2018 Toyota Sienna Gets A Nose Job And New Features Ahead Of NY Debut

With a redesigned front fascia that includes a new lower grille and larger fog light compartments, the Toyota Sienna has been taken into the 2018MY.

The popular minivan also gains side lower rockers to all trim levels, in the same vein with the current SE grade, a laminated front windshield that reduces noise, vibrations and harshness on the SE, and new acoustic front row side glass on the Limited grade.

Rounding up the list of visual updates are three new color choices – Toasted Walnut Pearl, Alumina Jade Metallic and Parisian Night Pearl, bringing the number of available exterior finishes to nine.

The TSS-P bundle of safety features, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, radar-guided cruise control, Lane Departure Alert and automatic high beams, is now standard on all models.

Moreover, the automaker has also added the new Entune 3.0 multimedia system, which can optionally feature the Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps, Entune Audio Plus with Safety Connect, Wi-Fi Connect and a premium JBL audio system.

Other technology updates include a new rear-seat entertainment system with streaming capability for Android devices, 360-degree camera view, 4.2-inch TFT multi-info display and five USB ports that cover all three rows of seats.

Joining it under the spotlight in NY will be the facelifted Yaris that, like its European sibling, gains a more dynamic look on both ends, in addition to various updates on the interior, including a 6.1-inch or 7.0-inch touchscreen display, USB, AUX, voice recognition, Bluetooth music streaming, satellite radio, Siri Eyes free, and others.

Available in a choice of 8 exterior colors, including the new Blue Eclipse and two-tone Blue Eclipse with Black Sand Pearl Roof, the subcompact hatch will go on sale this summer with prices to be announced close to that date. As for the 2018 Toyota Sienna, it will arrive at dealers this fall, with both model to make their public US debuts at the New York Auto Show next month.


  • U8INIT

    This never held a candle to the Honda or Pacifica as it stands now…

    • Danangme

      Except both will need new transmissions before they reach 100K miles. The Toyota won’t

      • U8INIT

        Maybe so…but your Toyo will have a sludge filled engine so….to each their own.

      • marioGTI

        Or new engine like it was in my case 🙁

      • Benjamin B.

        I agree. Honda automatic transmissions are terrible. Its manuals are lovely though. I wish Honda USA offered US Odyssey with a standard transaxle.

    • seetee

      1st year built from the ground up new car

      time to call tony to fix it again

    • Benjamin B.

      The brand new Pacifica is pretty fancy. I would recommend leasing one new. I wouldn’t get an used van. I wouldn’t buy either. The Honda will hold more value, however budget a transaxle replacement as Honda automatics are notoriously terrible.

    • Stock Holder

      Minivan sales in March: Honda Odyssey 7727, FCA Pacifica 9340, 7 year old Toyota Sienna 9770. You may not like the Toyota as much as the Honda or Pacifica but the sales tell a different story for most people. You would make a poor marketing guy.

      People keep asking why they didn’t update the van…Lets see??? The market for minivans is down 20% this year plus their “OLD” van, with the tooling paid for, is selling very well. I think a better question would be “why would you invest that much capital for such a small return?” All the money is being invested in trucks and SUV’s because that’s where the profits are.

      The best selling minivan is the Grand Caravan, 15602, yes FCA still sells this van! Three people in my office have this vehicle and all of them bought it because it was the cheapest, and all of them wish they hadn’t. I’m sure that FCA’s quality has now improved and the Pacifica is going to be just a peach. 😉

      • U8INIT

        I didn’t talk sales toots….where did I ever mention sales?! So your marketing comment held no value…

  • Six_Tymes

    Darth Vader with a bigger head

    • rover10

      Looks more like it ran into a Valour gas fire!

  • pjl35

    Why are there pics of the Yaris in this gallery?

    • Nordschleife

      I said the same thing but maybe they are showing the Blue Eclipse paint color. Who knows really. LOL

  • Craig

    I like minivans. I once owned a 1996 Dodge Caravan SE with the 3.8. It was surprisingly ‘peppy’ and fun to drive. [For what it was] I’d love to see a Lexus version of the Sienna.

    • Jonathan Coknoz

      No kidding! Would love a Lexus version!

  • Dennis Scipio

    The Sienna’s Front End got Corolla-fied.

    • Benjamin B.

      It looks more like an Orange County housewife now.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    They just made this van uglier

  • Red_Light_Green_Light_123

    Looks like they copy and pasted from the Avalon.

    • Benjamin B.

      Sienna is basically a longer roof variant with more headroom, a slightly higher seating position, and sliding doors.

      • Jonathan Coknoz

        Keep telling the same joke, not getting any funnier.

  • TheBelltower

    This used to be one of the best minivans on the market. It’s fallen way behind.

  • Danangme

    The new Camry looks like 10 people designed it independently and this is just butt ugly.

    • Ha. Maybe they got bored of the vanilla design. So every designer went to the dessert bar and threw every single topping on it.

  • salamOOn

    aaah toyota, you need to hire some professional designers…..

  • Scott Carmichael

    That’s kind of…..hideous.

  • What about the sienna hybrid being for sale in the USA?

  • SumNika.

    It only took 4 years, but finally the Sienna has a 360 parking camera, something that the Camry had for years.

  • mick

    Curious. I thought the 2018 would be all new on the TNGA platform. The previous generation model run was from 2004-2010, this generation is now officially running at least 1 year longer. I wonder what gives? They have incrementally given the Sienna a lot of updates starting with 2015 refresh, but the overall design dates back to the 2011 MY. The SE front end looks better than the limited, at lease from these pics. Still the 360 camera and finally adaptive cruise on the AWD model (never understood why they couldn’t have done that before) are nice to have.

    • emjayay

      Yeah, there have been continual improvements including the new interior and overall engineering improvements a couple years ago, various tech stuff, a new engine in 2012 or 3 and direct injection or something last year. It should have been a new model at this point. It’s a trashed up old one with some better features. Chrysler must be relieved.

  • gshemant

    NOOO WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! How could someone legitimately think this was an improvement from the last gen?

    • I will cringe every time I see this on the road.

  • Plutonium

    First glance this looked like souped up 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey… Then realizing it’s a new funkyfied “sporty” Toyota Sienna.

  • Benjamin B.

    It looks like an Orange County housewife now.

    • Jonathan Coknoz

      Keep telling the same joke, not getting any funnier. Sigh.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    For the love of god Toyota, KNOW WHEN TO STOP!

  • Waiting but now Disappointed

    The plan seems to be to focus on the design of the luxury line. Get the public to start liking the look of the luxury line. Then when the luxury line gets a new look. Sell the old look to the non luxury line. The public will eat it up thinking they are getting the luxury look. Very ugly.

    • Now you can plow snow… In your luxury sienna


    • Usually cars grow on me… Not this one.

  • Honda NSX-R

    The Sienna was a pretty decent looking minivan…until now.

  • no25

    this thing was due for a redesign – instead toyota slapped on the face of a corolla and called it a day.

  • Jonathan Coknoz

    Could be worse, it could have a Honda push button transmission and variable cylinder management that’s been a part of class action lawsuits for years. Honda is the Ford of Japanese vehicles, mass produced and full of tech junk. Will never own a Honda again.

  • KidRed

    Such an ugly, tiny, pinched looking front end. Toyota just doesn’t get, or care for “cohesion” as none of their cars have a harmonious balance front to rear. They are all just vehicles from a Robotech anime cartoon.

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