The all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna has crashed its way into a Top Safety Pick+ award earlier this month, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finding it safer than its predecessor.
The minivan has earned ‘good’ ratings in all six crashworthiness evaluations, and the same rating applies to the child seat anchors, crash avoidance and mitigation systems and two sets of headlights available (LED reflectors and LED projectors).
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“The 2020 Sienna fell short in the two small overlap tests because the protective structure of the vehicle crumpled into the occupant compartment. The occupant’s survival space was not maintained well in either evaluation, though the vehicle performed worse in the passenger-side test”, the IIHS noted. “The 2021 model did not display these structural issues, and measurements from the sensors in the dummies did not indicate a heightened risk of injury to the driver or passenger.”
Available solely as a hybrid, the 2021 Sienna was launched last month. It is offered in five trim levels, with seating for up to eight, and gets a generous host of equipment, as well as the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver assistance gear and available all-wheel drive. Power is supplied by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors that put out a total combined output of 243 HP, while, according to Toyota’s estimate, the hybrid minivan returns an average consumption of 33 mpg (7.1 l/100 km). Pricing starts at $34,460 for the base front-wheel drive LE, with all-wheel drive a $2,000 option, whereas the range-topping Platinum AWD has an MSRP of almost $50,500.