2021 Toyota Sienna Minivan Costs Less Than Highlander SUV

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When you consider the standard hybrid system, it's a great value.

After many years on the market without an update, the 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan arrives as an all-new model with a ton of changes. For starters, the Sienna arrives only as a hybrid, meaning there is no longer a simple V6 gas option. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combines with electric motors to deliver 245 total system horsepower while returning an EPA-estimated 36 mpg and a 3,500-pound towing capacity.

Toyota hopes this new Sienna can change people's poor perceptions of minivans and get some SUV owners to switch over. The Japanese automaker just revealed pricing information for the 2021 Sienna and based on the numbers, we don't think Toyota will have any trouble selling it.

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With the addition of a standard hybrid system, it's no surprise that the 2021 Sienna costs more than last year's model. After all, it does see a massive 12-mpg increase in fuel economy. The base LE trim starts at $34,460 for front-wheel-drive or $36,460 for all-wheel-drive. Even the base trim comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), which bundles pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure alert, lane trace assist, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

The XLE trim costs $39,750 ($41,750 with AWD) and comes in seven or eight-passenger configurations. You'll pay $42,000 for the XSE grade ($42,760 with AWD) while the two highest trim levels, the Limited and Platinum, cost $46,700 ($48,500 with AWD) and $49,900 ($50,460 with AWD), respectively.

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There are no upgrade packages available for the Limited or Platinum grades, but customers can add a few individual options. These include a digital rearview mirror and HD rear entertainment center with an 11.6-inch display, HDMI input, remote control, and two wireless headphones. As a reminder, Toyota says that the built-in vacuum and refrigerator features on the top trim levels are currently delayed due to supplier issues.

The Sienna significantly undercuts the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which starts at $39,995 but does qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit from the government. It's also less expensive than Toyota's own Highlander Hybrid, which starts at $38,410. The Honda Odyssey is significantly less expensive at $31,790 but does not offer a hybrid powertrain. The Sienna hits US dealerships this November.

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