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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Toyota Sienna

3/15/2013
One of the best-selling minivans for sale today, the 8-passenger Toyota Sienna was last redesigned for the 2011 model year. For 2013, Toyota drops the 4-cylinder engine that was formerly offered in the base model, making a V-6 engine standard equipment for all Siennas. Additionally, the popular Sienna LE model gains a standard triple-zone automatic climate control system, power-adjustable front seats, and new easy-clean fabric. A new Blind Spot Monitor system is offered for the Sienna SE and XLE, and comes standard on the Sienna Limited. For more information about the 2013 Toyota Sienna, check out the 5 fast facts below.

1. Toyota offers the 2013 Sienna in standard trim, as well as popular LE, sporty SE, upscale XLE, and luxury Limited trim levels. Standard equipment includes aluminum wheels, power adjustable side mirrors, a heated wiper de-icer grid, and headlights that automatically turn off. Inside, this minivan provides power windows, power door locks, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and cruise control. The standard stereo offers satellite radio and an auxiliary audio input jack.

2. Choosing a more expensive trim level provides access to a long list of upgrades. Highlights include Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming, leather seats, triple-zone automatic climate control, a premium sound system, a navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, and a keyless access and push-button ignition system. Toyota offers a sporty version of the Sienna, too. The Sienna SE has a lowered and sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch aluminum wheels, and cosmetic modifications including a body kit, fog lights, smoked headlight and taillight lenses, and a unique dark chrome grille with a mesh insert.

3. The Toyota Sienna was designed in California, engineered in Michigan, and is built in Indiana. It holds up to eight passengers, and offers 39.1 cu. ft. of cargo space behind its third-row seat. Fold the third-row seat down, and the Sienna swallows 87.1 cu. ft. of cargo. Fold the second-row seats and adjust them as far forward as they will go, and the Sienna accommodates 117.8 cu. ft. of cargo. Fold the third-row seat and remove the second-row seats, and this minivan can handle 150 cu. ft. of cargo.

4. A 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard for the 2013 Sienna, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and driving the minivan's front wheels. Toyota offers an optional all-wheel-drive system for the Sienna, making it the only minivan with this feature. Fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg in combined driving for the front-wheel-drive model, and 19 mpg in combined driving with AWD.

5. The 2013 Toyota Sienna is equipped with seven standard air bags, traction and stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a Smart Stop system that makes it impossible for the minivan to accelerate if the driver's foot is on the brake pedal. A reversing camera is standard for the Sienna LE and SE, while the XLE offers a 180-degree reversing camera, rear parking assist sensors, and Safety Connect telematics service with Automatic Collision Notification. Limited models add front parking assist sensors, and offer a panoramic reversing camera system, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a Pre-Collision System.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 Sienna receives a 4-star overall rating (out of 5 stars). Note that in the frontal-impact test, protection for the front-seat passenger is rated 3 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designates the 2013 Sienna a "Top Safety Pick."