The minivan is designed to be the ideal transport for the whole family. Power and speed isn’t the key with this type of car. A minivan like the Toyota Sienna should always have features for passenger protection and accommodation. With such a precious cargo, it is only fitting that they are inside a safe and comfortable vehicle. Add to that the importance of keeping rowdy children secure and entertained especially during long trips. Fortunately, the people at Toyota understood these needs in their design of the Sienna. Its three-generation history has been that of giving the market one of the best options in supplying the perfect minivan.
First generation (1998-2003):
Camry of minivans
One of the first descriptions given to the first-generation Sienna was that it was the
Camry of minivans. Reliable and comfortable, the Camry was very popular in its market. Having these qualities transferred to the seven-passenger Sienna only pushed the minivan’s stock higher. But the Sienna was a big hit mostly because of its incredible safety rating. Its chassis was certified to be able to withstand a considerable amount of damage. Its option-airbags were a big boost for safety. The car’s design also reinforced the passenger’s safety as it was able to protect body parts like the neck, chest, and limbs.
Second generation (2004-2010): Highlighting the interior
By this time, the Toyota Sienna has already established a solid reputation as one of the safest minivans in the market. This reputation was maintained through the second generation. Beyond safety, major changes that can be found on Siennas through these years are the improvements done inside the car. The high-end trims featured classy and comfortable leather interior. A 60/40 configuration also gave the Sienna a spacious and relaxed cabin that can carry seven to eight passengers. 2007 Siennas onwards included driver-features like cruise control, backup camera, and a wide rear-interior mirror to see the cabin. For restless passengers, a high-quality speaker system and DVD player and screen should keep them distracted especially on long rides.
Third generation (2011): Pushing the limits of safety and comfort
When lives and welfare of the whole family are involved, one can never be too safe. That’s why the Toyota Sienna, despite years of its unshakeable status as a safe and passenger-friendly car, still continues to improve on these aspects to raise this vital standard in minivans. For starters, the entertainment system is improved as bigger LCD screens are fitted and headphones can be jacked for localized sound-output. Backup cameras were upgraded to have a 180? view of the rear. Knee and overhead airbags are also new additions for increased safety. It also features an elevating seat to assist the disabled in riding and leaving the minivan. These additions, and many more, are the reasons the Sienna continues to be one of the most looked-for models in its class.