Driving.ca: 2017 Sienna Review

It’s hard to say goodbye to this eight-passenger living room on wheels. After two months of driving the 2017 Toyota Sienna SE, the ultimate Mom-mobile – certainly not a sexy descriptor, but true nonetheless – I’m very sad to see it go. Especially those incredibly comfortable, leather, power adjustable and heated front seats, part of the SE package (which starts at $40,235).

As equipped, with the Technology package, this oversized chariot rings in at $45,585 (not including taxes and delivery); but that’s after an extra $5,350 is added for all the bells and whistles when it comes to entertainment, safety and convenience – overhead 16.4-inch wide-screen monitor for the second row, dual-screen rear seat BluRay entertainment system, navigation, smart key with power back and side door buttons, power moonroof, anti-theft system and, perhaps most appreciated, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert. That’s in addition to the standard set of features, which certainly isn’t lacking.

But ultimately, what I love about a minivan, and which is often underrated, is the sheer utility and practicality it provides. The ability to throw a truckload of camping gear in the back and still have ample room for five – or even more – passengers is the absolute definition of road trip luxury. Not the “my valet is jealous” type of luxury we often aspire for, but the “let’s go camping any damn time we want” kind.

Read the full review here.