The Japanese automaker is not following the trend in the minivan segment where Honda, Chrysler or Kia have come out with new generations, instead choosing a mild refresh for the Sienna.
The company is also preparing for the New York Auto Show with a facelifted version of the little Yaris, improving both the looks and the interior technology, as well as adding new things on the list of available equipment. The Sienna is coming with a thoroughly revised front end which is quite the obvious departure from the current model. There’s a complete new fascia and grille inspired by recent models such as the Mirai – with possible polarizing results. It has a huge front opening sitting close to the road that is in contrast with the rest of the classic design. Toyota is also thinking about utility – from the mid-grade SE trim upwards there’s a new laminated windshield for lower NVH levels (noise, vibration, and harshness).
The Limited grade also gets acoustic glass for the front row of seats and there are five USB ports inside. Toyota’s Entune 3.0 infotainment system is on the menu as well – on the L, LE, SE and XLE trims it also comes with a connected navigation system. The LE, SE, and XLE also get an on-board Wi-Fi hot spot. In addition, the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance systems is now standard on the 2018 Sienna – adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.
The 2018 Yaris meanwhile gets a more limited rework – similar front end with the Sienna as well as new taillights and a modified rear bumper to fit the rework. The 6.1-inch Entune infotainment system is standard on the L and LE trims. The SE packs a larger 7-inch screen. The Toyota Safety Sense suite is again standard, as well.