Toyota Sienna Ranked Better For 8-Seater Rather Than Highlander. Better Family Car?
I try to write articles that will help you as a reader make the best decision and stay informed. For me, that’s important because I like to see happy owners rather than sad owners or owners who had second thoughts. I know many people who bought a car off the gut feeling and are now stuck with a car they don’t like.
Luckily there are news channels like Motor Biscuit and us who published an article a few days ago on whether or not it is a better option to go with the Sienna or the Highlander. Before you comment that these are not the same vehicle and I am comparing apples to oranges, remember that they both seat 8, come in hybrids, and are around the same MSRP. Granted, if you are buying off looks, you would have a different bias, but this is purely for better measure.
Motor Biscuit says, “When you want to haul stuff, you might be surprised to learn that the Sienna can pack up to 101 cubic inches of stuff with the seats folded. The Highlander only holds 84.3 cubic feet.” Chances are, if you have a family of 5 and want to go on vacation, you may need to take a few more luggage carriers than needed. For that reason, the Sienna offers way more room in the back than the Highlander.
In my opinion, I feel like the Highlander has gotten a little smaller compared to previous generations. They used to be big and beefy with v6 engines. Now everything is a hybrid i4. However, that shouldn’t stop you from looking away from the Sienna.
Motor Biscuit also says, “Both the Sienna and the Highlander earn five stars from the NHTSA. They also earned Top Safety Pick Plus designations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHAs. The Sienna has ten airbags ringing the cabin, while the Highlander has eight.” Safety is important for a vehicle with many passengers—especially most of the time, it will be kids.
While the Highlander is more powerful than the Sienna, I can tell you firsthand that a hybrid minivan does not feel any less powerful. We took it out testing on the highway, and with ease, it climbed the numbers of acceleration and was pretty speedy.
I think that Motor Biscuits comparison was a great one, and I think that if I were to pick between the two having three kids, I would probably pick the Sienna for its price, reliability, comfort, specs, and efficiency.