Pickup trucks are still the best-selling vehicles in America. Millions and millions sell every year, for moving furniture, hauling construction gear, or towing your boat to the river. Throw in higher profit margins than SUVs or cars, and you have a vehicle segment the automakers will always covet and want to expand. A ton (or half-ton) of redesigned trucks have hit the market in the past few years, but there are still more to come in this highly competitive segment.
Meanwhile, minivans may still be fighting to shed their image of parental capitulation, but it’s a fiercely fought segment all the same. We may not be buying as many crumb cruncher carriers as we used to, but when we do, we want them to be the absolute pinnacle of family transportation. So work continues to make them more comfortable, more functional, and more kid-friendly than ever.
Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon
What’s New: Updated exterior designs are in store for the refreshed trucks. The Colorado’s previous base trim has been discontinued, making the Work Truck the new entry model and raising the truck’s starting price. On the Canyon, the AT4 trim replaces the All Terrain, and the Denali receives minor updates, including a new grille design and interior color theme.
What’s Not: Mechanical bits stay the same. Engine options will continue to include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V-6, and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel.
What’s New: The 2021 Toyota Sienna marks the model’s first redesign in a decade. Resting on a variant of the Toyota New Global Architecture TNGA-K platform that also underpins the likes of the Toyota Camry sedan and Highlander crossover SUV, the fourth-generation Sienna trades its predecessor’s upright styling and 296-horsepower V-6 engine for lower-slung looks and a standard hybrid powertrain that relies on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to produce 243 hp. A third motor mounts to the rear axle on all-wheel-drive models. Yep, it’s hybrid only, which will mean 33 mpg fuel economy in the combined cycle, better than the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, and far better than the gas-only minivan pack. Standard safety and convenience items include automatic front braking with pedestrian protection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane centering. Along with its polarizingly muscular styling, the latest Sienna welcomes available niceties like a vacuum cleaner, a refrigerator, kick-activated sliding doors, and second-row “Super Long Slide” bucket seats with 25 inches of fore-and-aft travel.
What’s Not: Save for its name and minivan body style, the 2021 Sienna shares little else with its forebear.
What’s New: A new all-wheel-drive option, Pinnacle trim level, front and rear styling revisions, and a major upgrade to the speed and capability of the Uconnect system highlight this midcycle refresh. Available only on gas models, the AWD system preserves Stow ‘N Go seating and can idle the driveshaft to save fuel. Pinnacle models get opulent quilted leather seats and pillows, a suede headliner, and platinum chrome exterior trim. Uconnect 5.0 is five times faster and features Alexa integration plus a higher-resolution 10.1-inch screen that can mirror two Android or Apple phones.
What’s Not: The powertrains remain the same, as does styling on lower-spec Voyager models, which replace the Dodge Grand Caravan.
How Much: $35,500-$52,000 (est)
What’s New: You’ll see numerous safety, technology, and design upgrades. With a redesigned front fascia, grille, and new housings for the foglights, the Odyssey is receiving a pretty extensive midcycle upgrade. The second-row seats can now fold flat (a packaging boo-boo now fixed), allowing more room for larger objects. The Odyssey is also getting a new rear-seat reminder that works with the CabinWatch camera to alert drivers what still resides behind them when they turn off the engine. As with all recently updated Hondas, Honda Sensing is standard on all 2021 Odysseys.
What’s Not: The engine, platform, and infotainment system are the same. All Odysseys will continue to be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic will continue to sFuture Trucks and Minivans coming soon concept carsend power to the front wheels.
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