Say hello to the 2021 Toyota Sienna.
Having been on sale for ten years now, the current Toyota Sienna minivan is showing its age and is long overdue a replacement. Thankfully, the wait for an all-new model is over because the 2021 Toyota Sienna has debuted with a bold new design and an electrified powertrain. Based on Toyota's TNGA-K platform that improves the minivan's rigidity, the 2021 Toyota Sienna features a more sculpted body and muscular wheel arches that help it stand out from conventional boxy minivan designs that are a common sight on the road.
The sleek front design was inspired by the iconic Shinkansen Japanese Bullet Train, while the slimmer headlights are mounted high and stretched around to the sides to look like they are being shaped by the wind. Elsewhere, the lower grille is contrasted by slim LED fog lights pushed to the corners.
At the back, the more stylish taillights flow seamlessly from the sculpted body to the rear, while an integrated black taillight canard and integrated trunk spoiler improves the minivan's aerodynamic performance. For a sportier look, the XSE model adds 20-inch split five spoke wheels and unique, more aggressive front and rear bumpers.
In contrast to most minivan interior layouts, the 2021 Toyota Sienna features an innovative 'Bridge Console' positioned high between the driver and passenger for ease of use and connects the instrument panel to the center armrest. Thanks to this layout, the shifter and necessary functions are all within easy reach, along with cupholders, an available wireless charger, and storage bins. Beneath the bridge is a large open area that can store larger personal items such as a purse or bag. As standard, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is equipped with a nine-inch touchscreen Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, seven USB ports, and six speakers. A JBL premium audio system with 12 speakers is standard on Limited and Platinum trims and optional for XLE and XSE trims.
Improving the comfort are available 'Super Long Slide' second-row captain chairs that can slide 25 inches, providing exceptional legroom. Sienna LE and some XLE models are equipped in eight-seat configurations with two captain chairs, a long slide second row seat and a stowable middle seat. Some XLE models, as well as the XSE, Limited and Platinum models are available with seven seats featuring the Super Long Slide second-row captain's chairs, while the Limited and Platinum FWD models are equipped with ottomans. Cabin noise is also reduced thanks to Toyota's high-strength TNGA-K platform, noise insulation and body sealant.
As standard, the 2021 Toyota Sienna comes with the second-generation Toyota Safety Sense featuring a raft of active safety systems including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection/lowlight detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane trace assist, automatic high beams, and road sign assist, as well as a backup camera. Ten airbags are also equipped as standard and a digital rear-view mirror can be added as an optional extra for improved visibility.
For the first time in the model's history, the 2021 Toyota Sienna uses a hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with two electric motors and a CVT to produce a combined 243 horsepower. Like the 2021 Toyota Venza, this is the only engine option for the 2021 model year. In contrast, the Chrysler Voyager has an optional hybrid engine. Toyota estimates this setup will deliver 33 mpg, setting a benchmark in the segment. There's no need to charge the hybrid battery pack either, as it gets charged automatically when the minivan is driven using regenerative braking. Four driving modes are available: EV, Normal, Eco, and Sport.
Like the previous model, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is offered with an optional all-wheel-drive system available for all trims that enhances corning agility. This system uses a separate motor to power the rear wheels when additional traction is needed. It's also the only minivan in the US that combines a hybrid powertrain with AWD.
Pricing and availability for the 2021 Toyota Sienna will be announced at a later date.