Susan Frissell, Editor, Womenwithwheels.com

The beautifully elegant 2002 Toyota Sienna (dare we say “minivan’) was redesigned for 2021 so not many new features have been added for the 2022 model. This is an elegant piece of auto excellence and no doubt my description will bring laughter to the lips of ‘minivan’ haters. There are a few of us, however, who love the vehicle originally titled the “minivan” and it certainly has had its successes. To this writer, and a few others, this vehicle is the smartest car on the road. Even with all the available large-size SUV’s available to tote your stuff, the Sienna is going in style.

There are several trim levels. Our test Toyota Sienna Hybrid, was the Woodland Edition. The trim levels include the LE, TLE, XSE, Ltd and Platinum. The standard gas-electric hybrid drivetrain is FWD,and bringing in an EPA estimated mpg of 36. The AWD models rated 35 mpg. Competitors for the Sienna include the Honda Odyssey, Kia Carnival and Chrysler Pacifica; three decent contenders.

The Woodland Edition is new for 2022 and features all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, a household power outlet, navigation, JBL stereo with unique trim and badges. Ground clearance is 0.6 inches more than the other Sienna models. All Siennas are rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Woodland Edition includes a tow hitch, as well as second-row ottomans, available for Limited and Platinum trims with all-wheel drive.

Strong suits in the Sienna are many, including fuel economy. Thanks to the hybrid drivetrain. As with most vans, the Sienna offers great space for passengers and all their ‘stuff.’ Many buyers today, no matter the vehicle, seem to want AWD, particularly those living in cold, snowy climates. Some may find the XSE trim ride firmer than they expected. We didn’t object to it at all. Don’t expect climbing into the third-row seats to be easy. But then, that’s the case with most, if not all vehicles with third-row access.

Know that when rating space and driving dynamics, the Sienna rates high. Drivetrain response and driving dynamics are good, as is seating space.

With the good always comes a little bad. Of course, both are subjective not every driver feels the same.
The ‘bad’ may include non-removable second-row seats, some lower-grade trim in the cabin and no wireless smartphone integration.

Standard features abound on the 2022 Toyota Sienna XLE and include LED headlights and taillights, fabric-trimmed seats, power-sliding doors, Tri-zone automatic air conditioning, sunshades in the second-row seating area, 9-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Satellite radio, 9-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise, lane departure warning with steering assist, blind spot warning/rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high-beam headlights.

Exterior features on our XLE AWD Sienna included roof rails with crossbars, power liftgate, Hands-free dual power sliding side doors, and front and rear parking assist with auto brake.

A tow hitch receiver, blind spot monitor, STAR safety system and latch-lower anchor and tether for children are standard features. As mentioned, three options were on our Woodland Edition Sienna.

We enjoyed our week in the new Sienna and can’t recommend it highly enough. Even if you never thought you’d drive a ‘minivan,’ you might just be surprised. The new Cement/Stratus GR paint job is a must!

SPECS

MSRP: $45,350, delivery $1,215, Total pricing: $48,325

Optional Equipment: Rear Seat Entertainment System, 1090p HD Entertainment Center with 11.6-inch display, HDMI input Remote and two wireless headphones ($1,415); Illuminated Door Sills ($245); Wireless Headphones ($100).

Engine: 2.5L 4-cylinder, 245 combined Net Horsepower, Gas Electric Hybrid drivetrain

Transmission: Electronic Continuous Variable transmission, 5 Sp. Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive

Wheels: 235/50 R20 (available: 235/60 R18, 235/65 R17), Alloy

Weight: 4,610 lbs.

Seating: 8

MPG: 36/37 mpg

Fuel Tank: 18 gal.

Trim levels: 5, LE, TLE, XSE, LTD, Platinum

New: Woodland Edition

Length: 203.7 in.

Width: 78.5 in.

Height: 60.7 in.