On May 18 Toyota unveiled its new 2021 hybrid models – the Sienna minivan and the Venza crossover. Expect them at dealerships this summer.
The Toyota Sienna comes standard with a 243-hp (181 kW) hybrid powertrain that comprises a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and two (or three with AWD) electric motors.
The towing capacity is up to 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg), the fuel consumption is 33 mpg (combined).
An all-wheel-drive system and, for the first time, sports 20-inch wheels are optional. The model adapts the versatile TNGA-K platform and styling from Calty Design.
The Sienna’s visual distinctions are angled headlights, aggressive rear fender details, a large front grille.
Customers can choose from five trim levels – LE, XLE, XSE (the sportiest one), Platinum, Limited, and four driving modes – EV, Normal, Eco, Sport.
Inside the base Sienna has a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility; a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster with a “Hybrid System Indicator”; fabric seats with eight-way adjustability, 7 USB ports.
The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver assistance and safety systems comes standard. Expect the 2021 Sienna will be pricier than the 2020 model starting at $31,640.
The stylish Toyota Venza (Harrier) midsize two-row crossover returns to the U.S. market as a 2021 model. Like the Sienna, it rides on the TNGA-K platform.
Under the hood, it has a 2.5-liter inline-four engine, three electric motors, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and electronic on-demand all-wheel drive. The total system output is 219 hp (163 kW).
There is a driver-selectable regenerative braking system that improves energy collection on hills and in city traffic.
The Venza is equipped with navigation systems which optimize the hybrid powertrain’s operation and coach the driver for maximal efficiency.
The combined fuel economy is rated at 40 mpg for the base Toyota Venza.
The SUV’s front end resembles that of the 2021 Mirai FCEV, with a large lower grille opening, sharp hood creases, an unusual faux grille that surrounds the Toyota badge.
The rear end features a full-width taillight, a sloping hatch glass, sharp rear fenders, pretty polished tailpipes – unusual on a hybrid.
The Venza’s interior with its instrument cluster and screens looks similar to the RAV4’s one, and other new Toyotas.
The carmaker equipped the crossover with a nine-speaker, 1200-watt JBL audio system, the most powerful it has ever offered, which takes aural commands from Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, AM/FM/satellite radio.
The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard for the Venza, like for other models of the brand.
The crossover got some premium features as options: a fixed-panel electrochromic panoramic roof called Star Gaze, a 10.0-inch color head-up display, a digital rear view mirror; S-Flow climate control, extensive sound deadening.
The new Venza’s base price (LE trim) will be probably between the RAV4 Hybrid LE’s $28,350 and the Highlander Hybrid LE’s $39,800.