Auto123 gets in a first test drive of the 2021 Toyota Sienna.
Kingston, ON - Manufacturers today have eyes only for utility and pickup models. The passenger vehicle of today has become synonymous with flexibility, cargo capacity and even ruggedness! This has come at the expense of cars, which have lost ground at a remarkable rate in recent seasons. So, what about the minivan category? The market share has actually been quite stable, after all there’s a good portion of the population that needs a practical vehicle for everyday use.
It's not for nothing that new generations of existing minivan models are relatively rare. Those consumers sold on the format will continue to buy them, regardless of their untrendy lines or type of motorization. Space is the key issue here. But we could soon witness a very interesting duel between two hybrid minivans: the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (with a plug-in configuration) and the next-generation Toyota Sienna, which, starting for the 2021 model-year, switches to hybrid configuration on all its trims.
For the first time in the category, the space available inside might not be the only deciding factor for buyers. As the industry moves wholesale to electric mobility, minivans will be called upon to reduce their ecological footprint like everyone else. And on that score – it should be noted that few of the minivans Chrysler sells are PHEV variants - Toyota has potentially taken the lead.