2021 Toyota Sienna Goes Full Hybrid, New XSE Trim Offers Sporty Flavor

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There are still relatively few players in the minivan game, but Toyota has been one of the strongest presences with the Sienna. Now it’s time to rethink, and the 2021 Toyota Sienna has a new trick up its sleeve: the lineup has gone fully hybrid.

You’d think Toyota would have done it much sooner, especially since Chrysler’s Pacifica Hybrid has been the only minivan on the market to use electric motors for a few years now. Clearly, the Japanese automaker hasn’t just left the hybrid van market on the table, as it’s expanded the system to no less than Ten different models (eleven if we include the all-electric Mirai). Like the previous generation, the 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid still comes with available all-wheel drive, along with a family towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. And so as not to leave convenience on the table for the Honda Odyssey, it still has the vacuum cleaner and the on-board refrigerator available.

The 2021 Toyota Sienna still has a range of trim levels, but there’s a key difference here. [Photos: Toyota]

Under the hood, the 2021 Toyota Sienna uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine working in tandem with two electric motors. The “Toyota Hybrid System II,” as the automaker calls it, isn’t a plug-in hybrid system, but it uses the gasoline engine and regenerative braking to charge the battery while you drive. Thanks to the electrified powertrain, Toyota estimates the 2021 Sienna Hybrid will manage 33 mpg combined. If that’s the case in its official MPG ratings, that means the Sienna would beat the Pacifica Hybrid by about 10 percent.

Like Toyota’s hybrid crossover, the all-wheel-drive system ditches the standard transfer case, using an electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed. Using this system, the torque split can vary between 100:0 front and 20:80 rear.

Security and Technology

Toyota has also rolled out its Safety Sense 2.0 system across its lineup, and that applies to the 2021 Toyota Sienna. Features like a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full-speed radar cruise control, a Lane Departure Assist, Auto High Beams and Lane Keeping Assist are standard on all trim levels from base LE to XLE, XSE, Limited and all-new Platinum trim level.

Seven USB ports, an available Wi-Fi hotspot, an available 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment display, a 1,500-watt inverter (on XLE and above), and a premium 1 200 watts (optional on XLE and XSE, standard on Limited and Platinum) complete the wide range of technologies available on the new Sienna. A Bird’s Eye View camera with 360-degree aerial view is standard on the Sienna Platinum.

The XSE sports trim, shown in the photos above, adds a sporty touch with 20-inch aluminum wheels. Moving to the new TNGA-K platform, Toyota also promises the new Sienna will be stiffer and stronger to drive, with an updated multi-link rear suspension system.

Pricing is not yet available, but the 2021 Toyota Sienna will go on sale later this year. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!

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