2020 Toyota Sienna vs. 2020 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

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Safety

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The Sienna Limited Premium FWD’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Sienna are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Ford Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The Sienna has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Sienna offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Sienna Limited Premium has a standard Bird’s Eye View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Transit Connect Wagon only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Sienna and the Transit Connect Wagon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Toyota Sienna weighs 401 to 752 pounds more than the Ford Transit Connect Wagon. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Sienna is safer than the Ford Transit Connect Wagon:

Sienna

Transit Connect Wagon

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

315

Neck Injury Risk

27%

31%

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.3 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

40%

Leg Forces (l/r)

604/305 lbs.

501/438 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Sienna is safer than the Ford Transit Connect Wagon:

Sienna

Transit Connect Wagon

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

49

104

Hip Force

391 lbs.

393 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

52 G’s

57 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

38 G’s

Hip Force

586 lbs.

806 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sienna its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 209 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Transit Connect Wagon has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sienna for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Transit Connect Wagon.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sienna third among minivans in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Transit Connect Wagon isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 134 more horsepower (296 vs. 162) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 144) than the Transit Connect Wagon’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 127 more horsepower (296 vs. 169) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 171) than the Transit Connect Wagon’s optional 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Sienna is faster than the Ford Transit Connect Wagon 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder:

Sienna

Transit Connect

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

10.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.1 sec

43.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

10.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.2 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

79 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sienna has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Transit Connect Wagon (20 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sienna stops shorter than the Transit Connect Wagon:

Sienna

Transit Connect

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sienna has larger tires than the Transit Connect Wagon (235/60R17 vs. 215/55R16).

The Sienna SE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Transit Connect Wagon’s 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Sienna L/LE/XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Transit Connect Wagon. The Sienna SE has standard 19-inch wheels.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Sienna can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sienna is 6.3 inches wider in the front and 6 inches wider in the rear than on the Transit Connect Wagon.

For better maneuverability, the Sienna AWD’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Transit Connect Wagon’s (37.4 feet vs. 40 feet). The Sienna’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Transit Connect Wagon’s (37.5 feet vs. 40 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sienna offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Transit Connect Wagon can only carry up to 7.

The Sienna has 4.4 inches more front hip room, 7.4 inches more front shoulder room, 7.8 inches more rear hip room, 6.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row legroom, 3.3 inches more third row hip room and 4.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Transit Connect Wagon.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sienna’s middle and third row seats recline. The Transit Connect Wagon’s middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sienna’s cargo area provides more volume than the Transit Connect Wagon.

Sienna

Transit Connect Wagon

Behind Third Seat

39.1 cubic feet

16.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

87.1 cubic feet

60.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

117.8 cubic feet

106 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

150 cubic feet

106 cubic feet

The Sienna’s cargo area is larger than the Transit Connect Wagon’s in almost every dimension:

Sienna

Transit Connect Wagon

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

23.5”/54”/74”

14.5”/45”/85.6”

Max Width

51.5”

n/a

Min Width

47.5”

47”

Height

45”

43.3”

The Sienna has a standard Split & Stow 3rd Row third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Sienna Limited FWD’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Sienna (except L) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Sienna’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Transit Connect Wagon’s (3500 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Sienna to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Transit Connect Wagon.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Sienna Limited, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Sienna Limited’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sienna’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Transit Connect Wagon’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Sienna has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sienna has standard extendable sun visors. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Sienna has standard power remote mirrors. The Transit Connect Wagon only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

When the Sienna Limited is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Transit Connect Wagon’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Sienna LE/SE/XLE/Limited’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Transit Connect Wagon offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sienna Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Sienna has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sienna owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sienna will cost $530 less than the Transit Connect Wagon over a five-year period.

The Sienna will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sienna will retain 45.43% to 52.8% of its original price after five years, while the Transit Connect Wagon only retains 43.2% to 43.69%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sienna, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Transit Connect Wagon isn't recommended.

The Toyota Sienna outsold the Ford Transit Connect by 77% during 2019.

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