Toyota raises prices on 2015 Sienna minivans

Toyota bumped up the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for its redesigned 2015 Sienna minivan.

The retail pricing spans from a base of $28,600 for a Sienna L grade to $46,150 for a Sienna Limited Premium all-wheel drive, Toyota said in a statement Tuesday. The pricing is up from this year’s range of $26,920 to $41,710, a jump compared with the less than $500 increase between 2013 and 2014. The minivan will be available at dealerships in late September, Toyota said.

“The redesigned 2015 Sienna minivan offers a much more upscale interior, new smart technologies,” said Toyota spokesperson Sam Butto.

The vehicle comes with Driver Easy Speak, a new built-in microphone that will discourage the driver from turning around to talk to passengers or shouting to them in the back seat, according to Toyota. A Dual-View Blu-ray rear seat entertainment system with a 16.4-inch display is available in SE, XLE and Limited grade premium packages.

The minivan comes in five grades: L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited, with a premium package available for SE, XLE and Limited. Awd is available on LE, XLE and Limited grades.

“The major benefit would be the interior,” Butto said.

A display shows information such as outside temperature, fuel economy and trip meter, according to Toyota. Premium grades feature audio and phone information, turn-by-turn navigation, street names and torque distributions on awd models.

The LE, SE, XLE and Limited grades will include a touch-screen audio system, with an Entune app suite available for the Limited grade, according to Toyota. The Entune suite comes with access to popular mobile apps, including Yelp, iHeartRadio, OpenTable and Pandora.

The 2015 Sienna has the STAR safety system, which is standard on all current Toyota models. It features vehicle stability control, traction control, antilock braking, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.

But, the 2015 model also is available with a pre-collision system with dynamic cruise control, vehicle dynamics integrated management and hill start assist control in the Limited premium grade, Toyota said. Blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, which assists drivers when changing lanes and backing out of parking spaces, is available for the XLE and Limited grades.

The interior features soft materials with metallic accents on air vents, glove box button and center console stack, according to Toyota. The minivan will feature three new interior colors, as well: bisque fabric, chestnut leather and black leather.

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