Toyota Sienna  vs Highlander 

Toyota Sienna XLE

  • $34k
  • 3.5L V6
  • 18 city 25 hwy
Front view of Toyota Sienna
Visually, the sweeping control panel has too many of them for my liking, but at least the climate controls are intuitive.
by (Oct, 2013)

Toyota Highlander LE

  • $31k
  • 3.5L V6
  • 19 city 25 hwy
Front view of Toyota Highlander
So for 2014, Toyota’s wrapped its huge-selling crossover SUV in more-angular sheetmetal designed to attract more dudes.
by Car and Driver (Feb, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Sienna vs Highlander

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Sienna XLE
Highlander LE

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Sienna XLE
Highlander LE

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Toyota Sienna

Reasons to consider the
Toyota Sienna XLE

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Slightly better highway driving range 500 miles vs 480 miles Around 5% further range on the interstate
Car-autoblog-first view of Toyota Highlander

Reasons to consider the
Toyota Highlander LE

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Saves slightly on fuel $2,556 vs $2,643 Around 5% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Slightly cheaper annual cost $8,660 vs $9,372 Around 10% less expensive per year
Slightly lower MSRP $31k vs $34k Around 10% cheaper sticker price

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$33,645 18¢/mile Toyota Sienna
Highlander $30,520 17.4¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Highlander is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Toyota Sienna Highlander
Price $6,729 ($33,645) $6,104 ($30,520)
Fuel $2,695 (3,642 gallons) $2,606 (3,521 gallons)
City 18 MPG 19 MPG
Highway 25 MPG 25 MPG
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Sienna  vs
Brand Toyota Toyota
Model year 2014 2014
City range 360 miles 364 miles
Highway range 500 miles 480 miles
MSRP $34k $31k
Annual cost $9,372 $8,660

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.5L 3.5L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders V6 V6
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD 6-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.91 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear brakes 12.2 in Disc Disc
Front wheel width 235 245
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 60

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Antilock brakes Standard N/A
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard N/A
Traction control Standard N/A
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Front track width 67.7 in 64.4 in
Height 68.9 in 68.1 in
Ground clearance 6.5 in 8 in
Length 200.2 in 191.1 in
Wheelbase 119.3 in 109.8 in
Curb weight 4,465 lb 4,244 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes No
Seats 8 8
Front seat room 60 ft³ 62 ft³
Rear seat room 53 ft³ 53 ft³


Sienna  vs
Stops the engine instead of idling No No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³ 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton 0.46 metric ton

power & handling

Max HP 266 HP @ 6,200 RPM 270 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 16.79 lb/hp 15.72 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.5 feet 38.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

AM/FM radio Standard N/A
CD player Standard N/A
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Optional, $449 N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard N/A
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard N/A
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system Optional, $0 N/A
Roof rails Optional, $485 N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard N/A
Power outlets Standard N/A
Power steering Standard N/A
Power windows Standard N/A
Toyota Sienna XLE
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