One factor to like about minivans are the second-row seats. They’re straightforward to entry, because of the massive sliding doorways on either side. And each minivan gives at the very least one second-row design with some form of celebration trick. The non-hybrid Chrysler Pacifica’s Stow ‘N Go seats fold into the ground. The Honda Odyssey’s outboard seats slide not solely fore and aft, however inboard and outboard, whereas its center seat could be simply eliminated. The Kia Carnival has luxurious VIP Lounge seats or what we dubbed “Captain Kirk chairs.”
You possibly can examine all of the Sienna’s out there second-row seat setups in our 2023 Sienna overview, however let’s take a deep dive into the last word possibility: the Tremendous Lengthy Slide second-row seats with built-in leg relaxation which are present in our long-term 2023 Toyota Sienna Platinum. They make for very comfy passengers. When you do not have passengers, they will let you benefit from the cargo area with out having to take away the seats totally.
Let’s examine ’em out.
These seats can slide ahead and again a complete of 25 inches. Above, I’ve the seat at a standard place, stability for second-row consolation whereas nonetheless permitting for passengers within the third row. If you happen to look shut, you will see three handles alongside the facet of the seat. This will get complicated. The underside one unlocks the seat to slip freely. The lever above it adjusts the angle of the seatback, whereas the one increased up on the precise seat cushion deploys the footrest.
Right here, the seat is slid way back to it should go, offering tons of legroom, good for busting out that ottoman and kicking up your ft.
The seat backside is formed to partially slide previous the intrusion from the wheel properly, permitting that nice vary of movement.
That is so far as the second-row seat will transfer ahead in its regular place. There’s extra monitor that it might transfer ahead alongside, however it’s blocked by the motive force’s seat.
If you happen to actually need to squeeze it ahead to supply extra cargo area behind it, you possibly can fold the seat cushion up with the identical lever you employ to fold the seatback ahead. That offers you probably the most doable room behind the seat.
One other characteristic that permits such mobility of the seats is the mixing of the seatbelt into the shoulder of the seatback. Simply watch out, although: that housing can provide your skull wallop when folding up the seat. Sure, at the very least one brow was harmed within the making of this overview.
The Tremendous Lengthy Slide seats are normal in all Sienna trims however the base LE, and the ottomans come within the twenty fifth Anniversary Version, Restricted and Platinum trims. You possibly can take a better take a look at the Sienna’s sliding second-row seats on this video, or, for significantly better manufacturing high quality, in Editor-in -Chief Greg Migliore’s walkaround of our long-termer, under. The seat dialogue begins on the 5:17 mark.