2021 Toyota Sienna

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor
May 13, 2021

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The available panoramic roof appears to significantly impact headroom and cabin space. Compare versions with and without at the dealership to make sure it’s the right fit.

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LE AWD 8-Passenger
LE FWD 8-Passenger
Limited AWD 7-Passenger
35 city / 36 hwy
36 city / 36 hwy
35 city / 36 hwy

With a 36-mpg hybrid powertrain for the entire lineup, the 2021 Toyota Sienna offers a mashup of swagger and sustainability.

What kind of car is the 2021 Toyota Sienna? What does it compare to?

The Sienna is a passenger-oriented minivan, with seating for 7 or 8. A hybrid powertrain on all models in the lineup assures EPA ratings of up to 36 mpg, and equipment spans from sensible and durable in base LE and XLE models to more lavish, tech-focused and leather-upholstered Limited and Platinum models. Its rival set includes the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica, and Kia Sedona.

Is the 2021 Toyota Sienna a good car?

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If you have a large family to haul around town—or across the country on vacation—the Sienna’s combination of versatility, comfort, and fuel efficiency can’t be beat. Although the acceleration from its hybrid system—making 245 hp altogether—isn’t exceptional, this van rides like a luxury car and offers quick, light handling and good maneuverability. And all-wheel drive is on the menu without buying into the compromises of an off-road-capable SUV. We give the Sienna a score of 7.0 out of 10 overall—a number that could rise once the NHTSA crash tests it. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2021 Toyota Sienna?

In a word, everything. The Sienna has been fully redesigned for 2021, built on a newly developed minivan platform and utilizing Toyota’s latest hybrid system and cabin technology. Seating, storage, and the whole interior have been redesigned as well.

How much does the 2021 Toyota Sienna cost?

The Sienna starts at $35,635, including a $1,175 destination fee, for the base LE version and ranges up to $51,635 for the Platinum version.

Where is the 2021 Toyota Sienna made?

Princeton, Indiana.



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A meticulously sculpted exterior brings a new twist to a familiar profile, and a detail-oriented interior takes care of all the little things.

Is the 2021 Toyota Sienna a good-looking car?

Provided you don’t instantly write off all minivans as ugly, you’re bound to find some beauty in the 2021 Sienna.
The fundamental proportions of the Sienna haven’t changed much. It wears the familiar “two-box” look that’s a calling card of the van genre—with a body shaped for maximum space plus a rather low, rakish hoodline and steeper windshield than you’ll find in most crossover utility vehicles.

What does distinguish the Sienna on the outside is its sculpting. At a quick glance, what you notice is the aggressive creasing, but your eyes will likely move past that to the zones in between—because each one has its own smooth contouring that at any angle or time of the day, reflect light differently. The result is some clever sheet metal work that in many lighting situations can make a vehicle that’s all one color look like it’s two-tone.

There are essentially two tracks to where the design goes as you move up the model line. The LE, XLE, and XSE get sportier blacked-out trim in back, finishing out the lower-body aero work and rocker panels, while the Limited and Platinum have more brightwork and chrome badging.

Inside, the design has been reconceived toward a multi-tiered focus on where to put stuff. The “bridge console” literally bridges the space from the top of the center console to the middle of the dash, and it provides space for smaller items up top and larger items like a handbag down below. There’s a tray that goes almost all the way across the dash, and it’s punctuated with other shiny trim running horizontally across. There’s a lot going on—it can seem a little busy, as we counted five horizontal design layers, and not all of it coordinated—but on closer look it’s all functional.

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The 2021 Toyota Sienna isn’t especially quick, but it rides and handles with a sophistication you won’t find from SUVs.

How fast is the 2021 Toyota Sienna?

On stopwatch terms, the 2021 Toyota Sienna ends up near the back of the pack relative to most minivans on the market today. Toyota hasn’t released an official time, but our rough estimate pegs the Sienna hitting 60 mph in about 8 seconds.

The 2021 Sienna breaks tradition under the hood and no longer comes with the V-6 engine it’s offered ever since its start for the 1998 model year. In the interest of saving gas—a lot of gas—the new model has a version of Toyota’s hybrid system, pairing a 189-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-4 engine with a 180-hp electric motor. Through Toyota’s planetary-gear system, that amounts to a system output of 245 hp.

As in Toyota’s other hybrids, the system allows the gasoline engine to shut off during lower-speed driving for short distances, or when coasting, and it recaptures energy from deceleration and braking to recharge the 1.9-kwh battery pack to help boost acceleration or provide that electric operation.

Is the 2021 Toyota Sienna 4WD?

Throughout the entire lineup there are front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. The latter include an additional 54-hp motor in back that provides all-wheel drive permitting up to 80% of torque to go to the rear wheels, even though there’s no physical connection from front to rear—and no promise of true off-road ability. AWD versions make the same system output.

The rest of the driving experience in the Sienna helps make up for the merely adequate acceleration. The ride is quiet, and the suspension soaks up jolts while staying stiff enough for the Sienna to feel far more coordinated on twisty backroads or freeway cloverleafs than SUVs. The steering is light, quick and precise, and the brakes have been recalibrated to be smooth and progressive.

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Comfort & Quality

The cabin of the 2021 Toyota Sienna has as many storage ideas as your nearby IKEA, and it’s as accommodating for a double date as for a family vacation.

The 2021 Toyota Sienna excels in two areas where minivans have always flexed their muscle: providing space for stuff and safe seats for many friends or family members. While this is a van that doesn’t skip a beat in those respects, the stars of the Sienna interior are up in front and back in the second row.

Up in front, the Sienna makes a statement with its cargo tray at the midline of the dash, good for multiple smartphones and smaller items. And between the doors’ upper trays and lower pockets, plus other spaces in the “bridge console” leading across to the dash. There are a total of 16 cupholders.

In the second row, most of the lineup comes with dual captain’s chairs, and they’re just as supportive as the front ones, offering a 25-inch fore-and-aft sliding function that can extend the seat back to a limousine-like level of legroom. Some top-trim Limited and Platinum versions come with a flip-up ottoman-like feature—essentially creating your own La-Z-Boy. That slide function also makes it easy to access the third row, where the bench is positioned well enough for adults—although putting three across there might be a little optimistic.

The third row is split into two sections and flips forward then pulls back into a rear storage well in a fluid, relatively low-effort move, and it provides a flat cargo floor. Meanwhile, the second row doesn’t remove but it does flip forward—allowing just enough space for a 4x8 sheet of plywood, balanced on the top of the seat (and just behind the driver’s head, we should add).

Entry and exit are top-notch and just as you’d expect in a minivan. You can kick under the sliding door to activate it if you have the fob in your pocket, and the seat height feels just about at a midpoint between sedans and true SUVs.

Materials tow a line between soft-touch surfaces wherever possible, mixed with upholsteries that feel tough enough to weather spills and child seats. Limited models step up from synthetic to leather, while Limited and Platinum versions get leather heated/ventilated front seats and the Platinum exclusively gets heated second-row seats.

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The 2021 Sienna has the right features and the right crash test scores.

The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna withstands a crash as well as it avoids one. While the NHTSA gives it a five-star overall score, the IIHS awarded it a Top Safety Pick+. The highest honor resulted from "Good" ratings on frontal overlap tests that were lacking in the outgoing model. It earns a point each for the crash test scores, a point for standard automatic emergency braking, and another point for good safety options to get an 9. 

The 2021 Sienna ramps up the active safety features with the whole Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite—including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high beams. The list of features also includes full-speed dynamic cruise control.

There are 10 airbags on board, including four different LATCH child-seat connectors in 7-passenger versions and five of them in 8-passenger versions. Outward visibility is emphasized with two features only offered on top trims: a wide-view digital rearview mirror, and a bird’s eye camera with perimeter scan.

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The 2021 Toyota Sienna comes with a wide range of features that make this van a pleasant, productive, entertaining place for driver and passengers alike.

Which Toyota Sienna should I buy?

The Sienna XSE isn’t just the model that we’ve spent the most time in so far; it fits right in the middle of the lineup, above the LE and XLE but just below the Limited and Platinum. And judging by its appearance, the blacked-out lower-body trim and sportier essence in the details are enough to underscore that it makes the most out of the Sienna’s redesign. It starts at $43,175 in front-wheel drive, or $43,875 with all-wheel drive.

Base LE and XLE models are the only way to get the 8-passenger layout, which subs a bench into the second row instead of the captain’s chairs in the rest of the lineup. At the base level, the Sienna LE, with power sliding side doors and tri-zone climate control, starts at $35,635.

All versions come with a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, flanked with physical buttons and a few knobs. The system includes both satellite radio compatibility and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connectivity. XLE models and above get a four-zone climate system.

How much is a fully loaded 2021 Toyota Sienna?

The top-of-the-line Platinum model costs $51,075, or $51,635 with all-wheel drive. The Platinum, and the Limited below it, also open the door to a number of exclusive features—like leather upholstery, a color head-up display, heated second-row seats, and a bird’s eye camera system.

A 1500-watt AC inverter with two outlets is offered as a $300 standalone option, and a rear-seat entertainment system optional on the XLE model and above has a fold-down 11.6-inch display with an HDMI input plus a remote and two pairs of wireless headphones. A refrigerator is also available.

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Fuel Economy

The 2021 Toyota Sienna goes nearly double the number of miles on a gallon versus last year’s model and has the highest mpg of any minivan.

Is the 2021 Toyota Sienna good on gas?

Oh yes it is. Front-wheel-drive versions of the 2021 Sienna are expected to be EPA-rated at 36 mpg city, 36 highway, and 36 combined. All-wheel-drive versions do nearly as well at 35/36/35 mpg.

That’s a mammoth improvement over last year’s ratings of 18/24/20 mpg with all-wheel drive or 19/26/21 mpg with front-wheel drive. And if the price of gasoline spikes again, it will save a lot of money in fuel and operating costs.

From our experience with Toyota’s hybrid system in the Sienna and many other vehicles, the system is frugal whether you drive smoothly, aggressively, or anything in between.

While it’s not surprising that Toyota developed a hybrid version of its minivan, it is unexpected that the entire lineup is hybrid. Serious green-vehicle shoppers, however, will miss that there’s no plug-in hybrid version of the Sienna—a Sienna Prime, it might be called—to match the all-electric driving capability of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

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