2022 Toyota Sienna Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Visibility and structural issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Toyota Sienna is a popular family minivan with room to hold the whole gang. In fact, the automaker claims it provides “more than enough.” Still, customers are left wanting some of the basics, such as a solid structure and decent visibility. It seems that the Sienna struggles to fulfill both.

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Problems with Vehicle Structure

When driving with a family, everyone wants peace of mind knowing that the vehicle is built to the highest standards, but that seems to be a problem with the Sienna.

On the Sienna Chat Forum one owner wrote, “One thing that I have not been able to deal with is the wind noise at 60 and over. It sounds like the windows are not fully shut. Acoustic glass doesn’t appear to be on the front windshield. I found the markers on the side windows but could not find any indicator of acoustic glass on the front. Seems odd.”

This isn’t the only issue happening with the Toyota minivan. In fact, it already has a recall showing how defective it is. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V889000 states that the seat belt webbing might not be installed correctly in the second row. This defect can cause damage, making it easier for the seat belt to tear during an accident. Basically, the minivan is “more than enough” unless the driver wants their kids to remain safe. Then, they are simply out of luck.

Problems with Visibility

Seeing clearly from every side and angle of the vehicle is a must, especially if the drive is to remain safe. Yet, this doesn’t seem to be the case with Sienna models either.

One NHTSA complaint states, “We have a rear entertainment center package in our 2022 Toyota Sienna van, when we pull the screen down it completely blocks our rear view due to screen is too big. I am wondering why Toyota didn’t install digital rear view mirror to all trim levels with rear entertainment center, but they automatically install [it to the] limited and platinum trims. To us that is a safety issue, for instance if there is a cop, fire truck or ambulance coming up behind us we wouldn’t see them do to it blocking our view. I have a 12, 8 and 3 year old and every time they get in van they want to always watch the rear entertainment center.”

Toyota has been known to neglect the important details. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago class-action lawsuits were proposed because of defective transmission on the previous Sienna models. Considering Toyota couldn’t get the transmission design down, it’s no wonder that the visibility suffers as well. After all, the engineers have clearly been too busy to think about simple things, such as seeing out the rearview mirror. Who needs to do that anyway with today’s safety systems? Owners can just pretend to be elderly grandmas that back up and hope nothing’s coming.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Ashley L

    2022 Sienna purchased brand new from Toyota in PA. At 960 miles my dashboard lit up that several sensors were unavailable, brought it into the dealership and their response was that the undercarriage was dirty and sensors were ‘sensitive’ – but they replaced them anyway. Sensors still go off after driving for more than 10 minutes in anything other than pristine weather. 5k/7ish months in my car needed a jump. Next day jumped again. Dealer couldn’t get me into a rental big enough for my family so we had to wait 4 days until we could get into shop. Sat there 6 hours with a toddler only to be told the car didn’t register any codes of issues and batteries were in perfect condition, call them back if I have to jump it again. While I was there I asked for tech to help with my app (couldn’t get many of the features to work) and to show me how to work the tv – turned out that was because both items were not working. They would ‘look into it and get back to me….’ Next day car wouldn’t take a jump and had to be towed in. Today is day 13 of car in the shop…..no idea what’s wrong. Can’t do anything because without a tangible issue it technically doesn’t fall under any kind of warranty to be replaced whether that’s parts or the whole car. Asked to just trade in for another Sienna – and told that we can’t order the same one. Everyone is at the mercy of what they get sent. Not even sure we want another Sienna at this point because it’s obviously not a safe car and Toyota isn’t standing by their product! Spent over $58k for heartbreak and hassle!!

  • Peter R

    We have a 2022 sienna with 1000 miles. It has been in the shop 3 weeks now. Toyota found defect in DCM module caused by bad software. They do not have a fix yet. Don’t know how long it will take. 3 others at our dealership same day. Maybe caused by excessive cold weather. Maybe you have same trouble.

  • Carla M

    Toyota Sienna 2022 – bought from Steinbach, MN. I have had nothing but problems regarding the battery & the Hybrid make. Peter Thiessan (love this salesman and have bought 4 Toyota’s from him with no complaints until now. Not his fault but this SIENNA ’22 HYBRID has caused me more grief than all the vehicles I have owned in one life time. To date we have had to have the van towed away (with only 1,300 + KM) then installed another occasion the trickler (over $4+++ ) then had to buy an extension cord, $150 bcuz of sold out product with all the cold weather. We also have had to have this van ‘jumped’ on 4 different occasions, yesterday being the last time. I was late for work, van would not start, I had already put our dog in the van (crated) went in to get my jacket etc., for work, VAN DEAD LIKE FRED, again…I could not get the back hatch up, all electric was DEAD…it was well over an hour, missed class, and dog (doberman) no coat in this weather it is not for the faint of heart (or dobes with now winter coat) to be outside for more than one hour…I got my hair dryer & hooked it up to ex. cord, & was able to get in 2nd row seats, & turn on hot for some relief of this poor dog. ) It was suggested I craw into the back, sorry I will be 80 next year & am not 110 pounds!!! There are 2 crates (we have 2 dobermans) and the clearance on top was about 11 or 12 inches, and the crates are soft side (expensive) I could not get into the back as suggested by Toyota and unlock the hatch.
    One day at work for about 4 AFTERNOON HOURS, go out, DEAD LIKE FRED AGAIN. We have had the van into Toyota dealership in TB but to no avail days after DEAD DEAD DEAD. I paid cash for this van, also go extra warranty, new winter tires , installed the trickler here, it’s just so upsetting. I did consider a HIGHLANDER and drove one at Wayne Toyota in TB – not realizing the price ($82,000 + taxes) It was very nice, Steinbach is offering me another for almost $5,000 difference but again another 8 hour drive to return/ pick up – the hardships I have endured are most disturbing especially when my dog was exposed to one hour of cold weather when I couldn’t get to him. The list goes on & on & I am willing to take the HIGHLANDER AT WAYNE’S IN THUNDER BAY OR A LESSER MODEL FROM STEINBACH…
    Please consider my age (80 next year) and my business (dog training school) owner of #1 Male Doberman in Canada 2 years in a row, 16 obedience titles, this has been my life for 52 years. I am not married but my business partner has helped me out somewhat and I put the van in his name, although I paid for it, because of my age I thought it best to be in his name in case ……)
    I do not blame the salesman Peter Thiessan, he is just doing his job, but this is more than inconvenient as you can well imagine.

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