At first I wasn’t sure if Toyota had just missed April 1st by a few weeks – the weather got blurry for all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. But no, the 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition is real. It’s kind of an all-terrain minivan, with higher ground clearance and Toyota’s hybrid all-wheel drive as standard equipment. It’s billed as an adventure vehicle – not really an off-roader – better able to tackle camping trips and family adventures on dirt roads than a standard Sienna minivan, but in a stopping good unless you’re capable of much more than a standard Sienna in the rough.
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You won’t be going far off the beaten path, but it’s packed with useful features that cater to families’ growing desire to get out of the isolation of the home and get out into nature…a little.
AWD, not 4WD
The new Sienna Woodland Special Edition comes with a few interesting bits, including a redesigned suspension that adds an extra 0.6 inches of ground clearance via new shocks and springs. Toyota matches this slightly higher position with its class-exclusive hybrid AWD system, which uses a standard front-wheel-drive Sienna minivan with an additional electric motor powering the rear wheels. This engine can use up to 80% of the van’s motive power at the rear wheels or leave up to 100% at the front wheels, depending on terrain and traction conditions. The Woodland Special Edition doesn’t use a transfer case or actual driveshaft from the engine to the rear wheels, and there’s no four-wheel-drive locking. This is an off-road machine, not a true off-roader.
The towing rating is unchanged – you can tow up to 3,500 pounds behind the Sienna, which is enough for an all-terrain vehicle or personal watercraft, but probably not enough for most family trailers. Power for personal items, useful on a day trip or camping trip, is available via a 1,500 watt power outlet; that’s far more than the typical 150-400 watt outlets that Toyota typically supplies for in-cab use. At the top there are standard roof rails with crossbars for additional load capacity.
Woodland Edition or Urban Cruiser?
Visually, there’s nothing remotely “woody” about the Woodland Special Edition. Your two available colors are Midnight Black Metallic and an exclusive colorway… Cement Grey. Seriously? Why would you want to make an outdoor special edition and paint it Cement grey?
Blacked-out chrome and black badging adorn the exterior, and 18-inch wheels are standard. Inside, there’s nothing more woodsy, with sport-trimmed black seats with unique stitching throughout, accented by dark faux wood trim. The Sienna’s flexible and purposeful interior is retained, with standard super-long sliding 2nd-row captain’s chairs, split and fold-away 3rd-row seat, kick-activated sliding side doors, heated front seats , sun visors in the second row and a grand total of seven USB ports inside. Keeping everyone entertained will be the job of the standard navigation/infotainment system with a 1,200-watt, 12-speaker JBL premium audio system.
There’s no pricing yet for the 2022 Sienna Woodland Special Edition, but it should arrive in dealerships this fall. Toyota has pledged to donate $250 for each product sold to the National Environmental Education Foundation, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000.
The giveaway seems like the most outward thing about the Sienna Woodland Special Edition, though, given there aren’t any earthy colors, special durable interior fabrics, or even a set of floor mats. all-weather rubber. Toyota may have confused a special-edition urban cruiser with its planned woodsy model, because as we all know, nothing says “outdoor adventure” like a murdered, cement gray, leather-lined minivan on all-season tires. .
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