The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna hybrid minivan not only improves fuel economy and standard features, but it can also withstand more collisions than the outgoing model, the IIHS announced on Tuesday.
The non-profit institute honored the 2021 Toyota Sienna with its best distinction in a Top Safety Pick + award. Specifically, the Sienna remained strong in the small front overlap tests, scoring top marks of “Good” compared to last year’s “Acceptable” in the driver’s side test and “Marginal” in the passenger side test. The Sienna has passed all six crash tests conducted by the insurance industry-funded safety group. These results bode well for the Sienna improving its crash results with the NHTSA, which awarded it five stars last year, but sounded its side impact and rollover tests.
Plus, standard automatic emergency braking helped the Sienna avoid or mitigate collisions with vehicles and pedestrians, the IIHS found. It avoided collisions with other vehicles in the 12 mph and 25 mph tests, earning it a “top” rating, and it almost reduced speed to 0 mph in the same tests when faced to a pedestrian. It obtained an “Advanced” rating on the pedestrian tests.
Standard LED reflector headlights rated “Good” thus qualifying the Sienna for the “+” part of the Top Safety Pick award criteria.
With all-wheel drive and the standard hybrid powertrain, the Sienna gets a combined 35 mpg rated by the EPA. It joins the 2021 Honda Odyssey in the TSP class this year, but the Honda only comes with front-wheel drive. The only other all-wheel-drive minivan, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, has yet to be evaluated by the IIHS.