2021 Toyota Sienna Crash Test Ratings Prove Worthiness to Shuttle Families

Christian Wardlaw | Dec 22, 2020

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna a “Top Safety Pick+” rating for the 2020 calendar year, an improvement over the version of the family-hauling minivan it replaces.

2021 Toyota Sienna Limited White Front Quarter View

Previously, the Toyota Sienna had not earned this designation since the 2015 calendar year, when the 2015 Sienna qualified as such. As the IIHS strengthened requirements to earn the “Top Safety Pick” designation, the previous-generation Sienna and its aging vehicle architecture provided no better than Acceptable protection for the driver in the small-overlap frontal-impact crash-test, and Marginal protection for the front passenger in the same type of collision.

Now, the all-new 2021 Sienna earns the highest possible ratings in all IIHS assessments, including for headlight performance and LATCH anchor access, with one exception. Its performance in vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention scores one rung down from the top rating.

In addition to improved crash-test scores, the 2021 Sienna includes standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning. This gives every version of the Sienna a comprehensive collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS).

Every 2021 Sienna is also a hybrid equipped with EPA fuel economy ratings of 35 or 36 mpg in combined driving. The 243-horsepower hybrid drivetrain is the same one used in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and it is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. All-wheel drive is an option.

Trim levels include LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum, and prices range from $34,460 to $49,900, plus a destination charge of $1,175. The new Sienna competes primarily with the refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica (which is available as a plug-in hybrid) and the updated 2021 Honda Odyssey

The IIHS and Toyota are the sources of information in this article. It was accurate on December 22, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.

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