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Should you buy a Toyota Sienna Hybrid 2021+?

Jun 08, 2021
Hello and welcome to the Car Care Fan Channel, so in today's video we're going to take you on a tour of the

2021

Toyota Sienna Hybrid. If you buy one, is it any good? Is it better than the previous one and some advantages and disadvantages in between? I was there the day this showed up at the factory and we reviewed it, we had technical training, so today I'm going to share with you a different review than the one you normally see with the typical automotive journalists who complain about materials and soft feel. materials and all this, we're not going to do that in this video, we're going to talk about the truck itself, but before we start, if you're new to the channel, welcome, consider subscribing to the channel, check out some of my other ones. videos if you are a returning subscriber thank you very much for watching another one of my videos without further ado let's look at this for a little overview before we get started so the

2021

sienna

hybrid

is a

hybrid

it is only offered with hybrid drivetrain and some people have mixed feelings about it Some people think it's the best thing ever Some people think uh I just want to buy a truck that is simple, honest to god, just like the last one, it doesn't have all the hybrid technology, however this one truck it is not. just a hybrid and with all the hybrid technologies also packed with a lot of technology now some people just tell me close the video and say no we're not going to buy this all this technology will break but it's actually not really new technology , it already is.
should you buy a toyota sienna hybrid 2021
It has appeared in other models and this truck is basically a special part, it is just technology from other cars that were assembled and there is almost nothing new in the main components, starting with the engine and the hybrid train, let's take a look at that next . the hood of the

sienna

is what journalists would call a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine what technicians call it is a25a fxs that is the variant of this engine that is the official name of the engine it is a 2.5 liter and guess what there is nothing new here this is the same engine from 2018, this engine debuted in the 2018 camry in the

toyota

line, it is exactly the same and I have two, actually three very detailed videos about this engine, one of them alone talks about the technology of this engine and the other one in They are a complete teardown so you can see everything that's inside.
should you buy a toyota sienna hybrid 2021

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I'll leave the links for the ones in the description, and also, I won't bore you with the technical details here. This isn't a new engine though, I'm not really worried about that. I've had this engine for a few years now and it's been relatively problem free, a few things here and there, but nothing major to talk about on the hybrid side. This is the latest generation hybrid that came out in 2016, the Prius with an inverter. The side and transmission is a p810, shared with the Highlander Hybrid and the Rav4 Prime. Yes, the Rav4 Prime, which is not exactly a completely new transmission, is an evolution of the previous one, so there is nothing new here.
should you buy a toyota sienna hybrid 2021
The chassis of the car. It's the tnga, so it's not new either and it came out in 2016. So looking under the hood here there is absolutely nothing new and that's a good thing and it's something typical that a

toyota

always does because if it's not broken, it won't break. fix it, this is how Toyotas stay reliable because they will run the same transmission in all their cars until the government doesn't allow them anymore due to emissions, then they will do something new like when they did this. engine in this all new generation of hybrid transmission, let's take a quick tour of the engine compartment, so here you have the engine coolant, the inverter coolant for the hybrid system and here is the engine and this is the inverter assembly, this is the brain of the operation of the hybrid system you have your air filter right here brake fluid here your fuse block here and everything is relatively simple you have a lot of room here a lot of room in the back everything is very well packaged here and your fluid Windshield washer is usually here on Toyota you used to have it on the other side, this one and the Highlander are starting to put it here too.
should you buy a toyota sienna hybrid 2021
With that being said, let me cover some of the most frequently asked quest questions that my viewers always ask me over and over again. This truck, so we are clear, starting with whether it is too slow. People are worried that it's a minivan. You're going to load all your kids in their luggage, their bikes, all their stuff with that four-cylinder engine. Is this thing too slow? Well, here it is. God, the honest truth and not the doctor, I'm not trying to make this sound better or worse, it's the right power and that's the typical answer I give to my viewers, it's the right power, this is not a sprinter, it's definitely slower than the previous model with the giant v6 but the problem with the v6 and if you've had one or heard of them they get terrible gas mileage no matter what you do to them they get terrible gas mileage and that's the most important thing here, no one is going to buy a minivan thinking it's a shaver. everyone will buy a minivan thinking it's a family van that we can transport all our kids and their stuff in comfortably and with all the family oriented features that you can have in a minivan and that's what these things are designed for, but now you have very good gas mileage, I mean the gas mileage on this thing is very impressive for the size, features and convenience, however, you load this truck with people, go up a hill, it will cost you a little, not up to the point at which You will have to push the car, but the gas mileage will suffer a little, but then once you get over the hill, life will be good again, takeoff is fine, in typical car fashion. hybrids, it will take off like a like. a rabbit monkey, but after that you'll feel it, it's heavy, it's not that fast to pick up, so 15 miles per hour at 45 won't be the fastest until 45.
Once you get to 45, things will become a little better and most importantly folks, you can't have both worlds, you can't have a fast engine that gets great gas mileage, there's no such thing in big cars, big heavy trucks like this, so if you really want the speed runner, a minivan, the old one is better, but if you want enough power with very good gas mileage, then I think this minivan is for you and one thing I noticed during my test drive is the regenerative braking and for those who are not familiar with what general regenerative is. the braking is for hybrids when you press the brakes the truck doesn't actually use the hydraulic brakes it uses electric motors to recharge the battery and I noticed something about this truck because it's big and heavy the regenerative braking is very fast to charge the battery . and that's kind of an added bonus when you compare it to a prius. the prius is very heavy, it's very light, you press the brakes, yes there is regenerative braking, but it's not as fast as this one, which by the way, if you're considering buying this one. and you are not familiar with hybrids, the regenerative braking makes your height make your normal disc brakes last a long time, something that the previous model was not known for because the brakes wore out very quickly on the previous model and this one, I anticipate that Yeah.
It will last much longer because you are using regenerative braking most of the time and the next most frequently asked question is the back seat. Yes folks, you can't remove this back seat and people are complaining about this. People say I'll never buy it. a truck because in the previous one you could remove the back seats and I can make this flat cargo floor. The only reason this back seat can't be removed is because there's an airbag inside here, so back to safety. These vans are not aimed at cargo vans where you can empty out the entire interior and use it as a cargo van.
They are primarily focused on families and to get the safety rating they want this to be the safest van so when your loved ones sit here they are the most protected, they had to put an airbag inside the seat and that's the only reason you can't remove the seat. You remove the seat, you have to turn off the airbag, and now you have a warning light that, by the way, you can remove. these seats there are four bolts that you can remove there are many videos online to do that I won't make a video on that because I don't think it's something you

should

consider doing because disabling the airbag compromises the safety of the truck and that's not a good idea, but if you really must remove the rear seats, you can do it, but you

should

know that the airbag light will be on and you are compromising the safety of the truck, in my opinion, not a good idea, you can push the seat completely.
The way forward gives you plenty of room, but as far as removing it completely with ease, that's simply not a problem because of the airbag. Now, any new model that comes out really is, its success is measured by how much it improved over the previous model. I'm not going to go into detail about how many cup holders it has and everything we're getting, all the mechanical stuff, is more reliable than the last one, aside from the engine and the hybrid system, let's talk about some of the things that are better. On this truck, there were significant improvements over the previous one, starting with the chassis.
Now the previous chassis was great, no real problems, however that truck was not the best handling truck in the world, it had very light steering, some people thought so. It wasn't very stable at highway speeds now this one has the tnga platform which is now shared between many models it makes these cars lower to the ground which can be a negative however these things handle very well for what They are now, no I mistook this for a sports car that can take corners like you were on a race track, however for its purpose and its size it is very impressive how stable it is even at highway speeds.
I tested the one behind me at highway speeds. It was very stable, it was very pleasant, you didn't feel like you were driving at normal speed limits. It felt very stable, you didn't feel like the car was flying and now you have to back off because you're scared, so another improvement under the hood. Which I think is significant, so the previous model strut mounts were known for these threat mounts to rot and start making noise and most people will drive around and not even notice until the strut mount. throat fails completely. I will admit it is more common in the rust belt states where we use road salt to destroy our cars in the winter like we are in the state where I live in Illinois, however it was also common for water to pool on top of the strut mound and now you have problems on the new model and it's really hard to show you here.
They put a plate that goes on top of the strut mount that way the water is diverted from the top and now you're not going to have these constant engine strut mounts. flaws, that's a big improvement, it was something very simple, but they thought about it and this is what makes Toyota their continuous improvement topic because for the most part, even if it is tnga on different chassis, they are similar in terms of construction in the front suspension. And one of the key features of every minivan is a sliding door or power sliding door. Now I could tell you how this is done and what the improvements are, but I'd rather show you, so let's jump in and I'll do it.
I show you, so here is the inside of a sliding door, you have the motor right here, which from experience I have seen all generations, this is the smallest, but it is tiny, and then the cable is here, how cool is that? A carryover from the previous model is that this cable is replaceable separately from the motor. The two cables go right here and I'll show you outside. Everything is very simplistic. There used to be on the previous model a very complicated giant cable here that all these cables come from. the door goes in, but in this one it's much more simplified, it looks much smaller, so it's a big improvement.
Everything else on the door is exactly the same. You have the door lock actuator here. Everything looks quite similar to the previous one. You've got all the locking mechanism right here that controls the handle all these wires some of them go to the fuel door guard we're on the passenger side here so when the fuel door is open this wire will actually move a flap so the door doesn't open completely way and then pretty standard you have a latch on the front a latch on the back the latch on the back is electronic you can see the cable that goes to it this is what sucks the door and everything is very simplistic here it actually looks much simpler than the last one and the main thing is here and I will repeat it again the cable the cables will eventually break at some point when this truck is old but this cable has some screws in here and the cable comes out and is replaced it separates from the motor and it is not a difficult job to do at all, it is even simpler than the previous model and thenThat sliding cable that we saw inside comes out here hinged at the back, like the old minivans, they all had this design, it's very simple. if the cable breaks you'll see it hanging here, that was what happened with the old trucks and one of the other little improvements is this little hood cover piece on the old model, this little piece I'm talking about, this piece here used to be glued here, it was a very common thing for these to just peel off and separate, now you have to glue it back on and it was always kind of unsightly, so Toyota of course, continuous improvement, they changed it to a clip type .
So now this thing clips on, if it comes off you can put it back on and life is good, you don't have to deal with that glue and one of the other improvements that I think is very important, they eliminated the spare tire that was below. The van guy was that thing. It's a pain to get in and out, however, people have raised new concerns about the spare tire and let's have a conversation about the spare tire very quickly, so the Sienna minivan initially, when came out, it didn't have any spare tires, not even four-wheel drive or two. -Wheel drive model all had no spare tire but then an option was added for 75 like day to complete this video that's how much this option costs to add a spare tire now the truck behind me Unfortunately I have it, but here is a photo of what it looks like.
I think it's a brilliant space. Yes, it takes a bit of that little storage space, but I'd rather have a real spare tire than that little inflator kit and for 75 bucks. Believe me, it is a good value for money and in my opinion one of the best options to get it. Let's talk about the tailgate of the truck. Let's open the door and I'll show you a major upgrade on this one, so if you remember. The old one, the hinges used to bend and now the door doesn't close properly and this whole giant mess and that was mainly due to the one-sided automatic operation.
Now the new one, these are the motors, the actual shock absorbers that hold the door. Include the engine in them, so this is the design that the Toyota started using. It had problems when it first came out, but not in the Sierra. Now all the problems are solved and I don't anticipate many problems with these. Not one thing. force the door down because that damages the motors and that's how people had problems to begin with. Another interesting feature of the tailgate is the button that closes it. Two things with the button that closes the door that I wanted to draw your attention to.
I thought they were really cool, one of them is new, it closes the back door, there's nothing special about it that can be carried over from the previous model, but the cool thing is that if you tap it twice it will actually close the car doors, that It's really convenient because if you're taking something out of the bag and you want to close the door and lock the car, you just double tap this and it will close the door, another cool thing that's not unique to the sienna, but I thought I'd mention it, yeah you press and hold this button, you can change the opening height of the automatic door, all right, all you do is say this is the height we want, we're going to press and hold the button, wait. when you hear those three beeps, that's it, this is a new height, this is really useful if you open your car like a low garage like in my situation here, if your garage is low, this is really cool, you can adjust it so that it doesn't would hit the door when it opens.
The only thing I don't like about the tailgate situation is how close the tailgate is to the edge of the bumper. You'll usually have a good gap between the edge of the car. and the tailgate, but this tailgate is so close that and it's so low, so low that I can imagine any tab on the bumper is going to damage the door and now we have to deal with the body and all the mess and this door is actually not metal , that may or may not help with the price, but be careful with these doors because they are very low and anything that hits the back will damage them quite easily.
Let's talk about some of the impressive features or notable features. which I thought were awesome with this truck starting with remote start to start this car remotely we're going to press the lock and then we're going to press the lock a third time and we're going to hold it down and we're going to wait the lights are going to start flashing like this and now the truck is really working. This is a hybrid, the engine may not start, the lights will flash and that's as soon as you open the door the car shuts off and the other thing I love but not everyone will love is the design of open flow or the open concept of the Inside they now had to lift everything up because of the battery that's under the front seat, that's where the hyper battery is, right under the front seat, there are two vents.
I will leave a video here on how to repair the family, the hybrid fan filter. for this car, which is very important, but that's why everything feels elevated. I'm short, I love that you already feel pretty tall, maybe if you're super tall that could be a problem, but I like that open flow design, it's modern. simplistic, there's not too much of it, I never liked cards with too many buttons, there's too much going on and this is pretty simplistic, it's just a giant punch, it looks really good now, this will be either love it or hate it for me, I love it.
Make sure you pay attention to the design because you might end up hating it later. Just thought I'd mention this now. Let's talk about a few things I think you should know if you have one of these or are considering purchasing one. starting with the back seat yes I'm sitting in the back seat and it's outside the truck. It's like I told you. If this is really a deal breaker, you can remove the seats. I don't recommend it but you can, however I highly recommend it. You don't walk away from this truck just because the back seat can't be removed from the car.
This is one of the best minivans ever made and there are very few minivans that can compete with it in reliability, maybe they have more. features but reliability and dependability this is one of the best however I can understand the back seat can be a problem they fall forward you have plenty of room but don't count on it being easy to remove like you see me sitting in the back seat right now another thing I want you to know is this little logo now you see this cute little sticker you basically stick your foot under here when you have the key and the sliding door open it's a very nice feature I love it however one thing you should know that just because you see this does not mean that this fan has this feature because we notice that the models that do not have this feature also have the three lines and people who take the cars to a dealership complain about why this does not it works fine there's no sensor here so that doesn't work and here's one thing Toyota didn't do right if your car has the little sticker that I can peel off with my bare hands you have this option if you have this you could have the option or not have the option so I thought you would know this about these little three ribs and one more thing I want to tell you about the fuel door when you open the fuel door you have 30 minutes to top off your fuel now people will say why would you open the fuel door or the I would leave it for 30 minutes and then refuel if you are traveling and pass by and then decide to go to a restaurant.
This is a quick example, but remember because This is a hybrid. There is something a little different with the evaporator mission system and there is actually a warning on the door. I would throw this one out just so you know. The Sienna's battery is located all the way in the back you just open this cover and the battery is there, but it's hard to jump over it, so if you want to start this car, this is what you do: you're going to open the fuse block cover underneath off the hood and here's your positive jump point here and for the negative you're going to plug it in right here so when we get to the end of this video I want to share with you a few things guys this is a really nice minivan that comes from a company which are known for their reliability and one thing that would make me tell you not to buy this truck if you have a heavy foot and expect the same level of power as a v6 in the previous model, well it's just not there but if you are buying this truck with a realistic expectation that it's not the fastest speedster out there, but you're more focused on fuel economy and driving normally and that time, you have the truck fully loaded and you're off.
Going up a hill the engine will rev and it will seem like it's having trouble but after that you're fine then this is definitely the truck for you they are reliable actually they aren't they are new but you're not new because like You've seen, most of the technology comes from other models and that's what makes Toyota, Toyota. If you buy this truck, you already have it. Wish you all the best. I hope it serves you well. don't have any problem with it if you like this video consider giving it a like if you are not subscribed consider subscribing to the channel check out some of my other videos and until the next video friends may the lord bless you and keep you and have a wonderful day

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