Celebrating 25 years of the Toyota Sienna, from mobile mom to hybrid trendsetter

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Those who were born a quarter of a century ago and rode in their mother’s minivan may now be driving their own Toyota Sienna.

Sound the alarm and get the party started: the Toyota Sienna is celebrating its 25th anniversary! It’s now supposed to be ready for outdoor adventures, transforming from a family van to a stylish and technologically advanced vehicle. But let’s be clear: it still retains its van status.

“It’s always been the designers job to expand that image of a pickup truck and make it more exciting and inspiring, something you want to drive, not something you have to drive,” said Kevin Hunter, president of CALTY Design. Research (CALTY), a Toyota Design Studio.

“As a result, the new Sienna looks more exciting and dynamic, but still has all the functionality and space of the pickup truck.”

Siena Timeline

Since from Siena debuted in 1997, it has evolved from a comfortable tote designed for families to a inspired by adventure vehicle with many upgrades.

“As customer tastes and needs have changed over the years, the Sienna has evolved with them. CALTY’s goal has always been to create a more inspiring and fun van,” said Hunter. “Young families are active and seek more outdoor recreation with family and friends, and we wanted to reflect that younger exuberance.”

Toyota Siena

What’s new?

Many interior and exterior upgrades are standard to appeal to a wider range of drivers. But not just for the soccer mums or dadsnew Sienna is designed to be more of an adventurous model than previous iterations.

The most significant way to make it more “adventure-ready” is that all-wheel-drive is now available in all models or classes of vans. This feature gives drivers the confidence to travel almost anywhere and in bad weather.

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SUV-inspired styling

Toyota reports that the hybrid-only Sienna is the most fuel-efficient seven- to eight-passenger minivan on the market. This report claims an estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg when driving in all-wheel-drive mode.

“The all-hybrid powertrain is ideal for anyone looking to get the most out of a fuel efficiency standpoint, especially for those on long trips,” said Leah Curry, president of Toyota Indiana.

“The rear seat entertainment system, available second row captain’s chairs and seven USB ports provide great functionality so everyone can enjoy the ride.

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The usefulness of Siena

You can load up the kids, toys or camping gear, or use the all-new Sienna as a grocery store.

“The utility of a minivan is important, but the Sienna offers that and more,” Curry says. “Having one of the best miles per gallon in its class with the standard hybrid system was a huge plus. That and the other premium features, upgraded styling and available all-wheel drive totally set the Sienna apart.

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