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Balmy weather may be sticking around a lot longer into the autumn but rest assured winter is on the way and it's forecast to be a heavy one. Yes indeed, climate change is making the Lower Mainland a two-season region and minivan drivers are having to reassess their needs for the foreseeable future. Just in time, Toyota has released the 2019 Sienna as the solution households require to navigate the urban, suburban, rural roads and highways to and from the Greater Vancouver area. Let's find out why you should consider the new Sienna for your family's wintertime road trips, and more.
5 Reasons Why the 2019 Toyota Sienna is the Ultimate Minivan for Winter Driving in Greater Vancouver and Beyond
1. It's Got the Power to Get You There
While you should always drive defensively and with caution during the winter months, you also don't want to spend more time than you need to the road, especially when the forecast calls for sleet or snowfall. The Sienna, with an advanced 3.5-liter 296-hp V6 direct-injection engine,
Direct Shift 8-Speed Automatic Transmission and available sport-tuned suspension with sport-calibrated Electric Power Steering (SE) will help you power through those elevated highway roads so you can beat the impending weather.
2. Available All Wheel Drive (AWD)
If there's no avoiding the snowfall, you won't need to worry, as you have the option of adding All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) to your 2019 Sienna. This advanced AWD system with active torque control processes information sent from various sensors, and transmits the preferred amount of torque to the minivan's front and rear wheels, helping the vehicle maintain traction through rain, sleet, snow, and bouts of black ice.
3. Making Premium Safety Features Standard
The new Sienna (and all new Toyotas) come standard with the most premium safety system on the market, Toyota Safety SenseT. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection will provide peace of mind whether driving in the city or highway this winter, while Automatic High Beams will let you see what's coming no matter the nighttime blizzards to come.
In addition, the Sienna is equipped with the Star Safety SystemT which offers active safety features including Enhanced Vehicle Stability, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and every winter driver's dream - Smart Stop Technology. The Sienna's also boasts a set of eight standard airbags throughout all three rows
of seating, and the minivan even offers available features like rain-sensing windshield wipers which will also serve you well when the snow starts to fall.
If you really want to ramp things up for the winter, you can access Toyota's 24/7 call center as a subscriber to Safety Connect, where helpful features including Emergency Assistance, Roadside Assistance, and Automatic Collision Notification await.
4. The Comforts of Home in the Cabin
It can be a little nerve racking when taking long drives in the winter with the family in tow, but your young passengers will be comforted by the roomy interior of the 2019 Sienna. In fact, the minivan's cabin is as darn near cozy as a Whistler chalet, sans the crackling fireplace.
For starters, there are three separate climate control zones which allow you to manipulate the interior "weather" by driver/passenger preference. Soft touch contrast stitching on the seats will have all feeling as if they're nestled into the corners of a living room sofa, and if you really want to ramp up that feel of home you can opt for the available leather seating surfaces and
available lounge seating in the second row, complete with comfy captain's chairs that have adjustable ottomans and armrests.
Beyond the physical comforts, all will find solace well passed the winter solstice with auto-infotainment to take the mind of harsh conditions outside of the window. We're talking Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay support, and an available set of 10 JBL speakers including a subwoofer. Your kids will also love the available Dual-View Entertainment Center with Blu-ray capability, an over 16-inch display, two 120V AC power outlets, a remote, and two wireless headphones. No winter road trip will seem too far for them as they marathon Holiday movies and more. In fact, it seems as if you can actually get the above-mentioned crackling cabin fireplace feel. All you need to is pop in a Blu-ray of the ol' Holiday fireplace scene and you're set! But don't worry, if the time comes for them to dream of sugar plums you can interrupt their shows via the Sienna's available Driver Easy Speak feature with a built-in microphone that transmits your voice from the front to the rear via the back speakers where sleepy-time orders can be conveyed.
5. Winter Driving/Parking Technology You Need
Information technology is for even more that entertainment when it comes to the Sienna. Winter drivers will greatly appreciate the Integrated Navigation option and especially the available Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan which displays a panoramic overhead view to help you see more of your surroundings. Meanwhile, the Backup Camera has your back when parking in tight (and slippery) spots, while the Panoramic Camera (available on Limited) offers a 180-degree wide-angle view to help you better gauge your distance and projected path alike.