Car Review: Toyota Sienna gets more space, better MPG from switch to hybrid power

It seems that the few manufacturers who still make minivans have spent big money lately to update the family-friendly rides. Toyota is the latest to revamp its Sienna minivan — and there are some big changes.

Toyota dropped the V6 that has been a staple for years and switched to the carmaker’s hybrid system. While this is a boon for better MPG, it does lack punch and is sluggish when loaded up with people.

Once underway, the Sienna is a confident cruiser with a pleasant ride on the highway and daily commute. With available AWD, the Sienna will be easy to drive year-round.



 

Slide into the spacious interior of the Sienna and be welcomed by a bright area with lots or glass.

The Platinum version is geared toward luxury with seating for just seven. You trade in that extra seat for a second row of captain’s chairs. The third row is spacious especially if you are moving from a smaller crossover.

Toyota has updated the tech with a large touch screen. The system is finally compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

With the remake, the styling is now noticeable on the road and in the parking lot. The wide mouth grill takes up most of the front end. Even the usual boring body has been amped up with the new Sienna. Flared fenders and bodylines that will catch your eye on this minivan.

Cost: $50,460; as tested $53,770
MPG: 35 MPG City; 36 MPG Highway (sticker). I managed 37.4 mpg in 387 miles of mixed driving.
Options: $1,415 rear seat entertainment system; $300 1500W Inverter; $200 digital rear view mirror; $220 carpeted floor mats,
Safety: Toyota Safety Sense 2.0; pre-collision system with pedestrian detection; full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control; lane departure alert with steering with steering assist; lane tracking assist; blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert; downhill assist control; bird’s eye view camera with perimeter scan; head up display
Things to know: The Sienna goes the better fuel economy route with hybrid system in 2021. It still has plenty of room for the family and an updated look.

Pros:

  • Easy on gas thanks to the Toyota hybrid system
  • Plenty of space for the family to spread out
  • Improved tech and the ability you integrate your phone

Cons:

  • Hybrid power lacks when compared to the V6 from before
  • The second row of captain’s chairs limits space for storage
  • The brakes feel different especially for drivers coming from a non-hybrid vehicle

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