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

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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