 2020 Auto Access Seat, Engineered by Toyota
The new 2020 Toyota Sienna is available with the first industry factory installed power rotating lift-up Auto Access Seat. Toyota is the only automobile manufacturer to offer this passenger-friendly mobility model. This Auto Access Seat is available as new trims in the LE or XLE trim models.
The Auto Access Seat rotates ninety degrees, then extends from the vehicle and lowers to a convenient transfer height, ready for easy entry and exit. The Auto Access Seat design matches the interior of your Sienna on leather or fabric, and since the Auto Access Seat it’s a standard feature, then the Auto Access Seat is also covered with the three-year factory warranty.
2020 Toyota Sienna SE Premium FWD 8 Passengers
The 2020 Toyota Sienna is available in several trims. The one I am driving is the SE Premium. The SE includes many of the features to satisfy your driving needs.
2020 Toyota Sienna SE Premium FWD 8 Passengers Highlights
- Dual Moonroof
- FWD standard and AWD available.
- Fuel Consumption
- MPG 19 / 22 / 27 City / Average / Highway
- 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve With Dual VVT-i
- Horsepower 296 @ 6600 RPM
- Torque 263 @ 4700 RPM
- 8-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with Intelligence ECT-i
- 8-passenger seating with removable perforated leather-trimmed 40/20/40 second-row seat, tip-up and long-slide feature and stowable center seat
- 3500 lbs Towing Package
2020 Toyota Sienna Trim Models
For 2020, Toyota is offering more trims and features. The choices and pricing are made to satisfy the needs of minivan buyers.
The Sienna is available in trim levels that include standard Front Wheel Drive, but most models are also available as All Wheel Drive. 2020 Sienna models are available with 7-Passenger or 8-Passenger Seating.
New for 2020, Toyota is offering passenger-friendly mobility model trims with Auto Access Seat.
- LE with Auto Access Seat
- SE Premium
- XLE Premium
- XLE with Auto Access Seat
- Limited Premium
For 2020, pricing has increased by only $100 on the base L model from the previous 2019 model Sienna. You can purchase a Toyota Sienna starting with an MSRP of $31,415 with the Sienna L trim, and go all the way up to $49,190 MSRP for the top of the line, the 2020 Sienna Limited Premium AWD for 7 passengers.
Toyota gives you the flexibility to buy a minivan at the most convenient price for your budget. Pricing for the Sienna is very flexible.
With some trims, you have the choice of the standard Front-Wheel Drive or upgrade to the All-Wheel Drive for an additional charge around $1,000 approximately.
The 2020 Toyota Sienna SE Premium FWD 8 Passengers that I am test driving has MSRP pricing of $43,660.
The 2020 Toyota Sienna SE Premium FWD 8 Passengers that I am driving includes a 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve With Dual VVT-i. It also includes an 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with Intelligence (ECT-i). Horsepower 296 @ 6600 RPM and Torque 263 @ 4700 RPM, enough power for normal activities and some adventure. If you need more power you can upgrade for an AWD Sienna.
Why you should love Minivans?
I respect different driver choices and needs but for many buyers, the Sienna is more attractive than other competitor minivans. Toyota gives buyers a strong confident when buying this minivan. Toyota is well known for producing great cars at a reasonably low price.
In addition to great pricing, one of the reasons why many minivan buyers love the Sienna is because of the low-cost maintenance, easy to do repairs, parts at a low price, and all the support provided when buying a Sienna.
Traveling with children and family, from home to parks, beach, amusement parks or other destinations is easy and enjoyable. Taking my children onboard the Sienna makes the ride much more comfortable and easy for me as a parent, than driving with children on any other vehicle.
I am one of those drivers who love minivans, even I know that for some people the minivan has some not so exciting stereotypes, but for me, it is opposite, the idea of a minivan brings excitement, pleasure, more space, and tons of practicality.
Who doesn’t love electric automatic doors that open just with the push of a button? Who doesn’t love to have so much space in the front cabin, and especially so much space for passengers in the back so they can walk from row to row? I love driving minivans, especially with family, friends or with my musician friends.
Driving the Sienna feels like riding on a private Jet, luxury seats, cool flashing lights, TV monitors so that passengers can enjoy their favorite movie while traveling. Opposed to many SUVs, a minivan has very large cargo space, and if you need more space, just push a button and the third row can be folded to increase cargo space. Even the second row can be folded or removed, giving you a huge cargo space on most minivans.
While other minivan models like the Chrysler Pacifica, the Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan, and the Kia Sedona feature very interesting competition, the Toyota Sienna remains a great choice providing one of the best values on the minivan segment and great pricing.
The 2020 Toyota Sienna offers the best combination for very important aspects like fuel efficiency, reliability, power, comfort and interior space in its class, for a great value price on a range from $31K to $49K.
Toyota Care Complimentary
The Sienna includes Toyota Care, free of charge, a no-cost maintenance plan standard with the purchase or lease of every new Toyota Sienna, during the first 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Toyota Care also includes 24-hour roadside assistance for 2 years and unlimited miles.