Toyota Releases Details on Updated 2015 Sienna

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Toyota says the Sienna boasts a number of updates for 2015, including a more upscale interior and improved handling thanks to new suspension tuning. We'll see if that's enough for the minivan to get its swagger back, as sales are flat through the first six months of 2014 in a segment that's up 6.9 percent.

Related: 2014 Toyota Sienna: Car Seat Check

Toyota redesigned the Sienna's grille, and the headlights now incorporate available LED daytime running lamps, but the overall look is similar to the minivan's 2011-14 model years. The automaker promises more soft-touch materials inside — a good thing, as the current generation's middling cabin helped earn it a last-place finish during our 2011 minivan comparison. The updated Sienna gets Toyota's Driver Easy Speak system, which is also available in the automaker's redesigned Highlander SUV. It amplifies the driver's voice through a microphone up front to the third-row speakers so parents don't have to shout to anyone in the peanut gallery.

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Inside, the Sienna incorporates a redesigned steering wheel and center controls, as well as a panel atop the instruments with upscale stitching. Second-row seats still offer extending leg rests. Entertainment options include a dual-view rear entertainment system that plays Blu-ray discs. Like before, leather seats are optional. Up front, redesigned gauges incorporate an available 4.2-inch instrument display with turn-by-turn navigation directions. A touch-sensitive 7-inch center screen has configurable menu items and smartphone/tablet-like swiping functionality.

On the safety front, the Sienna has eight standard airbags plus a standard backup camera. The automaker also says its improved the access to Latch anchors for child-safety seats.

It's unclear when the minivan goes on sale or what's under the hood, but it's a good bet Toyota will carry over the 2011-14 Sienna's workhorse 3.5-liter V-6.

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

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Comments 

George

8 speed automatic yet?

carma

Six speeds is most likely, but with a powerful V6 that would seem to be plenty. All that matters is the final drive ratio and how well spaced the steps are to get there. More speeds equals more weight and complexity and at some point you might want to just opt for the CVT, with infinite ratios.

Dave

Nooooo way. No CVT. Been there done that.

Xrs2009

I work in the car business. I can tell you all this advertisement for 8 speed auto is just stupid. My 2014 Camry SE Sport have 6 speed auto with the 4 cylinder engine and around 80 mph it runs at the same rpm these new 8 speed does. I have driven many cars with that new tranny, including BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz. I agree with Carma about the final drive ratio, what I don't agree it's about the garbage CVT tranny. Give me a 6 speed auto and I'll be fine!

Isaac C

The new front grill looks nice, like a Kia.

WTF

Thank goodness no more swoosh on the dashboard.

George

The Aisin medium duty 8 speed automatic isn't any larger or heavier than the 6 speed automatic currently used.
CVTs don't have infinite ratios, they have continuous from low to high. What matters is the spread from low to high, and on that regard the CVTs are well behind.
Aisin medium duty 8 speed automatic: 7.6:1
JATCO heavy duty CVT 6.4:1

carma

"Continous" ratios is equivalent to infinite ratios. "How stuff works.com" uses the word infinite in describing the gear ratios in a CVT.

8 speed transmissions weigh more than six speeds, are more complex and are more likely to fail because the have more parts. Six speeds are just fine for the Sienna. If you're hung up on having more speeds, just get the CVT with its infinite or nearly infinite ratios. George's eight speed dream could easily be embarrased at a stoplight by a two speed powerglide hooked to a 409 V8.

carma

...or a Tesla Model S, with a one speed transmission.

carma

My apologies for repeating that 8 speeds are heavier than six speeds. As George pointed out, the newer ones are not necessarily heavier. The new Chevrolet 8speed going in the vette and 2015 pickups weighs roughly the same as the current six speed.

George

Carma:
More moving parts allow for lower specific loads, which means LASTS LONGER.

When Toyota 'upgraded' to the 6 speed (transverse) automatic, they decreased their ratio spread from 5.6:1 to 5.4:1. And part of the process, Reverse gear became MUCH too short. It was >25% shorter than first. Which means you don't have enough wheel speed to reverse in heavy snow.
Some 8 speed automatic have two reverse gears.
Toyota already upgrade the Rx350 F-sport, and that was the '13 MY, so I think is is proven enough that Toyota can spread it around to all 3.5 V6 applications.

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