Since 1994, the Los Angeles Public Library system has used a hideously coloured Toyota Previa minivan to shuttle employees and books across the sprawling metropolitan area. The LAPL system retired it final 12 months, and Toyota has stepped into to fill the void by donating a 2021 Sienna in the identical livery.
The Previa served the library system faithfully for 26 years, painted within the LAPL’s retina-searing orange, blue and turquoise scheme (sure, that is what your library card seems like, too, if you happen to stay in Los Angeles). It helped employees implement packages for youth literacy and new moms. As a part of its “Learn, Child, Learn!” initiative, the van introduced studying kits to hospitals, well being clinics and daycares.
“Our 1994 Previa served our neighborhood properly and we logged 1000’s of miles touring to and from our neighborhood libraries over the previous 26 years,” mentioned Madeline J. Bryant, principal librarian of the Youth Companies Division, Engagement and Studying Division. It seems prefer it even sacrificed a hubcap (or three) within the course of.
The 2021 Sienna seems to be an XLE spec, which begins at $39,750 and means Toyota did not low-cost out with the LE. It additionally means it will get 36 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 36 freeway mpg, a big bump over the Previa’s listed 18 metropolis and 23 freeway ranking.
Nonetheless, regardless of its age and smaller footprint, the Previa beats the Sienna in cargo capability. It boasts 157.8 cubic toes of book-hauling quantity, whereas the Sienna has simply 101 cubic toes. When the second row is in use, the Previa additionally has the Sienna beat, with 85.5 cubic toes versus the Sienna’s 75.2. With all three rows in use, nonetheless, the Sienna comes out on prime, with 33.5 cubic toes in comparison with the Previa’s 32.5.
Clearly, the Sienna packs much more security tools like airbags and structural strengthening between its partitions, which is able to lower down on inside quantity. It additionally has rear sliding doorways on either side, whereas the Previa solely had one, on the passenger facet.
If anybody desires to purchase an insanely coloured Previa, you realize who to name.