Talking Cars 292: Driving the 2021 Toyota Sienna

Plus, understanding VINs, classic car parts, and crash tests

Main theme: We discuss our first impressions of the all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna. This redesigned minivan is now offered exclusively as a hybrid, available with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive and loaded with standard safety. We give our early thoughts about the Sienna’s family friendliness, as well as how such a big vehicle rides, handles and powers down the road.

Audience Questions
• What are the potential challenges of getting parts for an older, classic vehicle?

• How can you keep snow and ice from accumulating on LED headlights?

• Do the letter and numbers in a vehicle’s trim level designations actually mean something?

• Are crash tests performed with consideration of passengers in various seating positions?

Talking Cars 292
Talking Cars panelists Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Emily Thomas.

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Report's fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.