Toyota has released a new video showcasing its all-new Auto Access Seat featured on the 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan. The seat incorporates a power second-row captain’s chair that makes it easier for people with mobility issues to enter and exit the van. It rotates 90 degrees and can be lowered up to 19 inches to make ingress and egress substantially easier for passengers. It can be controlled by either seat-mounted controls or a wireless remote.
Customers with special passenger needs can opt for the Auto Access Seat on the LE and XLE V6 Siennas, which are priced at $35,135 and $39,445, respectively. Check out how it works after the jump….
Chrysler Celebrates 35 Years Of The Minivan With Special Edition Pacifica, Caravan
It’s been over three decades, since the American automaker gave birth to the minivan segment.
Chrysler introduced the first minivan — Dodge Caravan / Plymouth Voyager — in 1984, and has sold more than 14.6 million minivans over the proceeding 35 years, twice as many as any other automaker. It chose to celebrate the milestone with 35th Anniversary Edition versions of the Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan.
All three feature an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and special 35th anniversary badging.
Available on the Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited models, the Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition has Cranberry Wine accent stitching on its McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, instrument panel and door handles. Designers the 35th Anniversary logo has on the front floor mats.
Touring L trim models come standard with memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels. Going for the Touring L Plus adds a dual-pane sunroof and the Limited further adds 20-inch wheels.
The Hybrid Touring L comes equipped with the premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display and 17-inch wheels, while the Hybrid Limited tosses in 18-inch wheels.
Only the Grand Caravan SE and SXT models get the 35th Anniversary treatment, boasting 17-inch tech silver aluminum wheels, 35th Anniversary fender badge and a Bright grille.
Inside, they features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door trim; a Piano Black console and IP accent; and a 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the front floor mats.
The 35th Anniversary edition Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan go on sale in Summer 2019.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan Gets Blacked-Out Appearance Package
The ‘S’ appearance package for the regular on-hybrid Chrysler Pacifica has proven so “wildly successful” that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has further expanded its blacked-out lineup by giving the package to the Pacifica Hybrid.
The optional package grants the fuel-zipping minivan gloss black exterior accents, including the grille surrounds, headlamp eyebrows and rear valence molding. Black Noise 18-inch wheels and a dark roof rack accentuate the menacing look.
Inside, the theme continues with black seats, Light Diesel Gray accent stitching. and an ‘Anodized Ice Cave’ color for the instrument panel bezels and door trim.
Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America, stated:
“The factory custom look of the S Appearance model is really resonating with our Pacifica buyers, so much so that we are now making it available on the Pacifica Hybrid model, as well. With 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range this package makes the industry’s only hybrid minivan even more unique.”
The ‘S’ appearance package is available as a $595 upgrade for the 2019 model year Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
New, 2018 Honda Odyssey Gets Highest Safety Ratings
The all-new, 2018 Honda Odyssey it one of the best, if not the best, minivans you can buy, offering ample space for large families, the latest technologies and unmatched refinement all-around. Guess what? It’s also the safest, earning the highest safety ratings from the IIHS and NHTS.
Models equipped with Honda Sensing and LED headlights earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS by achieving a “Good” rating in all of the institute’s tests, including the challenging small overlap front crash test.
Honda’s minivan also achieved a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program, scoring 5 stars in the frontal crash tests for driver and passenger, 5 stars for side crash tests for both front and rear seats and pole, and 4 stars in the rollover test.
Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales, stated:
“Odyssey was designed to keep everyone in the family happy, and helping to keep everyone safer is a crucial part of that mission. Honda’s goal of reaching a collision-free society includes safety improvements for each new generation of Odyssey without having to sacrifice minivan-first technologies like available Magic Slide Seat, which consumers have come to love.”
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