If the Camry was an individual, its big brother would be the Sienna minivan.
We say this because both models share a similar structure and design. Toyota even marketed the Sienna as the “Camry of Minivans” upon its release.
Like its smaller counterpart, the Sienna offers ample interior space, good cargo-holding capacity, and standard safety features.
We’d recommend the Sienna to anyone who desires a simple minivan that offers utility, performance, and safety. But before you buy the vehicle, read our statistics guide for the Sienna models.
We examine production numbers, theft rates, resale values, reliability ratings, and many more:
How Many Toyota Sienna Have Been Sold Per Year in The U.S.?
Toyota initially released the Sienna as the replacement for the older Previa model.
Customers and the automotive press loved Sienna’s combination of utility and comfort.
As a result, demand for the model grew, especially in the early years. Annual sales jumped from the first-year figure of 81,391 models to over 100,000 models two years later.
Since then, the Sienna has continued to perform well in the U.S. A fall in demand for minivans has caused annual sales to drop, though. In 2018, Toyota sold 87,762 Siennas; that number reduced to 73,585 in 2019, marking a 16% decrease.
Toyota has sold 2,487,799 Siennas over the course of the model’s 21-year production run. Meanwhile, the average number of Sienna models sold each year since 1998 is 118,467.
Below is a breakdown of annual sales figures for each Toyota Sienna model year:
|Year||No. Of Models Sold|
What Year Did Toyota Start the Sienna Models?
Toyota started producing the Sienna at its Georgetown, Kentucky factory in 1997.
It would release the Sienna in 1998, positioning it as the successor to the outgoing Previa model. Toyota’s engineers built the Sienna on the same platform as the Camry, and both of them share several elements.
The Sienna was also the first and only minivan to offer All-Wheel Drive. Some competitors such as the Chrysler Pacifica now offer All-Wheel Drive too.
The Sienna has undergone three major redesigns since 1998:
- 2004 (first redesign year): This model year marked the start of the second generation of Sienna models. Notable changes to the Sienna included an increase in its body size, allowing it to compete with larger minivans on the market. Toyota also introduced the first wheelchair-accessible minivan model during this year.
- 2011 (second redesign year): The 2011 Sienna model was the first of the third generation Siennas. Significant changes include the introduction of a new four-cylinder engine and a sportier S.E. variant.
- 2017 (third redesign year): Toyota gave the Sienna a significant makeover for this model year, creating the fourth generation of Siennas. The Sienna received, among other things, a new fuel-injected V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
How Is the Fuel Economy on a Toyota Sienna?
The Sienna’s gas mileage, although not the best among other Toyota vehicles, is competitive in its class.
The 2WD Sienna variant gets a combined 21 MPG. By comparison, the Chrysler Pacifica and the Honda Odyssey both have a combined 22 MPG.
Also important for you to know is that AWD Sienna models consume more fuel than the 2WD models.
Below is a list showing the fuel consumption levels for different Sienna models:
|Model||City MPG||Highway MPG||Combined MPG|
|Toyota Sienna 2WD 3.5 L (6-cyl.)||19 MPG||26 MPG||21 MPG|
|Toyota Sienna AWD 3.5 L (6-cyl.)||18 MPG||24 MPG||20 MPG|
How Quickly do Toyota Sienna Depreciate?
The Sienna provides a spacious cabin to haul the entire family on trips and generous cargo-holding capacity to pack supplies.
It is one of the few models to offer all-wheel drive, making it drivable even in inclement weather. Reliability is also decent, which isn’t surprising for a Toyota vehicle. All these have contributed to the Sienna’s popularity among Americans, especially families.
The popularity of the Sienna models has allowed them to hold their value better than most. According to Kelley Blue Book, the Sienna will retain 36.7% of its value after the initial five-year period.
This makes for a depreciation rate of 63.3%, which, per KBB data, is the second-lowest in the minivan segment.
Did Toyota Recall Any of the Toyota Sienna Models?
Undoubtedly, the Sienna is one of the high-quality minivans out there.
However, some model years have been hit with many customer complaints, forcing recalls for the vehicles involved.
Toyota has recalled the Sienna 41 times across the model’s 21-year history. You may want to avoid the models released in 2005, 2006, and 2011 as they have the highest involvement in recalls.
We have ranked each of the Sienna’s 21 model years according to their involvement in recall actions:
|Model Year||No. Of Recalls|
How Much Do the Sienna Models Pollute?
The 3.5 L V6 engine that powers the Sienna models isn’t exactly energy efficient and consumes lots of fuel.
Because of this, the Siennas have higher emissions than the average vehicle. So yes, the Sienna isn’t the ideal choice if you want an environmental-friendly vehicle.
Here’s a table showing pollution statistics for the 2020 Sienna models:
|Model||Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Emissions Score|
|Sienna 2WD 3.5 L (6-cyl.)||417 grams per mile||4/10|
|Sienna AWD 3.5 L (6-cyl.)||441 grams per mile||4/10|
How Much Can the Sienna Models Tow?
While it isn’t a large pickup, the Sienna’s body size and powerful V6 engine mean it can tow to some extent.
From data gathered online, we discovered that the Sienna models could haul up to 3,500 lbs. However, you must pair your Sienna with the optional Towing Prep Package before towing loads.
The TPP contains an engine oil cooler and a heavy-duty radiator/fan. These components ensure your vehicle’s engine doesn’t overheat while towing heavy items.
Those aren’t everything you need, though. You’ll need to install a tow hitch on your Sienna before towing with it.
How Reliable Is a Toyota Sienna?
Sienna is another product of Toyota’s commitment to making dependable vehicles.
It offers above-average reliability, so you don’t have to worry about multiple breakdowns.
RepairPal gives the Sienna a 3.5/5 reliability rating, ranking it as the sixth most reliable vehicle in the minivan segment. J.D. Power also considers the Sienna one of the most dependable minivans on the market.
It even designated the Sienna the ‘Most Dependable Minivan’ in its 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study.
How Safe Is a Toyota Sienna?
The Sienna has enough safety features to satisfy even the most safety-conscious drivers.
All models in the 2020 lineup come with lane-control systems, adaptive radar cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.
They also have high-beam headlights that provide visibility when driving in low-light conditions. The Sienna’s impressive collection of safety systems earned it a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Still, you may be concerned about the Sienna’s crash protection, which leaves a lot to be desired.
The Sienna earned average scores on the IIHS small-front overlap test for both the passenger side and the driver side. This test evaluates a vehicle’s protection for both driver and passenger in the event of a frontal crash. The IIHS awarded it an ‘Acceptable’ score for its driver-side safety and a ‘Marginal’ score for its passenger-side safety.
Other minivans such as the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica offer more in terms of crash protection and safety. The two minivans also have the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation, something the Sienna doesn’t have.
What Is the Typical Buyer Demographic for This Model?
The buyer demographic for the Sienna comprises more men than women.
However, the percentage of female Sienna buyers (39%) is considerable and even higher than the segment’s average (37%). Sienna buyers are younger than the average minivan buyer (55 years) is, with the median age being 48 years.
They also earn, on average, a yearly household income of $111,500.
Quality and reliability are the biggest considerations for Sienna buyers when buying vehicles. Unlike other minivan owners, they are not overly concerned with vehicle uniqueness.
This could be because they consider vehicles first as a means of transportation.
Toyota Sienna Theft Numbers
Perhaps because of its large size, the Sienna is a tough target for thieves and theft rings.
Thefts of the Sienna have been low compared to other Toyota models such as the Sienna’s smaller sibling, the Camry. However, this doesn’t mean your Sienna is automatically safe from thieves. Ensure to protect it well by keeping it in a secure garage.
Here’s a table showing yearly theft rates for the Sienna models from 1998 to 2014 (Numbers gotten from NHTSA Theft Rate Database).
|Year||No. Of Models Stolen|