2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

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    2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    2021 Toyota Sienna First Drive | Functional efficiency with style
    Hybrid efficiency, a clever use of space and available all-wheel drive go a long way
    JOHN BELTZ SNYDER
    Oct 27th 2020
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    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The minivan segment isn’t a huge one, and it’s largely dominated by three players. There’s the stylish Chrysler Pacifica, with the excellent plug-in hybrid option. The Honda Odyssey unapologetically leans into its minivan-ness and family-hauling duties. Then there’s the new, totally redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna. Its selling points are immediately apparent: unique styling, a standard hybrid powertrain and available all-wheel drive. Oh, and it’s a Toyota, which precedes itself with a reputation for reliability and utility, as well as a huge existing customer base. Barring some sort of dealbreaker in the test drive, this blend of existing traits (brand, AWD) and new ones (design, hybrid only) should probably be enough to make the Sienna appealing to those shopping in this lightly stocked aisle.

    Spoiler alert: we found no dealbreakers during our test drive, but we were able to dig deeper into what we love, what we like and what we can accept.

    First, we like the looks. Toyota did this van a service by making it look more like an SUV. Toyota’s not shy about gaping maws on its vehicles, but the prominent grille looks especially supportive of the high hood and thin, sweeping LED headlights. The character line that traces up and over the bulging rear fender gives a sense of fortitude below the rising beltline. Toward the rear is where the Sienna looks most like a minivan, where the long roof and vast liftgate can’t be downplayed by any design tricks. Still, the roof spoiler and slender LED taillights give this van the best possible rearward expression.

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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    Impressive.

    I know this isn't a segment that many play in any longer, but the amount of storage and capabilities is notable.

    Kudos to Toyota for making the investment and improvements.

    Of course, since GM doesn't play in this segment any longer, it makes one wonder if their newly minted expanded-alliance with Honda could ever see the Odyssey sold at Chevy stores?

    We've already read some outside speculation that perhaps the reason that GM hasn't spent anything on a Malibu replacement up to now is because they hope to yoke their partnership with Honda to fill that void. And personally, I hope they do, even if nothing has been made official.

    And yet, if such measure moves forward, who is to say GM couldn't sell a revised version of the Odyssey to keep some customers from looking to Chrysler, Kia, or Toyota for such sales?
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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    I'd say looks don't play much of a role in the segment, but I'm not a fan.... But I'm also not in the market.

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    The XSE looks pretty good...for a minivan.

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    I have been driving a minivan for 7 years. Nothing beat a minivan for utility. I plan to keep it for 4 or 5 years. After that we might return to a single car lifestyle. But for now I really appreciate our Grand Caravan.

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    The Kia Sedona is currently the best looking minivan now followed by the Chrysler Pacifica. I’m still trying to figure out how they got a 4th row of seats in the new Sedona.

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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    The XSE looks pretty good...for a minivan.

    I don't care what badge that thing has on it, that is hideous

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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    While having 3 kids of my own, I acknowledge the usefulness of a minivan for its family hauling capabilities, I will never, ever own one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSkyBlackDream View Post
    The Kia Sedona is currently the best looking minivan now followed by the Chrysler Pacifica. I’m still trying to figure out how they got a 4th row of seats in the new Sedona.
    It won't have that 4th row in the U.S. for safety reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    I don't care what badge that thing has on it, that is hideous
    It's like the Japanese big 3 (Toyota/Honda/Nissan) battle over who can make the ugliest vehicles. I think I found something that looks worse than the Odyssey.

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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    She's a homely girl, but I'm sure she is functional.

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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSkyBlackDream View Post
    The Kia Sedona is currently the best looking minivan now followed by the Chrysler Pacifica. I’m still trying to figure out how they got a 4th row of seats in the new Sedona.
    I dunno, that Buick GL8 Avenir is pretty damn tasty.

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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    The only true issue is lack of space in the 3rd row. Other than that this thing is impressive as hell. Screw ****ty SUVs that people need to pretend to be happy with (I hate taking our Palisade when we have to actually go somewhere with all the kids) and say what you want but vans are easily the best tool for people who are strong enough to drive them. Stigma be damned.
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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    The only true issue is lack of space in the 3rd row. Other than that this thing is impressive as hell. Screw ****ty SUVs that people need to pretend to be happy with (I hate taking our Palisade when we have to actually go somewhere with all the kids) and say what you want but vans are easily the best tool for people who are strong enough to drive them. Stigma be damned.
    I love minivans simply for the convenience of their sliding rear doors that not only are powered, they are a safety feature for back seat passengers so that they can't whip their doors wide open to traffic. Most have flashing lamps or something letting you know someone is exiting from the back. Maybe I'm getting too old for road trips at 37 but minivans are the first thing the crew picks when we are on one. Dont care about the stigma. I'm only 5'8" but every row in a minivan is the only ride out that the 3rd row feels the same as any other row to me.

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    Re: 2021 Sienna First Drive: Functional efficiency with style

    I almost want to say It's Uglier Than Sin, oh but I guess I just did.

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