Redesigning Sienna for 2021, Toyota has stepped up its game in a major way. The minivan’s dramatic new styling provides a more SUV look. Giving Sienna sporty accents, a honeycomb grille, swept-back headlamps and a stylish, functional body silhouette, Toyota has taken Minivan Modern to a whole new level. Some reviewers have even called it a “daring exterior redesign.”
All five trims come as HEVs. Consumers looking for an affordable, fuel-efficient 7-passenger van have five hybrid models to pick from: LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum. Sienna’s EPA-estimated 35/36/35 MPG rating makes it a leader in its class. And its 3500 lbs of towing capacity makes it a class standout.
The LE model (MSRP: $34,460) comes standard with dual power sliding doors; remote keyless entry with lock, unlock, panic and push button start; and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The XLE model (MSRP: $42,760) comes with many of the same standard features as LE, plus a power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade; hands-free dual power sliding doors; and SofTex-trimmed heated front seats with setback pockets and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, plus a 4-way adjustable front passenger seat.
The XSE model (MSRP: $42,000) comes with many of the same standard features as LE and XLE plus sport-tuned suspension; plus SofTex sport-trimmed heated front seats with an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, plus a 4-way adjustable front passenger seat.
The Limited model (MSRP: $46,700) comes with many of the same standard features as LE, XLE and XSE plus Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and 12 JBL speakers.
The Platinum model (MSRP: $49,900) comes with many of the same standard features as LE, XLE, XSE and Limited plus a 10-inch HUD display with speedometer, navigation and a Hybrid System indicator, and a Bird’s Eye View Camera with perimeter Scan and overhead 360-degree view.
The V-6 engine in previous Sienna models has been replaced with a modern hybrid powertrain. A DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-litre cylinder plus two Permanent Magnet Synchronous electric motors combine to create 245 horsepower. All-Wheel drive is available and adds a 3rd PMS e-motor which drives the rear wheels. E-power is provided by a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. The EPA has given Sienna a SULEV (Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle) rating.
Since the Sienna is a big favorite for families, it’s important to know that the five new Sienna hybrid choices have received 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards. This is a huge step, as the 2020 Sienna did not receive this distinction. The 2021 Sienna Hybrid has additional improvements in several significant categories. Its headlights, LATCH system, and driver-side small overlap front crash-test ratings improved from “adequate” to “good.” Additionally, its passenger-side small overlap front crash-test rating skyrocketed from “marginal” to “good.”
Toyota’s safety upgrades for the 2021 model makes Sienna one of the safest minivans on the market. The only other minivan which earned a 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award is the non-hybrid Honda Odyssey.
Toyota has made blind-spot monitoring and its Safety Sense 2.0 bundle of driver-assistance features standard on the new Sienna. Additional key standard safety features include: automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection; lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist; and adaptive cruise control.
Motorbiscuit.com asks: “How safe is the 2021 Toyota Sienna?” The answer: “Whether you’re taking the Sienna on road trips or using it to shuttle the kids around, its smart safety systems will give you peace of mind. Previous models included a decent assortment of driver-assistance technologies, such as lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking. However, Toyota took the new Sienna to the next level. It added blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard equipment. 2020 Sienna drivers would have had to pay extra for these features. Plus, the 2021 Toyota Sienna comes standard with road sign recognition, which wasn’t available on the outgoing model.”
Sienna is a top pick for disabled passengers or drivers. Available through partner companies, the hybrid van’s wheelchair-accessible conversion allows users to ride comfortably or drive while seated in their own chair with the aid of hand controls. Siennas modified by partner companies BraunAbility and VMI offer features like wheelchair accessibility via side-entry fold out or in-floor ramps or rear-entry ramps – with each option customizable to meet the needs of each individual or family. Both companies have engineered solutions to increase space within the cabin and allow many of the largest power chairs plenty of room to maneuver in the interior of the Sienna. The conversion allows wheelchair-bound passengers the ability to rotate their chair 360 degrees without obstruction.
Passengers in a Sienna can freely use their tablets, laptop computers and mobile phones without battery level anxiety, as the minivan boasts seven USB ports sprinkled throughout its three rows.
Bringing its “daring” exterior redesign into the cabin, Sienna’s reimagined interior is modernized and stylish. Interior standard features include:
• Three-zone automatic climate control with air filter, individual temperature settings for driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers, and separate rear digital control panel
• An integrated backup camera
• A Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio, Multi-Information Display (MID), Bluetooth hands-free phone and voice-command, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) controls
• A 4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) with odometer, fuel economy, trip information, and warning messages
• A Remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock, panic and Push Button Start
• Power windows with one-touch auto up/down, jam protection in all positions
• A Rear window defogger with timer
• An Overhead console with map lights and dome lights, side door controls and Safety Connect
Standard audio Multimedia features include: a 9-inch touchscreen, six speakers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, SiriusXM with 3-month All Access trial subscription.
The 2021 Sienna Hybrid’s warranties include:
• Basic warranty: 36 months/36,000 miles
• Powertrain Warranty: 60 months/60,000 miles
• Restraint Systems: 60 months/60,000 miles
• Hybrid System Warranty: 96 months/ 100,000 miles
• Hybrid Battery System: 120 months/150,000 miles
WRITTEN MAY 2021
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