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2021 Toyota Sienna Claims Family Green Car of the Year Award

Posted at Fri, Dec 11, 2020 9:00 AM

Toyota’s 2021 Sienna is already making a considerable impression, having just won the Family Green Car of the Year Award. Equipped with a standard hybrid powertrain, as well as an optional electric all-wheel drive (AWD), and possessing a bevy of new amenities, tech features, and a redesigned interior, the new Sienna not only provides you with remarkable efficiency, but with the utmost in comfort and convenience as well. If you are looking to know more, our Westbury Toyota staff has written up a short overview of what the Family Green Car Award represents and why the Sienna won.

What Does It Mean to Be a Family Green Car?

This award, given by the Green Car Journal, is widely recognized as being the automotive field’s principal environmental honor. Having taken place since 2005, the Green Car Awards celebrate the most standout vehicle models that enhance all areas of vehicular environmental performance. Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, says it best about the need for outstanding green automotive alternatives, like the 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid:

“Today’s imperative for vehicles with lower carbon emissions, higher efficiency, and improved environmental impact makes recognizing ‘green’ car leadership more important than ever.”

A Seamless Blend of Power and Efficiency

The 2021 Sienna’s Hybrid II System’s electric motor and internal combustion engine combined provide a total horsepower (hp) of 245. The DOHC 16-Valve Atkinson 2.5 liter (L) I-4 engine on its own is capable of 189 hp and 176 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque, while the three permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors deliver 180 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque in the front and 54 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque in the rear. In addition, the torque provided from the electric motors totally erases the sluggish feeling that most minivans have when driving at lower speeds. It also gives a nearly silent ride, improved by the redesign of the interior. It has a 1.9 kilowatt-hours (kWh) nickel metal hydride battery pack, as well. In terms of economy, you can expect to get an EPA-estimated 36 miles per gallon (mpg) when driving in the city, on the highway, and combined.

That impressive mileage is what helped earn the 2021 Sienna the Family Green Car of the Year Award as it sets a benchmark, and the Sienna is capable of providing drivers with not only that, but also an incredibly smooth driving experience.

What Else Is There to Look Forward To?

While its award-winning fuel economy is definitely something to be excited about, there is a lot more to the 2021 Sienna to celebrate as well. Handling has been improved over last year’s model, due to a couple of changes that include a switch in rear suspension from torsion beam to multi-link setup, and the battery being moved underneath the front seats in order to give it a lower center of gravity.

The 2021 Sienna has undergone some significant exterior styling changes, giving it a far more bold and striking appearance than what you would have seen previously. The interior also underwent a redesign and now features a reworked center stack, center console, and dashboard. This was done in order to erase the previous setup that was referred to by drivers as “buslike.” A “bridge console” connects the dashboard and the center console together, and the center console has convenient storage compartments beneath it.

Additionally, the interior has everything you need in terms of tech and convenience, including the following:

  • Four zone climate control
  • Power sliding doors and liftgate
  • Voice amplification system to help people in the back hear the people in the front
  • 7 USB ports
  • In-vehicle WI-Fi
  • 18 cupholders

These are just a few of many upgraded features of the new Sienna’s interior.

2021’s Family Green Car

The new Sienna is already raising the bar for hybrid minivans, and it is exciting to think about what we will see from this vehicle in the years to come. It is possible to have an environmentally friendly minivan that still has all the features you look for for your family or business, and the 2021 Toyota Sienna is proof of that. If you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Westbury Toyota for our leasing and purchasing options.

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