BY H. THROTTLE
It was one of the very cold snowy mornings recently that the factory Toyota representative showed up on time to deliver a bad weather “dream car” in the form of the all-wheel drive 2020 Toyota Sienna LTE premium. While the outside temperature hovered well below freezing the Sienna paint color was “Toasted Walnut Pearl.”
This sliding door van model is made for easy entry with doors that slide back and forth rather than the standard door design. The second-row seats are bucket style with fold down third-row seating capable of transporting 7 passengers.
The power plant is a spirited V6 3.5L engine that with a handle style gear lever extending from the dash that operates the sequential 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Sienna has a suggested manufacturer’s list price of $49,190 with almost all safety and “Safety Sense” features included in the price. Consumers should note that this vehicle is assembled in Princeton, IND.
The sliding doors take some savvy but really are a great safety and loading option for packages and passengers. No opening doors in tight parking spaces with the sliding system.
Much of the drive occurred in bad weather conditions and snowy roads. The Sienna never faltered and nary even a slide on the icy roadways. The heated steering wheel was a treat on the cold days along with the outside heated rear view mirrors.
The computer system in the center console takes some attention to run the many operational systems and radio selections. I yearn for the old simple station dial and sound controls. Best, to get the controls done while parked rather than on the highways.
The pre-collision system is so vital in that it helps prevent this vehicle from having a forward impact. Add in the “Safety Sense” package of safety features and all of these features make driving a 2020 Sienna a good choice and a very safe drive.
Spirited, comfortable, great forward view from larger windshield, and ease of overall drive. This is a fine selection for family or business usage.
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