It’s Snow Joke: The Toyota Sienna is Your New Winter Ride
When you picture a vehicle that’ll get you safely through a blizzard, chances are you think of a huge truck or a capable SUV. It’s likely that a minivan of any kind doesn’t even enter your mind. But recently, AMCI Testing took a variety of vehicles out in inclement weather—including the Toyota Sienna AWD minivan—and found that the Sienna performs better in snow than its competitors, and even as well as some mid-size four-wheel-drive SUVs.
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The exact model tested was a Sienna XLE AWD, alongside a RAV4 XLE AWD. AMCI found that both models outperformed their competition by a wide margin, with shorter stops on ice from 30 mph, better cornering performance on ice and snow, and the ability to drive 0 to 50 mph on snow with no problems. This isn’t completely surprising, as the Sienna is the only minivan on the American market to offer AWD as an option.
In addition to AWD, Toyota also offers an Outdoor Package for the Sienna and RAV4. This package combines all-weather floor mats, mud guards, and roof rack cross bars. Additionally, on the Sienna AWD, the package includes door sill protectors, while the RAV4 package includes a rear bumper skid plate garnish.
The Honda Odyssey might come with its own vacuum cleaner, but can it handle the Snowpocalypse as well as the Sienna? Your move, Odyssey.
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