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Look No Hands: 2021 Toyota Sienna Hands-Free Tech Makes Life Easier for Families (with Video Demo)

Learn how a first-ever feature for 2021 Toyota Sienna improves convenience and safety for moms and dads everywhere.


Imagine you have your hands full with groceries, your babies, luggage, boxes or virtually anything else – and then you still must find a way to open your vehicle doors somehow.

Have you ever those times where your hands were so full you could not open your car door easily? Toyota Sienna has just the solution.

Building on the Smart Key concept that has been readily adopted by most new Toyota models, 2021 Sienna has gone virtually hands-free this year.

The fourth-generation Sienna comes to market this month as an all-hybrid model that promises owners up to 36 miles per gallon. Plus, it is loaded with additional storage, convenience, technology and safety.

Including a nifty way to open and close doors.

2021 Toyota Sienna hands-free

2021 Sienna is offered in LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum trim levels. All grades XLE and up come standard with hands-free power liftgate with jam protection. They also have hands-free dual power-sliding side doors.

In other words, you operate it with your foot with a kicking motion. And guess what – it is really easy to use.

VIDEO DEMO: See the hands-free operation in action on this 2021 Toyota Sienna XLE.

How to use on 2021 Sienna

To operate these hands-free functions, you will need to make adjustments in two locations inside your new Sienna.

First, make sure the “Pwr Door Off” is not pushed in all the way. If pushed in, that will deactivate the power function.

Next, use the multi-information display behind the steering wheel to turn on both the PSD (power side doors) and PBD (power back door). You can also tweak the volume of the beeps and the height the back hatch raises.

The included how-to video shows how to easily to make these adjustments.

2021 Toyota Sienna specs

2021 Toyota Sienna XLE Celestial Silver profile view front end hands-free

All 2021 Sienna minivans utilize a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motors to produce 245 net hybrid system horsepower. This engine is matched with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) with sequential shift mode.

All trim levels are offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

The Sienna XLE I tested had very comfortable seating, plenty of storage, and a surprising amount of swiftness and smoothness when accelerating.

Pricing covers a wide range, from LE front-wheel drive (factory MSRP of $34,460) all the way up to Platinum all-wheel drive ($50,460).

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Thanks for reading everyone. What do you think of this newest generation 2021 Sienna?

See you next story when I reveal the one feature Toyota fans want to keep for the next-gen 2023 Toyota 4Runner.

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