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Pros: The 2014 Toyota Sienna minivan is a go-to vehicle for Canadian families. Its ride quality is only matched by its roomy and versatile interior. Fit and finish is neat. There's generous selection: seven or eight seats, FWD or AWD, etc. And like all Toyotas, the Sienna offers superb quality, reliability, and high residual value.

Cons: The cabin has plenty of hard plastics. The base model is relatively low on content for the price, so beware of pricey options. Also, if you're looking for an exciting drive, turn to competitors like the Odyssey.

2014 Toyota Sienna Price:
Buyers have a choice of six trim levels ranging from V6 7-passenger ($29,120) to XLE AWD 7-passenger ($41,425).

2014 Toyota Sienna Fuel Economy: This minivan boasts ratings of 11.4/7.9L/100km (city/highway). With all-wheel drive, expect 12.6/8.7L/100km.

Toyota Sienna 2014
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Improvements and Changes: Gone is the base 2.7L 4-cylinder. However, some U.S. websites have reported that a hybrid version will use this same engine when launching this spring. Stay tuned...

2014 Toyota Sienna Powertrain: A single combo is available from now on, namely a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Output is rated at 266 horsepower. As mentioned, all-wheel drive is optional.

Cargo Capacity:
The Sienna's trunk alone can swallow 1,107 litres of gear. When all the rear seats are folded, you get a whopping 4,248 litres.

Safety:
Standard features include seven airbags, stability and traction control, disc brakes with ABS, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as smart stop technology, which automatically cuts engine power and allows the brakes to take precedence over the accelerator when both pedals are pressed at the same time.

Comparing the 2014 Toyota Sienna: The minivan segment also includes the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, and Nissan Quest.