The Toyota Sienna Isn’t the Only Toyota Minivan You Can Buy Right Now

If you are wondering why the 2022 Toyota Sienna model features are more SUV-like than a minivan, that was the intention. The new Woodland Edition made the Toyota Sienna close the gap between the SUV and the minivan. With muscular body sides, flat hood, and roof rack. However, it is not the only minivan you can go for at the moment, with the Estima also being an excellent choice.

What are the Sienna’s main features?

A white 2021 Toyota Sienna in a desert area.
2021 Toyota Sienna | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc

The 2022 Toyota Sienna’s Woodland Edition encompasses safety standards, the 2.0 suite of Toyota Safety Sense, which includes automatic emergency brakes, flexible cruise control, road sign recognition, forward collision warning, instinctive high-beam headlights, and more.

The Sienna comes as a hybrid, given the optional all-wheel drive and standard front-wheel drive. The minivan is above average in fuel economy despite its acceleration falling behind compared to its non-hybrid version. We rate it at 35 mpg or 36 mpg depending on the drive you go for, whether AWD or FWD. 

The Sienna in FWD format has 36 mpg both for city and highway driving. Adding AWD pokes down the economy for the city, driving by 1 mpg. However, this does not apply to the highway economy.

The Sienna matches up to its competition

Its spacious and family-oriented qualities enable it to compete with rivals like the Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Carnival, and the Honda Odyssey. Jalopnik even describes it as the coolest and minivans currently available. 

This year, the brand adds a Wilderness feature, a quasi-SUV trim, which features an exclusive cement color and a raised ride height just like its Tacoma pickup.

In terms of cost, we expect the 2022 Toyota Sienna to cost around $35,000. Its AWD limited model price could start at around $50,000, similar to the Woodland Edition. Given its comfort features like the 12-speaker JBL audio system and the navigation.

Apart from the Toyota Sienna’s audacious outside redesign, its interior is stylish and modern. Toyota has also created a large center console, which spans the distance between the center armrest and the dashboard, besides the huge storage at the bottom. Its second-row seats are not removable, but the nonobligatory second-row captain’s chairs will slide back and forward for up to 25 inches to offer more legroom for rear-seat riders.

In terms of power, it produces 245 hp and is powered by the 2022 Toyota Sienna minivan 4-cylinder electric and gasoline hybrid power train, which has a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Toyota Estima minivan; A great alternative

The Toyota Estima could be a development of Toyota’s 80s-tactical wedge-shaped minivan: TownAce, HighAce, and LiteAce. The layout offers some unimaginable packaging benefits because the van’s mechanical parts measure below its short, short hood. However, Toyota ought to have done a lot with this platform, despite the Estima being a cool van.

Inside, the Estima is spacious and offers more expansive legroom that adds to its comfort. The car features a sunroof so that you can let the rays in and add some bit of light inside. With its 170 hp 4-cylinder 2.3-liter and 5-speed engine, the current Estima has more strength than the previous version.

If you are interested in a Toyota Estima, you may consider either purchasing an already imported one at a local dealership or importing one on your own from Japan. However, employing an import agent will be a great precaution if you are unacquainted with the auction and import process. Such an agent will guide you and help you pick an admirable Toyota Estima and avoid the common pitfalls of a primary time importer or auction client.

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