The all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna has just earned its first meaningful award. Green Car Journal has awarded the new Sienna the title of Family Green Car of the Year. The new Sienna has a standard hybrid powertrain with optional electric all-wheel drive. The Sienna was not the overall winner chosen by the magazine. Instead, that award went to a vehicle not for sale anywhere on the planet, the Mustang Mach-E.
“The fuel efficiency of this all-new 2021 Sienna makes it a cut above the rest,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) executive vice president of sales. “This award just further highlights our dedication to hybrids in North America and we’re humbly honored to have the new Sienna be recognized as the Family Green Car of the Year for 2021.”
Torque News tested the new 2021 Toyota Sienna this past month. Our Sienna Limited AWD trim was impressive in a winter storm. Equally impressive is the $14,000 in fuel savings the Sienna will return to its owner over its lifetime. The Sienna is rated at 36 MPG. Not bad for an AWD vehicle with 245 hp!
Green Car Journal says of the Sienna's award, "Toyota’s keen grasp of how to make a modern minivan that not only serves up family functionality, but also premium car style and appeal."
Other vehicles on this year's list of winners is the MINI SE, a Hybrid Jeep Wrangler, and a Ram 1500 with a diesel engine. We still don't get why this publication continues to award diesel vehicles. It's been a head-scratcher to us ever since the publication's 2008 diesel winner was proven to pollute by as a much as 40X a comparable gasoline-powered vehicle.
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