All-new Sienna will feature the latest driving, safety, and entertainment technologies.
All will be hybrid-powered and AWD will be available.
The list of standard features is nearly perfect.
We said it a little over a month ago: We are very excited about the all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna. The main reason why all of Motor Illustrated is enthusiastic about the new Sienna is because we are all parents. While we love writing about and driving sports cars, the reality is that, for the most part, wherever we go, we’re never alone. Bringing the kids along and everything else life requires is never easier to do than with a minivan.
Building the new 2021 Sienna on the same TNGA platform as the Highlander SUV has afforded it a number of advantages not least of which is offering the possibility of AWD and a few extra inches in the wheelbase. Last week, we were given a hands-on very informal tour of the new Sienna in order to get be acquainted with Toyota’s minivan.
Standard features in Canada for the LE include a 9-inch touch-screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 7 USB ports, heated front seats, and steering wheel, dual power sliding side doors, three-zone automatic climate control, second-row sunshades, and much more.
Here are five of the top family-friendly features as found in the new 2021 Toyota Sienna:
Widest-opening side doors:
The standard power-sliding side doors are the gateways into the Sienna’s world, and the portals through which the smaller and younger members of the family travel. According to the Toyota representatives on hand, the Sienna provides the largest opening of all minivan into the 2nd row. What’s more, depending on trim, the side doors have a kick-open functionality which, when it works, is brilliant when your hands are full.
For the shorter ones, Toyota’s thought of setting up the “B” pillars with longer handles which are easier to reach. Once aboard, the second-row seats can be fitted with the available Super Long Slide 2nd-row captain chairs which can slide 25 inches (60 cm) for maximum comfort and flexibility.
Storage of all kinds:
If you regularly travel with kids, spots to store a small handful of Hot Wheels, a doll, a sippy-cup or two, a few books and adult stuff like cleaning wipes, tissues, and phones are critical.
Upfront, the Sienna has a parcel-self that is ideal for everything from a wallet, a smartphone, and keys. It’s deep enough so that these items won’t go flying about while driving. The huge bin below the center console is perfect to store the day-diaper bag with snacks and other stuff – access could not be easier. Seatback pockets are large and there are bins in the side doors. From the rear, it is possible to access the huge center console as well.
Whether the third row is stowed or in use, there’s an enormous amount of cargo volume available at all times.
Loaded with safety features:
There can never be too many safety features. This is why the 2021 Toyota Sienna is equipped, as standard, with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0) which features Pre-Collision System, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Trace Assist, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA,) and more.
These elements pile in on top of 10 airbags, and Toyota’s Star Safety System which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST). A digital rear-view mirror is also on offer as is a Rear Seat Reminder.
Fuel prices will, before long, creep back up to pre-COVID-19 levels. Buyers of the new Toyota Sienna will have little to worry about. As all Sienna’s will be hybrids by default, fuel-efficiency will be guaranteed. You’ve probably heard that Toyota’s been at hybrids for more than 20 years at this point.
The Sienna’s hybrid powertrain comprises of a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to a pair of electric motors. Known as the Toyota Hybrid System II, total output is rated at 243-horsepower. What’s most interesting is that the Sienna will still be able to tow up to 3,500 lbs. Finally, the Sienna is expected to deliver a manufacturer-estimated 7.1 L/100km in combined fuel consumption. This is better than most compact SUVs.
This could have fallen into the safety feature section however its utility can be limited for areas where there’s little or no snow.
The optional AWD system is Toyota’s electronic on-demand AWD. There is no direct link between the engine and the rear wheels as they are driven by a separate independent electric motor. Driving conditions and driver demand can vary available torque distribution from 20:80 (FR: RR) on slippery surfaces and up to 100:0 in constant-speed or normal-load driving. With the right set of winter tires, efficient forward motion will never be an issue.
There are other features as well. For example, the Platinum can be fitted with a refrigerator, and a vacuum cleaner. The Platinum, the white Sienna in the images, comes with a 10-inch colour head-up display, and more.
We also happen to think it looks pretty good. The taillights are very GR Supra-inspired and we think the profile and faux-rear fender flares are a nice touch.
We’ve yet to drive the 2021 Toyota Sienna but when we do, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, if you are in the market for a minivan, we think you should wait until later this year. We’ve got a good feeling about this one.