2022 Toyota Sienna has great versatility

BY H. THROTTLE
AUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST

It has been a pleasure to drive the versatile 2022 Toyota Sienna XSE sliding side door all-wheel vehicle during the week.  The side-door feature makes for easy loading of packages or passengers.

The Sienna has front and second row captain chair seating and third row folding seat for a capacity of seven passengers.   The car has a large capacity cargo space that also hosts the fold down third row tier of seats.  This is a work or pleasure vehicle built to haul multiple passengers, sporting equipment, or freight.

The Sienna has a 243 hp, 4-cylinder 2.5L engine linked to an electronic variable transmission.   Toyota transmission, with or without paddle shifters, are great for mountain driving and having the choice of locking in an appropriate gear for inclines.

Fuel economy is excellent for the full-sized seven-passenger van-type vehicle is 35 mpg.  Along with the fuel economy the Sienna scores an overall  top five-star safety rating.

Sienna’s have their final assembly in Princeton, Indiana. The suggested manufacturer’s  retail price is $42,860.  A rear seat entertainment package can add an additional $1415. to keep the kids happy.

A snappy drive with sport tuned suspension, this is a perfect vehicle for work and play.  All the bells and whistles of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package and Star safety system.  Especially appreciated are the pedestrian detection alerts and the pre-collision feature. 

The side panel sliding doors can operate with a foot touch that makes for hands-free entry.  More power features include the rear lift gate and sliding moonroof.

Overall from a sleek design, larger body length, passenger capacity, and well-balanced power train, this is a very versatile and practical vehicle for family or business usage.

A very fine drive with the latest safety and high-tech features.