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The 2021 Toyota Sienna Proves That it Still Has a lot of Swagger

If you can get over the stigma of driving a minivan, then you’ll grow to like the 2021 Toyota Sienna. Its bold styling, luxurious interior, and family-friendly amenities are on par with what you’ll find in most three-row SUVs today, and its quiet cabin and plush ride rival many luxury cars. Despite its recent redesign, the Sienna definitely has not lost any of its swagger, in fact, it’s probably gained some.

The 2021 Toyota Sienna is still the “Swagger Wagon”

Do you remember Toyota’s marketing gimmick for the 2015 Sienna? It featured an anonymous, middle-aged husband and wife rapping duo that told us, with excellent reason and rhyme, how great Sienna SE is, dubbing it the “Swagger Wagon.”

Gimmicky or not, the commercial stuck in my head all these years and while driving the 2021 Toyota Sienna over the past few days, I couldn’t help but think about how true that couple’s words were. But this new version isn’t cool in the “hip hop rapper” kind of way, instead, its swagger comes from its overall poshness.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “Swagger” as “marked by elegance and showiness,” and when it comes to the new Sienna, I have to agree. Sit in the driver’s seat and have a look around, you’ll probably agree with me.

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The Toyota Sienna’s interior is top-notch

The 2021 Sienna comes in five different trim levels: LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. Opting for the two highest trim levels will give you a leather-trimmed interior, which I highly recommend. Not just because it’s soft and easy to clean when those inevitable spills take place, but also because it makes the interior feel more opulent.

My tester is outfitted in a Cypress Green paint job that’s matched to a Noble Brown leather interior, which might sound like a terrible combination to some buyers, but in my eyes, it looks pretty rich. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and wood trim inserts complement the look well and the front seats are heated and ventilated, which adds an even more luxurious touch.

2021 Toyota Sienna Interior
2021 Toyota Sienna Interior | Joe Santos/MotorBiscuit

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The Sienna’s technology and infotainment are highlights

If the interior and exterior looks of the Toyota Sienna don’t win you over, maybe the technology will. The top-trim Platinum comes with a  large 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, four-zone automatic climate control, a 10-inch head-up display, and a premium JBL sound system.

Speaking of sounds, if you want to talk to your kids in the third row, then you can do so with the Driver Easy Speak feature, which projects your voice from the driver’s seat through the speakers so that everyone can hear you.

2021 Toyota Sienna second-row console area
2021 Toyota Sienna second-row console area | Joe Santos/MotorBiscuit

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It’s a welcome feature for any parent, especially considering that the Sienna is outfitted with two 120V outlets and a bevy of USB ports so that your kids can keep themselves occupied. The Driver Easy Speak system will allow them to hear you over the noise coming from the rear-seat entertainment system and their video games or their portable smart devices.

2021 Toyota Sienna Second Row Captain's Chairs
2021 Toyota Sienna Second Row Captain’s Chairs | Joe Santos/MotorBiscuit

The Sienna drives as smooth as a luxury car

Lastly, the 2021 Toyota Sienna drives so smooth that you’ll swear you’re sitting in an over-grown luxury car. At highway speeds, my decibel meter recorded a low 70 dB, which is quiet enough for you to comfortably carry on a normal conversation with the person in the passenger seat or talk even louder to your kids in the back.

With all of these plush attributes and luxurious features, it’s no wonder that the Sienna still feels like a “Swagger Wagon,” only just a little more grown-up.