2020 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Release Date – We hope Toyota is cooking something special up to its next generation minivan, because it’s definitely been a long wait. While most cars and minivans go six years between generations, the 2020 Toyota Sienna represents year nine when it was completely redesigned. Sure, there was a significant overhaul a couple of years ago and constant updating (including some for this year), but the competition has been completely redone and it makes a difference. Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica are more refined, more technologically advanced and have better safety ratings. Even the Kia Sedona, which is no spring chicken itself, is healthier in some respects.
Now, despite being long in the tooth, 2020 Sienna still provides plenty of distinctive elements that keep it relevant. Its second row seat slides longer than most, providing exceptional comfort for adults and teens. Its unique feature on all wheel drive. Its SE trim level, which is probably the most engaging minivan to drive. In other words, don’t write it out completely, but be sure to shop around.
What’s new with Sienna for 2020?
The SE and SE Premium trim levels can now be equipped with the Nightshade Edition ($ 700) package pictured above. Following an industry trend, it replaces all the exterior bright work with black trim. It is undeniably the coolest Sienna.
Sienna is a wide van from the outside and it has a wide, expansive line on the inside. There are a lot of hard plastics around, but many of them are replaced with wood and soft touch materials as you climb the trim ladder. It looks old for the most part because Sienna is really an old van. None of the smart swoops and characters from recent Toyota interiors have made it to Sienna, and it makes it feel dated. This is only enhanced by the modern Pacifica, Odyssey and even Kia Sedona interiors, which we prefer over this one.
Utility for all your passengers is about the average for the segment. You get 10 cup holders with the Seven-Seat van and 12 with the eight-seater. So five USB ports are made available, with at least one in each row. Some of the functionality suffers from the messy design of the middle stack, such as the heated seat scroll wheels being tucked away away from the view, while a gaggle of buttons that all look the same sit out in the open.
Toyota’s infotainment system is a mess of a dinosaur-like interface. Fortunately, Apple CarPlay is standard, but Android Auto is not, and all other system features are problematic. The UI’s skin, design and menus all feel like they are more than a few steps behind competitors. Everything works, it just discourages the use of the general to be slow, unresponsive and disconcerting to operate. If technology and infotainment are important parts of your buying decision, know that Toyota is at the back of the pack in this regard.
Sienna is about the same length as all the other minivans for sale. There is not much differentiation here as they all hover just over 200 inches. You sit in a commanding position, looking down at the dash and over the small front overhang. Behind you is an expansive space, with room for either seven or eight in total. The second row can be adjusted via slides that can free up space in the third row, or bring the second row to the limousine area. With everything set in its normal position, Sienna actually has less legroom, but more shoulder room than its competitors.
2020 Toyota Sienna Hybrid is able to get respectable cargo volume out of Sienna still, with more room than any other when all three rows are erected. Maximum volume from Sienna matches up to 150 cu-ft, but you are able to get a few more cubes out of other vans when the full load setup attacks (ie seats removed / stowed away). Sienna does not compromise the shape of the cargo area for any fancy exterior designs that offer up the maximum amount of space from the van’s footprint. Toyota offers a catalog of cargo solutions such as nets, totes and even roof racks to help you organize your packing.
In terms of seating, 2020 Toyota Sienna Hybrid offers a fold-flat third row like any other minivan. The second row of captain’s chairs glide much further than those of Pacifica and Odyssey, so you can slide them far forward for extra cargo space or far back to create Limo-like legroom. While they don’t fold away in the floor like Pacific’s, we think they are ultimately more comfortable. The detachable segment between those who create the Sienna capacity with eight passengers is not as comfortable as the full center seat of Odyssey.
2020 Toyota Sienna Hybrid offers an engine and transmission with Sienna. The 3.5-liter V6 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and power is routed to either the front wheels or an accessible all-wheel drive system. That makes 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This makes it the most powerful minivan, but only barely enough. Sienna feels sprightly when driving completely unloaded, but never fast. Its eight-speed transmission helps keep turns low on the highway, but it’s slow to shift.
Fuel economy is competitive with others in the segment, rated at 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway and 21 mpg combined for front-drive models. The all-wheel drive Sienna is rated 18/24/20 MPG, which is actually not that bad of a drop. We drove a 2019 model with all-wheel drive and returned 23 mpg on a long highway haul, just below the EPA rating.
It depends on the trim level you choose. The 2020 Toyota Sienna Hybrid we tested, and in fact most trim levels, feels heavy in any situation-heavy and slow to change speed or direction. Imagine accumulating an extra 1,000 pounds in an old full-size sedan, and that’s pretty much how an empty Sienna drives. This is reinforced by the gas regulation introduced when the current V6 engine and eight-speed automatic were introduced for 2017. The intention is to dull the effect of accidental throttle when going over the bump and EEK out of an Iota more fuel economy. But other Vans don’t seem to see the need for this, and the result is that Sienna moves with all the alacrity of a sullen bison. Prod it enough and it suddenly drops a few gears and Lopes off. It is simply food dening.
On the other hand, there is the SE trim level which has a more complex suspension, sharper steering and just plain normal throttle response. The SE is actually one of the better minivans to drive, and while that is not what we would call sporty, it is also uncomfortable. We would bet the next generation Sienna will run much more like SE than other trim levels. Still, no Sienna is as refined as recent Vans. There is a bit more vibration and noise.
Toyota’s V6 engine is not an inspirational mill, but it gets the job done without ever feeling tired or under the drive (throttle response aside). It needs this power to pull up to a 3,500-pound trailer, plenty for whatever adventure gear doesn’t fit in or on top of the wagon.
The 2020 Toyota Sienna Hybrid starts at $ 32,510 for the base L trim, including a $ 1,095 destination charge. Features include halogen headlights with automatic Brights, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, three-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, 7-inch infotainment display with Entune 3.0 and a 4.2-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster. Move up to $ 35,330 LE and you’ll get heated exterior mirrors, Power sliding doors, eight-way Power driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, overhead console control for lights and doors and five USB ports. All wheel drives become available as an option with LE, but it’s not at L. The exact price varies minutely via trim level, but all wheel drives are an approximately $ 2,000 add-on for any Sienna.
Toyota produces $ 38,660 Look for the minivan buyer who wants something sportier and more engaging. It has a slightly different suspension setup along with another power management setup. SE also adds LED DRLs, foglights, LED taillights, painted front and rear lower body spoilers and rocker panels, sports mesh front grille, Power Lift Gate, optional moonroof, 19-inch gunmetal gray wheels, leather seats and steering wheel and a sports instrument panel. The SE premium costs $ 44,755 and adds niceties like the 16.4-inch rear entertainment screen and navigation. The new Nightshade Edition adds $ 700 to either SE version and adds blacked out trim and wheels to the exterior.
Alternatively, if you’d rather avoid the sporty route, the XLE costs the same $ 38,660. It instead comes with various 17-inch wheels, leather seats, leather steering wheel, wood-grain style accents, illuminated storage compartments / cup holders, overhead console with side door controls and dome lights, windows with Auto up / down function, and pushbutton Start with Remote illuminated entrance. Adding the “Premium” class to the top of the XLE adds the same equipment as it did in the SE trim.
The luxurious limited trim, which starts at a whopping $ 45,405, far more expensive than anything under it. This has LED DRLs, a dual moon roof, 18-inch alloy wheels, Premium leather seats (upgraded leather), third row leather, heated leather steering wheel, Cargo Management system and navigation with Clari-Fi audio. Stepping up to the limited premium for $ 48,925 net du HID headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 16.4-inch rear entertainment system and a 360-degree camera.
Toyota makes its Toyota safety Sense-P system standard across the Sienna line, meaning everyone can benefit from the safety features it encompasses. This means it has Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Lane-keeping Assist (which we have found works well without being too intrusive). On higher trims, you get other features such as front and rear parking assist sonar, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection.
2020 Toyota Sienna Hybrid gets an overall five-star crash rating from the NHTSA, but was not named a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received “Good” Crash rating from IIHS in the moderate overlap front, side and roof strength tests, but it received an “acceptable” rating (two out of four) in the small overlap driver-front test and a “marginal” rating ( three out of four) for the small overlap passenger-front test. This is the result of Sienna being manipulated before these tests existed, and one of the main drawbacks of going so long without a full redesign.