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Very Much a Minivan: The 2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

Even though many minivans have grown and developed to try and almost hide the fact they are really minivans, the Toyota Sienna proudly continues to show off true minivan equipment and features that help to give any growing family a fantastic place to enjoy the ride and feel comfortable along the way. Even though the outside shows off a typical minivan shape, inside the Sienna boasts plenty of great features on the inside for the whole family to stay entertained and connected along the road to the vacation destination or to a weekend getaway.

As the only minivan on the market to offer all-wheel drive and being a van that is made by Toyota, the Sienna offers a great deal of reliability for any family to have the peace of mind to know they have a van that won’t let them down. As a roomy and feature filled minivan that isn’t ashamed to be a minivan the Sienna makes a great place for any family to enjoy a night out on the town or to head out for a much needed family vacation.

For the 2015 model year the Sienna has improved ride and handling as well as a great deal of interior upgrades. Add some interesting exterior enhancements and the 2015 model differs greatly from the 2014 model making it a much improved minivan for any family to enjoy. By adding a stiffer platform and a more finely tuned suspension system all occupants of the Sienna can feel as if the road has no differentiation at all. Along with a smoother ride the Sienna has upgraded the steering system to be even more responsive than ever before so drivers can be confident the van will be able to go where it needs to go and take the whole family to their next fun destination.

The single engine offered for the Toyota Sienna shows up as a 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers up to 266 horsepower and 245 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts so smoothly its almost undetectable and offers fuel efficiency numbers that come in at 18 city/25 hwy mpg for the front-wheel drive models and 16 city/23 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive models. The Sienna even offers the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds making it a van that can bring some great extras along for the enjoyment no matter what the destination is.

The interior of the Sienna with its upgrades give the van a more premium feeling to the van. With a redesigned instrument cluster that adds a new LDC infotainment display along with the center stack being completely reconfigured the controls of the Sienna offer a more complete look. The interior is spacious and offers a comfortable ride for anyone who tags along. With four child safety seat LATCH points the Sienna is made to handle several younger riders and made to help keep them all safe. In addition to all the space for passengers to enjoy in the seating area the Sienna offers a large amount of cargo space behind the third row to accommodate the luggage or groceries a family will carry around with them.

On the outside the Sienna appears to be a minivan and shows that badge off proudly. With a new grill that smoothly transitions to the swept back headlights the Sienna offers a front fascia that actually looks like it is smiling. Add to this the bright design structures and tinted rear windows that make the Sienna look very attractive and stylish during a drive or when parked in the driveway. The exterior includes a roof rack for added cargo carrying ability and the SE model actually adds a sportier appearance with side skirts as well as sitting a bit lower than the other models. Overall the Sienna is a very attractive minivan, as far as minivans go and offers plenty for all to enjoy.

The base model of the Sienna, the L trim includes a 6.1-inch touch screen Entune infotainment system with a USB input and Bluetooth connectivity as well as an integrated back up camera. This system alone makes the Sienna very desirable for any growing family. The L model also includes tri-zone air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, six cup holders, eight airbags, stability and traction control, brake assist and Toyota’s Smart Stop Technology to help bring the Sienna to a stop when an obstacle is detected at the front of the vehicle. With this array of features aboard, the Sienna becomes a very safe and secure vehicle for any family to enjoy the ride to their destination whether it be for a weekend getaway, a week-long vacation or just a night out for dinner.

As for the optional features, the Sienna offers a very long list to choose from. This long list includes an ultra-wide rear seat entertainment system that offers the ability to play two movies side by side on the same screen, a dual front/rear moonroof, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alerts, second row captain’s chairs with a footrest, a variety of Entune infotainment upgrades including a JBL premium sound, Driver Easy Speak Function which allows the driver to be heard through the rear speakers, a radar-based pre-collision system and dynamic cruise control. With this long list of awesome features the Sienna can become an almost luxury minivan to pamper and please all family members.

With a $17,000 price range from the bottom to the top the Sienna can be had for a variety of prices. At the base price the Sienna L model shows up with only standard features at a price of $30,000 while the fully-loaded Limited model shows up with all the bells and whistles at the $47,000 price tag. The Toyota Sienna offers a proud version of a minivan for families to take advantage of and enjoy as a gorgeous and enticing model for any family that is growing and needs a vehicle that will allow them to grow and still fit inside.

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