Transporting Family in Style with the Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna

If you’re looking for the ultimate family transportation solution, you’re going to have to pick a minivan. Despite the popularity of SUVs, they don’t quite have the roominess, comfort, and convenience that minivans offer with their large dimensions and sliding doors. Unfortunately, minivans just aren’t sexy. They’re bland and uninteresting and make you wonder if they’re really all that worth it… unless we’re talking about the Sienna.

The Sienna is not just roomy, functional, and full of special features—it’s also stylish and suave and we’ve got to agree with Toyota when it calls it the “original Swagger Wagon.” Of course, looks aren’t everything, but fortunately the Sienna has everything else covered too.

It’s the only minivan in the segment with all-wheel drive, making it that much easier to maintain control when driving out in snowy or slick conditions. It’s powered by a smooth 3.5-liter V6 that makes 266 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to tow up to 3,500 pounds (all the kids plus the camping gear? easy!) while still delivering up to 25 mpg on the highway, because efficiency matters.

But how to keep the kids entertained during that extra-long road trip? The Sienna offers plenty of options there too, like an ultra-wide rear-seat entertainment system that can play two movies side-by-side (including Blu-ray!). It also features a minivan-exclusive Driver Easy Speak function that lets you tell the kids to calm down back there without having to raise your voice or turn your head around. It’s the ultimate family vehicle, so be sure to visit us at Dick Dyer Toyota and try it out!

The SpongeBob Movie 2015 Toyota Sienna Concept is Perfect for Family Adventures

Mark your calendars for February 6, 2015. After the busyness of the holiday season, we think you and your family will appreciate taking some time to enjoy a family night at the movies, watching the premiere of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Until then, we can all enjoy the custom-made The SpongeBob Movie 2015 Toyota Sienna concept, as it tours the country ahead of the movie’s premiere.

“Toyota is again teaming up with SpongeBob to help him and his friends go places in a custom ride inspired by their upcoming dry land adventures,” said Jack Hollis, Toyota’s vice president of marketing.

“The 2015 Sienna is a perfect choice for families and superheroes alike – offering seating for up to eight and a bubble blower attachment feature to boot.”

The custom Sienna made its debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept maintains the SpongeBob theme throughout, with character-inspired seats, a ship’s steering wheel, and a sand-like floor.

Its tour will include stops at the Chicago and New York Auto Shows, Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida, and various Bass Pro Shops around the country. We at Dick Dyer Toyota are keeping our fingers crossed the concept will venture over to a nearby Bass Pro Shop soon.

Toyota Gives Back to Veterans through Star Spangled Salute Contest

Star Spangled Salute Contest

On November 11, Toyota awarded a wheelchair-accessible Toyota Sienna to Air Force veteran, Susan Kirsch through the Star Spangled Salute Contest.

We at Dick Dyer Toyota love when we hear stories of the opportunities Toyota has to give back to those in our communities. Here’s a recent heartwarming story of Toyota giving back to our military men and women through the Star Spangled Salute contest.

The contest solicited entries from all disabled U.S. veterans. In its second year, 1,800 veterans entered to win the gift of mobility and independence – a wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna. The vehicle was donated by Toyota and customized with Vantage Mobility International (VMI)’s NorthStar Access 360 in-floor side entry ramp conversion.

When a name was drawn on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, Air Force veteran Susan Kirsch became the new owner of the 2015 Sienna.

“We launched the VMI Star Spangled Salute to educate disabled veterans about their mobility options that can help them regain their independence,” said Doug Eaton, corporate communication director for VMI. “Everyone at VMI and Toyota is pleased to announce that the Kirsch family has won the van on Veteran’s Day. This wheelchair accessible van will truly transform their lives.”

The timely donation will certainly be put to good use. Kirsch uses a powerchair, while her 14-year-old son relies on a tilt in place wheelchair. Toyota and VMI’s donation provides the family with a much-needed solution to their transportation needs. Here at Dick Dyer Toyota, we are proud of Toyota for giving back to one of our nation’s finest.

The Fully Loaded Series: 2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Toyota Sienna

For one reason or another, minivans have gotten a bum rap after all of these years. They’re unfairly deemed as the antithesis of cool despite all of their potential to house cool things (e.g. you, your kids, your kids’ stuff…unless you aren’t cool, that is).

In order to help let some of the trappings of the minivan label fall away, automakers have taken to finding fancy new ways to refer to their big people movers. The 2015 Toyota Sienna, for example, has the arguably the best nom de zoom of them all: Swagger Wagon.

Oh yeah, that beats minivan by a sight.

But don’t get it confused: the 2015 Toyota Sienna is still a minivan in all the best ways possible. It’s a competent people mover that seats up to eight and is easy to enter and exit with dual power sliding doors and easy-access third-row seating.

There’s nothing stilted or lame about the 2015 Sienna, and its performance is as good a reason as any: not only is the Sienna powered by a capable 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 266 horsepower while returning an impressive EPA-estimated 25 highway mpg, but it’s available in an AWD configuration that makes it perfect for blustery weather ahead.

Add to that the superlative safety features—from the available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision System, and front and rear sonar parking assist to the standard Star Safety System™ suite—and the 2015 Sienna is the ideal vehicle for transporting your family around town.

Oh, and did we mention that it looks good, too? We’d be inclined to say that it’s a real looker for a minivan, but if you recall, the 2015 Sienna is a Swagger Wagon.

Stop in to Dick Dyer Toyota this weekend and see all of the Sienna’s swag for yourself.

2015 Toyota Sienna Reveal Takes Place Completely Online

These days, the only time you can hope to see a new model reveal is at the next big auto show, with a fancy display and big crowds of people. But Toyota, ever forward-thinking and cutting edge, has decided to do something different, something much more modern. In the spirit of the age, the all-new 2015 Toyota Sienna reveal took place completely online.

So what does that mean exactly? Did Toyota just publish some photos of the car on their website and throw up a few YouTube videos? On the contrary, Toyota made this online reveal everything we could have wanted.

Embracing the fact that the Sienna is for the most part a family vehicle, Toyota commissioned three families made famous by the internet to be the spokespeople for the new Sienna’s reveal.     


Related: Seven Reasons to Love The 2014 Toyota Sienna 

The beloved Eh Bee Family from the popular app Vine revealed the 2015 Sienna using funny 6-second video clips. As the Eh Bee Family puts it, “Our videos embrace all the hilarity that comes with being a family in today’s world, and the Sienna fit right into those stories.”

Next, YouTube star “Action Movie Kid” and his Dreamworks artist dad put together some mind-bending commercials, showing how the 2015 Sienna can transport the happenings of everyday life into an adventure unlike any other.

Lastly, the dad from “Convos with My 2-Year-Old” decided to take his hilarious conversation skills and put them to the test in “Conversations with my Sienna.” Who knew talking to a car could be so entertaining?

At the root of these captivating online reveals is of course the Toyota Sienna itself. For 2015, the Sienna expands its authority over modern automotive conveniences and technology by introducing a multi-informational display in the driver’s instrument panel to display turn by turn directions, a panoramic backup camera, dual-view Blu-Ray rear entertainment system, and a 7-inch touchscreen with swipe on/off capability.

The most exciting new feature of the Sienna has to be the Driver Easy Speak function. Basically, this allows the driver’s voice to be amplified through the vehicle via a built-in microphone projecting through the rear speakers. Anyone who has driven a minivan with a back seat full of kids knows the struggle of trying to get their attention and cooperation from the driver’s seat. Driver Easy Speak makes this task easier, especially since the kids won’t be able to use the “I didn’t hear you” excuse.

Related: Complete Specs for 2014 Toyota Sienna

From Vine to YouTube to Twitter, the 2015 Toyota Sienna was definitely revealed in style even if it did take place solely online. After all, the online reveal only mirrors the modern look of the 2015 Sienna and all the technology buyers can expect to find in this top-notch minivan.

Be sure to head to Dick Dyer Toyota in Columbia South Carolina when the 2015 Toyota Sienna is available for purchase.

7 Reasons to Love the 2014 Toyota Sienna

2014 Toyota SiennaSure, we all know what minivans are good for: families and their ever-growing store of cargo. But minivans are so much more than that. These days, you can experience the amenities of a luxury vehicle, the thrill of a sport-tuned car, even good fuel economy all from a minivan. That is, if you opt for the 2014 Toyota Sienna.

The Toyota Sienna has long been a top choice in the minivan segment and it surely doesn’t disappoint for the 2014 model year. From the ultra-sporty SE trim to the top of the line Limited, the 2014 Sienna jumps light-years ahead of the competition. And with seating for up to 8 passengers, an unheard of 150 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, and an available rear-seat entertainment system, the Sienna remains the ultimate family vehicle.

Check out the top 7 reasons to love the 2014 Toyota Sienna:

1. The Engine:

The 2014 Toyota Sienna is powered by an impressive 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 266-horsepower and 245 lb-ft. of torque. That’s some serious power for a minivan, making accelerating a breeze. In addition, the Sienna handles well and offers an enjoyable ride quality, while still securing some impressive fuel economy numbers.

2. The SE Trim:

Minivans aren’t exactly known for their sporty driving dynamics and aggressive styling. However, you will get just that with the 2014 Sienna SE. This sport-inspired trim comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, a unique grille, lower-body skirting, a sport-tuned suspension, and more responsive power steering.

3. The Versatility:

First off, buyers have a choice between seven and eight passenger seating. From there, the interior space can be customized thanks to sliding and removable second-row seats, a forward-sliding middle third row seat, and a stowable third-row bench. Stow/remove all second and third row seats for an unbelievable 150 cubic feet of cargo space.

2014 Toyota Sienna Interior

The Luxurious Interior of the 2014 Toyota Sienna

4. The Luxury:

You might just forget you are in a minivan when you enter the 2014 Sienna and experience the premium leather seats, the interior wood-grain accents, the modern and user-friendly controls, a moonroof, heated front seats, and premium reclining second-row seats with a foot rest and all.

5. The Technology:

The 2014 Sienna is fully loaded with technology geared toward both the driver and passengers, even if they are still in a car seat. The driver will enjoy the touch-screen interface with navigation and apps via Entune, Bluetooth hands-free phone, and a customizable multi-informational display. The back seat passengers will love the dual screen entertainment system which allows for different media on each screen.

2014 Sienna Entertainment System

2014 Sienna Entertainment System

6. The Awards:

Need some creditable sources to show their love for the 2014 Sienna? No problem. Here are just a few awards this minivan has received: 2014 Best Resale Value Award, Best Bet by, NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating, and the IntelliChoice – Best Overall Value of the Year Award.

7. The Safety:

Sure, Toyota is known for its safety and reliability. But in addition to the standard safety features, the Sienna offers available safety options that put other models to shame: pre-collision system, front and rear parking assist sonar, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, hill start assist control, and vehicle dynamics integrated management system.

We love the 2014 Toyota Sienna and we know you will too. View our full inventory online or schedule a test drive today.

Discover the 2013 Toyota Sienna in Columbia SC

The Toyota Sienna is more than just a minivan – after all, it is known as the “Swagger Wagon.” And lucky for you, the new and improved 2013 model has just arrived at your local Toyota dealer, Dick Dyer Toyota!

The Sienna comes in five trims, the L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. With its 3.5-liter V6 engine, this swagger wagon achieves 266-horsepower and 245 lb-ft. of torque. Plus, gas mileage comes in at an impressive 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

2013 Toyota SiennaAs the best-selling minivan in America, the Sienna wows with its list of standard features and technologies. Get inside to experience three-zone automatic climate control, a ten-speaker sound system with subwoofer, leather-trimmed seats, power-sliding doors, Bluetooth voice command, heated front seats, and push-button start. Let’s just say this minivan has come a long way from power locks and intermittent wipers.

And let’s not forget that it is a Toyota, meaning it has all the best safety features. With its Star Safety System, advanced airbag system, active headrests, adjustable seatbelt anchors, steel body panels, energy-absorbing crumple zones, tire pressure monitor, and engine immobilizer, the 2013 Sienna is like a fortress of security.

You can see all of the 2013 Sienna’s specs and features by visiting Dick Dyer Toyota’s website. Be sure to stop by the dealership to test drive this great car and to see all the sales and specials going on at Dick Dyer Toyota!

Discover Certified Used Toyota Cars in Columbia SC

One of the most cost effective ways to buy a quality car is to opt for a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. We at Dick Dyer Toyota embrace this philosophy and are pleased to offer a variety of Certified Used Toyotas to our valued customers!

Currently, Dick Dyer Toyota has seven Certified Used Toyotas in stock. These models feature not only low prices but low mileage as well. Come to the showroom to test drive these Certified Pre-Owned Toyotas:

  • 2010 Corolla: 47,680 miles; $12,912

    2009 Toyota Camry

    2009 Toyota Camry

  • 2009 Camry LE: 20,776 miles; $16,166
  • 2011 Tacoma Double Cab: 6,404 miles; $29,375
  • 2009 Highlander: 68,084 miles; $21,124
  • 2011 Camry LE: 9,755 miles; $18,613
  • 2011 Sienna XLE: 44,781 miles; $28,067
  • 2009 Corolla LE: 50,868 miles; $12,928

Interested in any of these certified models? Come to the Dick Dyer Toyota showroom and test drive any one of them today! You can also view these as well as all used makes and models at the Dick Dyer Toyota website!

Used Car Specials at Dick Dyer Toyota

Dick Dyer Toyota wants to give you a great deal on a new or used car. That is why they are always running new car as well as used car sales and specials for their valued customers.

They currently have a great selection of used cars on sale, some for less than $12,000!

2011 Toyota RAV4

2011 Toyota RAV4

Check out these used car sales:

  • 2005 Toyota Sienna: $10,156
  • 2010 Toyota Tacoma: $18,958
  • 2008 Nissan Versa: $8,823
  • 2009 Mazda CX-9: $17,179
  • 2008 Scion xB: $11,240
  • 2011 Toyota Sienna: $18,771
  • 2010 Toyota Tacoma: $17,932
  • 2011 Toyota RAV4: $18,829
  • 2011 Ram 1500: $18,336
  • 2008 Ford Explorer: $11,971
  • 2011 Toyota Tundra: $22,062

Dick Dyer Toyota has slashed the prices on these quality used cars! Stop by the dealership today or view these deals on their website.

Ten Toyota Cars Receive Top Safety Pick Award

Think you know what makes a safe car? Well Toyota sure does. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded ten Toyota models with their coveted Top Safety Pick award.

In order to be declared a Top Safety Pick, vehicles must go through rigorous crash testing of frontal, side, rear, and rollover crashes. Ten Toyota cars managed to do extremely well in all of these areas: the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, Prius V, Sienna, Tundra Crew Cab, Venza, and Yaris.

Looking for a safe and secure Toyota? Come to Dick Dyer Toyota today!