2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Owners Will Benefit from Longer Hybrid Warranty
I think most of us have been here before. We see an interesting topic and we just know the audience feedback will be worth reading – probably better than the article or video itself. With that being said, I recently wrote a Torque News story discussing the rumored 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid.
We don’t really know if it is coming or not. However, it has been fun speculating. I feel a Sienna Hybrid would satisfy many potential owners in that it would have terrific gas mileage, provide enough power for most driver needs, and it would be smooth and quiet during long family road trips.
Your comments have been greatly appreciated. Here is what you had to say about the 2021 Sienna Hybrid rumors circling the waters.
“I’m just here for the comments”
Rocketman had this to say. “A hybrid or even plug in hybrid option makes a lot of sense. I'm ready to get a redesigned Sienna with some form of electrification.”
Middlechild20 added plenty of logic and excitement. “I have family who work at the Indiana plant that makes the Sienna. I've had a Camry for over 10 years, and my loyalty lies with Toyota. When I started my family in 2016, and now have 2 kids, I have wanted a Sienna. Since I've been told the 100% hybrid model year was coming, I held out buying the gas model. I plan to drive this vehicle until my kids are graduated from high school, if not college, so the gas savings over those years means a lot to me. From what I'm told from those who work there, the 2021 models will not offer a gas only option. Take my money Toyota! I'm ready to be a minivan driving soccer mom!”
“I'm hoping that the same powertrain from the upcoming Rav4 Prime will be available in the 2021 Sienna. A PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) minivan that has AWD and able to tow a small utility trailer would really be a great vehicle for us. The Pacifica PHEV comes up short on not being able to tow ANYTHING, and with no available AWD. After lots of pondering, a PHEV hybrid minivan just makes sense on being an all-around practical vehicle.” Added reader John.
For those who have never owned a hybrid vehicle, it is completely normal to have concerns and objections.
David had true concerns. “If a new Toyota Sienna model was only available in hybrid, no chance of gasoline only, I will be looking more at the Honda Odyssey. I'm old school and don't have a desire to own a hybrid. No thanks. Stay with the tried and true reliable engine and transmission.”
Comment of the day
The specific comment I found most interesting was this one from reader DONTNIX.
“Pacifica owner waiting to see what Toyota offers in 2021 Sienna. I pick up grandkids. The more power equipment and safety the better. Hybrid is great if reliable. Warranties are not long enough.”
This is the perfect time to talk about Toyota’s recent announcement of an expanded, extended warranty that covers the main hybrid battery.
Toyota Hybrid Warranty and Sienna Hybrid
I have studied the Toyota brand for the last 15 years. Perhaps the biggest objection or concern I have heard over the years about hybrids, starting with Prius, is that the battery is expensive to replace. I am sure this was a factor in people over the years deciding not to purchase a Toyota hybrid.
What people may not have known at the time is that Toyota had an 8-year or 100,000-mile warranty (whichever came first) on the hybrid battery. This knowledge could have potentially alleviated any uneasiness buyers had over battery expenses.
Let’s take things to the next level.
Toyota has recently announced a significant improvement to its existing hybrid battery warranty. Beginning with 2020 and newer models, every hybrid battery is covered up to 10 years or 150,000 miles from date of first use, whichever comes first.
This enhancement should provide many prospective buyers with peace of mind where there was once hesitation. At least where the hybrid battery is concerned.
Benefits of a Toyota hybrid, including 2021 Sienna Hybrid
Toyota is mapping out a five-year and longer plan for its entire lineup of cars, trucks and SUVs. It plans on offering a hybrid or alternative fuel option for every one of its models by the year 2025. Sales of hybrids / alternative fuels are currently around 9 to 10 percent. This should be around 25 percent within 5 years.
Are you ready? Are you willing?
To me, the thought of owning a hybrid, while new to some and still not in the forefront of everyone’s mind, makes sense in many ways.
Gas mileage improvements are often significant. For example, the 2020 RAV4 Hybrid is now the best-selling hybrid Toyota makes and RAV4 is the best-selling SUV in the country. Oh, and by the way, it is rated at 40 miles per gallon. The all-new 2020 Highlander Hybrid will reach dealerships before we know it – and with fuel estimates up to 36 mpg combined. Incredible.
Also, maintenance for a Toyota hybrid vehicle follows the same schedule as a vehicle that is not a hybrid. There are no major differences in how to properly maintain your hybrid over the length of ownership.
Time for your thoughts on a possible Sienna Hybrid
If the growing buzz and chatter about a rumored 2021 Toyota Sienna ends up coming to fruition, it could really alter the automotive landscape as we know it. This could be the first time that a traditional Toyota gasoline-only model completely flips and only offers a hybrid options to the public.
Will people take to it immediately as Toyota hopes? The newly expanded battery warranty will help for sure.
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I feel Toyota will have to come up with a new line of marketing and advertising. One that offers benefits not just for a Sienna Hybrid, but for hybrids in general. To provide answers to concerns of potential buyers who have never wanted to or had the opportunity to own a Toyota hybrid before. To give peace of mind.
Ladies and gentlemen, I feel the 2021 Sienna Hybrid will probably be here before we know it. The question is, will you be ready for it?
Thanks for reading everyone. Are you on board with the idea of a possible hybrid version of Toyota Sienna? What reasons are you looking forward to it? Will increased gas mileage change the types of family trips and vacations you take? If you are not feeling love for a Sienna Hybrid, what concerns do you have?
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