So fancy that Toyota calls the Sienna the “Swagger Wagon”, but when I see it, I see a van. A nice, good-looking, modern van, but a van none the less. I’ve never been a big fan of minivans or vans. In-fact this was my second time ever driving one. Even though it would not be my choice for day-in and day-out, the 2016 Toyota Sienna has a lot of smart and amazing features. Some of which I was pretty sad to say goodbye to at the end of my review week. Could I be changing into a van kind of mom? I don’t know – but now that it is gone, I sure miss the heck out of this Swagger Wagon.
1. The Power Liftgate.
Hands full? Just reach for your key fob to open Sienna’s available power rear liftgate. It opens in seconds, and can be closed from the comfort of your driver’s seat, so you can make a quick (and easy) getaway.
2. Second-row climate controls
Sienna’s standard three-zone automatic climate control features a separate rear control panel, so everyone can enjoy the same level of comfort, regardless of their preferences.
3.Smart Key System
A convenient keyless access system. As long as the Smart Key fob is in your pocket or purse, you can open Sienna’s doors with the touch of a handle, and start or stop the engine with the push of a button.
4. Dual-View Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment Center
The Dual-View Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment Center 32 includes a 16.4-in. color display, RCA jacks, two 120V AC power outlets, a remote and two wireless headphones. Its unique screen can display one wide-angle image or two smaller images from separate sources at the same time.
5. Storage space
Sienna even has space within its space. The cargo area behind the third-row seat offers a storage compartment that’s perfect for small items you’d like to keep out of view, such as a purse or camera.
The Sienna conquers that obstacle course called the everyday with a silky-smooth 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination gives the Sienna confident power for urban trekking or highway merging while using fuel efficiently. The standard Tow Prep Package allows the Sienna to pull a 3,500-pound trailer. Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and a wide stance help deliver a solid, direct on-road feel. Aerodynamic under-body elements may seem a bit naughty to mention for a family vehicle, but they do enhance Sienna’s dynamic performance.
When was the last time you heard “lowered, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, side skirt body elements and smoke-look sport trim mentioned in the same sentence as “family van?” The Sienna SE combines those features to make this van more like a sport sedan. Low-profile headlights with LED daytime running lamps (DRL) complement the muscular style. Inside, exclusive instrumentation and unique black leather-trimmed heated and powered front seats with white stitching complete this comprehensive transformation.
Let’s talk safety. Star Safety System, ALR seatbelts and Tire Pressure Monitor System are just a few reasons the Toyota Sienna is advenced in keeping families safe.
The Sienna is equipped with eight airbags, including dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags from the front seats to the third row, a front passenger seat cushion airbag plus a driver’s side knee airbag. Active headrests in both front seats help to reduce the possibility of whiplash in certain types of collisions.
The available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert on SE, XLE and Limited grades uses sub-millimeter wave radar designed to detect vehicles that are in the vehicle blind spot. When the system detects a vehicle in the adjacent lane, it alerts the driver using indicators on the side mirrors. If the turn signal is activated when there is a vehicle in the blind spot of the driver’s intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding mirror will flash. Rear Cross Traffic Alert can be especially helpful when backing out of a driveway or parking space.
There is just so much convenience in the Toyota Sienna, is makes life easier. I’m a big hands-free user, so the Driver Easy Speak option is a big favorite of mine. Also, easily accessible, at the drivers fingers tips is the center console and dash, that includes air conditioning, shifter and multimedia controls into a single unified panel. Perfectly placed, these keep my eyes on the road, where the belong.
Packed with popular modern options, style and safety, The Toyota Sienna just may have turned me into a fan of the van.
Visit www.toyota.com to learn more, and to find a Toyota dealer near you.
Disclosure: I was delivered The Toyota Sienna to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. Photos used and the opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.