New 2017 Toyota Sienna – Release Date and Review

The new 2017 Toyota Sienna is an excellent choice for families mostly because of its copious amounts of interior space. Other desirable features include an available all-wheel drive, a far-sliding and comfortable second-row seating, an available eight-passenger seating, user-friendly controls, and several different trim levels. More information on its date of release, exterior and interior styling, and price estimation is covered below.

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The Sienna is one of the best minivans in the market today which you can never go wrong with especially if family transportation is atop your list of priorities. It offers an exclusive all-wheel drive and a seating capacity enough for eight people as an icing on the cake as well.

The interior is heavily updated and now features a feature galore and quality materials even for its base model. The audio and climate controls are now intuitive and driver-oriented than the previous model’s that were considered by many to be rather flimsy. In a nutshell, Toyota has invested a lot of effort in trying to get value for your money.

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One of Sienna’s high point has always been about delivering a comfortable ride, and that’s what the new 2017 model offers. The suspension and structural improvements have also gone a long way in trying to improve the handling and ride quality than before. For those who’d rather spend more to get a more controlled suspension and sharper steering, the SE version should be their aim. But don’t expect anything sporty here – it’s a minivan for goodness sake!

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Nitpicking has revealed the Sienna is pricey than most of its direct competitors, and the second-row seats are somehow awkward and don’t alloy for easy ingress and egress. Thus, you should find out what the competition offers before ultimately making your decision. Options available on the market include the top-value 2017 Ki Sedona. The funky and efficient 2017 Nissan Quest, and the well-appointed and efficient 2017 Honda Odyssey. We however recommend you steer clear of the aging 2017 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Offered Trim Levels – Toyota Sienna

All trims are offered with a standard FWD, but top trims such as the LE, XLE, and Limited are available with an optional AWD. Trim models offered for the 2017 Toyota Sienna include the base L, LE, SE, XLE, and the limited.

Interior Changes & 2017 Toyota Sienna Exterior Review

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The base L, upon its release date, will offer automatic tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio control, rear manually sliding doors, 17-inch wheels, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a windshield wiper de-icer, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, and a height-adjustable driver seat.

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Stepping up to the LE gets you an eight-way power driver seat, a body-color exterior trim, a rear privacy glass, side power-sliding doors,  a 7-inch touchscreen interface, an eight-way power driver seat, floor-and overhead-mounted consoles, a six-speaker sound system, heated mirrors, satellite and HD radio, and 18-inch wheels.

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The SE gets the same accessories as the LE but further adds a perforated second-row leather upholstery, a larger driver information screen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED running lights, a sport-tuned suspension system, lower body-skirting, a sharper steering, a power liftgate, and a unique front fascia.

The XLE adds a faux-wood trim, keyless ignition and entry rear-cross traffic alert, a navigation system, upgraded steering, suspension, and styling.

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Finally, the Limited shares most of the basic accessories found on the base plus a heated steering wheel, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, a rear seat entertainment system, LED daytime running lights, an upgraded 10-speaker sound system, driver memory settings, rear and front parking sensors, and an upgraded leatherette upholstery.

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Spy shots of the new Sienna
Spy shots of the new Sienna

Engine Specifications – 2017 Toyota Sienna Van

2017 Toyota Sienna engine

Under the hood of the redesigned 2017 Toyota Sienna is a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system, which then forwards the power generated – 266 hp and 245 lbs. ft. of torque to the standard front wheels. The Sienna LE, XLE, and Limited however get an AWD.

2017 Toyota Sienna Release Date & Price

2017 Toyota Sienna release date

Its release date should be expected in early 2017, probably in February. As for its price, online reports have alleged we should expected something in the neighborhood of $28,850.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 Release Date, Review and Info

Generally speaking, the new 2017 Toyota RAV4 isn’t much of a standout in any specific area, but a closer look reveals an intricate balance of passenger space, features, and everyday utility. And if your priorities include a spacious cargo and passenger room, a well-sorted tech interface, a good balance between secure handling and ride comfort, you may eventually find yourself heading to the dealership to get one for yourself. Its release date should be expected in the latter end of next year.

2017 Toyota RAV4 front view, grille and headlights

As any sports fan will attest, sometimes you can have a competitive level, a well-rounded team, an awesome coach, and still find glory to be an elusive aspect. Well, you guessed it right! It is a metaphor to what the RAV4 is capable of. It offers a descent drive, its well-equipped and comfortable, and versatile, and to its credit, still holds the benchmark for reliability.

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But its trouble lies in the solid competition in its category which is hard to beat on certain areas. But for 2017, Toyota seems to have mastered the ingredients to success in this fiercely fought over segment through its myriad of updates. For one, Toyota has tinkered with its overall appeal such as the subtly massaged exterior and the well-appointed interior. The former is hoped to make the RAV4 to achieve a more streamlined look that contemporizes its mien.

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Needless to say, the RAV4 is spacious and versatile and well-suited for most utility tasks such as carrying a box for a Little Tikes playhouse or lugging around a vivacious Weimaraner. Combine this with its dependability and spacious interior, and you get yourself an excellent crossover.

In light of the above, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 isn’t the only vehicle in the segment that offers bells and whistles. Others with a polished resume include the 2017 Honda CR-V, the rugged 2017 Subaru Forester, and the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

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Offered Trims – Toyota RAV4

The compact SUV which seats five is offered in base LE, XLE, SE, and Limited Trims. Also reviewed elsewhere on the blog is the RAV4 Hybrid.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Exterior Colors & Interior Changes

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The base LE model offers the following features as standard; adaptive cruise control, a CD player, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, air-conditioning, a rear privacy glass, an integrated driver blind-spot monitoring, 17-inch steel wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, an auxiliary audio jack, and a 60/40-split reclining and folding rear seat.

2017 Toyota RAV4 steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

The Entune Audio Plus package is optional for the LE and adds smartphone app integration, HD and satellite radio, the Scout GPS Link navigation, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.

2017 Toyota RAV4 interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Next up is the XLE trim model which further adds automatic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a height-adjustable power liftgate, 17” alloy wheels, bolstered front seats, a sunroof, heated mirrors, and foglights.

Upgrading to the SE allows your access to LED exterior lighting, keyless entry and ignition, different exterior and interior styling, a sport-tuned suspension system, synthetic leather, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind-spot monitoring system, leather upholstery, front heated seats, and 18-inch wheels.

2017 Toyota RAV4 backseats

On top of what the RAV4 SE offers, the RAV4 Limited adds smartphone app integration, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, a 7-inch display, 18-inch wheels, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and chrome clad exterior trim.

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The interior design features pronounced lines and angles that result in a modern-looking and streamlined dash. However, some might find the climate and audio controls slightly flimsy.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Engine Specification

Motivating the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a four-cylinder 2.5L engine. The power generated – 176 hp and 172 lbs. ft. of torque is routed to either the FWD or the optional AWD via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Toyota RAV4 engine

With an AWD system, it only takes about 9.2 seconds to get past 60 mph. Fuel consumption according to EPA estimates is 30/23/26 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the FWD RAV4, and 29/22/25 mpg with the 4WD.

Price Estimate & 2017 Toyota RAV4 Release Date

Various sources allege the 2017 Toyota RAV4’s release date should be expected in the latter half of 2017. When we come to the price estimate, expect to be set back by a base MSRP of $24,350.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 gear shift knob

2017 Toyota Camry Sedan Release Date, News & Specs

With its recently improved handling and cabin quality, buyers will certainly find the 2017 Toyota Camry competitive and compelling in the midsize sedan segment. Some of the highlights for 2017 include an excellent V6 engine, above average backseat space, comfortable and roomy interior, good visibility, user-friendly interior controls, and distinct sport and luxury trim levels. Its release date, going by our online sources, should be expected sometime early next year.

New add-ons for 2017 include a new Special Edition trim that comes bundled with blue interior accents, smoke taillights, and a sporty gauge cluster. The Camry has been one of the perennial best-sellers for Toyota that has evolved gracefully without abandoning its roots. And with aggressively and nimble rivals gripping at its heels, Toyota designers managed to stage a comprehensive overhaul that has seen the vehicle get tauter sport-tuned suspension system and sleeker looks.

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The Special Edition trim has been introduced in order to sustain the momentum from last year’s redesign. It comes boasting of flashy 18” wheels, styling flourishes, smoked taillights, vibrant blue color interior trim, and SE’s sport-tuned suspension system. The company also acknowledges that not everyone loves tuner-inspired styling flourishes and performance, which is the reason there are both the LE and XLE trims.

For those still dissatisfied with what the Camry provides, there is a variety of intriguing alternatives to choose from. They include the Honda Accord, 2017 Mazda 6, 2017 Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata for 2017.

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Toyota Camry – Available Trims

The five-passenger mid-size sedan is available in a walloping five trims: base LE, midsize SE, Special Edition, and XSE, and the top-of-the-line XLE trims. Reviewed separately is the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Exterior Review & Interior Changes – 2017 Toyota Camry

Standard equipment available for the 2017 Toyota Camry LE model include a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, keyless entry, 16” wheels, a 6.1” touchscreen display, heated outside mirrors, cloth upholstery, keyless ignition, automatic headlights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, auxiliary audio jack, voice controls, air-conditioning, and USB/iPod interface.

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Building on what the LE comes with is the SE trim that adds a 4.2” touchscreen display, a leather trimmed-steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension system, 17” alloy wheels, synthetic and cloth leather upholstery, a sport-themed exterior styling and a sport-tuned suspension system.

Optionally available for the two trims above include HD and satellite radio, a sunroof, and an upgraded 7” infotainment system. The equipment comes bundled in the Entune Audio Plus package.

As for the SE-based Special Edition trim, buyers should expect 18” wheels, unique gauges, smoked taillights, a sunroof, contrast stitching, keyless entry and ignition, Qi wireless charging, 18” wheels, a sunroof, blue interior trim, and hands-free truck opening.

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The XSE trim comes with automatic climate control (dual-zone), LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, synthetic and leather upholstery, front heated seats, smartphone wireless charger, four-way power passenger seat, and a sport-tuned suspension system.

Offered for both the SE and the four-cylinder XSE trims is the optional Convenience package that comes bundled with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless ignition, hands-free trunk opening, and remote start.

Equipped similarly to the XSE is the XLE, but adds a full leather upholstery, comfort-oriented suspension system, 17” alloy wheels, and sporty-styling elements.

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The V6-powered XSE and XLE versions comes equipped with an upgraded Entune touchscreen interface, wireless smartphone charger, noise-reducing windshield, LED headlights, a navigation system, and smartphone app connectivity.

Engine Specs – 2017 Toyota Camry

Under the hood of every 2017 Toyota Camry’s trims is a four-cylinder 2.5L engine rated at 178 hp and 170 pounds of torque. Both the six-speed transmission system and a front-wheel-drive are standard.

2017 Toyota Camry Sedan Engine

During our own test drive, the 2017 Toyota Camry LE model hustled from 0-60mph in 8.3 seconds. Generating 268 hp and 248 pounds of torque is a 3.5L V6 engine equipped on both the XSE and XLE trims.

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Fuel consumption ratings as per EPA stand at 25/35/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the four-cylinder base engine, and 21/32/24 mpg for the V6-powered versions.

Date Of Release & Price – 2017 Toyota Camry

The LE will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $23,070, the SE – $23,840, the Special Edition – $25,715, and the range-topping XSE an MSRP starting from $26,310. Release date wise, the vehicle should be expected early next year in the USA and Canada.

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