With minivans seemingly dropping off of surface streets and highways alike, Toyota is offering a fresh face (er, grille). The AWD Toyota Sienna is practically built to take on winter weather, ice and snow alike. Tested in Baudette, Minnesota, the Sienna was put through its paces and then some.
With five tests in all, the Sienna was more than capable of taking on the Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. ACMI Testing, an industry leader in vehicle testing, conducted the tests. So, how’d the AWD Toyota Sienna really do? Well…
Test One: accelerating on snow from a dead stop to 50 mph. The Sienna came in with a time of 7.3 seconds. The Grand Cherokee came in second with a time of 7.9 seconds while the Chrysler Town & Country and Honda Odyssey both had times over 15 and 17 seconds respectively.
Test Two: accelerate up a snow-covered hill with a 25% grade. Let’s start with the losers first. The Odyssey and Town & Country both failed to make it up the hill. Thanks to the Sienna’s all-wheel drive and active torque control, it made it to the top without a problem.
Test Three: turning corners on snow-covered roads. It was a tie, with both the Grand Cherokee and Sienna taking the corner with relative ease. The Town & Country and Honda Odyssey? Not so much…
Test Four: braking from 50 to 0 on snow-covered ground. The Sienna came to a complete stop in just 239 feet. The Town & Country and Odyssey stopped at 264 feet and 285 feet respectively. That’s a couple car lengths difference, at least, and that can make all the difference between an accident and a close call.
Last but not least, test five: for kicks, AMCI Testing took on the Grand Cherokee 4×4 in a 30 to 0 braking test. The results were conclusive. The AWD Toyota Sienna stopped in 179 feet while the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 made its complete stop at 255 feet.
Come on, why wouldn’t you want a minivan that performs better than all its competitors and the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 on winter roads? Swing by Lancaster Toyota today and see how you can take on these winter roads in a reliable Toyota Sienna today.