A few weeks ago, we were delivered the 2015 Toyota Sienna to test out for a week long spin around town and a trip to Amicalola Falls. The kids definitely wanted to keep the Sienna aka “The Swagger Wagon.” The Sienna was named a 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick + and is the only van in its segment to offer all-wheel drive. And the The Atlanta Auto Writers named Toyota Sienna the best 3-row vehicle for Families.
There are so many fabulous features of the model we drove that I could spend days telling you about them all (and honestly, in a week, I doubt we even found/used them all). Instead, I thought I would focus on the things we enjoyed as a family of 4.
The first thing I noticed when driving the Sienna is the steering. It was so smooth, like butter. It definitely drives more like a car than a truck. The ride is smooth, too. I forgot that I wasn’t driving a car.
For example, we fit two booster seats and two car seats (one rear-facing and one forward-facing) easily and comfortably on the leather seats. And, everybody had ample leg room to spare, including the driver.
The dashboard, steering wheel and navigation/entertainment center had so many things going on. We really appreciated having satellite radio as well as AM/FM options. The dual climate control really helped because Mr. Serious is always hotter than I am, but when it was just me, I could sync them all together to the same temperature and fan speed.
In the driver’s view is a little screen with speed, temperature, fuel economy, mileage, and even navigation as well as a compass.
We could sync our phones to the system as well via bluetooth to play music and take and receive calls. It was even all voice activated which made it incredibly helpful. The backup camera is also activated on this screen when the van is in reverse and has sensors to let you know you are approaching an object and shows the van’s projected path based on the steering wheel’s position (which is very helpful with a curved driveway).
One thing we didn’t try out is the Toyota’s Driver Easy Speak system, which uses the vehicle’s built-in microphone to amplify the driver’s voice through the rear speakers.
The back? So much storage. This is a week’s worth of groceries for our family of 6. Tons of room to spare.
The kid favorite? The Blu-Ray Dual View Entertainment Center with a 16.4-inch widescreen and the two sunroofs. Of course, Unimpressed B is unimpressed. Naturally.
The screen with the bluetooth headphones was great for our road trip which was about the length of one movie away from our house.
One thing that every parent I know that has a minivan loves is the sliding doors. The kids can’t bang their doors into unsuspecting neighboring cars getting into or out of the van. Also, the front doors have a built in stop preventing the doors from being swung all the way open.
There are many other amazing features that I didn’t feel I could cram into this space, so I made a short little picture video to show you. The Sienna is definitely on my dream vehicle list!