Overland Minivan: Toyota Unveils Sienna ‘Woodland’ Special Edition


Elevated ground clearance, roof racks, on-demand all-wheel drive, and proceeds for the National Environmental Education Foundation combine to make the Toyota Sienna one of the more adventurous minivans out there.

Let’s face it: If you’re hauling a bunch of gear, traveling long miles, and potentially sleeping in your car, a minivan provides one of the best values for overland or camp adventures. Trouble is, minivans aren’t really known for their off-road prowess.

Enter the 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition. To tackle dirt roads, Toyota beefed up the ground clearance and gave the Sienna Woodland electronic on-demand all-wheel drive.

Plus, it gets an EPA-estimated 35 mpg (combined highway and city), has a tow hitch and 3,500-pound towing capacity, comes with roof rails and crossbars, and has a 1,500W-capable power outlet.

Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition
Photo courtesy: Toyota

And to really sweeten the deal for adventurers, Toyota is donating some of the proceeds to charity. For each Woodland Special Edition sold, the automaker will give $250 to the National Environmental Education Foundation. Toyota guarantees a minimum donation of $250,000.

Here are the details.

Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition: Off-Road Minivan

The banner upgrade in the Woodland Special Edition is the hybrid powertrain with AWD. This does away with what Toyota calls the “heavy AWD transfer case and space-robbing driveshaft.” Instead, it uses a separate independent electric motor to power the rear wheels.

Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition
Photo courtesy: Toyota

Off the line, this hybrid AWD system will send up to 80% of driving force to the rear wheels to prevent front-wheel slip. And the brand claims it also reduces understeer and enhances cornering agility.

While Toyota made this Sienna for adventure, it’s still a minivan. As such, you can expect all manner of safety features, including road sign recognition, cyclist and pedestrian detection, a pre-collision system, and more.

Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition
Photo courtesy: Toyota

A 12-speaker 1,200W JBL system with navigation surrounds three rows of black sport-trimmed seats inside. Second-row captain’s chairs, “Split & Stow” third-row seats for accommodating various cargo needs, and kick-activated sliding doors round out the comfort and convenience attributes.

Available in Cement and Midnight Black, the Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition goes on sale this fall.

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