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If you want all-wheel drive in a minivan, your choices are few and far between. Fortunately, you’ve got the 2018 Toyota Sienna. This award-winning family ride has a powerful engine, a serious safety streak and a well-equipped cabin. It is available in base, LE, SE, LIMITED, and XLE variants, with 7 or 8 passenger configurations as well as front wheel drive trims.

Toyota calls this one a Swagger Wagon. Grilles come in black or may be exterior colour matched, have chrome accents, or wear a silver tone. On the practical side, the minivan has standard roof rails and front/rear splash guards. The front windshield has a wiper de-icer. Even more, Sienna side mirrors can be power-heated to remove snow or ice. Some models have puddle lamps and a tilt-down function to watch the curb. Kids will appreciate the sliding power doors.

2019 Toyota Sienna Bank Street Ottawa Ontario

Making the Family Driver Happy in Ottawa, Ontario

Performance makes the family driver feel confident every time they step on the accelerator; the V6 3.5 litre engine makes 296. You can be sure this powertrain will be competitive in busy traffic and won’t let you down when climbing a mountain incline.

All-wheel drive increases the van’s ground clearance and provides all-weather capability. At 9.6 litres/100km on the highway, the AWD Sienna is not a gas guzzler. It certainly stands up to other three-row vehicles.

The Sienna has a suite of crash avoidance features and driver aids. It watches for stopping traffic, warns the driver, and applies the brakes if necessary. The lane keeper helps steer the van back into its lane.

Taking Care of a Crowd in Ottawa, Ontario

With eight airbags and a host of amenities, the Sienna positions itself to take care of its passengers. The spacious three-row layout seats seven or eight. A removable centre seat adds to its versatility. The enormous hold is bigger than other minivans and three-row SUVs. You can stay comfortable with three-zone climate controls and available front heated seats. Parents will appreciate the available EasySpeak function which allows them to talk easily to the kids on third row.

For your entertainment, the Sienna comes with a standard eight-inch touchscreen. This Entune Audio system has integrated Bluetooth capability and available SiriusXM audio. Your purchase entitles you to a three-year subscription to GPS Scout Link, which covers most of your navigation needs. The subscription-free App Suite includes Slacker, Yelp, NPR One, Traffic, Weather, and other helpful apps. You can take your choice of rear entertainment systems. One has dual screens, and the other has a high-mounted 16-inch wide screen.

Why not take a test drive of the 2018 Toyota Sienna at Bank Street Toyota? Your family will thank you.