Toyota currently dominates the market for hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle sales. However, they have no intention of resting on this current success. The giant automaker plans to significantly increase these sales figures by 2025.
“Over the next few years, we are trying to increase the number of vehicles we have with an alternative power plant to 25% (of total vehicle sales). Right now it’s about 9%. And give every vehicle we offer an electrified power plant option. said Tom Kretschmann, product subject matter expert with the Toyota Product & Sales Engagement team.
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If true, we can expect a wave of redesigned hybrid/alternative fuel vehicles (the sleek 2021 Mirai), new Toyota models that currently don’t exist (2021 RAV4 Prime), and new hybrid alternatives in models that do not currently have one.
It reminds me of current Toyota vehicles. Imagine the multiple teams of engineers and planners probably working feverishly as I write, designing our hybrids of the (near) future. I would like to see a 4Runner hybrid. Who wouldn’t take the opportunity to choose a Tacoma Hybrid?
So how about a hybrid Sienna? That would be cool.
The rumor mill is hot for the 2021 Sienna Hybrid
There are normally only a few possibilities regarding rumors. For one thing, they end up being true. Where there is smoke, there is soon fire, after all. The rumors could also end up being one hundred percent false. Of course, the other outcome is that every rumor will end up being partially true to varying degrees.
Where does that leave Toyota Sienna then? Here’s the rumor that’s been making its way through social media and publishing circles for the past few weeks. Toyota plans to launch a 2021 Sienna that could be a full hybrid. No petrol only option.
I normally like to steer clear of reports that have yet to be confirmed. I prefer to wait a bit and see what materializes. However, this one is interesting and it also ties in with one of my automotive passions – hybrids.
Current specs of the 2020 Sienna
This year’s 2020 Toyota Sienna comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Power is 296 horsepower with 263 lb-ft. couple. The majority of Sienna trim levels are front-wheel-drive, but there are all-wheel-drive choices as well. This is a major selling point for Sienna over the competition as it becomes incredibly appealing to people living in colder, snowier climates.
What could a 2021 Sienna Hybrid look like?
I expect a Sienna Hybrid that will be similar to the newly redesigned 2020 Highlander Hybrid. Gas-only Highlanders, like the Sienna, use a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The 2020 Highlander Hybrid features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that works in combination with two electric motors. This synergy produces a net system power of 243 horsepower.
It’s hard to say what will happen with the gas mileage on the new 2021 Sienna. Current estimates range from 19 city/27 highway/22 combined for front-wheel drive to 18 city/24 highway/20 combined for front-wheel drive integral.
I think it would be amazing if Toyota offered buyers a Sienna that could get 30 miles per gallon and a long range on just one tank of gas. Think how many extra car trips families could make if gasoline weren’t such a deterrent. Baby road trip.
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Here’s what you had to say about a potential 2021 Sienna Hybrid
I brought this topic to the street (well, to the internet at least). I asked my Torque News readers, my “Toyotajeff in Raleigh” YouTube viewers and members of the “Toyota Sienna Owners Club” online forum. The questions asked were “Would you buy a Sienna hybrid?” and “what must it have for you to be interested?”
Jennifer had an interesting take. “Great gas mileage so I can do more trips and enough power to cross the mountains.”
“Battery guaranteed for life. Maybe at least 10 years. Added Antoine.
Eric came up with these thoughts. “Full electric range of at least 50 miles. Same price as gasoline model since Toyota no longer has the tax credit. Range of 400 miles. AWD.”
What did Barb have to say? “I need to know that the battery will last a long time. It shouldn’t be too expensive to replace. Low maintenance cost over time.
Rocky said, “It has to be a true hybrid, not like the Chrysler plug-in hybrid with eMPG which doesn’t mean much.”
“A regular transmission instead of a continuously variable transmission to help with long-term reliability.” Says forum member Parker.
“Must have as much or more power than the gasoline version.” Mentioned Jonas.
Time to think about the Toyota Sienna
Only time will tell if these hybrid rumors come to fruition or not. I have a hunch we’ll hear about it in the months to come – confirming or denying what we’ve heard.
As I mentioned, hybrids are a project I’m passionate about. I think they offer a low cost of ownership over time thanks to low maintenance expenses and excellent energy efficiency.
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Just look at the incredible success of the RAV4 Hybrid over the past two years and you can see the potential for any new or future Toyota hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle.
I have a few questions for you, my readers. It would also help me a lot for future stories. Have you ever purchased a hybrid in the past and what was your experience? More hybrids will be available over the next five years than ever before. Do you think you’re comfortable enough with hybrids to consider one for your next purchase? If not, what are the factors that concern you or hesitate to consider one?
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