You can spot an outdoor enthusiast next to his car, can’t you? It’s a pickup, off-road oriented SUV, or all-wheel-drive (AWD) wagon with a new REI sticker on a washed-out REI sticker, and mud that never been proudly washed from the black plastic wing cover. It has a roof rack, usually with a sliding cleat broken from use and a short length of colored rope left on it from the last time it was used to tie up something it was not designed to carry. . The wheels were shiny.
It’s the stereotype, but anyone who’s gone bankrupt and rented a kayak knows that you can venture into most modern cars. Your first used compact car might not be as far from the road as a new Wrangler, but almost any car will do.
Toyota sure would love the chance to prove it to you with the Sienna Woodlands Edition 2022. A minivan with a bit more off-road capability than most (though you won’t catch it with Wranglers, Broncos, and Land Cruisers). where the mud and rocks are), and plenty of handy features, the Woodlands Edition is on sale in the fall. The price is yet to come, although we would expect it to hit around $ 45,000, given its mechanical bits.
The Woodlands Edition uses Toyota’s on-demand all-wheel drive system to get you a little further off the asphalt. It has more ground clearance than the standard Sienna – although Toyota doesn’t say how much. So if you’ve got the type of trail in mind that requires you to know your ground clearance, this isn’t on your list.
Standard trailer hitch
It comes with a trailer hitch and a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds – enough, according to Toyota, for an ATV or jet ski. The roof rack is standard, as is a power outlet to run a few items on an overnight trip. Standard navigation with the JBL 12-speaker audio system will help you reach your destination. Keep in mind that the system does not include trail maps like those on more dedicated all-terrain vehicles.
The Sienna Woodlands Edition uses the hybrid powertrain of the standard model, so it gets around 35 mpg in combined driving. It only exists in black, or in the “cement” hue that we see here, which should hide the dirt well. Inside you’ll find black sports-trimmed seats. Other features include long-slide second-row captain’s seats and a split-folding third-row seat to allow you to configure numerous configurations for people and equipment.
An outdoor adventure-themed minivan might seem odd, but for a certain type of shopper, it’s perfect.
Chances are, you won’t find the Sienna Woodlands Edition competing with real off-roaders far off the map. But for the kind of camping enthusiast who buys an Expedition or a Suburban because they need living space and a little off-road prowess, but ends up using very little of its towing and mud power, the Woodlands Edition might be a more affordable and comfortable option.