The Sienna is a passenger-oriented minivan with 7 or 8 seats. A hybrid powertrain on all models in the range ensures an EPA rating of up to 36 mpg. The equipment ranges from sensible and durable for the LE and XLE basic models to the more luxurious, technology-oriented, leather-covered Limited and Platinum models. Its rivals include the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Sedona.
In short, everything. Sienna has been completely redesigned for 2021. It builds on a newly developed minivan platform and uses the latest hybrid system and cabin technologies from Toyota. Seating, storage and the entire interior have also been redesigned.
It’s not easy to edit a sizeable section of a minivan and see something interesting in the end, but Toyota did a great job with Sienna. Toyota claims that the front section is inspired by the Japanese Shinkansen Bullet Train, with the headlights stretched out as if they were “wind sculpted”. The marketing side of the theater, the stylish appearance and details like the black taillight canard should improve the aerodynamics.
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard, but the upper fairing has bi-LED projector lights and wide-angle LED fog lights. The black grille of the base model gives way to a sporty mesh or metallic finish of other panels. Dual power sliding doors are standard, along with a power tailgate, but hands-free dual power sliding doors are optional. 17-inch wheels are standard on the LE and XLE versions, 18 on Limited and 20 on Platinum and XSE in various designs.
Toyota has also radically redesigned its interior. The automaker says minivan owners don’t want to feel like they’re driving a bus, so the design of the wide dashboard is more like the brand’s SUV. There’s a high-mounted infotainment display and a good mix of colors and materials, and it looks higher quality overall. The biggest change is the large “bridge console” between the dashboard-connected front seats, which Toyota says is positioned for better ergonomics and comfort.
But what interests me most are the second row seats. The new Sienna is available as an option for the Super Long Slide captain’s seat, which slides forward and backward up to 25 inches. This backrest can also be equipped with a built-in footrest. The lower cladding receives three crossed seats in the second row, whereby the middle seats can be stored. In the upper panel, the seats are upholstered in leather with heating and ventilation slots for the two passengers, while the second row can be heated.
Unlike previous versions of the Toyota family van, the Sienna 2021 will only be offered as a hybrid car. The drive train consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors that together produce 243 hp. All-wheel drive is available and has a third rear electric motor that powers the rear wheels.
Sienna’s main competitor – the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – is only offered with front-wheel drive, but the V-6 engine and electric motor produce 260 hp. Our Sienna Platinum all-wheel drive did not impress us in the acceleration test. It took him 7.7 seconds to reach 60 mph and a quarter mile in 15.8 seconds at just 88 mph. These results are similar to the Pacifica Hybrid, but are significantly slower than the non-hybrid samples we tested from the Pacifica and Honda Odyssey.
|Engine||4-Cyl 2.5 Liter|
|Transmission||eCVT Continuously Variable Automatic Mode Select|