Rumors Swirl About 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid and Fans Weigh In
Toyota currently dominates the market in hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle sales. They have no plans to rest on this current success, though. The giant automaker plans to dramatically increase these sales numbers by the year 2025.
“In the next few years we’re trying to increase the number of vehicles that we have with an alternate, electrified power plant to 25% (of total vehicle sales). Right now it’s about 9%. And give every vehicle we offer an electrified power plant option.” stated Tom Kretschmann, Product Subject Matter Expert with the Toyota Product & Sales Engagement team.
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If this is true then we can expect a wave of redesigned hybrid/alternative fuel vehicles (the sleek 2021 Mirai), new Toyota models that do not currently exist (2021 RAV4 Prime) and new hybrid alternatives in models that do not currently have them.
This gets me thinking about current Toyota vehicles. Imagine the multiple teams of engineers and planners who are probably working feverishly as I write, designing our hybrids of the (near) future. I would love to see a 4Runner Hybrid. Who wouldn’t benefit from having the opportunity to pick a hybrid Tacoma?
So how about a Sienna Hybrid? Now that would be cool.
Rumor mill is hot for 2021 Sienna Hybrid
There are normally only a few possibilities about rumors. For one, they end up being true. Where there is smoke there is soon fire, after all. Rumors could also end up being one hundred percent false. Of course, the other outcome is that each rumor will end up being partially true to varying degrees.
Where does this leave Toyota Sienna then? Here is the rumored story that has made its way through social media and publication circles in recent weeks. Toyota is planning to launch a 2021 Sienna that could be completely hybrid. No gasoline-only options at all.
I normally like to stay away from reports that have not been confirmed yet. I prefer to wait a bit and see what materializes. However, this is an interesting one and it also fits into one of my automotive world passions – hybrids.
Current 2020 Sienna specs
This year’s 2020 Toyota Sienna features a 3.5-liter V6 engine matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower is 296 with 263 lb.-ft. torque. A majority of Sienna trim levels are front-wheel drive, but there are all-wheel drive choices as well. This is a major selling point for Sienna against the competition, as it becomes incredibly appealing to people living in colder and snowier climates.
What might a 2021 Sienna Hybrid look like?
I expect a Sienna Hybrid that will be similar to the newly redesigned 2020 Highlander Hybrid. Gasoline-only Highlanders, just like the Sienna, utilize a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The 2020 Highlander Hybrid has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that works in combination with two electric motors. This synergy produces a net system output of 243 horsepower.
It is difficult to say what will happen with gas mileage on the new 2021 Sienna. Current estimates range from 19 city / 27 highway / 22 combined for front-wheel drive to 18 city / 24 highway / 20 combined for all-wheel drive.
I do feel it would be astounding if Toyota offered buyers a Sienna that could get 30 miles per gallon and a long driving range on one tank of gasoline. Think of how many more road trips families could take if gasoline was not as much of a deterrent. Road trip baby.
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Here is what you had to say about a potential 2021 Sienna Hybrid
I took this topic to the streets (well, to the internet at least). I polled my Torque News readers, my “Toyotajeff in Raleigh” YouTube viewers and members of the online forum “Toyota Sienna Owners Club.” The questions posed were “would you buy a Sienna Hybrid?” and “what must it have for you to be interested?”
Jennifer had an interesting take. “Great gas mileage so I can take more trips and enough power to drive through the mountains.”
“Lifetime battery warranty. Maybe at least 10 years.” Added Anthony.
Eric came in with these thoughts. "Full electric range of at least 50 miles. Same price as gas model since Toyota doesn't have the tax credit anymore. 400 mile range. AWD."
What did Barb have to say? “I need to know the battery will last a long time. It should not be too expensive to replace. Low maintenance cost over time.”
Rocky said, “It needs to be a true hybrid, not like the Chrysler plug in hybrid with eMPG which doesn’t mean much.”
“Regular transmission instead of a cvt to help long term reliability.” Said forum member Parker.
“Must have as much or more power than gas version.” Mentioned Jonah.
Time for your thoughts on Toyota Sienna
Only time will tell if these hybrid rumors come to fruition or not. I have a hunch we will get notice of this in the coming months – either confirming or dispelling what we have been hearing.
As I mentioned, hybrids are a passion project of mine. I feel they provide a low cost of ownership over time through low maintenance expense and terrific fuel efficiency.
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Just look at the incredible success the RAV4 Hybrid has been enjoying for the last couple years and you can see the potential for any new or upcoming Toyota hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle.
I have a few questions for you, my readers. This would help me a lot for future stories as well. Have you bought a hybrid in the past and what has your experience been? More and more hybrids will become available in the next five years than ever before. Do you think you are comfortable enough with hybrids to consider one for your next purchase? If not, what factors have you concerned or hesitant to consider one?
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