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2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland First Test Review: More Than a Gimmick?

toyota sienna Full Overview

Pros

  • Genius packaging
  • Fabulous fuel economy and range
  • Lounge-chair-like seats

 

Cons

  • Silly suspension lift
  • Not particularly quick
  • Coarse powertrain

We might as well get this out of the way: Increasing the 2022 Toyota Sienna’s ground clearance from 6.3 inches to 6.9, as was done to create the Woodland edition tested here, may help it better scale precipitous driveways, but it doesn’t transform it into a trail-ready adventure van. Rather, the slight lift seems to negatively affect this otherwise excellent family hauler’s performance and possibly its efficiency. In every other way, however, the Sienna Woodland remains a desirable alternative to any other three-row family vehicle—whether their rear doors swing or slide.

Into the Woods

For one reason, there’s more to the Sienna Woodland than a minuscule lift kit. Cement Gray metallic paint and flannel-accented leatherette upholstery are Woodland-specific styling touches, and it also includes activity-ready equipment like

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We Try a World’s First Driverless System

Fast forward to May 2022, and the Level 3 Drive Pilot system can now be ordered as an option in Germany on Mercedes-Benz S-Class and EQS models. It’s not cheap—Drive Pilot will cost the equivalent of $5300 on the S-Class, and $7900 on the EQS, where it must be combined with the $2600 Driver assistance Package—but the future never is.

Before the official on-sale date I spent some time in a Drive Pilot-equipped EQS on the traffic-choked autobahn that curls around the south and west of Berlin, Germany, in the jovial company of Jochen Haab, who heads the testing of advanced driver assistance systems at Mercedes-Benz.

Haab explained how Drive Pilot’s Level 3 algorithms had been updated since my last experience with the system.

Braking has been made to feel more natural when traffic cuts into the ‘safe space’ between the autonomously operating Mercedes and the

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UMW Toyota Motor Had Encouraging Sales In April, Will Continue Offering Value

We are now nearly in the middle of 2022, and thus far, UMW Toyota Motor is seeing a positive trend in its sales numbers. For the month of April, the company recorded sales of 6,868 Toyota vehicles and 78 Lexus vehicles. In terms of its sales performance year-to-date, the company had sold a total of 29,393 vehicles (both Toyota and Lexus combined) in the first 4 months of 2022. This is a 11% year-on-year increase over the first 4 months of 2021.

The increase in sales can be attributed not only the buyers taking advantage of savings from the sales tax exemption period which is expected to end soon, but also its recent ‘Bersama Lebih Makna’ Raya promotions, which offered benefits worth RM4,000 for such models as the Vios and Yaris.

Toyota Corolla Cross_Drive“It is heartening to note that we have transitioned well into the endemic phase, and we at UMW Toyota

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Printed Solar Panels Help a Tesla Model 3 Circumnavigate Australia

Cars can’t run indefinitely on solar energy—at least not normal cars employing today’s solar energy technology. That’s because today’s best photovoltaic cells, even if they covered the entire exterior of a car, aren’t efficient enough to create the energy needed to run the car. So it got our attention when a team from the University of Newcastle announced plans to drive a Tesla Model 3 around the perimeter of Australia using only solar energy—from printed solar panels made from recycled water bottles and photovoltaic ink.

Offboard Printed Solar Panels

The first thing to know is that these solar panels are not part of the car. Rather, the solar array is 60 feet long, but it’s very light and it’s flexible enough to roll up and carry in the Model 3’s trunk. This array is said to be capable of recharging the Tesla after six hours baking in the Aussie sunshine,

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