How Long Toyota Vans Last For

Here’s how long you can expect a Toyota van to last:

Toyota vans can last up to 300,000 miles with proper maintenance, while some models can even go up to 400,000 and more.

For example, the popular Toyota Sienna minivan should be able to last for at least 200,000 miles and even beyond 420k miles as some long-term owners report.

For example, if you do around 15,000 miles each year, the typical Toyota van can serve you well for 20 years.

However, it’s worth noting that adequate and regular maintenance is key if you want your Toyota van to last hundreds of thousands of miles.

Generally, Toyota vehicles are known to be very reliable as the Japanese automaker ranks #2 in Consumer Reports’ recent Most Reliable Car Brands for 2021 report.

And to give you a more detailed idea of just how reliable Toyota vans are, in this article I’ll cover the following topics:

  • What real owners say about the longevity of Toyota vans
  • The overall reliability of the Toyota Sienna minivan
  • Comparing the reliability of the Toyota Sienna to similar vans
  • Practical tips to prolong the life of your Toyota van
  • The most reliable vans out there


Owners on Forums Often Report 400 000 miles

There are plenty of examples of Toyota van owners who testify about the exceptional longevity of these vehicles.

A quick look at the Sienna owners forum shows a few examples of people who drive models with more than 300,000 on the clock. Here are 3 of the most striking examples found on this forum:

  • 1999 model – 424,560 miles
  • 2000 model – 364,514 miles
  • 1999 model – 338,630 miles

Most of them don’t report any major issues despite the really high mileage, just regular maintenance.

What’s more astonishing is that the person with 420,000+ miles on their Sienna reports that the van is still running with the original engine and transmission.

While owner reports for the Toyota Sienna from Edmunds reveal that there are even more people with over 350,000 miles on their vehicles.

One person bought a 2002 model with 84,000 miles on it, and after 3 years of using it as a taxi has 370,000 miles, with the only issues being some insignificant annoyances in the interior.

Another ex-owner reports selling a 2003 Sienna that had 397,000 miles, and the only problem was rust in the front rack, which is a fixable issue.

All of these and more first-hand reports from real owners simply show that the Toyota Sienna can last a very long time (even beyond 400k miles) with the proper maintenance.


RepairPal Has It in 6th Place for Reliability

The reliability rating of the Toyota Sienna is 3.5/5, which puts this minivan at rank #6 out of 8 for minivans on RepairPal.

Note that RepairPal’s reliability rating is based on the following important factors of the actual repairs:

  • Cost
  • Frequency
  • Severity

Their reliability database shows that the average repair cost per year for a Toyota vehicle is $554, which is higher than the average across 8 different minivans.

The Toyota Sienna visits repair shops around 0.41 times per year, and there’s a 15% chance of a given repair being very serious.

Let’s now take a closer look at a practical breakdown of RepairPal’s reliability rating for Toyota vehicles:

  • Repair cost – $554 per year (inexpensive)
  • Frequency of unscheduled repairs – 0.41 times per year (not that often)
  • Severity of repairs – 15% of all repairs are considered severe (slightly urgent)

On a side note, 38 out of all 72 owners who rated the Sienna on RepairPal gave the minivan a 4/5 rating, while only 5 of them gave it a maximum rating of 5/5.


JD Power Scores It 79/100 for Reliability

According to the authoritative vehicle reliability ratings of J.D. Power, the Toyota Sienna van 2021 model has a score of 79/100 based on unbiased and independent feedback from verified motor vehicle owners.

This puts Toyota’s successful minivan in second place in this class behind the Honda Odyssey (80/100), but in front of the Kia Sedona (78/100) and the Chrysler Pacifica (68/100).

This great reliability rating means that the Sienna can last at least 200,000 miles and even up to 300,000 and beyond if properly taken care of.


The Best Toyota Sienna Model Years

These are the top 5 Toyota Sienna models based on the year (from 2005 onward) and the number of complaints:

  1. 2020 – 1 complaint
  2. 2016 – 1 complaint
  3. 2018 – 2 complaints
  4. 2019 – 3 complaints
  5. 2017 – 9 complaints

If you’re thinking about buying a used Toyota Sienna, your best bet would be to go for one of the model years mentioned above.

And these are the problems based on the specific number of complaints of these model years:

  • Transmission (2)
  • Drivetrain (1)
  • Interior accessories (1)
  • Fuel system (1)
  • Engine (1)
  • Electrical (1)


The Worst Toyota Sienna Model Years

These are the worst Toyota Sienna model years (from 2006 onwards) with the corresponding number of complaints:

  1. 2006 – 130 complaints
  2. 2007 – 79 complaints
  3. 2008 – 65 complaint
  4. 2011 – 58 complaints
  5. 2009/2013/2015 – 28 complaints

I’d recommend avoiding the older Sienna models if you’re on the lookout for a used Toyota minivan due to the high amount of complaints.

These are the main issues related to the overall number of complaints for the worst model years:

  • Exterior accessories problems (36)
  • Transmission (34)
  • Interior accessories problems (31)
  • Engine (30)
  • Steering problems (24)


Comparing Sienna’s Reliability to Similar Vans

The Toyota Sienna is a very reliable minivan; this is how it compares to similar vans from other manufacturers, including sample some maintenance costs:


Honda Odyssey Is Slightly More Reliable

The Honda Odyssey is the benchmark for longevity and reliability in the minivan segment as it sits on the number 1 spot with an 80/100 reliability score based on owner feedback.

Both the Odyssey and the Sienna can last well above 300k miles if properly looked after, and both minivans have the same 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

In terms of maintenance costs, the Toyota Sienna has an only marginally higher average cost of $554, compared to the Honda’s $547.

The Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey come with the same basic 36,000-mile warranty and 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.


The Dodge Grand Caravan Is Less Reliable

Dodge’s Grand Caravan has been the van of choice for many American families throughout the years, but it simply doesn’t have the longevity of the robust Sienna.

While the life span of Toyota’s minivan can easily surpass 300,000 miles, it would be much more challenging for the Grand Caravan to reach such milage without any serious issues.

The average reliability score of the Dodge Grand Caravan models from 2006 onwards is approximately 75/100 on J.D. Power, which is lower than Sienna’s score.

The Toyota also boasts cheaper maintenance costs – $554 on average per year, compared to $647 for the Dodge van.


The Kia Carnival Has Not Yet Proven Itself

The Kia Carnival is a brand new model that replaced the Sedona, and since it doesn’t have the lengthy history of the Sienna, there are no long-term reliability reports.

However, the Kia boasts a truly impressive 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that’s better than what Toyota offers.

We do know from other Kia models that the South Korean brand has a great reliability record. These are the reliability score of a few of the other Kia models:

  • Telluride – 85/100
  • Sportage – 84/100
  • K5 – 82/100

Nonetheless, the Carnival has a long way to go if it wants to prove itself as equally reliable or even better than the legendary Toyota Sienna.


The 8 Most Reliable Vans

These are the most reliable vans out there, based on their reliability ratings on RepairPal that considers the cost, frequency, and severity of the associated repairs:


1. Kia Sedona

  • Reliability rating – 4.0/5 (#1 out of 8 minivans)
  • Average annual repair cost – $495 (below average)
  • Unscheduled annual repair frequency – 0.26 (below average)
  • Repair severity – 10% (below average)

The versatile and flexible Kia Sedona is the most reliable van, based on real owner reports and reviews.


2. Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Reliability rating – 4.0/5 (#2 out of 8 minivans)
  • Average annual repair cost – $673 (above average)
  • Unscheduled annual repair frequency – 0.26 (below average)
  • Repair severity – 11% (above average)

The Grand Caravan is a versatile 7-seater that focuses on passenger comfort and luxury, while power comes from the big 3.6L V6 unit with 283 horsepower.


3. Honda Odyssey

  • Reliability rating – 3.5/5 (#3 out of 8 minivans)
  • Average annual repair cost – $547 (below average)
  • Unscheduled annual repair frequency – 0.5 (above average)
  • Repair severity – 12% (average)

The popular Japanese minivan comes in 6 different trim levels and 2 passenger configurations – for 7 or 8 passengers.


4. Chrysler Town and Country

  • Reliability rating – 3.5/5 (#4 out of 8 minivans)
  • Average annual repair cost – $636 (below average)
  • Unscheduled annual repair frequency – 0.34 (below average)
  • Repair severity – 12% (average)

Although Chrysler’s Town and Country van is no longer on sale as new (since 2016), it can be a sensible used buy as a very reliable model that boasts premium features.

It’s powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that has 283 horsepower.


5. Nissan Quest

  • Reliability rating – 3.5/5 (#5 out of 8 minivans)
  • Average annual repair cost – $659 (above average)
  • Unscheduled annual repair frequency – 0.27 (below average)
  • Repair severity – 14% (above average)

Even if Nissan’s Quest was last manufactured in 2017, it still offers plenty of reliability and interior reconfiguration thanks to the flat-folding 3-row bench seat and a flat-folding 2-row captain’s chairs.


6. Toyota Sienna

  • Reliability rating – 3.5/5 (#6 out of 8 minivans)
  • Average annual repair cost – $554 (below average)
  • Unscheduled annual repair frequency – 0.41 (above average)
  • Repair severity – 15% (above average)

The last entry on the list of the most reliable vans is the Toyota Sienna. that provides plenty of practicality with the help of the wide 3rd-row seating with vast storage.


7. Ford Flex

  • Reliability rating – 3.5/5 (#7 out of 8 minivans)
  • Average annual repair cost – $713 (above average)
  • Unscheduled annual repair frequency – 0.41 (above average)
  • Repair severity – 14% (above average)

Ford’s Flex minivan comes with a roomy cabin and wagon-like exterior design cues with two passenger layout options – for 6 or 7 passengers.


8. Volkswagen Routon

  • Reliability rating – 3.5/5 (#8 out of 8 minivans)
  • Average annual repair cost – $745 (above average)
  • Unscheduled annual repair frequency – 0.73 (above average)
  • Repair severity – 11% (below average)

Despite being axed in 2012, the VW Routon can be a viable used option for a reliable van that provides interior versatility.


Pro Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Toyota Van

Here are X practical pro tips that can help to prolong the life of your Toyota van for more carefree miles:


1. Check and Change the Fluids Regularly

Find the manufacturer’s official recommendations for optimal fluid levels and check the fluid levels once every fortnight or once a week if you do more highway miles.

These are  fluids to check on a regular basis:

  • Oil
  • Engine coolant
  • Brake
  • Transmission
  • Power steering
  • Screenwash

Make sure to top up any fluids that might be low, otherwise, your van will be at risk of breaking down that can result in some potentially big repair costs.

Also, always follow the recommended oil change intervals by Toyota, especially the engine oil.

If you ever happen to miss an oil change appointment, book another one immediately, as the entire operation of your van’s engine depends on the quality of the oil.


2. Change the Filters on Frequent Intervals

Changing the various filters of your Toyota van at the right intervals is essential to keep the engine running at its maximum potential.

The driver’s manual should have information stating the recommended service intervals for your vehicle’s filters. The filters that you need to change regularly are the:

  • Oil filter
  • Fuel filter
  • Air filter

Not changing these filters regularly means that you might have to deal with a clogged filter/s, which adds extra strain on your engine.

This will have a negative impact on the longevity of your Toyota van, so always change the filters regularly as a preventative measure, even before you reach the needed mileage interval.


3. Keep an Eye on Your Tires

Taking care of your van’s tires is really important for the vehicle’s overall longevity, especially when driving in cold and/or snowy conditions.

Make sure to check the tire pressure every week to see if your tires are inflated as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Another thing to check regularly is the depth of the tread of each tire to be sure that you’re tires are safe to use. Note that the minimum legal limit of tire tread in most states is 2/32 of an inch.

If any of the tires on your Toyota doesn’t have enough tread, I’d recommend replacing them with a brand new one/s to ensure optimal safety while driving.

It’s also recommended to rotate tires at roughly every 6,000 miles to decrease uneven wear.

Check your driver’s manual or speak to a qualified auto tire specialist about the recommended tire rotation pattern for your particular case.


4. Inspect the Various Parts and Components Regularly

Apart from the essential fluids and filters, your van has a number of other important components that you need to keep an eye on.

This including checking vital parts for signs of wear such as the:

  • Timing belt
  • Spark plugs
  • Serpentine belt
  • Differential
  • Shock absorbers and struts
  • Wipers

If you’re unsure about what to look for or how worn it is, then just get a qualified mechanic to perform a thorough inspection of the vehicle for you.

You can use the driver’s manual and general recommendations by Toyota as a guide about what parts and when they need to be replaced.


5. Opt for a More Gentle and Sparing Driving Style

Try to drive your vehicle more gently by not pushing the various essential components such as the engine and brakes to their limit.

Employing a more conservative driving style will have a positive effect on how long your Toyota van lasts – here are some aspects related to driving more gently:

  • Don’t accelerate too hard.
  • Shift gears smoothly (if driving a manual) or always change gears when your van is stationary (if driving an auto).
  • Avoid jumping on the brakes (except when trying to prevent an accident).

Remember that driving like a race car driver on public roads is not only dangerous, but it will greatly reduce the overall longevity of your vehicle.


6. Don’t Forget to Keep the Van Clean

There’s no doubt that driving a clean and shiny van is nice, but there are other more important reasons for washing your vehicle on a regular basis.

Dirt accumulation on the exterior can lead to condensation and moisture, which is bad for the bodywork and can lead to rust.

But this doesn’t mean that you have to neglect the interior – here are a few things that you can do to protect the exterior and interior of your Toyota van:

  • Make sure to carefully wash the wheel wells and headlights as road dirt and salt can accumulate there, especially during winter.
  • Using upholstery protection for the seats can help prevent any cracks or other damage.
  • Don’t forget to wash the floor mats and properly vacuum the cabin.
  • Although optional, waxing the outside after you clean the vehicle can help protect the paint and maintain the shine.

Pay close attention to how often you wash your van during winter since snow slush and road salt are really bad for your vehicle’s bodywork and frame.

I’d recommend cleaning your entire van (both inside and outside) every fortnight, and if it’s winter, add a quick exterior wash each week to prevent rust formation.


7. Don’t Go for Short Journeys When Possible

Driving your van primarily for longer distances might not always be an option, especially if your van is used for business purposes, but if you can choose – opt for longer trips.

That’s because shorter journeys put more strain on your vehicle’s engine as it has to work harder, especially at the start of the journey if the oil starts out cold.

However, the engine isn’t the only component that suffers from the typical stop-and-go city driving as it takes a big toll on the brakes too.

All of this may lead to internal damage, which will decrease the lifespan of your Toyota van.

If possible, do your best to plan your daily tasks and routes accordingly so that your Toyota van receives a proper run.



Toyota vans are very reliable vehicles that can easily last up to 300,000 miles and even beyond if properly looked after.

A great example of a reliable Toyota van that can last hundreds of thousands of miles is the popular Toyota Sienna, with some owners reporting doing over 400k miles with it.

This means that if you do roughly 15k miles per year, a Toyota van like the Sienna can last you 20 years or even more.

But you won’t be able to squeeze this much out of your vehicle unless you perform adequate servicing and maintenance.

Here are a few practical steps that you can take to boost the longevity of your Toyota van:

  • Do a regular check on the level of fluids such as the oil, coolant, and brake fluid regularly and change them frequently.
  • Change the oil, air, and fuel filters at regular intervals.
  • Inspect the tire pressure, tread depth regularly and swap tires if needed.
  • Check parts for wear and tear, such as the timing belt, spark plugs, shock absorbers, and wipers.
  • Try driving more carefully by accelerating and decelerating more gently.
  • Wash both the exterior and interior of the van on a regular basis.
  • Avoid short journeys when possible.

Overall, Toyota vehicles are known as some of the most reliable across the world with lots of owner reviews to support this, and their vans are no exception.