TodayApril 15, 2022

2021 Toyota Sienna Venza hybrid all-wheel-drive

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented moves by Toyota

Designed, Engineered, and Assembled in the U.S.A. for Americans by Toyota
New Platinum Luxury Model
Available Onboard Vacuum and Refrigerator
Equipped for all facets of life with a tow rating up to 3,500 pounds
100% hybrid will deliver 33 mpg combined – class-leading
the only hybrid-electric model that offers All-wheel-drive

Toyota unveiled its all-new 2021 Spring showcase that included the 2021 Sienna today via a webinar from its North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. The Executive Vice President of Sales for Toyota, Bob Carter, spoke to journalists around the world in Toyota’s first unveil by webinar. In a surprise move, Carter says that consumers will find Toyota products “either online or in their local Toyota dealers.”

2021 Toyota Sienna

It’s been twenty years since the Prius was introduced and started the electrification movement for Toyota. Toyota has introduced nine electrified vehicles to date. Today’s Spring showcase introduced the tenth electrified vehicle, a minivan. Toyota’s fourth-generation Sienna minivan has been redesigned from head to toe using the Toyota New Generation A-K platform (TNGA-K). And it will be 100% hybrid, every model.

The all-new 2021 Sienna models come standard with a hybrid powertrain, and Toyota says it will deliver 33 mpg combined. There is the option to get the minivan in All-Wheel Drive. Included in the Sienna is the well-known Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 with Automatic Emergency Braking, including standard Blind Spot Monitor on all models.

Way cool is the kick-open side doors on the minivan. As the doors open up, you see a theater seat with a lifted ottoman. The Sienna even has a refrigerator and vacuum cleaner!


The Sienna only comes in a hybrid powertrain, not a plug-in or a full-electric model, but a full hybrid. Every Sienna in the Toyota lineup will get its power from a 243-horsepower hybrid powertrain that matches a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Like the 2020 Highlander, the engine in the 2021 Sienna is mated with an electronically controlled CVT with sequential shift mode.

Toyota Sienna models

There are five models of the 2021 Sienna and four driving modes. The Sienna LE and some XLE models come equipped in eight-seat configurations. Some XLE models, as well as the XSE, Limited, and Platinum are seven-seat models featuring the Super Long Slide second-row captain’s chairs with the Limited and Platinum FWD models equipped with ottomans. Drivers can choose from EV, Normal, Eco, and Sport drive models.

The front design is reminiscent of the iconic Shinkansen Japanese Bullet. The headlights are mounted high and stretched around the sides as if the wind is shaping them. The bold lower grille is contrasted by slim; high-tech LED fog lights that are pushed to the corners, enhancing the wide and stable stance.

The all-new 2021 Sienna will arrive in dealerships late this year, 2020.

2021 Toyota Sienna Venza hybrid all-wheel-drive
2021 Toyota Sienna Venza hybrid all-wheel-drive

2021 Toyota Venza

100% Hybrid

100% All-Wheel-Drive

Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), introduced the two-row CUV 2021 Toyota Venza hybrid from his house in Plano, Texas.

The Venza, Highlander, and RAV4 were all designed by the same car designer.

The all-new 2021 Venza comes equipped exclusively with the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain and advanced Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive. Along with comfortable urban and highway performance, Toyota says the Venza will have an impressive fuel efficiency, with a preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 MPG combined fuel economy in LE trim.

The new-generation Toyota Hybrid System in the Venza combines a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with three electric motors that create 219 horsepower. The gas engine employs a Variable Valve Timing-intelligent system by Electric motor (VVT-iE) on the intake camshaft and VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft. A variable cooling system (electric water pump, electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump further help improve engine efficiency. Electronic On-Demand AWD employs a separate rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed.

Toyota Venza models

The Venza comes in three models; LE, XLE, and Limited with four driving modes. There are the Normal, Eco, and Sport driving modes and the EV mode that allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances.

The 2021 Venza offers ample room for five in a highly maneuverable package. A host of tech-focused features are available, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with nine JBL speakers, a 7-inch multi-information display (MID), a digital rear-view mirror, and 10-inch color Head-Up Display. Other available features include a Star Gaze fixed panoramic glass roof, transforming to frosted glass with just a touch of a button, a first-ever for Toyota, and heated and ventilated front seats.

The Venza is produced in Japan and will be on sale in the Summer of 2020.

Toyota says they will have electrification across 100% of their lineup and hybrid models comprising 25% of their sales, all by 2025. There was no mention of when Toyota would have full-electric vehicles in their line-up.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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