Toyota launches the fourth generation Sienna minivan and makes it a hybrid

Toyota’s Sienna minivan, one of the best family haulers ever, got a complete redesign for 2021 to create its fourth generation, and it’s now offered only as a gasoline-electric hybrid .
All trims come with the Toyota Hybrid System II, a combination of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with two electric motors, giving it a total output of 245 horsepower and a combined fuel economy of 36 mpg with front-wheel drive or 35 with all available. – driving wheels. The Sienna also comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission

It’s not a plug-in hybrid, however, so Toyota says, “There’s never a need to recharge the hybrid battery, and certainly no need to spend a few thousand dollars installing a battery charger in a garage. The Toyota Hybrid System II automatically charges the hybrid battery while the vehicle is in motion.
New to the fourth generation is the top-of-the-line Platinum model, which comes with a long list of standard features. The Platinum can seat up to seven passengers, but there are other Siennas that can carry up to eight passengers.

Our tester for this report was the 2021 Platinum front-drive model ($50,000 base price plus $1,215 freight). For 2022, pricing is $150 more for the front-drive Platinum ($50,150), while the all-wheel-drive version is $50,910.

Other trim levels and their prices for 2022 are: base LE, front-wheel-drive, eight-passenger ($34,710); LE AWD, eight passengers ($36,710); XLE FWD, seven or eight passengers ($40,000); XLE AWD, seven passengers ($42,000); new for 2022 XLE Woodland Edition AWD, seven passenger ($45,500); XSE FWD, seven passengers ($42,250); XSE AWD, seven passengers ($43,010); Limited FWD, seven passengers ($46,950); and Limited AWD, seven passengers ($48,950).

The new exterior design isn’t drastically different from the last generation, which is good because the previous model looked great. Changes to the Sienna as a whole are best described as upgrades and improvements.
Standard features across the range include the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of high-tech safety features, such as automatic emergency braking; blind spot monitoring; and a rating of two up to 3,500 pounds.

Toyota says it “aims to redefine the [minivan] segment” because the new Sienna is designed to “support a wider range of life stages and activities”. The new Sienna was designed and built in the USA, and it’s also assembled here.
Among the premium features included on our tester were kick-opening and closing sliding side doors and tailgate, four-zone climate control, second-row super-long-sliding heated captain’s chairs with footrests, the power tilt/telescoping steering column with heated steering wheel, optional digital rearview mirror, 10-inch color head-up display and 12-speaker JBL premium audio system with nine-inch touchscreen on the center of the dashboard.

The new front design was “inspired by the iconic Japanese Shinkansen bullet train”, giving it a sleeker appearance, Toyota said. The headlights are mounted high and stretched to the sides, and there’s a bolder new lower grille, as well as slim, high-tech LED fog lamps in the corners. At the rear, there is a sculpted tailgate with integrated spoiler.
According to Toyota, the “ultra-sporty” XSE model has the best looks, with its dark 20-inch split five-spoke wheels and aggressive front and rear bumpers.

Inside, there’s a “modern dashboard” with a large central touchscreen, plenty of storage space, and the “bridge console,” which Toyota says “is the key to allocating personalized space. driver and front passenger.
It connects the dashboard to the central armrest. It puts the shifter and other controls within easy reach and includes cup holders, available wireless charging and storage bins for small items.
Below the “deck” is a large open storage area for items such as a purse or bag.
New (and included in our tester) are the “Super Long Slide” second-row captain’s chairs, which can slide up to 25 inches fore and aft, giving limo-like legroom to both. middle passenger seats. Limited and Platinum FWD models like ours have the middle row ottoman chairs.

Toyota Safety Sense includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection/Low Light Detection, Full Speed ​​Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keeping Assist , automatic high beams and road sign assistance.
There are 10 airbags, including the driver and front passenger; driver’s knee pad; passenger seat cushion bag; front seat side airbags; side bags for rear outer seats; and side curtain airbags for all three rows.

Also included is Toyota’s Star Safety System, which provides enhanced vehicle stability control with traction control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, anti-lock braking system and smart stop technology.
The new Sienna is also equipped with a rear passenger seat belt reminder and an electric parking brake, as well as a rear occupant detection system that alerts the driver to check the rear seat for passengers and cargo when leaving the vehicle.
There are four selectable drive modes, including EV, Normal, Eco and Sport. Sequential shifting allows the driver to “downshift” the CVT, which increases regenerative braking power.

Our Platinum FWD model came with a rear-seat entertainment system ($1,415); Digital rear view mirror ($200); and a 1,500-watt, 120-volt AC ($300) inverter with two outlets.
The Platinum model gets 20-inch wheels and a power tilt/slide sunroof.
Even with our Sienna laden with four passengers and plenty of cargo, we had plenty of power from the hybrid system, with noticeable extra torque when starting the electric motor.

The tester came in Silver Metallic exterior color, with leather/power-adjustable/heated and ventilated front seats.
Inside, the Limited Premium features leather-trimmed front bucket seats with eight-way power adjustment for the driver and four-way for the front passenger.
The third row features folding seatbacks that make it easy to expand the cargo compartment if the seat is not needed for passengers.
Our four passengers, including the driver, had comfortable seats with plenty of knee, shoulder, head and legroom. The overall ride was cushy and never harsh.
There are plenty of storage bins, trays and cup holders in all three rows to help keep gadgets plugged in and organized.
The total sticker price for our 2021 Sienna Platinum FWD model was $53,130 including freight and options.
G. Chambers Williams III’s automotive chronicles have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @gchambers3.

2021-22 Toyota Sienna Van

The Package: Five-door, seven- or eight-passenger gasoline-electric hybrid minivan, rear or all-wheel drive.
Highlights: Toyota’s popular minivan has been completely redesigned and features a hybrid drive system, starting with the 2021 model year. It’s packed with safety, infotainment and comfort features to make it the family cruising vehicle par excellence.
Engine/Motor: 2.5-liter inline-four; electric drive motor.
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic.
Power/torque: 245 horsepower total; gasoline engine alone, 189 HP./176 ft-lbs.
Length: 203.7 inches, except Woodland model, 204.1 inches.
Curb weight range: 4,610 to 4,725 lbs.
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, anti-lock.
Electronic Stability Control: Standard.
Side airbags: front seat mounted; side curtain for the three rows.
Cargo capacity: 33.5 cubic feet (behind third row); 75.2 cubic feet (behind second row); 101 cubic feet (with second and third rows folded).
Fuel Economy EPA: 36 mpg city/36 highway/36 combined (2WD); 35/36/35 (all wheel drive).
Fuel Capacity/Type: 18 Gallons/Regular Unleaded
Main competitors: Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona.
Base price range (2022): $34,710 to $50,910 plus $1,215 freight.
Price as tested: $53,130, including freight and options (2021 Platinum front-wheel drive).
Road rating: 9.1 (out of a possible 10).
Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail prices; actual sale price may vary.

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