Ah, our first time driving a minivan, I gotta say, the “Sienna is the official van of family fun”. This review will be done in two parts. One by me and the other by Papa Ash since he’s the driver of our family. I’ll tell you first that this was great and the SAFETY features are the best compared to the other vehicles we’ve reviewed. I loved the space. We are tall people, my husband at 6’3″ and I’m 5’10”, we just need the leg room and space for us and of course the three kids we have. Each child was happy having their own space on their seat and I liked it too because there wasn’t any fighting. You know how kids can get. God forbid elbows should touch one another, lol.
You can move seats and pack more in or add a seat and you have an 8 seater and I think we really need a minivan just for space. The seats are comfortable, the car was smooth and it was really good on gas. We did a lot of driving from the Haliburton Highlands, through the Muskoka’s and into Simcoe county and back into the GTA. We only needed to fill up twice.
You can adjust temperatures, talk to the kids in the back through a microphone at the front(more on that later)and the bonus to entertain the kids with the DVD player! A DVD PLAYER! Our Sienna came with two headphones and the kids loved watching The Flintstones. Who doesn’t love old school cartoons?!
Sienna is the only minivan in Canada that offers All Wheel Drive models. Go ahead and compare with other minivans in the class. One test drive and you can feel Sienna’s superior hold on the road.
Take that! 😉
Sienna’s 3.5 Litre engine with 8-speed automatic transmission creates a smooth ride and better fuel efficiency and one car enthusiast told me on Twitter to fill it with Premium to really experience the difference.
Designed to protect each of your passengers, Sienna comes equipped standard with 8 Airbags. Worry less while on the road. When the unexpected happens, Sienna is ready.
From Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Smart Stop Technology again…I’ve never experienced so much precaution in a vehicle. I didn’t want to return the Sienna!
Oh, the Entune 3.0, Toyota’s multimedia platform! Okay, Toyota, this was fab! Entune ™ 3.0 keeps you connected. Weather and traffic incident news is also available which is what matters to us the most along with Serious XM. Did you know that with the Entune™ Safety Connect, drivers can take advantage of a stolen vehicle locator or if there’s an emergency, the Emergency Assistance (SOS) button offers Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification. Entune also features Scout GPS Link that employs navigation from your phone if the vehicle is not equipped with embedded navigation, and available Destination Assist, which gets directions and destinations delivered by a live agent with 24-hour, en-route navigational assistance. Like, really? I did mention this is the most advanced automobile we’ve ever reviewed, right?!
When my wife told me we were getting the opportunity to review a minivan for our summer getaway- I was very obviously happy, but the long-suppressed “cool guy” within me was a tad disappointed that it wasn’t going to be a super slick sporty, smooth powerful SUV. BUT you know what? The Toyota Sienna came through big time! The Toyota Sienna minivan is a very cool piece of roadworthy machinery. It’s pretty impressive looking right from the first glance. Nice lines, great colour, a very well thought out design- this is not your father’s minivan.
TSS is comprised of multi-feature active safety packages anchored by automated pre-collision warning and braking. TSS is designed to support the driver’s awareness, decision-making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds under certain conditions.
Of course, despite my male need to be suave and cool on the road, my real concern was the safety of my family. My wife, 9yr old son and twin 5 yr old daughters. The Toyota Safety Sense features are stellar, when Daryl from Toyota explained them to me I stopped him repeatedly to express my admiration for how forward thinking it was. They actually paid attention to so many little details (as well as big, obvious ones like airbags) I was very impressed. If you have to stop abruptly, momentum causes the vehicle to tilt forward and reduces the brake-force effectiveness of the rear tires. Everyone deserves to arrive safely. Toyota Safety Sense P comes with features like an automatic high beam, lane departure alert, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and dynamic radar cruise control. Toyota Safety Sense, just another way Toyota is helping to make safer roads for us all.
For instance, they have something called Easy Speak that allows the parents to speak to the kids all the way in the back via a microphone. It freaks the little ones out at first, nothing wrong with that but it prevents having to turn around and raise your voice as this is a sizeable vehicle. There are camera’s located around the minivan and you not only see behind you, which is the standard now but you can also get what seems like a bird’s eye view.
It will show you if you are between the lines when parking or having difficulty with parallel parking. One of my favourite features is the two-car logo in both side view mirrors that flash if someone is in your blind spot. Genious. Also, the Sienna provides collision avoidance or collision mitigation support in speed ranges where frontal collisions are likely to occur. In certain conditions, the Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) may also help to detect pedestrians and help prevent or mitigate a collision.
What is also pretty forward thinking with the Toyota Sienna is it uses forward sensing radar technology, the system can automatically adjust vehicle speed to help maintain a preset following distance between you and the vehicle directly in front of you. Does your car do that?
There really are too many excellent safety features to list here and that is superb but this Toyota Sienna also has some real pick up on the highway and manoeuvring like a much smaller and quicker automobile. Toyota really appears to be leading the way for family transportation. The Sienna is the best looking minivan out there, the safety features are astounding and second to none and it really drives like a dream with a little bit of power thrown in.
Loved it! ~ Papa Ash
So that’s a wrap, friends. Wow, that was one packed in review on this Toyota Sienna. If you are considering a minivan, I hope this review will help you in your decision and you’ll go book a test drive today. Thank you Toyota Canada for this awesome experience. We still want to buy one!
Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Toyota Canada. All opinions as always my own.