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2021 Toyota Sienna Updates & Enhancements 

All-new this year, the Toyota Sienna has been heavily enhanced over the outgoing generation minivan. The 2021 Toyota Sienna will be available in five model grades – L, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. In this guide, we take a closer look at what’s new in the redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna and the various advantages the minivan has to offer. Our Houston, Katy, Cypress and surrounding area customers are welcome to visit our Houston Toyota dealership or Katy Toyota dealership for a test drive!

Better Driving, Better Handling

As reported by Connor Hoffman of Car and Driver, the new hybrid Sienna features a 2.5 liter (L) 245 horsepower (hp) inline-four engine that is joined with two electric motors to power the minivan. This setup grants it a significant increase in EPA-rated fuel economy, coming in at 26 miles per gallon (mpg) compared to the 2020 Sienna at 21 mpg. Standard in the 2021 Sienna is front-wheel drive (FWD), but there is an option for all-wheel drive (AWD), which features an additional electric motor positioned at the rear.

Full Exterior Redesign

The new Sienna’s look is definitely unique to the minivan class thanks to a sleek assertiveness that is unmistakably Japanese. In fact, the design for the Sienna’s huge front grille was drawn from the Japanese Shinkansen bullet train. It also has the thick read fender of the Highlander. To accent the striking silhouette are the subtle lines of the LED headlights, the angular set of the rear, and the hint of a spoiler on the tailgate. If you would like a sportier vibe with your Sienna, you are in luck as the XSE model has a more athletic body style, which includes 20-inch wheels and a different selection of interior trim.

A More Sophisticated Interior

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A common complaint with many minivans is that the interior makes drivers feel as though they are driving a bus. In order to ensure that is not the case with the new Sienna, Toyota did a massive overhaul of its interior. Instead of an overly expansive dashboard, the Sienna’s new one is more similar to that of its popular line of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The infotainment display is mounted high for easier handling/viewing, and the bridge console between the front seats is actually connected to the dash in order to provide the most in both comfort and ergonomics. The console has the standard cup holders, as well as extra storage holders and a wireless phone charger. Beneath it is an open area that can easily fit a backpack or something of a similar size.


The mix of material and colors gives the interior a definitive luxe feel. In addition, there is an option for the second row of seating to have Super Long Slide captain’s chairs, which allows for sliding back and forth up to 25 inches for easy entrance and exit. This type of seating also has the option of coming with ottomans built in for a ridiculous amount of comfort. Lower trim models have three seats across in the second row with the middle one being stow-able, while in the higher trim models those seats are leather covered, heated and ventilated for driver and front passenger, and heated for the second row. You will never have a more comfortable ride than you will in the 2021 Sienna!

The Minivan Makeover

Toyota’s redesign for this minivan is an ambitious one, and it has really paid off. Not only is the 2021 Sienna rocking a standout new appearance, it also has the new hybrid powertrain to give drivers far better fuel economy if that is what they want. Improved seating and storage means that you can haul around your kids, family, pets, and groceries and do it in style and comfort. If you would like to know more about this one-of-a-kind minivan, visit Don McGill Toyota in Houston or Toyota of Katy! We would be more than happy to fill you in on all the details, as well as our leasing and purchasing options.


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