Here is a quick look at the refreshed 2015 Toyota Sienna. The big news for some families is that Toyota has added a fourth LATCH position. You can now install a child safety seat with LATCH in either second row captain’s chair, the third row “center” position and now the third row passenger-side seat as well. Another new available feature that some parents may appreciate is the Driver Easy Speak system. It’s essentially a microphone that can be enabled so the driver’s voice is amplified for those in the second and third row seats. Now the kids will hear you when you say, “If you don’t cut that out right now I’m going to turn this Swagger Wagon around!”
Toyota now makes a backup camera standard on all Sienna models, which is essential for safety. Bluetooth hands-free is also standard. They also added a front passenger seat-cushion mounted airbag to reduce leg injury risk. The driver’s seat retains a knee cushion airbag. In addition, the side curtain airbag coverage has been increased around 30%. There is also a handy new multi- information display right in front of the driver, between the main gauges, to help you keep your eyes off the road as briefly as possible. This standard 3.5 inch screen can be configured to show the information you want without having to turn to the main dash screen and searching for it.
Updated crash tests results are not yet available from the IIHS or NHTSA, but Toyota expects it to do as well as the 2014 model. Perhaps the one drawback of this refresh? A full complement of advanced safety features (including pre-collision frontal crash prevention) is only available on the Limited Advanced Technology Package in the new Limited Premium trim. This package also includes Dynamic radar cruise control, vehicle dynamics integrated management and hill start assist control. Features like Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard or available in packages on various trim levels.
Stay tuned for our full review coming later this fall!
Thank you to Toyota USA for the preview of the Sienna, Camry and Yaris.