Do you really need one of those massive SUVs, or will the 2021 Toyota Sienna do the trick? We understand the appeal of SUVs. They are pretty cool. But minivans are an excellent alternative to consider. Plus, we’re taking our advice and will provide a Toyota Sienna review soon.
Is the 2021 Toyota Sienna better than SUVs?
First of all, we have to debunk the myth about minivans being for soccer moms. Also, what’s wrong with being a soccer mom? Someone needs the epic ability drive the team around and provide snacks.
The 2021 Toyota Sienna is a way to do that with convenience and style. Plus, all genders love minivans. It can be the proud man-van of the family. Resistant to vans could come from not knowing much about them. But we’re about to discover all there is to know about the Sienna.
One positive thing to mention is the price. The Toyota Sienna has an MSRP of about $36,460. The Chevy Tahoe begins at about $49,600, and the Ford Expedition starts at around $49,625. So, you can save over $10,000 for a vehicle that has more than enough space for the whole family.
Plus, the Toyota Sienna Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city and up to 36 mpg on the highway. The Expedition receives an EPA-estimated 17 and 23 mpg. So, enjoy saving on fuel.
How capable is the Sienna?
The 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid can’t do SUV things, right? Wrong. The Sienna Hybrid is available with all-wheel drive. That means it can handle snow, gravel, and other slippery situations. We won’t push it on off-roading trails, but it can definitely go camping.
With the Sienna, you get a gasoline-powered 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with electric motors to generate 245 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 3,500 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,335 lbs.
This is enough power to haul smaller campers and boats. But the Expedition can tow up to 9,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,758 lbs. So, consider an SUV if you plan on towing heavier loads.
The Sienna can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.7 seconds. This is on par with other vans. The Expedition can reach 60 mph in about 6.9 seconds, so it’s not even a whole second faster.
What is the Toyota Sienna’s interior like?
The 2021 Toyota Sienna is spacious, comfortable, and versatile. The second-row seats slide 25-inches front and back to make room for everyone and everything. On higher trims, the seats recline and have ottomans.
Higher trim models can be equipped with an onboard vacuum cleaner. Plus, there is a rear entertainment system that includes an HD screen and two sets of wireless headphones. A 9-inch touchscreen comes standard, but you can upgrade to an 11.6-inch display.
You get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, seven USB ports, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and two 120-volt outlets in the rear. You could go camping in this van. Convenience features such as a 360-degree exterior camera system and parking sensors will help you navigate tight areas in the cities or woods.
Plus, space is abundant, with 33.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and up to 101 cubes total. There are 16 cup holders, multi-level door pockets, and ample storage cubbies.
This minivan provides the convenience of an SUV without the high price. We can’t wait to test it and will let you know how it compares to massive SUVs soon.