Winter is coming. With that overused Game of Thrones reference out of the way, let's get to the topic at hand. We're in the thick of autumn and the harsh weather of the fourth season is about to arrive. The new year is coming too. Households across Canada are considering a new model minivan, one that is relevant to their winter vacation road trips and day to day excursions though rain, wind, sleet, and snow. With family safety, comfort, and enjoyment on the road being the priority, this is one of the most important decisions you can make.
Last year, the Toyota Sienna was named best minivan for driving in snow. With the 2017 upgrades, imagine what this vehicle will do for you and your family.
AWD says it all. The 2017 Toyota Sienna holds the undisputed title as the only minivan (in North America) with available All-Wheel-Drive. All subjective opinions are thrown out of the window. Competition simply can't stack up. The AWD system harnesses active torque control. Thanks to electromagnetically administered coupling at the front of the rear differential, this system applies data sent from Sienna's sensors to transfer the appropriate amount of torque to the front and rear-end wheels. It doesn't matter what Jack Frost lays out on the road in front of you, the Sienna will plow right through.
There's more. The 2017 model comes with a new 3.5 liter V6 direct-injection engine. It is equipped with Direct Shift-8AT (Automatic Transmission) which assists in delivering better fuel economy, torque (up to 263 lb ft) and horsepower (up to 296 hp). The minivan also comes with sport-tuned suspension boosted by sport-calibrated Electric Power Steering. Factor in the fact that the 2017 Sienna has been engineered with a lighter yet more rigid and enhanced aerodynamically optimized body and you've got the most responsive minivan on the market.
Long winter drives can be taxing on the family. The 2017 Sienna spares no effort when it comes to keeping you and your passengers in comfort. Relax behind your heated steering wheel in soft-touch seats with available premium contrast stitching and lounge seating (the latter is available in the Limited). The vehicle's available 8-passenger capability even comes with a storable center seat to create more room when applicable. For those moments when your passengers haven't been lulled into sleep, a suite of technology keeps them entertained until you reach your destination. You will most certainly want to opt for the available Dual-View Entertainment Center. And an entertainment center it is, with Blu-ray capability that includes a 16.4-inch color display, SD/HDMI inputs, a pair of 120V AC power outlets and a remote control with two sets of wireless headphones. There will be no haggling over who watches what, because the screen is designed to display one wide-angle view or two smaller views running concurrently from separate sources.
Just because you're driving doesn't mean that you can't be a part of the action and conversation. The available Driver Easy Speak feature enables a built-in microphone in the front so that your voice is picked up clearly by rear-seat passengers. The new Sienna takes you and your family from the living room and into your minivan.
Whether taking the kids to hockey practice or hitting the road for the holiday season, the Sienna lets you fit it all in. No bags, boxes, skis, or snowboards will be too taxing on a cargo hold which offers up to 150 cubic feet! The powered third-row seat in the Limited folds 60/40 to further accommodate your needs. The standard push-button power lift-gate provides access to your gear in seconds, a big plus when it's cold, wet, or freezing outside.
The Sienna is also the safest minivan for winter driving. This all begins at the bottom. The Traction Control feature helps prevent wheel slippage on many winter-battered surfaces. The Electronic Brake-force Distribution function optimizes stopping power on the most gravel and snow packed roads that face the local ski hill. The Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control system adjusts the Sienna's engine power, braking, and steering torque-assist control to maintain the minivan's steered direction, regardless the slippery surface. Slippery road concerns are further abated by the Anti-lock Brake System which adjusts brake pressure when braking hard or when braking on an unreliable surface. Like all Toyota's, the Sienna also benefits from having the renowned Star Safety SystemT, which includes (but is not exclusive to) winter-ready features such as Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Hill Start Assist Control, and Side Impact Door Beams.