BY GERRY MILES
It may seem strange, given the availability and functionality of all things sure-footed in the automotive world today, yet Toyota’s Sienna is the only mom bus to offer all-wheel-drive.
The move from AWD from 4WD seems to be more natural to the smaller, popular RAV4, so why not the Sienna? Seems a natural for the sleek and stylish people hauler that boasts a standard 3.50liter, 266 hp, V-6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Sienna boasts a credible 18-mpg city / 25-mpg highway EPA fuel economy rating on FWD models.
Sienna can be configured in 7 or 8-passenger setups and now offers Entune multi-media and split-screen rear seat entertainment. A tow prep package is now standard on all models for anyone wishing to tow a trailer up to 3,500 pounds.
For the 2014 models, the Blind Spot Monitor is a standalone option for the SE model. Previously for the SE, it was available only as part of option packages. It also includes a cross-traffic alert and remains standard on the Limited.
Designed specifically with North American customers in mind, the current-generation Sienna was primarily designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, Calif., developed in part at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
The 2014 Sienna is available in five grades:
All-wheel-drive is available on LE, XLE and Limited models.
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation.