sienna swagger

May 20, 2020 /// issue no. 132

One of the hard stances you have to take as an automotive enthusiast is your stance on minivans. Maybe it’s the fact that I wasn’t raised with one in the family. My mother drove a Honda Prelude as the primary means of transportation and my father used a Mazda Miata to drop me off at hockey practice. Maybe it’s the fact that I never saw a minivan for sale in the DuPont Registry. Minivans have always been terribly uncool for me and I married a woman who agrees.

I have been a staunch supporter of the 7-passenger SUV for a number of reasons. As a family of four, we very rarely need the 3rd row. Just fold them down when grandma and grandpa visit rather than have them there as a permanent fixture. A slightly higher ground clearance “truck” has more visual appeal to me than a box that is low to the ground. And above all else, it is much easier to find a reliable all-wheel drive SUV for the trips to the ski slopes.

2021 Toyota Sienna
photo: Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Sienna was revealed on Monday. It features a hybrid powertrain as standard that will get a combined 33mpg. As with the previous two generations, the Sienna will once again be offered with all-wheel drive while the Honda Odyssey is asleep at the wheel. The car features seven USB ports for eight passengers along with a host of trickle down safety technology. You can also order it with a vacuum and a fridge. A built in PA system guarantees you can yell at junior even if he is in the back row.

The 2021 Sienna is so sensible. I absolutely hate that it makes a great family car. Thankfully they added the corporate wide mouth Toyota grill so that I will never be tempted to own one.

Coffee time,

daily automotive addiction.