Toyota Sienna Hybrid Limited – Knox County VillageSoup

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Lubec, yes, the quaint and quiet little seaside village with the easternmost lighthouse in the United States and some of Maine’s most beautiful coastline, doesn’t have much in common with Natick, the shopping mecca. bustling Massachusetts and “suburban community west of the overcrowded Boston megalopolis.”

Aside from Natick, this is where we picked up this week’s Sienna Hybrid Van, and several crates of tiles for the Navigator Renovation Project and then spent hours mired in typical 128 / I-95 traffic, while that the picturesque Lubec turned out to be the balm that revealed the UN-Limited virtues in this family wagon.

The fact that the Sienna has proven to perform well in these two opposing environments is what drives Toyota’s determination to continue adding value to its big wagon as opponents attempt to undermine what’s left. the best way to take a lot of people from Point. A at point B, as well as every place in the middle.

Toyota’s lineup of hybrid vehicles continues to grow – and each show proves the merit of building these intelligent vehicles. From the small Prius to this 201-inch-long, seven-passenger minivan, the hybrid powertrain (245 horsepower combined from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motor, and battery) provided a sufficient power and more than exemplary fuel economy.

Against an EPA estimate of 36/36/36-mpg (no printing errors), our Root Beer color van (actually, Sunset Bronze Mica), we hit a real-world 37+ mpg for four. adults, with all our gear, driving 240 miles visiting Maine’s Bold Coast, Washington County and all of rural Lubec. With a full tank your range is over 600 miles, try this in your electric battery!

Every Sienna this year is a hybrid. You can choose from 5 trims (starting at $ 31,640), including the sporty new XSE and optional all-wheel-drive returns, making the Sienna and Pacifica the only two minivans that come so equipped; hybrid power and / or AWD.

Highlights include long-rail second-row captain’s seats that feature folding footrests, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, hands-free power sliding doors and a rear hatch, as well as 4-wheel automatic climate control. areas. The front seats of our leather-clad Limited (fully loaded for $ 50,010 with wireless rear entertainment, 1500W inverter, all-weather carpet, but no heads-up display) were heated and cooled, while 7 ports USB are also dotted around the cabin as a surplus of lockers and slots for drinks.

The Sienna’s console layout earns 4 stars for swallowing a cargo of travel accessories, carefully, while the flat shelf all over the dash, to the left of the steering wheel as well, including a wireless charging house. , is very useful.

In MA’s slog-home, a 4.5-hour grind, the Toyota’s seats turned out to be excellent. During winding tours of eleven of the 35 conservation parks around Lubec and Trescott over three days, the Sienna’s ease of access, great visibility and spacious cabin made it easy to transition from the constant shifting of gears into the fog, rain, wind and more fog.

Everything was good; these 11 parks are very impressive. Several were existing and familiar retreats like Quoddy Headlight, however, the recent entry of the Butler Conservation Fund in Lubec is having a huge impact. Their work is extremely important, A) for the quality of the secure land for all to share, B) the well-maintained trails, seclusion huts and high levels of general upgrades, plus C) the spirit of the exhibit to the trails and to the people of Lubec will do the trick for a community of undeniable beauty and an indomitable spirit.

At each meeting, from our lodging to each restaurant visited, the Lubecois know how to welcome you to their home.

The Sienna made us feel that too. We’ve trashed the rugs on every ride, littered the cabin with food, wet clothes, and “gift shop” extras – the Sienna seems to revel in the abuse. Then it hit 37 mpg again.

Okay so maybe the sill is a bit wide for getting in and out – but that’s due to improved safety standards, and also works to cover the wide track chassis below which provided great quiet on less than perfect surfaces. The steering feel was better than I expected, and the tactile feel of conventional controls is far superior to the vague engagement of too many touchscreens. Of course, Toyota’s numerous Safety Sense 2.0 electronic driving aids are all included.

With more room than the Highlander – a true adult third-row seat exists here – as well as the deep cargo well behind that third row, the Sienna is ready to fight that upstart minivan along with its two other remaining rivals. The added benefit of hybrid power and improved fuel efficiency should be a crush on any van buyer who recognizes the inherent value available here.

As for Lubec; you are about to be discovered again. There won’t be any hidden gold scandal this time around (look, that’s a fascinating story) and you won’t be packing sardines anymore.

The region’s treasure is the places we will discover and the people we will meet.

Tim plouff

Tim Plouff has been reviewing automobiles for over 20 years.

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