|2015 Toyota Sienna Limited (Photo: Toyota)|
The old adage “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” certainly applies to the Japanese brand’s refreshed minivan, at least on the outside. Exterior styling enhancements are limited to a new headlamp cluster design, optionally infused with a thin strip of de rigueur LED running lights, as well as fashionably late mirror housing-integrated turn signals on top-tier trims, and newly designed taillight lenses.
“The Toyota Sienna is a minivan like no other – delivering all the practicality that busy Canadians want, plus great styling and the surprisingly dynamic performance that drivers love,” said Larry Hutchinson, Vice President at Toyota Canada Inc. “For 2015,
|2015 Toyota Sienna SE (Photo: Toyota)|
Of course, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? Such has always been the case with family-friendly minivans, which is why Toyota has devoted most of its efforts to the 2015 Sienna’s cabin. The new van’s instrument panel has been totally reworked, the upside-down Nike swoosh (or rather right-side up Puma swoosh) now eliminated to make way for a more conventional and arguably more appealing overall design. Toyota has visually
|2015 Toyota Sienna Limited upgraded LED DRLs. (Photo: Toyota)
|2015 Toyota Sienna Limited taillight. (Photo: Toyota)|
New features for 2015 include Driver Easy Speak, which places a built-in microphone near the driver for rear speaker-projected parental commands. No doubt the kids will be sighing the 10th time dad says, “this is your captain speaking…” but the intercom-like tool will no doubt be easier on the vocal chords than yelling at the top of your lungs to get Johnny to stop hitting Susie. To keep an eye on those two before anything gets too far out of hand, Toyota will include a pull-down conversation mirror on all models.
|2015 Toyota Sienna XLE instrument panel. (Photo: Toyota)|
Like the current Sienna, the new van will be available in both eight- and seven-occupant configurations, the latter including large captain’s chairs in the first and second rows, while Toyota will continue to offer its ottoman-enhanced second-row seats in top trim.
|2015 Toyota Sienna SE showing new black leather upholstery with white stitching. (Photo: Toyota)|
As mentioned by VP Larry Hutchinson in the above quote, the Sienna will deliver even better handling than the current model, which sets itself apart from most peers already, especially in its sportiest SE trim level. Unfortunately, the press release hasn’t elaborated on any underbody changes to this effect, therefore we’ll need to wait until more information is released before we can report on any suspension upgrades.
Additional details including specifications, standard features, available options and pricing will be available when the 2015 Sienna arrives in Canadian Toyota dealerships this fall.
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