The Toyota Sienna is known for hauling people and cargo around. Yet it hasn’t stood out for its crash-testing ratings. This is from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In 2015, was the last time the Sienna earned the institute’s highest award of being named a Top Safety Pick+. The minivan has missed out on one of the IIHS awards. However, now there is some good news for shoppers. And for Toyota as well. This is with the all-new 2021 Sienna was currently named as IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
Toyota Sienna Doing Well on IIHS’ Crash Tests and Good Ratings
The 2021 Sienna reportedly performed better in the IIHS’ crash tests compared to the 2021 model. In all six tests, the all-new minivan earned a “Good” rating. In fact, the 2020 minivan earned an “Acceptable” rating in the driver-side small overlap front test. Then a “Marginal” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test.
The Sienna Gets High Marks for Headlights and LED Projector Headlights
The 2021 Sienna comes with better headlights than last year’s model. This beyond the crash-tests. In fact, the new minivan comes with “Good” rated headlights. This is standard throughout the lineup. The new Sienna is available with two different sets of LED projectors. Moreover, both did earn a rating of “Good.” There was a decision to in fact offer two sets of headlights. They earned a rating of “Good” which comes after new IIHS standards have pushed the automakers to eliminate low-quality headlights. “Acceptance” was the rating for headlights on the 2020 Sienna. The 2021 Sienna earned a “Superior” rating in the vehicle-to-vehicle test in the front crash prevention tests. Then, in turn, got an “Advanced” rating in the vehicle-to-pedestrian test.
Having a vehicle come with standard headlights that earn a “Good” rating may seem like a good thing but it’s actually not. Consumers shopping for a 2021 Sienna, unlike a lot of other vehicles, won’t have to upgrade to a higher trim level. Or in fact, get an optional package if they want the top headlights. Moreover, that has been the case with many other award-winning models.