The aboriginal aboriginal agent I anytime bought off the lot was a 1986 Toyota Van. As a single, child-free alum student, I was not in the minivan ambition demographic, but it was the appropriate agent at the appropriate amount at the appropriate time for me. My Van was a CRG Burden Van trim model, which meant it had no rear ancillary windows, no second- or third-row seats, no sound-deadening insulation, rear autogenous trim, amateur or carpeting, and no radio. The alone advantage I accustomed was a advanced commuter seat. I admired this Van, and collection it for abounding years, above the country and aback again. It fabricated me a minivan fan, and a addict of Toyota’s minivan progress.
Toyota’s aboriginal Van lasted from 1984 to 1989. It was replaced in 1990 by the avant-garde Previa, which never absolutely took off in the US market. 1998 saw the admission of the Sienna, now benumbed on a front-wheel-drive belvedere aggregate with Camry, and aback Toyota was in the minivan mix. A second-generation Sienna came out in 2004, followed by a third-generation in 2011 and a fourth-generation in 2016. Alike admitting Toyota has been a amalgam gasoline/electric agent baton with Prius, Camry, Highlander, and added models, Sienna never got the HEV treatment. Until now, with the 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid. Not alone is there an HEV minivan in the Toyota calendar – it’s the alone choice. Now congenital on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) belvedere aggregate with Highlander and added accepted models, Sienna answers the claiming presented by the Chrysler Pacifica Amalgam minivan – the alone added accepted amalgam minivan on the US market. And it answers this claiming in added means than aloof abacus a hybrid.
Sienna is all-new for 2021.
Sienna does its best to present with SUV style. It doesn’t burrow the actuality that it’s a minivan – that would be impossible, as the sliding ancillary doors accord it abroad appropriate away. But it does accept a blowing advanced end, and the aperture hinges and slides accept been re-engineered to coffin the sliding approach beneath the rear ancillary window anatomy and tucking the aperture in to the body. The rear doors absolutely accept administration capacity chip into the rear fender well, and the all-embracing contour is absolute and has nice stance. Seventeen-inch auto are accepted on abject models, dispatch up to 18-inch and alike 20-inch auto on high trim levels. Twenties on a minivan?
The autogenous analogously avoids the minivan/school bus feel in the advanced cabin, with simple, aerial design. Befitting a family-hauler, there’s a ton of able accumulator up front, in the second- and third-rows. Particularly advantageous are the under-console accessible accumulator area, big aperture pockets, and abounding cup holders (15 – 16, depending on whether you accept a additional tire). Second- and third-row cartage get comfortable, ample basement – either accompanying captain’s chairs or a bank in the additional row, and three-across bank in the third row. The third row, by the way, is accepted on all grades. It’s a 60/40-split bank that food abroad into the attic easily. The additional row slides up to 25 inches, which makes it cool accessible to get into the third row back necessary.
Sculpted capacity in the anatomy of the Sienna.
Another minivan action is burden handling. Sienna is accessible to be the ancestors workhorse, absolutely able of accustomed a abounding four-by-eight area of plywood central with the tailgate absolutely bankrupt – a bequest to my old Burden Van. Because of the adequacy of the additional row, there’s affluence of adaptability for loading baggage and freight, either abaft the additional row through the tailgate, or in advanced of the additional row, through the ancillary doors. Nominal burden abstracts are 33.5 cubic anxiety abaft the third row; 75.2 cubic anxiety abaft the additional row; and 101.0 cubic anxiety abaft the aboriginal row. With that sliding additional row, though, those abstracts can be juggled to fit cargo. If you accept to tow, Sienna can handle up to 3,500 lbs.
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder agent and two electric motors amalgamate to aftermath 243 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is accessible on all trim levels. All-wheel drive is able by a abstracted electric motor alive the rear auto with 54 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque, which eliminates abundant automated complication.
Sienna uses an electronically controlled continuously capricious automated manual (CVT), as against to a accepted stepped accessory automated transmission. CVTs accept their fans, as they can bear ability calmly and efficiently, and advice aerate ammunition efficiency. In Sienna Hybrid, the CVT is a little disappointing, as it tends to edgeless burke response, dawdling up to acceleration rather than leaping. But that’s the tradeoff of a amalgam and a minivan – a little beneath fun abaft the wheel. Abounding drivers will never absence the abridgement of punch. Four selectable drive modes (Normal, EV, Eco, and Sport) can be punched up with a centermost animate toggle.
Handling has been bigger decidedly over the approachable Sienna, acknowledgment to new TNGA advanced abeyance and council and absolute rear abaft arm suspension. Anatomy cycle is minimal, and Sienna Amalgam eats up the afar with abundance and ease.
Sienna additional row.
EPA ammunition abridgement numbers for the front-wheel drive Sienna Amalgam models are 36 mpg city/36 mpg highway/36 mpg combined, while all-wheel drive models are rated at 35 mpg city/36 mpg highway/35 mpg combined. That’s a cogent advance over the approachable gas-only Sienna 2WD’s 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway/21 mpg accumulated – absolutely the affectionate of advance Toyota minivan shoppers accept been allurement for.
Beyond the technology in its amalgam powertrain, Sienna packs in a ton of accepted and accessible technology features. A nine-inch touchscreen is accepted in all grades, giving admission to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, SiriusXM (with a three-month trial), one USB media anchorage and six USB charging ports throughout the cabin.
Sienna third row.
The disciplinarian is advised to several tech features. A blush multi-information affectation in the centermost of the apparatus animate (4.2-inch on LE, XLE, and XSE; 7.0-inch on LTD and Platinum) displays odometer, ammunition economy, cruise advice and alive messages. In Platinum trim models, a 10-inch blush Head-Up Affectation (HUD) displays speedometer, navigation, and amalgam arrangement advice (a chic first). Limited and Platinum models can advancement to a agenda rearview mirror, a affection that swaps out the absolute reflected appearance in the mirror with the rear video camera feed. This can be a abundant affection back accustomed a abounding amount of passengers, or back cartage are application the rear-seat ball system, which can block the appearance of a accepted mirror. Remote keyless access is accepted with push-button start, upgraded to Smart Key Arrangement on XLE and above.
Sienna Amalgam comes with Toyota Assurance Sense 2.0 and the Star System, alive and acquiescent assurance suites that are accepted on all trim levels.
Ample accumulator in and beneath the centermost console.
The 2021 Toyota Sienna Amalgam will be accessible in bristles trim levels, anniversary with accepted front-wheel drive or accessible all-wheel drive. Pricing starts at $34,460 for LE FWD/$36,460 for LE AWD; $39,750 for XLE FWD/$41,750 for XLE AWD; $42,000 for XSE FWD/$42,760 for XSE AWD; $46,700 for Limited FWD/$48,500 for Limited AWD; and $49,900 Platinum FWD/$50,460 Platinum AWD. There are a few options and bales available, including the $1,415 Rear-Seat Ball (all but LE), $200 AC Inverter Output (all but LE), and $75 Additional Annoy (all), but for the best part, the trim levels represent absolute walks up the ladder adequate with price. By comparison, the 2020 Toyota Sienna started at $31,640 for LE and went up to $48,055 for Limited Premium.
Rear 3/4 appearance of the Sienna.
The alone added accepted absolute adversary for Sienna Amalgam is the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Amalgam (a constituent hybrid), which starts at $39,995. The butt of the acreage of minivans is gas-powered, no amalgam options available, including the Honda Odyssey (starting at $31,790); Kia Sedona (starting at $30,400); Dodge Grand Caravan (starting at $27,530); and Chrysler Voyager (starting at $27,235).
I’m still not in the minivan demographic, but I could calmly apprentice to adulation a 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid. If you’re in the bazaar for a abundant family-hauler, attending above the SUV afore you accomplish a decision.