When Toyota began selling vans in the United States in 1983, it entered into one of the most competitive segments, and some may argue that it was Toyota that brought a pocket-knife to a gun fight. The Toyota Van debuted in 1983 (as a 1984 model) and allowed Toyota to offer the same comfort, convenience, and utility to Americans that the company’s Japanese buyers had already been enjoying. What’s more, there were no small vans in the U.S. during the time, as even the original Caravan was larger. However, the Japanese had been making minivans for much longer, and the Toyota Van was sold globally with much success.
Although not all minivan makers have been successful over the years, Toyota is still a major player in America’s most taboo automotive segment. Nowadays, it seems like people are all but abandoning minivans altogether, but the sales numbers suggest something different. Although everyone you know might have said to you at some point “I wouldn’t be caught dead driving one of those,” there comes a time when most of us had been in a situation in which we wish we had a minivan available. But seriously, who wants to drive a minivan every day? Toyota knows how you feel, so they stepped up their game and not only brought us the sexiest minivan on the market, they went and gave the SE model a ‘tude. Seriously, we’re not kidding. Toyota makes one killer minivan. Killer, as in husbands will steal their wives’ minivans.
Not every van out there can claim that it has been positively referenced with the words “performance” and “handling” in the same sentence. Fact of it is, when Motor Trend compared the Sienna against two of its rivals, the reviewers praised the Sienna for both its solid performance and sporty handling. Not only that, but the Sienna looks good. It’s bold, sporty lines are ones you’d never expect to see on a minivan, and the plush, quiet interior is second-to-none. The overall fit and finish is the best offered in this segment and Toyota hit the ball out of the park by pairing the Sienna’s good looks with solid performance to match. Offering up your choice of either a 187 hp 2.7 liter inline-four, or a 3.5 liter V6 with 266 hp, the Sienna’s standard six-speed transmission with manual mode is the best transmission available in the minivan segment. Don’t forget about Toyota Care – the manufacturer has your back for the first 2 years/25,000 miles (whichever comes first).
Its sporty looks, surprising performance, uncompromising utility, and competitive price make the Sienna the perfect fit for any active family. Stop by Mungenast Alton Toyota/Scion today and see why the Sienna (especially the SE model) is the driving enthusiast’s choice among minivans.
Source – Toyota
Image Credit – Toyota USA Newsroom