The third-generation Toyota Sienna has lingered since 2011. During that time, others in its class received significant upgrades in looks, tech, and powertrains. Now it’s Toyota’s turn to join the modern minivan movement with the all-new 2021 Sienna, which will feature a new design, more useful interior space, upgraded tech, and a thrifty powertrain.
Visually, the 2021 Sienna will be a far cry from its aging predecessor. Its new looks will include a more brand-matching nose, a longer hood, bolder headlights, LED fog lights and accent lighting, a bold lower front grille, and swollen rear wheel wells similar to the new Highlander. A sporty XSE trim will add darkened 20-inch wheels and sportier bumpers. This new-look body will ride atop the new Toyota TGNA-K platform, which will deliver a smoother and quieter ride.
Inside, the Sienna will take on a more simplified and organized look with its new bridge center console that splits the front seats and offers ample storage, a dash-top touchscreen, a two-tone dash, and loads of optional upscale leather. Spaciousness will also take a front seat – well, maybe a back seat – with its 25 inches of fore and aft adjustment for the second-row seats.
Tech is also key in the 2021 Sienna with its standard 9-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six-speaker audio system, SiriusXM, Wi-Fi, and more. It also has an available 12-speaker, 1,200-watt JBL audio system, 1,500-watt power inverter, vacuum, refrigerator, 11.6-inch rear entertainment system, and digital rearview mirror.
Under its hood, the Sienna will drop its potent V6 powertrain in favor of a thriftier 2.5-liter hybrid four-cylinder unit that will deliver 243 combined horsepower. This will help the Sienna achieve a class-leading 33 miles per gallon combined. All-wheel drive will remain an option.
Safety will also be a focus point of the 2021 Sienna with its standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and road-sign assist. The IIHS has yet to test the Sienna, so stay tuned for official results shortly after it hits showrooms.