2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Version First Drive Assessment | Not woodsy sufficient

The 2022 Toyota Sienna excels at transferring lots of people and/or cargo steadily in consolation and comfort. One expects that from a minivan, however the present, fourth-generation Sienna that was all-new final yr goes past what’s anticipated. First, it presents all-wheel drive for added confidence in foul climate, and second, it uniquely comes normal with a hybrid powertrain that returns vastly superior gas financial system than its V6-powered opponents. These are key the reason why the Sienna is one in all our high minivan decisions (the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the opposite).

Now, there is a third distinctive ingredient: the 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Version. Toyota seems to have been taking notes from Subaru, and from classes realized about human conduct throughout Covid, and recognizing that rising numbers of households need to get away from all of it, the place the air is contemporary and also you’re extra more likely to get eaten by a bear than to catch a bug from one other human being. The Woodland Version is a barely ruggedized model of the well-rounded Sienna meant to facilitate these restorative adventures off the overwhelmed path. It builds upon the XLE trim degree (second rung up the trim ladder) with an elevated floor clearance, normal all-wheel drive, a tow-hitch rated to trailer 3,500 kilos, 18-inch alloy wheels, and crossbars for the roof rails discovered on different Sienna.

it within the driveway, you’d be forgiven for overlooking the Woodland’s specialised perform. The added floor clearance isn’t apparent — in truth, at 6.96 inches it’s simply 0.59 inches greater than the usual XLE. It is hardly a TRD Off-Street. The roof rails with cross bars are current, however for all you recognize, these may merely be standalone choices. The tow hitch can also be noticeable, inelegantly built-in under the rear bumper, however we had one on an XLE AWD we examined out in Oregon. To be honest, maybe the additional floor clearance will imply the hitch will not so simply drag on the bottom when going up driveways.

Most surprisingly, there aren’t even any particular “Woodland” badges as there are on different such outdoorsy trim ranges. The primary clues subsequently boil down to paint: the unique Cement exterior paint (the opposite choice is Midnight Black Metallic), darkish chrome accents and blacked-out badging. It principally seems like a sporty Sienna with a number of choices. That is not essentially a foul factor; we predict it really seems fairly cool.

Inside, the Woodland is differentiated with earth-tone stitching within the black Softex vinyl trim and fabric, which on the seats options the identical diamond-like sample because the Sienna XSE. It has the Sienna’s seven-seat configuration as normal, together with heated entrance seats, second-row sunshades, a wi-fi telephone charger, seven USB ports and a 1200-watt, 12-speaker JBL sound system. Built-in navigation can also be normal, which is appreciated in a automobile supposedly supposed to enterprise off the overwhelmed path and subsequently out of cell information vary. There’s additionally a 1,500-watt inverter with a three-prong, 120-volt energy outlet within the cargo space, which ought to come in useful when powering home equipment whereas tenting or tailgating, or operating air pumps for an innertube journey down a river.

Total, it’s a well-known house, with the identical usefulness you’ll discover within the different seven-seat Siennas that so impressed throughout our minivan comparability. That features the extraordinarily helpful Tremendous Lengthy Slide captain’s chairs and split-folding third row that allow you to prioritize passengers over cargo — or vice versa — with the pull off a pair levers and straps. Sadly, because the Woodland relies on the XLE, it additionally contains numerous arduous plastics with questionable textures that don’t appear to know whether or not they’re attempting to (poorly) mimic wooden or steel. The XSE, Restricted and Platinum get higher-quality supplies.

Behind the wheel, the Woodland feels acquainted to those that have pushed the current-generation Sienna. Its hybrid powertrain is similar, with a 2.5-liter inline-four at its coronary heart, supplemented by electrical motors and a constantly variable transmission. With all wheel-drive, which is normal within the Woodland, it will get a 3rd electrical motor to energy the rear wheels as crucial. The system offers a complete of 243 horsepower, which is sufficient to make it really feel vigorous off the road, due to the moment torque from the e-motors, nevertheless it loses a lot of that motive urgency when approaching freeway speeds.

The tradeoff is similar wonderful gas financial system present in each all-wheel-drive Sienna: an distinctive 35 miles per gallon in metropolis driving, 36 mpg freeway and 35 mixed. That is an insignificant deficit from the FWD Sienna’s 36/36/36 mpg score. It’s a tradeoff we like, because the time we spend on freeway on-ramps is only a tiny fraction of an in any other case refined and balanced driving expertise. Particularly contemplating these EPA rankings are straightforward to attain or greatest in real-world driving, the financial savings on the pump are important in comparison with all opponents other than the plug-in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The Honda Odyssey, Kia Carnival and V6-only FWD Pacifica all get 22 mpg mixed, a distinction that equates to spending $850 extra on gasoline per yr, in keeping with the EPA’s annual gas value estimates. You’d spend $1,100 extra for the one different AWD minivan, the 20-mpg Pacifica.

The trip and dealing with are acquainted, too. Simply as you’d be arduous pressed to see the change in trip top of the Woodland Version, you’re unlikely to really feel it from behind the wheel, both. The additional six tenths of an inch of floor clearance don’t change the best way the Sienna drives — it presents the identical straight-line stability, minimal physique roll and surprisingly participating responses (for a minivan). It felt snug on gravel and rutty filth roads, however not a lot extra so than the opposite Siennas that we may discover. Its normal all-season radials don’t present any further grip, together with on snowy roads.

In the long run, the 2022 Sienna Woodland Version would not add a lot to the expertise, nevertheless it actually would not take something away from the effectivity and general usability that make each different Sienna such a sensible buy. The actual cause to keep away from it are the additional options and higher inside high quality present in higher trim ranges. With these, you possibly can successfully recreate nearly all of the Woodland performance other than the additional floor clearance – and in some way we doubt 0.59 inches goes to make that a lot of a distinction.   

Now, you’d additionally miss out on the few visible upgrades that give the Woodland its distinctive look, however once more, they’re refined. There simply must be extra right here, each visually and in complete. The Woodland Version feels extra like an choices bundle than a devoted trim degree, such because the RAV4 Journey. At a worth of $46,565 (together with $1,215 in vacation spot charges), we’d in all probability fairly choose and select choices on our personal and maybe avoid wasting cash within the course of.

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