2020 vs. 2021: What's the Difference?
The 2021 Toyota embraces a more modern approach to the minivan. It has updated styling that makes it appear sleeker and more SUV-like. The vehicle is also now exclusively available with a hybrid powertrain. Inside, the Sienna continues to focus on family-friendly features and practicality. The 2021 Sienna launches the fourth generation of the vehicle.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Drivers will have to choose from five trim levels when they opt for the 2021 Sienna. First up on the list is the LE. It comes equipped with a 9-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an impressive seven USB ports. The LE also has upscale features such as LED headlights and power-sliding side doors.
The XLE is up next. It gains simulated leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. This model also adds some extra convenience in the form of keyless entry, a push-button start, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The XSE is similarly equipped, but with black roof rails, a premium 12-speaker sound system, and a wireless charging pad.
Buyers who are willing to pay for the top trims will find quite a few luxurious features on the Sienna. The Limited model has an integrated vacuum system along with genuine leather upholstery. For the Platinum model, Toyota goes all out, giving the Sienna an integrated refrigerator, heated second-row seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and more.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Like with most vehicles, the best options for the 2021 Sienna live neither at the top nor the bottom of the trim list. The XLE has several important upgrades, including those heated front seats and the synthetic leather upholstery. Many will like the more aggressive look of the XSE as well. The top two trims are quite pricey, and most families will find they can function just fine without those extra features.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and Android Auto compatibility are standard across the board for this new generation of the Sienna. All models run their intuitive infotainment systems on a 9-inch touchscreen. Family-friendly features such as a Wi-Fi hotspot and seven USB ports scattered throughout the cabin are also standard.
If desired, the Sienna is available with a rear-seat entertainment system. It runs on an 11.6-inch screen. As for other available tech upgrades, the list includes navigation, premium audio systems with up to 12-speakers, and a wireless charging pad.
How Does It Perform?
A hybrid powertrain is standard and utilizes a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. This setup pairs with a continuously variable transmission. With 245-horsepower, the Sienna has more than enough power for both city and highway driving. Front-wheel drive is the standard, but buyers can find all-wheel-drive models as well.
The ride is smooth, and the suspension is comfortable, making the performance of the Sienna everything a driver would want from a minivan. Most bumps in the road are not an issue. Buyers should be aware that going with the XSE and its 20-inch wheels will result in a reduction in ride quality, however.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
A rating of "Good" was given to the 2021 Sienna in all six of the crash tests that the IIHS performed. The vehicle got the same score when it came to its headlights and how well they illuminated the road. As for reliability, J.D. Power has given the vehicle an excellent predicted score of four out of five.
Families will love the long list of standard driver aids found equipped on the Sienna. Highlights found here include blind-spot monitoring, road sign recognition, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Available safety aids include parking sensors, a head-up display, and a hands-free park assist feature.
What's the Interior Like?
With its standard arrangement, there is room for eight in the Sienna. A version with second-row captain's chairs and seating for seven is also available. Going with this option will make accessing the third row much easier. Durable cloth upholstery is standard, but luxurious options like leather upholstery and climate-controlled front seats are on the table as well.
The quality of the interior is top-notch, with a variety of high-end materials used. The cabin is practical as well, with 18 cupholders and up to 101 cubic feet of cargo space. It is worth noting that other minivans do manage to offer more when it comes to cargo capacity.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Unsurprisingly, the Toyota Sienna's biggest rival comes from Honda. The new Odyssey is a well-rounded and highly impressive minivan. It is incredibly spacious and comfortable. At the same time, while the Odyssey's V6 offers pleasing power, it is not nearly as fuel-efficient as the hybrid setup found in the Sienna.
The Chrysler Pacifica also got updated for 2021. Like the Sienna, the Pacifica can be had with all-wheel drive or a hybrid powertrain, but not at the same time. Although the changes to the Pacifica represent a large improvement, it is still not as comfortable as the Sienna.
Note: All Toyota Sienna lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.