2021 Toyota Sienna

2021 Sienna Photos
 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
8

Featuring an efficient, hybrid powertrain and solid driving dynamics, the Sienna is a minivan you'll enjoy driving. Plus, the interior is full of thoughtful family-friendly features and surprisingly upmarket styling in its upper trims.

Industry
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In the minivan world, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is a very big deal. For starters, there aren't a lot of minivan models any more ­– four in fact ­­­– so any completely redesigned version is noteworthy. Yet, this is also the first all-new Sienna in 10 years; a much lengthier gap between generations than usual, and one that resulted in its predecessor getting awfully long in the tooth despite consistent updates. A new Sienna has therefore been overdue, but Toyota at least used the extra years to develop a van that moves the ball far downfield. What's under a minivan's hood rarely makes headlines, but in this case, it does. Every 2021 Sienna is a hybrid, foregoing the usual V6 and its low-20s-mpg fuel economy in favor of Toyota's familiar gasoline-electric powertrain that returns an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined. Sure, it's not quite as quick as those V6-powered vans, but we're not sure how much minivan buyers will care about that. The Chrysler Pacifica is the only other minivan available as a hybrid, but that's a plug-in hybrid model that provides some all-electric range and carries a higher initial price tag. Other upgrades include a bolder exterior and an interior that's remarkably high-style for a minivan. Functionally, Toyota has lengthened second-row seat travel, providing extra cargo versatility and unmatched, sprawl-out legroom. In-car tech is upgraded with Toyota's latest touchscreen infotainment system and driver assistance features. And in terms of innovative, family-oriented gadgets, the Sienna will be the only minivan offered with a small built-in refrigerator, while it will join the Honda Odyssey in offering an in-car vacuum and a PA system that transmits the driver's voice to the back seats. Unfortunately, both the fridge and vacuum have been delayed due to pandemic-related supplier delays.  In short, the 2021 Sienna is a bold update for a model that needed one. Its exceptional fuel economy and versatile second-row seat are probably its main selling points over its competition, but in every other respect it's fully competitive. In fact, we consider it one of our two top-recommended minivans along with the Pacifica Hybrid (although the Toyota did ultimately win our Sienna vs Pacifica Hybrid comparison test). With so few competitors, though, there's no reason to not check them all out. What's new for 2021? The Sienna is all-new for 2021. What's the Sienna interior and in-car technology like? The Sienna's front cabin is shockingly high style for a minivan – and here we thought the Pacifica's was a bold stylistic departure. You can see each of the trim levels above. Controls are canted every-so-slightly toward the driver, while the high center console provides more of a car- or SUV-like feel. Nevertheless, that console is really just a bridge over a vast open canyon ripe for whatever you want to put down there (likely a purse). There are a number of other handy places up front to stow things, as well. That includes the available refrigerator (below, bottom left) and the wide, smartphone-holding tray …
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In the minivan world, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is a very big deal. For starters, there aren't a lot of minivan models any more ­– four in fact ­­­– so any completely redesigned version is noteworthy. Yet, this is also the first all-new Sienna in 10 years; a much lengthier gap between generations than usual, and one that resulted in its predecessor getting awfully long in the tooth despite consistent updates. A new Sienna has therefore been overdue, but Toyota at least used the extra years to develop a van that moves the ball far downfield. What's under a minivan's hood rarely makes headlines, but in this case, it does. Every 2021 Sienna is a hybrid, foregoing the usual V6 and its low-20s-mpg fuel economy in favor of Toyota's familiar gasoline-electric powertrain that returns an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined. Sure, it's not quite as quick as those V6-powered vans, but we're not sure how much minivan buyers will care about that. The Chrysler Pacifica is the only other minivan available as a hybrid, but that's a plug-in hybrid model that provides some all-electric range and carries a higher initial price tag. Other upgrades include a bolder exterior and an interior that's remarkably high-style for a minivan. Functionally, Toyota has lengthened second-row seat travel, providing extra cargo versatility and unmatched, sprawl-out legroom. In-car tech is upgraded with Toyota's latest touchscreen infotainment system and driver assistance features. And in terms of innovative, family-oriented gadgets, the Sienna will be the only minivan offered with a small built-in refrigerator, while it will join the Honda Odyssey in offering an in-car vacuum and a PA system that transmits the driver's voice to the back seats. Unfortunately, both the fridge and vacuum have been delayed due to pandemic-related supplier delays.  In short, the 2021 Sienna is a bold update for a model that needed one. Its exceptional fuel economy and versatile second-row seat are probably its main selling points over its competition, but in every other respect it's fully competitive. In fact, we consider it one of our two top-recommended minivans along with the Pacifica Hybrid (although the Toyota did ultimately win our Sienna vs Pacifica Hybrid comparison test). With so few competitors, though, there's no reason to not check them all out. What's new for 2021? The Sienna is all-new for 2021. What's the Sienna interior and in-car technology like? The Sienna's front cabin is shockingly high style for a minivan – and here we thought the Pacifica's was a bold stylistic departure. You can see each of the trim levels above. Controls are canted every-so-slightly toward the driver, while the high center console provides more of a car- or SUV-like feel. Nevertheless, that console is really just a bridge over a vast open canyon ripe for whatever you want to put down there (likely a purse). There are a number of other handy places up front to stow things, as well. That includes the available refrigerator (below, bottom left) and the wide, smartphone-holding tray …
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$34,460 - $50,460 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
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Engine I-4
MPG 36 City / 36 Hwy
Seating 8 Passengers
Transmission CVTi-S 2-spd CVT w/OD
Power 189 @ 6000 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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