Appeal to your wild side with a new special edition.
The minivan segment reached its heyday back in the mid-1990s before the arrival of the crossover. Not every minivan survived the onslaught, but the Sienna made it through relatively unscathed. And like the recently revealed Kia Carnival, Toyota has now given the Sienna an outdoorsy look and feel. New for 2022 is the Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition, an off-road-inspired version.
The latest generation Sienna is already AWD-only, but the Woodland edition has additional ground clearance, roof rails with crossbars, a tow hitch with a 3,500-pound towing capacity (ideal for a four-wheeler), 18-inch wheels, dark chrome-color accents, black badging, and unique exterior colors like Cement and Midnight Black Metallic.
The interior is upgraded with black sport-trimmed seats with a special stitch color and a 1200-watt JBL sound system with 12 speakers. Perhaps the most useful feature for a weekend camping getaway is the 1500-watt capable power outlet. Additional standard items include the super-long-slide second-row captain's chairs, a split and stow third-row seat, kick-activated sliding doors, heated driver and front passenger seats, sunshades, and seven USB ports scattered throughout the cabin.
What's interesting about the AWD system is that it utilizes a separate independent electric motor to provide juice to the rear wheels the moment additional traction is necessary at any speed.
Normally, the rear wheels are driven by a transfer case and driveshaft, but Toyota avoided that for the new Sienna in order to conserve weight and save space. This on-demand AWD system still delivers a class-leading an estimated 35 mpg combined rating. Some standard safety equipment includes pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, cyclist detection, and road sign recognition.
Toyota hasn't announced pricing, but sales are due to get underway this fall. For each Woodland edition purchased, Toyota will donate $250 to the National Environmental Education Foundation. It's already pledged to donate a minimum of $250,000.