Toyota Builds the World’s Most Bad-Ass Minivan—from a Sienna – Car and Driver (blog)

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2015



Toyota has only just broken ground on its new U.S. headquarters, in Plano, Texas, and it appears there’s already been a cultural rub-off. As evidence, we present this lifted, 4×4 Sienna minivan.

Perched high atop the chassis of a Toyota Tacoma pickup, this former mom-mobile now rolls on ultrawide, off-road tires and features cool, rear-hinged front doors. Fender flares and a new front bumper—both seemingly formed out of flat sheetmetal panels—add to the utilitarian look, while a front-mounted winch, auxiliary lights, and dark-tinted headlights create a sinister vibe. The SUVan is finished in matte black, naturally.

The bad-boy Sienna will be headed to the SEMA show this fall. You may catch it in action before then, however, on Toyota’s Ever-Better Expedition. Part of a worldwide trek, the North American leg takes 140 Toyota employees—make that “team members”—on a 16,500-mile excursion crisscrossing the United States and Canada. The Sienna is one of nine vehicles making the trip, which is supposed to build team spirit—or foster building more awesome vehicles, we’re not sure which.


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