A family van affair: 2015 Toyota Sienna, the only van in its segment available with all-wheel drive

2015 Toyota Sienna LTD 007

2015 Toyota Sienna LTD 007

The family van is alive and thriving, especially when it’s the 2015 Toyota Sienna debuting refreshed exterior styling packed with added safety, convenience and multi-media features. The 2015 Sienna, the only family van to offer an all-wheel drive option, is the ideal choice for hauling a large family, or loading up all your stuff for a weekend getaway.  Inside, Sienna really shines with an array of upgraded interior appointments and new convenience features allow the family hauler to remain kid-friendly, but in a parents rule environment.

After the new and enhanced safety features, the one new Sienna feature for 2015 that will have parents talking is the new Driver Easy Speak option. If you’ve ever had the urge to use a bullhorn to carry your voice to back seat passengers, Driver Easy Speak is your dream come true. Using the microphone from the Sienna’s voice-command multi-media system, Driver Easy Speak conveys your voice through the audio system’s rear speakers.

Combined with a standard conversation mirror integrated into the overhead console, Driver Easy Speak is the next best thing to having a hallway monitor in the van.

Subtle exterior styling refinements give the Sienna a more upscale look, with a revised front grille, and new slimmer headlight units with an advanced design for the SE and Limited grades. New LED daytime running lamps (DRLs), standard for the SE and Limited, give the Sienna a more aggressive appearance. All grades except the SE get redesigned taillight clusters, too.  It’s not all about appearance.  A stiffer platform, with 142 additional spot welds, translates to a driving experience unexpected from a minivan.

The Sienna is powered exclusively by a silky-smooth 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination gives the Sienna confident power for urban trekking or highway merging while using fuel efficiently. Combined with the standard Tow Prep Package, the V6 gives the Sienna a 3,500-pound towing capacity. Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and a wide stance help deliver a solid, direct on-road feel. Aerodynamic under-body elements also contribute to Sienna’s dynamic performance.

More Safety Features
Toyota values the trust that customers put in the Sienna, and for 2015, the van’s safety roster gains numerous enhancements. For securing child seats, there’s an additional LATCH location available in the third row seat, for a total of four locations. Toyota increased the side curtain airbag coverage area by 30 percent, helping to improve protection in a collision.

A new front passenger seat cushion airbag enhances restraint performance during a collision. The front passenger airbag features a twin-lobe airbag, which simulates a twin-chamber design, with a depression in the center, to help reduce impact forces. The front passenger seat has a new selectable force-limiting seatbelt to help enhance safety for a greater variety of physiques. Airbag control in the 2015 Sienna has been modified to better match needs for vehicle rollover and small overlap collisions. 

Unexpected Luxury and Style
Family van drivers deserve a little more style and comfort. In the 2015 Sienna, a new center console and dash design elegantly groups the air conditioning, shifter and multimedia controls into a single unified panel. Controls fall within easy reach. New soft upper door trim,  dashboard graining, and new blue illumination, help make every drive just a bit more serene. A new Tri-Sync switch for the air conditioning lets the driver more easily control the three climate zones.
Sienna’s new three-spoke heated steering wheel, available trimmed in leather or premium leather, ups the luxury ante.

Not all arms are created equal, which is why the new available pushbutton driver’s seat center armrest in the 2015 Sienna can be adjusted to many positions. It even remembers the last position after the armrest has been stowed.

Getting vehicle information at a glance just got easier in the 2015 Sienna. All models come with a new multi-information display in the instrument panel, directly ahead of the driver. There’s a base 3.5-inch dot-matrix LCD version or a 4.2-inch color TFT (thin film transistor) display on up-level models. With either, you can toggle to audio controls using the four-way switch on the steering wheel. The TFT version is linked to the multi-media system and can also display navigation information. This version can even show all-wheel drive operation on AWD models.
Sienna is super-easy to load, thanks to a wide tailgate and wide side doors, low floor height and tip up and slide second-row seats. But you can view more features if you call our kababayans Tom Cruz and Wilford Solancho – two of the most veteran Filipino-American specialists in car sales industry – now at Norwalk Toyota. They can be reached at (562) 868-0035. Norwalk Toyota is conveniently located at 11404 Imperial Hwy, Norwalk, CA 90650.

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