The 2021 Toyota Sienna enters its fourth generation with a polarizing design, to say the least. The new minivan adopts spunky styling that includes aggressive creases and bold character lines, altering the overall design of the previous generation. Its headlights and taillights are not exempt. Nor its huge grille. Whether you love or hate the exterior of the new Sienna, its interior is a different story; Toyota has spent so much time innovating its minivan, its interesting features may encourage you to give the design a pass.
The 2021 Sienna isn’t just powered by a standard hybrid powertrain; it’s also available with plenty of cool comforts that make it more premium – from a second row that slides back 25 inches to make room for an on-board ottoman, to a built-in vacuum cleaner.
Super Long Slide Captain Chairs
The name may sound silly, but the idea is innovative. The available second-row captain’s chairs can move back approximately 25 inches to provide more legroom for an enjoyable ride. While this means the third row has to be folded, it also leaves room for an integrated ottoman, so second row passengers can travel in absolute comfort. Oh, and those seats are also heated. Toyota says the Sienna’s second row is the best in the segment, and just looking at the seats, we couldn’t disagree. We’ll have to wait to get our hands on a Sienna before making a final judgment. This feature is only available in the front-wheel-drive Limited and Platinum models (the latter being a new version for the Sienna).
Sliding doors with kick opening and closing
We’ve seen it on nearly every SUV hatchback, but this is the first time the feature has been applied to sliding doors on a minivan. Using a sensor located under the rear sliding doors, all you have to do is pass a foot under the door to open or close it. This is especially handy when you’re carrying something big or when you’re busy holding your children’s hands.
Ready for family adventures
Toyota says the new Sienna can be fitted with Yakima accessories, so if you’re planning on taking bike rides or need extra room to haul your stuff, Yakima has you covered. The Sienna is available with roof crossbars, which support multiple Yakima racks. We don’t know if rooftop tents are also supported, but it would be cool to camp on top of the Sienna.
Speaking of camping, there’s an optional 1,500-watt inverter with a 120-volt AC outlet that provides power when you need it. From hooking up your laptop to powering your camping gear, the Sienna has you covered.
Up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity
With a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, the 2021 Toyota Sienna’s towing capacity matches that of the Honda Odyssey but falls behind the Chrysler Pacifica (which can tow 3,600 pounds). Still, that should be enough to tow a small Airstream or small boat to the lake house.
Vacuum and refrigerated box
The Honda Odyssey was the first minivan to come out with a built-in vacuum, and the Chrysler Pacifica followed suit when it was redesigned in 2016. For its fourth generation, the Sienna also gets a vacuum, and it adds a refrigerated box to its long list of features. The refrigerator is located in the front center console and is easily accessible to those in the second row.
The 2021 Sienna is the only minivan on the market to offer all-wheel drive with a hybrid powertrain. Although the 2021 Pacifica gets traction on all four wheels, the system is not available on hybrid models. This is the same system used in the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which uses an electric motor to power the rear wheels. At launch, the system can send up to 80 per cent of available torque to the rear axle depending on driving conditions, although most of the time it will send all the power to the front wheels.
XSE for those who want a sporty Sienna
The Sienna will be available in five different versions: LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum, but the XSE is a bit different from the others. With its 20-inch wheels and sports suspension, the XSE looks different than other Siennas. The black wheels, mirror caps and badges stand out, and the designers also designed a different style for the front and rear fascias. Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota’s Calty Design Center, said the XSE was inspired by the racetrack, and while that thought might be a bit too far with this Sienna, the XSE is definitely more appealing.
Seven standard USB ports
Depending on its configuration, the Sienna can accommodate up to eight passengers and all versions are equipped with seven USB ports. An available wireless charger also means that each occupant can charge their smartphone at the same time.
Folding central seat
If you opt for the eight-passenger configuration, the second-row middle seat can be easily stowed in the Sienna’s floor. While this feature does not support Super Long Slide Captain’s Chairs, it still allows for limited second-row fore-aft adjustment. The downside, however, is that the 2021 Sienna’s second-row seats aren’t removable as they come with side airbags.
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