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Family road trips typically involve two kinds of adventures: the fun kind (exploring new places and making new connections) and the difficult kind (getting lost and grumpy kids, etc.). I recently took the newest and most adventurous version of the 2022 Toyota Sienna minivan, the Woodland Edition, on a family trip: three kids, a husband, and miles between Chicago and West Virginia. The van met my expectations for fuel efficiency and utility, and it handled some tricky situations – on and off the pavement – to prove it could handle almost as much adventure as I could throw at it.

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What is the Sienna Woodland Edition?


2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition | Cars.com photo by Jennifer Geiger

Toyota bills the Woodland Edition as a minivan for outdoor enthusiasts, adding a few extras that make it more capable in the wild. Add-ons to the regular Sienna include revised suspension with slightly more ground clearance, a hitch for the van’s 3,500-pound towing capacity, standard roof rails with crossbars, a 1,500-watt inverter with two 120-volt AC outlets, and standard all-wheel drive .

The latter takes the front-wheel drive Sienna setup and adds an electric motor to power the rear wheels. Depending on the terrain and traction conditions, this engine can send up to 80% of the transporter’s drive power to the rear wheels or up to 100% of it to the front wheels.

The Woodland Edition also rides on standard 18-inch wheels and sports some very unwoody styling extras that set it apart from the regular model: blacked-out chrome and black badging, and Midnight Black Metallic or Cement Gray paint finish.

Road trip test: fuel economy

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2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition | Cars.com photo by Jennifer Geiger

For 2021, the Sienna switched to a hybrid-only powertrain, dropping the previous V-6. Power for all versions of the van now comes from an electric motor paired with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for a total of 243 hp; Models with AWD add an additional electric motor. Although performance is down on the previous version, thanks to the hybrid drive’s electric motors, the hybrid feels decently peppy from a standing start – but once the engine fires it causes quite a ruckus and revs up noisily. That’s a small price to pay for great mileage, though.

Two-wheel-drive versions of the Sienna are EPA-rated at 36 mpg across the board city/highway/combined mileage; AWD drops that slightly to 35/36/35 mpg. Those numbers are pretty achievable in the real world, too: My AWD Woodland Edition averaged 34mpg over 1,369 miles.

A number of factors contributed to this number, for better or for worse. The van was loaded with five people, the loading area packed with luggage. I also spent most of my miles at freeway speeds, driving 70-75 mph; Without a lot of stop-and-go traffic, the regenerative brakes were unable to recover braking energy to charge the battery and increase mileage. However, I used Eco mode almost constantly. It changes the van’s throttle and brake settings for maximum efficiency. However, I couldn’t really use the van’s EV mode, which allows purely electric driving at low speeds for short distances. I could only engage it for very short distances at super slow parking lot speeds.

use of its usefulness

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2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition | Cars.com photo by Jennifer Geiger

While the Woodland Edition sounds like it’s ready for off-road use, it’s more suited to off-road excursions. I picked up quite a few of these during my trip – both planned and unplanned. After an incident and subsequent three-hour stoppage on Interstate 70 in Indiana (cue REM’s “Everybody Hurts” video), I had to drive about a mile through a grassy, ​​rocky cul-de-sac in the middle of the freeway. The Challenge: Ride at an angle, navigate dirt, rocks and tall grass.

The minivan’s increased ride height came in handy here, though the towbar probably negates some of that gain. The AWD system was also a blessing in this emergency situation. The Woodland Edition system doesn’t use an actual transfer case or driveshaft from the engine to the rear wheels, and there’s no locking four-wheel drive, making this system more like an AWD light. Still, the increased traction propelled us through deep, slippery dirt piles with confidence. Similarly, the trail led to a hiking trail over a bumpy, potholed gravel road that had become muddy from days of rain. Here, too, the Woodland Edition navigated without any problems thanks to increased grip.

Family friendliness in focus

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2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition | Cars.com photo by Jennifer Geiger

It’s a minivan, so this one’s clear: like the regular version, the Sienna Woodland Edition shines in the family-friendliness category nearlynot in every way. Road trips call for snacks, and the Sienna was up to the task, with oodles of small-item storage bins in the ranks to crush snacks as well as ennui like books and markers. Similarly, the van’s huge cargo area also swallowed a week’s gear for my family of five, with room to spare. Should you need more There’s the standard Woodland Edition hitch mentioned above.

More importantly (well, depending on who you ask), it also boasts convenient car seat accommodation. For those with children in car seats, the Sienna’s second row can easily handle two such seats. The two lower anchor sets are exposed for easy access and connection, and two top tether anchors are located halfway up the backrest, which are also clearly labeled and easy to use. My twins sit in booster seats, and once I raised the second-row headrests, the booster seats fitted snugly over the seatback and my twins were able to buckle in without assistance thanks to the van’s tall, sturdy buckle bars. You can find more details in our car seat check.

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Where the van let us down was in the entertainment systems department. When the Sienna was redesigned for 2021, Toyota dropped the DVD player. I know that in this tablet-friendly world, a DVD player seems dated, but on road trips all hands – and devices – are on deck.

Also, the alternative is confusing and didn’t work for us. The optional entertainment system includes an HDMI input, a remote control and two wireless headphones. It uses a large 11.6-inch center screen that comes down from the ceiling for both rows to see. Users are supposed to be able to stream content from a paired phone or connected device to the screen, but for that you need internet access, which costs extra or is bad if it’s used from a phone’s hotspot and you’re in the middle of located nowhere . Alternatively, you can connect a device to the system via the HDMI input – however, our Apple tablets do not have an HDMI output, so a converter will need to be purchased. We ended up upgrading our home DVD player and it worked great thanks to the van’s power outlet and the large, flat storage compartment under the shifter.

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2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition | Cars.com photo by Jennifer Geiger

Another item on my Woodland Edition wish list is a rubber charging mat. Combine the aforementioned rain with hiking and you get mud. We lugged quite a bit of that into the cabin, which was easy to clean thanks to standard rubber floor mats for all three rows — but not in the cargo area, which got messy with stowing our wet gear.

All in all, the van was a willing and able participant in my family’s newest adventure. Although it is impossible to predict what exactly types Adventures will come along on a road trip, chances are the Sienna Woodland Edition will help you make the most of it.

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