California Autos Examiner

Friday, May 02, 2014

2015 Toyota Sienna: What to expect?

The Toyota Sienna has been static since its current cycle started in model year 2011. Which the 2014 Honda Odyssey already refreshed, and recalled, and a brand new Kia Sedona on the horizon, what will Toyota be doing to up its game?

Firstly, don't expect a massive refresh like the 2015 Toyota Camry. Sales of the Sienna have been humming along and competition is no where near what it is in the sedan market where the Camry competes. However, there are some areas that the Sienna needs fixing:

Crash Tests: Toyota is still not up to par with Honda on the IIHS tests. Even with the 2014 Toyota Highlander, all it was able to muster was an acceptable rating in the small overlap test. Expect Toyota to do its best to boost the Sienna's crash capabilities.

Interior Materials: The 2011 Toyota Sienna was a letdown when it came to interior materials. If you ignored the gimmicky lounge seats in the up level trim, there was very little to commend when compared to the outgoing model. Expect Toyota to add more soft touch materials to up the cabin level quality.

Powertrain: As with the previous generation, the mid-cycle refresh saw powertrain improvements. Expect the same to happen with the 2015 model year.

Outside of the heavy hitters listed above, expect the usual appearance tweaks and minor trim changes. Given that we are out of major auto shows for the season, expect an out of band announcement this fall.

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