When Car and Driver compiled its most recent list of Best New Cars For Growing Families, it knew a minivan needed to be on that list. Minivans are popular family-haulers, and Car and Driver is no stranger to the segment.
Just last March the magazine conducted a comprehensive comparison test of the leading minivans in the U.S. market, including the Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona. The Chrysler minivans were booted out of that comparison since they lost an older matchup and had not been updated. The Sienna won that comparison.
In its new list, Car and Driver pointed out the Sienna’s segment-only all-wheel drive, saying “Sienna appeals to a wide range of families looking for roomy, comfortable, and high-quality transport. A 266-hp 3.5-liter V-6 paired to a six-speed automatic drives the front or—in a segment exclusive—all four wheels, a bonus when the weather turns nasty.” In fact, the Sienna is so good in the snow it can beat a Jeep Grand Cherokee in a race.
The Toyota Sienna also has segment-leading safety. It has earned the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the highest in the industry. With all these standout features, it is no wonder Car and Driver chose the Sienna.