Toyota Sienna: Evolution and Enhancements from 1997 to 2022

by Masashi S. JDM Enthusiast

The Toyota Sienna is a minivan manufactured by Toyota named after a city in the Tuscany region of Italia called Siena. The Sienna was introduced in 1997 to replace the first-generation Toyota Previa van. In this article, we will take a brief look at the Toyota Sienna. Please follow through.

1997 – 2002

The first generation of Sienna was launched in 1997, was built on an extended but similar platform to the Camry. The Sienna was initially available in three trim levels namely CE, LE, and XLE. In 2001, the Sienna received some changes including a redesigned grille, a redesigned bumper, and front and rear facelifts. The Sienna received some optional safety features including side airbags, anti-lock braking system, and VSC. The Sienna came fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 194 hp and 209 lb·ft of torque paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

2003 – 2009

In 2003, Toyota introduced the second generation of the Sienna, based on the K platform shared with the Camry. Standard features include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and remote keyless entry. Optional features like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a voice-activated navigation system, etc. The 2004 Sienna fitted a 3.3-liter V6 petrol engine with 230 hp. In 2007 a new 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 270 hp and were paired with a five-speed automatic transmission in either FWD or AWD drivetrain. 

2010 – 2019

Toyota's third-generation Sienna was redesigned in 2011 and offered in five trims: Base, LE, XLE, Limited, and SE. The model features a tall front fascia, short overhangs, a wide windscreen, swept-back headlights, a short hood, and a slatted grille. Inside, it features a dashboard with a "swoop" wood trim, a split weather control, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The 2011 Sienna comes with a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine, 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, and an 8-speed automatic transmission. It comes with a pre-collision system, advanced stability control, and a backup camera. The vehicle is available as AWD or FWD.

2020 – Present

Toyota's fourth generation Sienna, launched in 2020, is now available in 2021, based on the TNGA-K platform. Available in LE, XLE, Limited, XSE, and platinum trims, it features a protuberant grille, slim headlights, a sloped roof, sculptured door panels, fenders, and a Corolla wagon-inspired tailgate. The Sienna's interior is spacious with a three-row seating arrangement, rear infotainment system, and ample cargo space. Standard features include Wi-Fi, rear entertainment, 7 USB ports, four-zone climate control, and voice amplification. The Platinum trim offers a 360-degree camera view and heads-up display. The 2021 Sienna featured a hybrid system with a 2.5-liter Atkinson engine and electric motor, with front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel-drive. Toyota also introduced the Woodland crossover in 2022, offering AWD, higher ground clearance, and a tow package for outdoor activities.


The Toyota Sienna is a minivan produced by Toyota and was built on a revised Camry platform with its upscale and spacious cabin. It has most of the things families look for in their daily transportation needs, and we conclude that the Sienna is a good minivan overall. It’s also a comfortable, elegant, reliable, and dependable car. You can check the Toyota Sienna stocklist for more available models now.

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About Masashi S. Junior   JDM Enthusiast

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