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At a time when people are generally hunkered down and thinking more about whether they can get frozen French fries at the supermarket than buying a new vehicle, at a time when gas prices nationally are on average less than $2.00 per gallon, Toyota is getting ready for the Return by announcing the development of two all-new model year 2021 vehicles, the Sienna minivan and the Venza crossover, both of which have standard hybrid powertrains.

Venza hybrid

Under the hood of the Venza hybrid. (Images: Toyota)

What We Know About Each


  • Fourth generation. Based on the global TNGA-K platform
  • Designed and engineered in California and Michigan
  • To be built at the Toyota Princeton, Indiana plant
  • Safety Sense 2.0 standard (pre-collision with pedestrian detection; full-speed range dynamic radar cruise; land-departure alert with steering assist; lane trace assist; automatic high beams; road sign assist)
  • Powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter DOHC four with two electric motors
  • Total horsepower: 243
  • Estimated fuel efficiency: 33 mpg combined
  • AWD available (uses a third electric motor). Torque distribution is up to 20:80 on slippery surfaces
2021 Sienna


  • Based on the TNGA-K platform
  • All models are AWD
  • Hybrid consists of the 2.5-liter DOHC four with three electric motors
  • Safety Sense 2.0 standard
  • Total horsepower: 219
  • Estimated fuel efficiency: 40 mpg combined (in LE trim; trims include XLE and Limited)
  • Dimensionally between the RAV4 and the Highlander
  • Two rows of seats
  • 36.3 cubic feet behind the second row.
Toyota Venza