2004 Toyota Sienna

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

200.0” x 68.9”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Performance
  • Driving ease
  • Quietness
  • Stability
  • Resale value

The bad:

  • Ride comfort
  • Rearward visibility

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2004 Toyota Sienna trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Increased dimensions
  • Built in America
  • AWD available
  • Folding third-row seat
  • Wheelchair-accessible model available

2004 Toyota Sienna review: Our expert's take

Toyota has finally mastered the art of the minivan, boasting that its revamped Sienna for 2004 has grown bigger, better, faster and more luxurious.

Already, reviewers are calling the second-generation Sienna the best of the bunch, even trumping minivan-master Chrysler with design, features and versatility.

Sienna really is a great minivan. But it’s still a minivan and as such must contend with a hopelessly dorky image.

Teens hate minivans. So do aging, ego-fragile dads. As for moms, I remember one friend complaining after she bought a purple Dodge Caravan, “Nobody flirts with you when you’re driving a minivan.”

So be it.

Now Chrysler, credited with inventing the modern, front-wheel-drive minivan, has again moved the target with a new kind of craft. That would be the Pacifica, which manages to look sharp, drive well and fulfill the functions of a minivan without looking like a soccer mom’s nightmare.

But Sienna makes no bones about its role as a family transport and utilitarian people-mover. A day trip to Tucson with five people on board helped Sienna show off its exemplary driving characteristics and roomy accommodations.

This was the top-rung XLE model, a pricey piece that bottom-lined at $35,511 after being loaded up with luxury options. But then the teenage denizens in the backseats had no problem with riding in a dorky minivan when it’s equipped with a DVD player.

What it is

Revamped from bumper to bumper, Sienna is now big enough and powerful enough to compete with top dogs such as Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Grand Caravan. With all seats deployed, it can seat seven. With the seats folded into the floor, it can carry a truckload of cargo or a full sheet of plywood.

The well-equipped base model starts at $24,000.

Engine and transmission

Power from Toyota’s new workhorse 3.3-liter V-6 grows to 230 horses, 20 more than last year’s 3-liter engine, and a strong 242 pound-feet of torque. This provides enough acceleration and smooth freeway cruising, even with a full load.

Fuel economy is improved despite the extra power, with the EPA’s rating at a respectable 19 miles per gallon city and 27 highway. However, Toyota does recommend expensive 91 octane.

The five-speed automatic shifts seamlessly, enhanced by an “electronic intelligence” program that helps control gear changes to increase fuel mileage.

Handling and drivability

One of the best features of any modern minivan is carlike handling, and Sienna drives as well as a nice sedan.

Outside Tucson, we went over the twisting two-lane road that traverses Gates Pass toward the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and Sienna zipped through the tight turns with maneuverable handling and minimal body sway.

Steering is responsive rack and pinion, which thankfully is becoming a common feature on today’s vehicles.

Toyota tout s the Sienna’s tight turning radius of 36.8 feet, not bad considering the long 119.3-inch wheelbase.

The four-wheel-disc brakes (rear discs are optional) are very strong. Standard are anti-lock brakes with brake-force distribution, which electronically balances brake pressure to each wheel, and brake assist, which adds pressure in panic stops.

Sienna comes with optional all-wheel drive, though the test van was a standard front-driver. Vehicle stability control, which helps prevent skids, and traction control, which controls wheelspin under acceleration, are optional on front-wheel-drive and standard on all-wheel-drive models.


Pretty standard stuff, though Toyota designers added some nicely faceted creases to the basic baby-whale minivan style.


The last-generation Sienna was faulted for being too small inside, so Toyota responded with an interior that is significantly longer, wider and taller. With a wheelbase increased by five inches, four inches added to the width, and overall length of 200 inches, Sienna now has the space for roomy seating all around and luggage room in the back.

Having the middle and rear row of seats fold into the floor, station-wagon style, boosts flexibility because it allows quick changes for added cargo or humans.

The dashboard is very nice, and there’s a seemingly endless array of nooks, cubbies, sliding drawers and cupholders.

The center console detaches so it can be placed between the front or middle seats.

The base CE and upgraded LE versions have a decent array of standard features, and the XLE tested here pushes into luxury territory. There’s also an XLE Limited model that has every bell and whistle known to mankind.

As it is, the well-equipped XLE included a monster package of options, with leather seating, a fine JBL audio system with 10 speakers, and the DVD video player with wireless headphones.


Sienna XLE is a pretty cushy ride at $28,260, but the options package came in at $6,545, putting it into an exclusive level.

The package is an amalgam of luxury and safety features, including the leather, audio upgrade and DVD video, as well as moonroof, skid and traction control, rear disc brakes, daytime running lights, side-bolster airbags up front and side-curtain airbags for all three rows.

With $196 for floor mats and something called a door-sill protector, and $510 shipping, Sienna came out to $35,511.

Bottom line

Toyota scores a solid hit with the redo of Sienna, retaining the qualities that made the first generation a success while fixing the size and power issues.

For those who chafe at an import brand competing head-to-head with U.S. automakers’ products, Sienna is built in Indiana with 90 percent of its content sourced in North America, according to Toyota.

Toyota Sienna XLE

Vehicle type: Seven-passenger minivan, front-wheel drive.

Base price: $28,260.

Price as tested: $35,511.

Engine: 3.3-liter V-6, 230 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, 242 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm.

Transmission: Five-speed automatic.

Wheelbase: 119.3 inches.

Curb weight: 4,165 pounds.

EPA mileage: 19 city, 27 highway.


Roomy accommodations.

Overall drivability.

Luxury features.


Mundane styling.

Expensive options.

That minivan stigma.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.1
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


The first and only minivan I like.

Well it fits all 7 members of my family. Has pretty good gas mileage. It is comfortable and doesn't take 3 years to get up to 35-40 miles per hour.


Love this van!

I scored my Sienna "excellent" based on the fact that, though this vehicle does not have the features of new vehicles, or the performance of newer bigger engines, it shows astronomical worth in functionality and comfort and for an older car, does not drive like an old car. My husband has taken care of regular service and we have never had anything major break that hasn't been due to regular wear and tear. We bought new (first year available) & have had for 17 years (210,000 miles) and it still runs like a clock. Starts in subzero weather, drives in snow, air conditioner works, seats & upholstery are in great shape and the Scotchguard on the fabric STILL works! This vehicle is an amazing example of the already incredible Toyota reliability and quality. There's a reason the design has changed little in 17 years (and I've never bothered to "upgrade.") I've loved every reliable year I've been able to trust this van to get us around safely and will actually miss moving on.


Best vehicle we’ve ever owned

Clocked 240,000 miles, only ever had minor issues. No rust, original transmission and engine. Solid, reliable van, can carry a ton. Comfortable & well built.

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Based on the 2004 Toyota Sienna base trim.
Frontal driver
Frontal passenger
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Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
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