2021 Toyota Sienna comes standard with outrageous looks, hybrid power
2021 Toyota Sienna comes standard with outrageous looks, hybrid power
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2021 Toyota Sienna comes standard with outrageous looks, hybrid power

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[MUSIC] Look who showed up at the school run with standard hybrid power and available all wheel drive. It's the 2021 Toyota Sienna. No, I'm not sure why it's so late for class. I'm just glad it's here. Toyota has long been a hybrid leader. So it's surprising it's taken four generations to electrify its most family friendly model. But as you'll soon see in here, it's clear the automaker isn't fooling around. For starters, just take a look at this thing. It's wild and not just for a minivan. Toyota says CNS design was inspired by the bold character of today's SUVs as well as by Japan Shinkansen bullet trains. Now I've been fortunate enough to ride the rails in Toyotas home country a lot, and I don't recall those iconic trains looking like this grille, heavy Sienna. Okay, so maybe the bulbous hood a little bit. The Japanese thing that Sienna reminds me most of our Toyota's home market minivans, especially the Alphard and Valfire. Like those this minivan delivers truly radical looks that won't be for everybody. But hey, if you lose this bad boy in the Costco lot, turn around and march back inside because it's time to get your eyes checked. All that unmistakable sheet metal rides a top Toyota's TMG AK platform, which underpins everything from today's Camry to the just announced Venza. CNS new chassis is more rigid which should help driving dynamics refinement and crash performance. Powered by a two point five liter four backed by a pair of electric motors, the Sienna gets optional electric all wheel drive It's a through the road system with no mechanical connection between the front and rear axles. This setup can send up to 80% of available power to the rear wheels. But most of the time, the CNS should act like a normal friend driver. Unlike Chrysler's electrified Pacifica This isn't a plug in hybrid. That means Sienna won't have significant electric only range, though the drive selector does offer an Eevee mode for very short distances. It also means you won't need to plug in your ride to achieve max efficiency. While full fuel economy numbers remain TBD, the automaker says it's targeting 33 miles per gallon on the EPA combined cycle. That would be a massive win over today's minivan crop, including the Honda Odyssey, 22 mpg and today's Sienna at 21. Of course, minivans are all about keeping your family safe and out of each other's hair. As such, the new Sienna can be loaded down with a clubhouse worth of toys and features, including seven USB ports, 18, cupholders, HD rear seat entertainment, Wi Fi hotspot, a vacuum and even a refrigerator. That's right, a fridge and 18 cupholders I need a rest stop. Just thinking about this thing. In terms of safety Sienna comes standard with blind spot monitor, pre- collision autobrake with pedestrian and low light detection as well as adaptive cruise, lane departure warning with steering assist, roadside recognition and rear occupant reminder. Other available safety tech includes a digital rear view mirror 360 degree camera suite and a 10 inch head up display that standard on the new top and platinum trim. Toyota says this Indiana built fourth generation Sienna should be ready to schlep around your ungrateful little snowflakes late this year. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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