Refreshed for 2017, Toyota Sienna a Model of the Family-Friendly for Diverse Travels and Climates

Expert reviewers at Edmunds.com lauded it with a 4/5 rating. U.S. News & World Report echoed the sentiment with a respectable 8.4/10. Car and Driver topped the proverbial charts giving its much-coveted 5/5. And even the research and valuation heavyweight Kelley Blue Book, calling it "the most powerful minivan in its class," awarded it 9/10. And these, with but a few upgrades on the last model year. That's a veritable definition of a commitment to quality and longevity, and it's objectified in the 2017 Toyota Sienna.

Toyota designed its eponymous "Swagger Wagon" to accommodate growing families, offering comfort, convenience, and safety features aplenty, flanked by some extra under-hood intelligence, all to bring a new experience to day and road trips alike. And though 2017 Sienna stays close to Toyota's tradition of eco-friendliness with its Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II) classification, it doesn't mean the 8-passenger van can't hit the road with extra drive. A 296-horsepower, 3.5-liter, 24-valve V6 DOHC engine makes possible 263 pound-feet torque to power through weather inclemency native to our greater Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks and West Fargo area, and with a Direct Shift-8AT Electronically Controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), Sienna promises a smooth ride atop northern terrain.

And the van might as well cut a figure while cleaving through the thick of it -- Sienna's stiff body and air fin stabilizers make it a work of aerodynamics atop large 19-inch, 6-spoke gunmetal alloy-finish wheels to capture attention, as well as sturdy low-profile P35/50R19 tires. So why not take its Smart Key keyless access-capable key fob, open the driver door with the mere touch of a handle, start up with the press of a button, and hit the road?

For Toyota, comprehensive safety is paramount, and 2017 Sienna's active Star Safety System tech includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, an Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop for peace of mind through the elements. Keep an eye on what's behind you during parking and reverse maneuvers with a crystal-clear view using the van's standard backup camera. And Automatic Locking Retractor seat belts and four LATCH (Lower Anchors for Children) locations, with lower anchors and tethers on outboard second- and third-row seats, keep the kids secure while they take in the sights, engirded by eight standard airbags and side-impact-resistant door beams.

The drive won't be without enviable comfort either, both for the driver, a wraparound dash design providing easy access to the console, gauges and 3.5-inch color multi-information display, and for the whole gang, soft touch surface materials presenting throughout, including at the dash and door inserts. Staying connected to the mobile lifestyle on the go is a snap thanks to steering wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth and voice command activation controls, and Sienna's three-zone automatic climate control can create a custom atmosphere, both up front, and for rear passengers using a dedicated control panel. Entertainment options abound, including SiriusXM and HD Radio support, and further capability for HD Radio Traffic and Weather helps take everyone from point A to point Anywhere while avoiding where possible trip-hampering snags.

The family's going to need space for road swag, too, and Toyota's Sienna design shows the automaker knows it, boasting a cargo capacity from 39 cubic feet up to a cavernous 150 cubic feet (with second and third rows folded). Access Sienna's third-row Split & Stow seat via its slide- and tip-capable second-row seats, and you can fold it into a cargo-area storage space to create a seamless, flat load surface. Small items tuck away in yet another compartment behind Sienna's third-row seat, making a convenient luggage top-off.

Exploration of all 2017 Toyota Sienna has to offer in its LE, XLE and top-notch Limited trims is just a short drive from Moorhead, Grand Forks or West Fargo. Our 222 40th Street S. dealer showroom here in Fargo will be more than happy to set you up. Stop by and see us today, and let a 2017 Sienna take you and the gang on your next excursion!