Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Highlander and 2015 Lexus RX 350

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Vehicles Affected: About 20,000 model-year 2014 Toyota Avalon and Camry sedans, Sienna minivans and Highlander SUVs, and model-year 2015 Lexus RX 350 luxury crossovers

The Problem: Fuel may leak from one of the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment; in the presence of an ignition source, this increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners Monday, and dealers will replace any of the suspect fuel delivery pipes for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Toyota Sienna Price Jumps $1,680 Over 2014 Model

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With a revised interior and a refreshed front end, Toyota hopes to draw families to its 2015 Sienna minivan. The starting price, however, might have them thinking twice: The 2015 Sienna starts at $29,485, including an $885 destination charge. That's a price increase of $1,680 over the 2014 Sienna L base model ($27,805).

Related: Toyota Releases Details on Updated 2015 Sienna

However, the base Sienna's price is less than the 2015 Honda Odyssey ($29,805) and the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country ($30,990). The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan has the Sienna beat on price, though. The Grand Caravan SE base trim starts at $24,790.

While the Sienna's looks are new for 2015, the engine remains the same as the 2014 model year. The 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A 2015 all-wheel-drive Sienna gets an EPA-estimated 16/22 mg city/highway; the 2014 Sienna with all-wheel drive earned 16/23 mpg.

By Jennifer Newman | September 2, 2014 | Comments (21)

Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota Sienna

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Vehicles Affected: More than 260 model-year 2014 Toyota Sienna minivans manufactured between June 17 and 24, 2014

The Problem: The protective cable sleeve of the shift control cable may have been damaged during assembly; this could cause the control cable to bind or separate during gear shift operation, causing incorrect gear selection. If separation occurs while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear, and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. In addition, when the driver goes to park the vehicle, despite selecting the Park position, the transmission may not be in Park, and the vehicle could roll away, injuring exiting occupants or bystanders.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners early this month, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmission shift control cable for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

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.

By Kelsey Mays | July 17, 2014 | Comments (12)

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By Matt Schmitz | July 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Jennifer Newman | June 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
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By Matt Schmitz | June 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2004-2011 Toyota Sienna

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 370,000 model-year 2004-2011 Sienna minivans originally sold in or registered in cold-climate states

The Problem: The spare tire carrier's splash protector could shift or fall off the vehicle allowing corrosive road elements, like salt, to corrode the cable that holds the tire into place. If this happens, the tire could come off the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. This is an expansion of a previous recall.

The Fix: Dealers will install a splash protector and apply an anti-rust agent to reduce the effects of corrosion for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota has not yet provided an owner notification schedule; owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 for more information. 

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Sienna: Car Seat Check

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It doesn't get more family friendly than a minivan, but not all of these family haulers are created equal. The 2014 Toyota Sienna can seat up to eight, but our test van had second-row captain's chairs that reduced seating capacity to seven. The Sienna earned a mix of grades in our latest Car Seat Check.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | February 13, 2014 | Comments (5)

Do You Need an All-Wheel Drive Minivan?

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The main mission of a minivan is to haul people, more so than even the more popular SUVs that account for more than 30 percent of new-vehicle sales.

Yet, whereas more than half of SUVs are equipped with all- or four-wheel drive, Toyota stands alone among minivan manufacturers in offering all-wheel drive, which is installed on about 17 percent of Siennas sold in the U.S. In contrast, about 60 percent of Toyota Highlander SUVs are equipped with all-wheel drive.

2014 Toyota Sienna Cars.com Review

That percentage apparently is enough to satisfy the bean counters at Toyota, which has the all-wheel-drive minivan niche all to itself; the Sienna's main rivals seem to be in no hurry to try to crash that party.

By Rick Popely | February 5, 2014 | Comments (14)

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