Should you buy a 2021 Toyota Sienna?

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  • The Sienna’s price starts at $ 39,900 in Canada, $ 34,460 in the United States.

  • The Sienna tested was a Limited AWD that sells for $ 58,190.

  • The Sienna is the most efficient minivan on the market today.


Some facts are impossible to ignore. For example, the water is moist, and pizza is the best food there is, able to contain all four food groups in a delicious meal. The 2021 Toyota Sienna is a fantastic minivan, but like Hawaiian pizza, there is something that might be a bit offbeat for some.

Toyota Sienna 2021 | Photo credit: Olivier Delorme

What everyone needs to remember is that, and I said it before, no vehicle in the world is capable of outperforming a minivan when it comes to family life. It always has been and because families bought them in droves in the 1990s and early 2000s, they became uncool, much like the station wagons before them.

There’s sort of a trend on the horizon, at least in my opinion, where the body styles that have fallen in favor over the past three decades will make a comeback. The advent of electrification, requiring an open-mindedness for me, has become an opportunity for some car manufacturers to revisit people carriers and wagons. Toyota has been loyal to the van and its fans for decades, and just released their best passenger transport vehicle.

Toyota Sienna 2021 | Photo credit: Olivier Delorme

There are only a handful of entries left in the MPV segment. Even so, it might be difficult to pick one, as all of them have been updated recently as well. Should the Sienna be at the top of your shopping list? Certainly. Should this be your next purchase? Read on:


Why should you buy a Toyota Sienna 2021:

Toyota Sienna 2021 | Photo credit: Olivier Delorme

  • The Sienna’s standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with Toyota’s Synergy Hybrid System produces a healthy 245 horsepower.
  • The Sienna can tow up to 3,500 lbs, on par with some V6 competitors.
  • An AWD version is optional on all versions and consists of an electric motor on the rear axle. It does not increase the power of the system, but its additional torque is evident.
  • The AWD system brilliantly manages traction in almost any situation.
  • Depending on driving conditions and demand, it is possible to make an average of less than 7L / 100km. In winter and generally loaded, I managed 7.5L / 100km.
  • The cabin is excessively spacious, regardless of configuration or trim.
  • Power sliding rear doors are standard, as are the heated steering wheel and front seats.
  • 7-passenger versions include 2nd row long-slide captain’s seats, a feature you never thought you needed.
  • The new Sienna is assembled on Toyota’s global platform, resulting in a comfortable ride that is not afraid of bends and curves.
  • The styling of the Sienna is a cross between the Highlander and the Supra (true story) and looks great.
  • It has 16 cup holders, an incredible range of storage solutions and, behind the 2sd row of seats, can hold up to 2129 liters of stuff.

Toyota Sienna 2021 | Photo credit: Olivier Delorme


Why you shouldn’t buy a Toyota Sienna 2021:

  • The electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) tends to maintain engine speed for a long time, creating an annoying drone. The only way to counter this is to set the drive mode to ECO.
  • That’s it.

Conclusion:

When minivans are brought up in a discussion, because it happens from time to time, the topic of pricing inevitably takes center stage. It’s true that people carriers are no longer the affordable family vehicles they once were. Either way, the Sienna is much more economical than expected.

Toyota Sienna 2021 | Photo credit: Olivier Delorme

The 2021 Toyota Sienna LE AWD, the less expensive AWD version, is priced at $ 41,990, almost $ 1,000 less than a 2021 front-wheel drive Honda Odyssey EX-RES. The most affordable 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD starts at $ 50,665, while a front-wheel-drive 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan is priced at $ 39,990, before sizable and typical incentives. The 2021 Kia Sedona is the bargain in the segment priced at $ 32,295.

When you consider the efficiency, AWD capabilities, design and features of the Sienna, the arguments against it are essentially futile. Competitors are always powered by V6 engines that deliver sharper acceleration, but even I accepted that staying away from gas stations is what really matters.

The 2021 Toyota Sienna is the minivan to beat.

Toyota Sienna 2021 | Photo credit: Olivier Delorme


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