Nobody ever thinks minivan is the reply when requested: What automobile is a gaggle of automotive journalists almost definitely to jockey for? However it’s. Give us a minivan and we’re immediately reminded of how a lot we love a sensible machine. Our long-term Toyota Sienna did simply that. It has been in all however fixed movement because it arrived in late Could, taking journeys because the household schlepper de jour of the C/D long-term fleet.

In case you did not know, the Sienna is new for 2021, and whereas it doubled down on grille proportions that border on comical, the vital information is the powertrain: All Siennas are hybrids. This transfer netted the folks mover a whopping 15-mpg enchancment within the EPA mixed metric. Entrance drivers are actually 36-mpg machines, and all-wheel-drive Siennas, comparable to our long-termer, get an enormous 35 mpg on the Monroney label.

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We requested Toyota for a Cypress Inexperienced Sienna, a colour solely accessible on the highest two trim ranges. We went with the penultimate Restricted. It prices lower than $50,000 to begin, however as soon as we received the rear-seat leisure ($1415), an AC energy invertor ($300), a rearview mirror that may additionally show a video feed ought to your van be loaded to the gunwales ($200), a mini spare tire ($75), and $220 in all-weather ground mats, we ended up with a $51,885 machine. There are eight-passenger variations, however Limiteds have solely seven seats, and people second-row captain’s chairs are far more comfy than the Stow ‘n Go seats in a Chrysler.

Not like all-wheel-drive Siennas of yore, the rear axle is immediately pushed by a motor. There isn’t any driveshaft, similar to in different all-wheel-drive Toyota/Lexus hybrids. Each front- and all-wheel-drive fashions produce the identical 245 horsepower as a result of the electrical energy is restricted to what the hybrid battery can produce. Preliminary testing revealed a 7.6-second 60-mph time and a quarter-mile elapsed time of 15.7 seconds. That is about the way it feels. A Honda Odyssey is 1.1 seconds faster, and the earlier V-6-powered Sienna was faster than the brand new one as effectively.

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No less than that swap to hybrid pays off on the pump as we have averaged 32 mpg thus far. That is 39 p.c higher gasoline financial system than we noticed with our long-term 2018 Odyssey. As with most households making an financial choice, we might gladly take the financial savings on the pump at a value of some droning engine sounds at huge open throttle. These emanate from the hybrid powertrain’s internal-combustion half, an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-four. As soon as shifting on the freeway and settled right into a cruise, the Sienna hums alongside at a quiet 67 decibels.

Proper after the van confirmed up, the passenger sliding door would not shut by itself—a first-world drawback, we all know—and we took the Sienna to the vendor for a really un-Toyota-like unscheduled service go to to repair it. Seems we might have simply addressed the issue as a result of the climate stripping had dislodged from its observe and was doing an excellent impression of a child’s digit. Since then, we have had the Sienna in for 2 scheduled providers. Each had been typical—oil, filter, inspections—at 5000-mile intervals. The primary was free of charge, however the 10K-mile service value $61.

Apart from that, the van has been flawless. Some complain in regards to the engine noise whereas accelerating. The engine droning may be very obvious if you get into hilly nation. And the van is considerably missing within the driver-centric areas comparable to brake and steering really feel. A stiff crosswind does make the Sienna drift, however that is true of most seven-passenger SUVs.

As we talked about, the Sienna has been in close to fixed movement because it arrived: Maine, North Carolina, Michigan’s Higher Peninsula. Possibly that is because of an uptick in street journeys, or as a result of we’ve not had a van shortly. Both manner it is a employees favourite, and even when it did sit nonetheless lengthy sufficient to assemble moss, we might by no means know due to its colour.

Months in Fleet: 5 months Present Mileage: 10,135 miles

Common Gasoline Economic system: 32 mpg

Gasoline Tank Measurement 18.0 gal Noticed Gasoline Vary: 570 miles

Service: $61 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0

Injury and Destruction: $0

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