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1. The 2022 Toyota Sienna XSE comes with a hybrid powertrain
The Toyota Sienna was updated for the 2021 model year and among the most prominent changes was the inclusion of a hybrid powertrain across all of its trim levels. Of course, that includes the XSE trim. The setup consists of a 2.5-liter gas engine connected to a pair of electric motors, which makes a combined horsepower rating of 243.
On top of that, the Sienna is able to achieve up to an EPA-estimated 35 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is impressive. In my real-world testing Sienna XSE, I was able to average 33 mpg in mixed driving conditions.
What does Consumer Reports recommend?MORE: Toyota's Newest Model—the Corolla Cross—Is Selling Like HotcakesConsumer Reports has taken the Toyota Sienna 2022 on a road test, putting the minivan through its paces. They determined that Sienna's hybrid form is powerful but loses some get-up-and-go on highway passing. It handles responsively but has a little difficulty on turns, which makes driving on the twisted roads uninspiring.The interior of the minivan is comfortable enough for road trips, but the gas-powered engine and wind can raise the noise level. Controls are well-positioned and easy to use, even while driving.If you are used to hauling large and bulky items, the cargo space may not be sufficient for use. However, the seating is adequate for a family to ride comfortably. Several technologies combine to help make the vehicle a safer place for children. These include the back seatbelt monitor and child reminder. Consumer Reports declares the Sienna 2022 to be the logical choice of minivans on the market.
4. The SofTex-trimmed seats are comfortable and easy-to-clean
Speaking of family and friends, when is the last time you had to clean up after them? Fortunately, the Sienna XSE comes standard with SofTex-trimmed seats, which is a simulated leather material. This material is easy to clean up and maintain, which is what you wouldn’t get if you opted for the base Sienna trim level.