How Long Do Toyota Sienna Hybrids Last? (12 Important Facts)

Toyota has been selling the Sienna since ’98 and just recently released its fourth generation model in 2021.

Now sold exclusively with a hybrid powertrain, it is one of few hybrid minivans on the market today.

Over the years the Sienna has built a reputation as a reliable family hauler that can comfortably seat seven passengers.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Sienna Hybrid’s average lifespan and long-term reliability.

Here is the short answer to how long the Toyota Sienna Hybrid lasts:

A Toyota Sienna Hybrid should last at least 200,000 miles and could even last over 300,000 miles providing it’s regularly maintained and driven conservatively. Based on driving 15,000 miles per year, you can expect 20 years of reliable service from it before requiring uneconomical repairs.

How Many Miles Can You Expect from a Toyota Sienna Hybrid?

The original gas-driven Sienna has always been a firm favorite with taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers for the simple fact they are built to last and are incredibly reliable.

The Hybrid variant might be fairly new, however it comes from a long line of Toyota hybrid vehicles. 

Toyota hybrids, in the form of the Camry and Prius, have proven to be very durable cars that can last seemingly forever. 

With all this in mind, you can expect the Sienna Hybrid to last beyond 300,000 miles if you take good care of it.

The Sienna Hybrid uses the same engine as other popular Toyota hybrids like the Camry, Highlander and RAV4 which means parts are widely available and very affordable.

Toyota backs its hybrid vehicles with a 10-year/150,000-mile hybrid battery warranty so you can enjoy the first 10 years of its life without worrying about any battery expenses.

The battery of your Sienna should be more than capable of lasting over 200,000 miles – even when the battery has degraded substantially, replacing it is relatively affordable and doesn’t spell the end for your vehicle.

The battery should undergo routine check-ups and if one or more cells have depleted they can be reconditioned to prolong its life.

Regular maintenance as outlined in the owner’s manual will ensure your Sienna goes the distance.

Does the Toyota Sienna Hybrid Rust Easily?

The Sienna Hybrid doesn’t have any known issues with excessive corrosion so you can expect plenty of life out of the body and chassis.

The second generation Toyota Sienna did get a recall for excessive corrosion which affected a lot of vehicles in the rust belt. But the newer Sienna Hybrid should be safe from the same type of corrosion because it is much improved from previous generations.

After 5 years or so, it’s normal to see some rust spots on any vehicle — especially if it’s driven a lot in the snow or near the coast where it’s exposed to a lot more salt.

But this is often limited to surface rust which is purely cosmetic and doesn’t affect the structural integrity of the vehicle.

The Toyota Sienna Hybrid comes with a 60-month/unlimited mile Rust-Through warranty in cases of excessive corrosion which should give you additional peace of mind.

The best way to keep your Sienna rust-free is to wax it twice a year and wash it regularly to keep it free from salt, dirt and grime which will accelerate rusting.

What is High Mileage for a Toyota Sienna Hybrid?

A Sienna Hybrid with 150,000 miles on the odometer is considered high mileage. At these higher miles, its 150,000-mile hybrid battery warranty might be close to expiring. So in the rare case that you get any battery issues, you’ll have to pay out for these.

There are lots of aftermarket battery replacements that only cost roughly $2,000, so if the battery dies it’s not the end of the world.

You’re more likely to incur costs due to wear items such as suspension components, wheel bearings, brake rotors, and belts at 150,000 to 200,000 miles.

More important than mileage is the overall condition of the vehicle.

When buying a used Toyota Sienna Hybrid, always consider the following:

  • Maintenance history. Check that the car was properly serviced and the owner can provide evidence of this.
  • Number of previous owners. As a general rule, less is better. More owners usually means more wear-and-tear. A one-owner car that’s been regularly serviced on time is less likely to have issues and nasty surprises.
  • Examine the interior. The condition of the interior tells the story of how well the car was maintained and cared for. Does the steering wheel, pedals or shifter look suspiciously new? If so, there’s a good chance that the car was very heavily used, and those parts were just replaced before it was put up for sale.

How Long Does the Sienna Hybrid Last Compared to Other Minivans?

In this section we’ll take a look at some of the Sienna Hybrid’s closest rivals.

Toyota Sienna Hybrid vs. Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica is the successor to iconic minivans like the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan. Its Plug-in Hybrid version was introduced in 2017.

This is Chrysler’s first attempt at making a hybrid so only time will tell if it’s going to be reliable. 

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will have a shorter lifespan of 200,000 – 300,000 and should last 14 – 20 years when properly maintained.

  • RepairPal gave the Sienna a reliability rating of 3.5/5. It didn’t have enough data for the Pacifica, but the entire Chrysler brand received a 3.5/5.
  • Average annual repair costs for a Chrysler is $608 which is a little higher than the Sienna’s $554.
  • Kelley Blue Book’s consumer rating index gave the Pacifica Hybrid a 4.6/5 for reliability while the Sienna Hybrid got 4.4/5.
  • Edmunds consumer reviews gave the 2021 Pacifica Hybrid an overall rating of 3.9/5 while the Sienna Hybrid got a slightly lower 3.7/5.
  • J.D. Power gave the Chrysler Pacifica a low score of 63/100 for Quality and Reliability while the Sienna got a more respectable 74/100.

Failure rates for the Pacifica’s accessories might be a little higher compared to the Toyota Sienna.

It’s also commonly used in taxi and rental fleets quite a lot so it can likely last 100,000 miles quite easily.

The Pacifica Hybrid has already had a pretty big recall to address electrical issues that can cause a fire with the car’s 12V batteries, so the Sienna is definitely the safer choice for now.

Toyota Sienna Hybrid vs. Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander Hybrid has been available for over 15 years now.

It’s an SUV that can carry almost as many passengers as the Sienna, but has a bit more ground clearance.

The Highlander Hybrid can last over 300,000 or 20+ years just like the Sienna.

  • RepairPal gave the Highlander Hybrid a higher reliability rating of 4/5 compared to the Sienna’s 3.5/5.
  • Average annual repair costs for the Highlander is cheaper at $489 compared to the Sienna’s $554.
  • Kelley Blue Book’s consumer rating index gave the Highlander Hybrid a 4.9/5 for reliability while the Sienna Hybrid got a slightly lower score of 4.4/5.
  • Edmunds consumer reviews gave the 2021 Pacifica Hybrid an overall rating of 3.9/5 while the Sienna Hybrid got a slightly lower 3.7/5.
  • J.D. Power gave the Toyota Highlander a Quality & Reliability rating of 82/100 while the Sienna got a slightly lower 74/100.

The Sienna uses the same engine and likely shares a lot of hybrid components with the Highlander, so reliability and longevity for both vehicles should be roughly the same.

Both vehicles also feature all-wheel drive.

It really comes down to personal preference when choosing between the Highlander, which is a midsize SUV, and the Sienna minivan.

You may also be interested in our article: How Long Do Toyota Highlander Hybrids Last?

Toyota Sienna Hybrid vs. Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey has been the Sienna’s closest competitor for a number of years.

The Odyssey, however, does not come in a hybrid variant, so it’s not as efficient as the Sienna hybrid or even the non-hybrid Sienna.

With Honda’s reputation for reliability, the Odyssey minivan should have no trouble reaching 250,000+ miles or over 17 years of use.

  • RepairPal gave the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sieanna the same reliability rating of 3.5/5.
  • Average annual repair costs for the Odyssey is $547 which is almost the same as the Sienna’s $554.
  • Kelley Blue Book’s consumer rating index gave the Honda Odyssey a 3.7/5 for reliability while the Sienna Hybrid got a much higher score of 4.4/5.
  • Edmunds consumer reviews gave the Honda Odyssey an overall rating of 3.6/5 while the Sienna Hybrid got 3.7/5.
  • J.D. Power gave the Honda Odyssey a Quality & Reliability rating of 77/100 while the Sienna got a slightly lower 74/100.

Toyota and Honda are known for producing long-lasting and low-maintenance vehicles.

In this comparison, we believe the Sienna Hybrid has the edge in terms of reliability.

The extra propulsion the hybrid motors provide takes away a lot of strain on the engine, helping it to last longer.

Comparison Chart

Sienna HybridPacifica HybridHighlander HybridHonda Odyssey
RepairPal Reliability Rating3.5/53.5/54/53.5/5
RepairPal Annual Repair Average$554$608$489$547
KBB Reliability4.4/54.6/54.9/53.7/5
Edmunds3.7/53.9/54/53.6/5
JD Power*74/10063/10082/10077/100
Expected Lifespan (miles)300k+200k – 300k300k+250k+
Expected Lifespan (years)20+14 – 2020+17+

* Ratings for entire model range (not specific to hybrid models)

Is the Toyota Sienna Hybrid Reliable?

Despite being an entirely new model, the Sienna Hybrid has all the makings of a long-lasting and durable family vehicle.

Aside from Toyota’s legendary build quality and durability, the Sienna also uses the same engine used in the hybrid versions of the Camry, RAV4 and Highlander.

All of these models are highly regarded in each of their respective market segments due to their outstanding reliability.

Toyota has also been perfecting its hybrid technology, which it calls Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD), for over 20 years and has been leading hybrid sales worldwide, so it knows what it’s doing when it comes to designing hybrids.

Here are a couple of other data points that prove the Toyota Sienna  Hybrid’s reliability:

  • Owners on Kelley Blue Book gave the Hybrid Sienna a fairly high rating of 4.4/5.
  • J.D. Power gave the Sienna Hybrid a 74/100 for Quality & Reliability which is very respectable for a first year model.

Reliability Compared to Other Minivans

ModelReliability 
Kia Sedona4.0 / 5.0
Dodge Grand Caravan4.0 / 5.0
Honda Odyssey3.5 / 5.0
Chrysler Town & Country3.5 / 5.0
Nissan Quest3.5 / 5.0
Toyota Sienna3.5 / 5.0
Ford Flex3.5 / 5.0
Volkswagen Routan3.5 / 5.0
Avg. Minivan 3.5

The Best and Worst Years for the Toyota Sienna Hybrid

The Sienna Hybrid has only been out for a year so there aren’t really too many differences between model years yet. 

Nonetheless, let’s take a quick look at its best and worst model years so far.

Worst Model Year

We believe the 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid is going to be the worst model year as the all-hybrid minivan becomes more popular in the future.

There are no complaints for the 2021 model on the CarComplaints website so far, but it has logged 19 complaints on the NHTSA website — most of which are very minor issues.

The 2021 Sienna is likely going to have more issues than preceding years although that should taper off as Toyota fine-tune things, this is speculation however it is common for most new vehicles.

For older gas-powered Sienna minivans, the 2004 model has received the most reports on CarComplaints due to a dashboard cracking problem.

Best Model Year

The 2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid is the best model year so far as it’s the latest model. 

The 2022 Sienna saw the introduction of the upper mid-range Woodland edition which features AWD as standard and an additional 0.6 inch ground clearence, which is closer to what many SUVs offer.

Model Year and Number of Complaints

Here is the total number of complaints on the NHTSA database for every model year of the Toyota Sienna Hybrid so far:

Model YearNo. of Complaints
20223
202119

What About Recalls for the Toyota Sienna Hybrid?

The Toyota Sienna Hybrid has had 1 recall since it was released in 2021.

You can check if your Toyota Sienna Hybrid has been subjected to a recall campaign by entering your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the Toyotas website on their recall page.

Recalls are manufacturing faults repaired at no charge to the consumer.

Total number of recalls for the Sienna Hybrid:

  • 2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid: 1
  • 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid: 0

Toyota Sienna Hybrid Model Year List

The Sienna Hybrid was first introduced in 2021 and is still in its first generation in the U.S.

First Generation (2021 – present):

  • 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid 
  • 2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid 

Is the Toyota Sienna Hybrid Expensive to Maintain?

The Toyota Sienna Hybrid is relatively cheap to own and won’t be expensive to maintain with an average annual maintenance cost of $554.

ModelAvg. Annual 
Repair Cost
Frequency of
Unscheduled
Repairs (per year)
Probability of Severe
Repairs
Kia Sedona$4950.310%
Dodge Grand Caravan$6730.311%
Honda Odyssey$5470.512%
Chrysler Town & Country$6360.312%
Nissan Quest$6590.314%
Toyota Sienna$5540.415%
Ford Flex$7130.414%
Volkswagen Routan$7450.711%
Avg. Minivan$6470.412%

How Long Do the Brakes Last?

The Sienna Hybrid’s brakes should last well over 100,000 miles with regular use.

It uses regenerative braking when you’re coasting to charge its batteries, which also helps slow down the vehicle, so you don’t have to use the brakes as much.

Toyota hybrids owners usually only have to replace the pads after roughly 100,000 miles and rotors at around twice that mileage.

If you drive aggressively and stomp on the brakes a lot, you’ll get less life out of the factory brakes.

How Long Do the Tires Last?

The Sienna Hybrid’s factory tires will last about 30,000 to 40,000 miles or roughly 3 to 4 years. 

The tires can wear out much sooner depending on road conditions, driving habits, climate and maintenance.

Lower treadwear tires will wear out much sooner but also provide much more grip.

How Long Do the Transmissions Last?

The Sienna Hybrid uses an eCVT or Electronic CVT which should last the entire lifetime of the vehicle.

eCVTs last much longer than traditional automatics and CVT gearboxes. In addition, Toyota eCVTS have bulletproof designs that will more likely outlast the entire vehicle itself.

How Long Will the Toyota Sienna Hybrid’s Electric Motors Last?

Toyota hybrid motors can last over 500,000 miles without any need for servicing.

You’ll likely go through at least 2 battery replacements before you’ll need to pay attention to the Sienna Hybrid’s electric motors.

Failures in Toyota’s electric motors are extremely rare, so it shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

How Long Do the Spark Plugs Last?

The Toyota Sienna Hybrid’s spark plugs should be replaced every 120,000 miles or every 12 years, whichever comes first.

The Sienna Hybrid uses iridium spark plugs which have a much higher service life than traditional spark plugs. 

How Long Do Toyota Sienna Hybrid Batteries Last?

The Toyota Sienna high-voltage batteries can last 200,000 to 300,000 miles.

Many Toyota hybrids have over 300,000 miles using the original batteries, so you shouldn’t be worried about premature failures or issues.

If you do need to replace the hybrid batteries out of warranty, there are lots of aftermarket replacements available that only cost around $2,000. 

Some hybrid specialists offer cheaper repairs but a new or remanufactured battery is the safest option.

It’s a relatively small price to pay to extend the life of the vehicle, especially when you compare it to the price of EV batteries which cost at least 5 to 10 times more.

What About Insurance Costs?

According to Insuraviz’s estimates, the Toyota Sienna costs an average of $1,580 per year or roughly $121 per month to insure. 

Insurance costs can vary from person to person, so be sure to shop around to find the best possible deal for your Sienna Hybrid.

Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Toyota Sienna Hybrid

  • Practice smooth and safe driving habits.
  • Keep up to date with factory-recommended maintenance.
  • Use quality parts and fluids.
  • Keep on top of repairs to prevent them from developing into larger problems.
  • Regularly wash your Sienna Hybrid to remove dirt and grime to protect the paint and undercarriage from rust.
  • Keep your Toyota Sienna stored in a garage to help protect it from extreme heat and cold.
  • Read the owner’s manual to learn the location of important components, what your minivan needs and in what quantities, and to understand the symbols and dashboard warning lights.

Sources

  1. https://www.caranddriver.com/toyota/sienna
  2. https://www.toyota.com/owners/resources/warranty-owners-manuals
  3. https://repairpal.com/reliability/toyota/sienna
  4. https://www.kbb.com/toyota/sienna/
  5. https://www.edmunds.com/toyota/sienna/2021/
  6. https://www.jdpower.com/cars/2022/toyota/sienna