36 mpg and design flair make the minivan relevant again


If Toyota’s minivan goes hybrid and sips fuel at 36 miles per gallon, is the era of the “swagger wagon” over?

After spending a couple of days with the 2021 Toyota Sienna, I’ll roll my eyes to swagger but give a solid nod to the newfound interior design sensibilities of this 7- or 8-passenger van. 

Toyota went in strong with the third-generation version of its Sienna minivan—debuting for 2010, respectively, and spanning for most of the decade that memorable marketing campaign, which amounted to a little bit of design attention and a whole lot of self-deprecating humor. Now with the new fourth-generation model it’s finally embraced a whole Pinterest board of great ideas, and some realities about the future that make this package relevant again. 

2021 Toyota Sienna – first drive

One of those realities is that a big V-6 engine and city mileage ratings below 20 mpg just…

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