2021 Toyota Sienna XLE Celestial Silver profile view front end
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2021 Toyota Sienna Spare Tire: Wait, it’s WHERE?

You will not believe where Toyota decided to place the spare tire in its all-new 2021 Sienna. Clever. Very clever.

So many things jump right out at you about the 2021 Toyota Sienna.

First, it is a hybrid. In fact, it is only a hybrid. Owners should really appreciate the gas mileage this Sienna Hybrid will bring them. Expect combined mpg in the 35-36 range. A major advantage here.

2021 Toyota Sienna XLE Celestial Silver Metallic profile view front end

Next, there is plenty of room for up to eight passengers. The middle rows slide forward and backward up to 25 inches. This allows for great versatility and flexibility for both middle and third-row passengers.

I find the clever and storage-friendly new bridge deck quite impressive. Talk about a bold first impression. So many things stand out with this fourth generation 2021 Toyota Sienna.

One thing that does not necessarily jump out is the location of the spare tire.

2021 Toyota Sienna spare tire

Frankly, the spare tire is something we hope we never have to even think about with our vehicles. I mean, who wants a flat tire?

Fortunately, this does not occur very often at all for most drivers.

Although my younger sister did once have six flat tires in a single year. Long story. But I digress. Back to the original story.

The 2021 Sienna is offered in LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum. All trims are available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

RELATED VIDEO: A friend of mine, Christina Banks who works at Fred Anderson Toyota in Raleigh, made a video showing the spare tire location and details. I thought it might help to add a visual to the topic.

Each trim level comes standard with a tire repair kit. No spare tire. However, for a minor $75 factory charge, a temporary spare tire can be added before leaving the manufacturing plant.

2021 Toyota Sienna window sticker spare tire

When you add the spare tire, it is not located where you think it might be located. It is not found under the Sienna as in previous years.

2021 Toyota Sienna spare tire location

Rather, you will find it hiding vertically in the wall of the back cargo area. Out of the way. Like a hidden wall in a haunted mansion from a Scooby-Doo mystery.

Very clever engineering.

Time for your comments on 2021 Sienna

The only negative about the location of the spare tire involves the middle seat. This reserved cargo area cutout was previously used to store this removable middle seat in the second row.

Now for the many positives. I find the all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna to ride smooth and comfortable. It is also quiet at both slower and highway cruising speeds.

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Plus, people will love that strong fuel efficiency. This just might be the ultimate family road trip vehicle.

What do you think of the new Toyota Sienna? Do you plan on visiting a dealership to test it for yourself?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss the 3 things that need to change for next-gen 2022 Toyota Tundra.

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The spare tire stored in the cargo area is not clever or innovative at all. Many car manufacturers have stored spare tires in similar locations over the years. My question is why did Toyota move it?
I like the new location, inside, clean and dry. Tires underneath get pretty gross in a short period of time.
That is a terrible place to put the spare. What if you have the back loaded with stuff, like going on vacation, and you get a flat? You have to unload everyone to get to the spare. What if it’s raining? Save the $75 and get a AAA membership instead.