The Toyota Sienna minivan has grown in the tooth, having undergone its last major redesign for the 2011 model year. Tweaks, some significant, have kept it competitive thanks to the enduring success of the 2011 redesign and the departure of Ford , General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen from the minivan market. But Toyota would introduce a redesigned Sienna for the 2021 model year – an enthusiastic expectation that has contributed to a sharp drop in Sienna sales in the United States, from a peak of 137,497 units sold in 2015 to 73,585 last year. .
Of course, Toyota isn’t the only automaker to see its minivan sales decline. But the remaining minivan makers – Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Kia and Honda – are betting American car owners will rediscover the minivan. It’s a safe, comfortable, versatile and fuel-efficient alternative to crossovers and sport utility vehicles. Toyota is nibbling at the limits of the crossover market by offering an all-wheel-drive Sienna, while efficiency-minded people can opt for the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid.