2021 Toyota Sienna Lengthy-Time period Street Check: Introduction

Introduction

Nobody ever thinks minivan is the reply when requested: What automotive is a bunch of automotive journalists most probably to jockey for? However it’s. Give us a minivan and we’re immediately reminded of how a lot we love a sensible machine. Our long-term Toyota Sienna did simply that. It has been in all however fixed movement because it arrived in late Could, taking journeys because the household schlepper de jour of the C/D long-term fleet.

Should you did not know, the Sienna is new for 2021, and whereas it doubled down on grille proportions that border on comical, the necessary information is the powertrain: All Siennas are hybrids. This transfer netted the folks mover a whopping 15-mpg enchancment within the EPA mixed metric. Entrance drivers at the moment are 36-mpg machines, and all-wheel-drive Siennas, corresponding to our long-termer, get an enormous 35 mpg on the Monroney label.

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We requested Toyota for a Cypress Inexperienced Sienna, a coloration solely out there on the highest two trim ranges. We went with the penultimate Restricted. It prices lower than $50,000 to begin, however as soon as we bought the rear-seat leisure ($1415), an AC energy inverter ($300), a rearview mirror that may additionally show a video feed ought to your van be loaded to the gunwales ($200), a mini spare tire ($75), and $220 in all-weather ground mats, we ended up with a $51,885 machine. There are eight-passenger variations, however Limiteds have solely seven seats, and people second-row captain’s chairs are rather more comfy than the Stow ‘n Go seats in a Chrysler.

Not like all-wheel-drive Siennas of yore, the rear axle is immediately pushed by a motor. There is no driveshaft, identical to in different all-wheel-drive Toyota/Lexus hybrids. Each front- and all-wheel-drive fashions produce the identical 245 horsepower as a result of the electrical energy is restricted to what the hybrid battery can produce. Preliminary testing revealed a 7.6-second 60-mph time and a quarter-mile elapsed time of 15.7 seconds. That is about the way it feels. A Honda Odyssey is 1.1 seconds faster, and the earlier V-6-powered Sienna was faster than the brand new one as effectively.

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Not less than that swap to hybrid pays off on the pump as we have averaged 32 mpg to this point. That is 39 % higher gasoline economic system than we noticed with our long-term 2018 Odyssey. As with most households making an financial determination, we might gladly take the financial savings on the pump at a value of some droning engine sounds at broad open throttle. These emanate from the hybrid powertrain’s internal-combustion half, an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-four. As soon as shifting on the freeway and settled right into a cruise, the Sienna hums alongside at a quiet 67 decibels.

Proper after the van confirmed up, the passenger sliding door would not shut by itself—a first-world downside, we all know—and we took the Sienna to the vendor for a really un-Toyota-like unscheduled service go to to repair it. Seems we might have simply addressed the issue as a result of the climate stripping had dislodged from its observe and was doing an excellent impression of a child’s digit. Since then, we have had the Sienna in for 2 scheduled providers. Each have been typical—oil, filter, inspections—at 5000-mile intervals. The primary was free of charge, however the 10K-mile service price $61.

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Aside from that, the van has been flawless. Some complain in regards to the engine noise whereas accelerating. The engine droning could be very obvious once you get into hilly nation. And the van is considerably missing within the driver-centric areas corresponding to brake and steering really feel. A stiff crosswind does make the Sienna drift, however that is true of most seven-passenger SUVs.

As we talked about, the Sienna has been in close to fixed movement because it arrived: Maine, North Carolina, Michigan’s Higher Peninsula. Possibly that is because of an uptick in highway journeys, or as a result of we’ve not had a van shortly. Both means it is a employees favourite, and even when it did sit nonetheless lengthy sufficient to assemble moss, we might by no means know due to its coloration.

Months in Fleet: 5 months Present Mileage: 10,135 miles
Common Gasoline Financial system: 32 mpg
Gasoline Tank Dimension 18.0 gal Noticed Gasoline Vary: 570 miles
Service: $61 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0
Harm and Destruction: $0

Specs

Specs

2021 Toyota Sienna Restricted AWD

Car Sort: front-engine, entrance and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door van

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $49,675/$51,885

Choices: rear-seat leisure system, $1415; AC energy inverter, $300; all-weather ground mats, $220; digital rear-view mirror, $200; short-term spare, $75

POWERTRAIN

DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-4, 189 hp, 176 lb-ft + 3 permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors, entrance: 180 hp, 199 lb-ft; rear: 54 hp, 89 lb-ft (mixed output, 245 hp); nickel-metal-hydride battery pack

Transmission: repeatedly variable computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 12.9-in vented disc/12.5-in vented disc

Tires: Bridgestone Turanza LS100

P235/60R-18 102V M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 120.5 in

Size: 203.7 in

Width: 78.5 in

Peak: 68.5 in

Passenger Quantity: 162 ft3

Cargo Quantity: 34 ft3

Curb Weight: 4846 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW

60 mph: 7.6 sec

1/4-Mile: 15.7 sec @ 89 mph

100 mph: 21.1 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 9.0 sec

High Gear, 30–50 mph: 5.0 sec

High Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.9 sec

High Velocity (gov ltd): 116 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 194 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.77 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 35/36/35 mpg

WARRANTY

3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper

5 years/60,000 miles powertrain

5 years/limitless miles corrosion safety

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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