The One and Only Swagger Wagon Offers Comfort and Aid for Parents

February 2nd, 2017 by

Comfort and Aid for Parents

With its front dashboard’s convenient design that neatly groups climate control, gearshift, and multimedia buttons, the Sienna makes sure shuttling the family is a low-stress experience. A Tri-Sync switch for the air conditioning lets drivers manage temperatures in all three climate zones without a fuss. The available pushbutton driver’s seat center armrest can adjust to numerous positions, and can return to its last position even after it’s been stowed. Cold hands will appreciate the Limited’s standard heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Keeping eyes squarely on the road – that’s the idea behind the multi-information display (MID) placed within the instrument panel sitting in the driver’s line of sight. The display comes in either a base 3.5-inch dot-matrix LCD, or, in the case of higher trims, a 4.2-inch color TFT (thin film transistor) screen. Either type provides the driver with all the pertinent vehicle and multimedia information in simple, easy to read format. Audio channels can be controlled via the four-way switch located on the multifunction steering wheel. The TFT MID is linked directly to the Entune™ multimedia system and is able to display turn-by-turn navigation information. On AWD models, this version can also show all-wheel drive operation, which can indicate the vehicle’s response on slippery surfaces.

Electronic Peacemakers

The standard conversation mirror integrated into the overhead console gives the Sienna driver an all-encompassing view of rear passengers. The available Driver Easy Speak feature, meanwhile, essentially gives the driver a built-in public address system. Using the microphone in the Sienna’s voice-command multi-media system, Driver Easy Speak projects the driver’s voice through the audio system’s rear speakers.

The value of the available Dual View Entertainment Center, which uses two viewable displays within a seamless 16.4-inch widescreen image, will be immediately apparent – and appreciated – by parents. Used as a single screen, it can be easily seen from the third row. The system features Blu-Ray capability, an HDMI input, and an SDXC card reader that can play 10 different audio and video formats. It can play from one or two separate sources as well, and the option also includes a pair of wireless headphones. Passengers in any seat can operate the entertainment system via remote control.

Entune™ Multimedia is in Tune with You

Multimedia and connectivity are essential to a family van’s utility. That’s why every available head unit integrates Siri® Eyes Free mode. The LE, SE, XLE’s Connected Navigation via Scout® GPS App Link for the Entune® Audio Plus system uses a customer’s smartphone to provide navigation functionality through the head unit. The four available Entune® systems include:
• Entune® Audio (standard for L model)
• Entune® Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App (standard for LE, SE, XLE)
• Entune® Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite (standard for SE Premium, XLE Premium)
• Entune® JBL® Premium Audio with Integrate Navigation and App Suite (standard for Limited, Limited Premium)
Each is equipped with Siri® Eyes Free and an integrated backup camera display. Using Bluetooth® wireless or a USB cable, users can pair a compatible smartphone to access popular mobile applications and data services. Then, use the Sienna’s controls to operate the apps.

On Entune™ Audio Plus and above, headunits come with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month Complimentary SiriusXM All Access Trial, HD™ Radio, HD™ Radio traffic and weather in major metro areas.

With the premium Entune systems, the Entune App Suite includes mobile apps Destination Search, iHeartRadio,, OpenTable®, Pandora®, Facebook Places, Yelp®, and Slacker Radio. Entune data services include a fuel price guide, sports scores, stocks, traffic and weather. Entune apps are opened by pressing a switch on the steering wheel, then speaking the name of the app. Voice commands operate the app. The audio unit can download new Entune apps as they’re developed, including the necessary voice recognition components. Access to Entune® App Suite is subscription free. See for details.

Posted in 2017 Models, Sienna