A Millennial Mom’s Opinion: The 2022 Toyota Sienna

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Whatever your generation, there’s a Sienna for everyone

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If you saw me driving around on vacation, you probably thought, “Look at this cool, lucky mom riding around in this awesome minivan.” If you’re reading this review, I can only imagine the jealousy raging inside, because who wouldn’t envy someone behind the wheel of this 2022 Toyota Sienna?

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But if you haven’t found yourself in either of those two scenarios, then I’m here to tell you what you’re missing – and why the Sienna is a great option for anyone, at any stage of life. the life. First and foremost, at any age, a hybrid powertrain is a great option. Sure, there’s not a lot of pickup, but like Conduct ‘s Matthew Guy pointed out in his Siena Review 2021 it’s likely that minivan customers care more about fuel economy than acceleration.

We’ve all heard of the divide between different generations: think baby boomers, millennials and gen Z. There’s a debate about the actual years in which one generation ends and another begins. , but either way, the stereotypes hit hard and close to home for any age group. So, without further ado, I’ll tell you why each generation needs a Sienna — because you don’t need kids to appreciate sliding doors.

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Generation Z (Gen Z) — 1997 to 2012

Let’s start with the youngest; the newest drivers on the scene; those with the highest insurance premiums; and stereotypically the most whiny of them all. Sure, the Sienna might not be the coolest, but neither is your midsection, and yet you’re still rocking it.

So imagine this: you’re in high school and you’re one of the lucky few whose parents let you drive to school — the only catch is that you have to drive the Sienna because it’s safe (the 2021 model was awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ). Your parents probably think they’re exhibiting some sort of reverse psychology, thinking you’d rather walk or take public transportation than be seen in a van. On the contrary, Dear parents; you’re officially the coolest in your group of friends because you can comfortably accommodate seven of your closest and hungriest friends in the eight-seater (six friends, if you have captain’s chairs like this tester). Can you think of a better way to spend your lunch period?

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How about relaxing in the recliners during your free time? It’s an option, as long as you don’t fall asleep and miss your next class.

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Your parents needn’t worry, as the 2022 Sienna comes with a long list of standard safety features, including lane departure warning with steering assist (don’t get too cozy), a monitor blind spot, rear view camera (we don’t expect you to be a pro, just yet), plus rear passenger seatbelt and rear seat exit reminders, because you still need to check that all your friends got out of the van safely (you never know who fell asleep on the smooth ride). The half-heated steering wheel is a little disappointing, but the part that’s heated serves as a reminder of where your hands should be positioned while driving.

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And it’s hybrid, so whether your part-time retail job at Old Navy contributes to gas expenses or your parents, someone will save money that can be spent better… whatever it is. ‘is. teenagers like these days.

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Millennials (Generation Y) — 1981 to 1996

It’s me. I’m a Millennial and I’m a Mom (so Millennial Mom), but let’s not talk about parents because it’s pretty obvious that families with young kids should love minivans, not the least of which is sliding doors.

Let’s talk about millennials – the advocates, the successful entrepreneurs, the pet lovers, and all the renters. I see you trying to save money, whether it’s for a trip, a possible down payment, an 85 inch television, dog food or even a wedding present (because it seems everyone around you get married or have children).

You probably think that there are certainly cheaper vehicles on the market; this one starts at $42,350 (AWD), and the minivan we tested goes for $60,740 (though that’s still less than most down payments). But consider that whether you want a family or not, this is a vehicle that can grow with your career, lifestyle changes, and function as a moving van (that rental life can be stressful).

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This hybrid minivan is also perfect for traveling (who needs an RV or motorhome gutted; the DIY was last year), averaging 6.7L/100km while driving combined on the highway and in the city. Are you traveling with your pet(s)? With all seats up, you still have 949L of cargo space, double that of most three-row SUVs, but fold down the third row and your space opens up to hold 2,129L. you really need more storage, its towing capacity can reach 3,500 pounds.

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Generation X — 1965 to 1980

You may not have thought of the Sienna as a typical midlife crisis car, but just ask yourself this: can a Corvette (or a bike) be good for a shopping spree and a grocery run, all at once? And if you plan to travel, is it comfortable and is there entertainment in the back so you can enjoy a peaceful movie in the second row recliner, while someone another pipe? I do not think so. While the Kia Carnival’s recliners look fancy, I think they work in the Sienna; it’s not an added feature to help sell the car, it’s a bonus feature in an already great vehicle.

I generally don’t like rear seat entertainment which is a screen that annoyingly blocks out the majority of what you can see in the rearview mirror, but Toyota has included a digital rearview mirror, and while I’m not a big fan of the digital rearview mirror at night, it does the job – I guess it will just take some getting used to.

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If nothing else, maybe you just want a cool, spacious vehicle that will get you safely to work, where you can dream of retirement in about 10 to 25 years.

2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Limited
2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Limited Photo by Renita Naraine

Baby boomers — 1946 to 1964

Ok, Boomer – If you’ve had kids, then you’re probably at a stage in your life where you’ve long since given up on the minivan life. And of course, the easiest thing for me to say would be, “Think of the grandkids!” But I won’t, because it’s not your responsibility, well, maybe you don’t have (or don’t want) grandchildren. Heck, maybe you never had kids (and therefore no grandkids), and all the power is yours!

Besides saving space and fuel, this is your chance to hone your technical skills and show how tech-savvy (or not) you are. Check out the nine-inch touchscreen and infotainment system – it’s not the fanciest, but that’s what makes it perfect for you; it’s simple!

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Plug your phone into the car and you get easy navigation via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, or you can always do a simple connection via Bluetooth and everything works just as well.

Honorable Mention: To the silent generation (1928 to 1945), I’m not saying we shouldn’t drive (remember to renew your license every two years if you are over 80), but keep in mind that your relatives (of any generation) can consult the Toyota Mobility Program . The Sienna can be configured in many ways to meet many specific needs using adaptive features like an accessible ramp, electric mobility seat, and more. The Sienna is a truly inclusive minivan, and truly ideal for everyone.

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