Toyota Sienna Wheelchair Van Information

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VMi New England Mobility Center

1000 Main Street Bridgewater, MA 02324

 

Wheelchair Accessible Vans


If you think the field of wheelchair accessible vans is limited to full-sized conversion vehicles, think again. The term encapsulates any vehicle that can be modified to provide easy access for those who use wheelchairs.


That access is usually accomplished by adjusting the “stock” version of the vehicle. That includes modifications designed to facilitate easier wheelchair entry and exit including door height and vehicle height changes. It usually involves the addition of a wheelchair ramp or lift, as well. Other potential conversions include changes to steering and braking systems, suspension alterations, automatic entry systems and countless other interior and exterior customizations.

Toyota Sienna with VMI Northstar

  1. NEW – Access360 design with more space to enter and maneuver inside the mobility van

  2. NEW – Access360 design allows for more flexibility and ease of use

  3. Obstruction-free doorway allows easy entry/exit for able-bodied passengers

  4. Clean, uncluttered handicapped vehicle interior

  5. Greater safety in the event of a collision

  6. Less dirt and debris from in-floor ramp into wheelchair accessible vehicle interior

  7. Wider usable accessible wheelchair ramp surface

  8. No interference with factory seats or controls

  9. Full use of front passenger seat

  10. Obstacle-free front row floor

  11. Ramp stowed safely under floor in the event of a collision

  12. 9" more floor length than any other Toyota Sienna conversion on the market today


Toyota Sienna Specifications

  1. Door opening height - 57"

  2. Door opening width - 30.5"

  3. Interior height at center position - 61.8"

  4. Interior height at driver/passenger position - 60.5" w/o sunroof and 58.25" w/sunroof

  5. Length (from back of seat bases to kickplate) - 65.5"

  6. Overall floor length - 95"

  7. Floor width at B pillar - 61.5"

  8. Floor width at front doors - 60.3"

  9. Ramp length (angled ramp and transition plate) - 58.75"

  10. Usable ramp width - 30"

  11. Maximum floor drop - 14 7/8"

  12. Ramp angle with PowerKneel™ on - 8.5º

  13. Ramp capacity - 800lbs


Toyota Sienna with VMI Northstar only

  1. Ultra-low 8.0° accessible ramp angle

  2. 800lb. wheelchair ramp capacity

  3. Sure Deploy backup system allows users to stow or deploy the mobility ramp van conversion even in the event of complete power failure

  4. Manual secondary backup system for additional peace of mind


Toyota Sienna with Northstar AND Summit

  1. Full-power ramp and conversion

  2. FLEX Floor maximizes headroom & interior space for wheelchair maneuverability

  3. Patented independent rear suspension designed to preserve the Toyota ride quality and performance

  4. E-coated floor for maximum corrosion resistance

  5. NEW, ultra-reliable hydraulic PowerKneel system lowers the minivan to reduce ramp angle

  6. Seamless integration with the Toyota Sienna's electronics prevents damage to vehicle/conversion

  7. Conversion control through Toyota keyfob and interior sliding-door switches

  8. Halo-lit, one-touch interior conversion button

  9. Ramp ON/OFF switch allows users to disable all conversion features for guest drivers, valets, car wash attendants, etc., and open sliding doors for able-bodied passengers without deploying the ramp

  10. NEW lightweight, removable front seats are easier to install or remove

  11. NEW quick-release straps allow users to remove front seats in seconds without removing plastic covers or searching for handles/pedals beneath the seat

  12. Non-skid handicapped ramp surface

  13. Fully crash-tested and compliant with all government safety standards

  14. 3-year/36,000-mile warranty

Buying a Toyota


Why Should You Consider a Toyota?

The Toyota Sienna didn't become one of the most frequently modified vans in the marketplace by accident. It's an excellent choice for wheelchair users here are some of the reasons why:


  1. Toyota continues to produce quality products and the Sienna consistently earns high ratings for both its performance and overall reliability. Toyota owners spend less time on upkeep and maintenance with their vehicles than owners of other vehicles do and Siennas rarely experience serious mechanical failures.

  2. The Sienna offers a great deal of interior space. Recent models have nearly 150 cubic feet of cargo space. When seating is properly rearranged for wheelchair conversions, a Sienna offers easier transfer from one's lift or ramp to the driver's seat than do most alternatives.

  3. These Toyota minivans are ideal for many commonly desired wheelchair adaptations. It's possible to gain as much as eleven inches of clearance by fully lowering the floor and there are multiple options available for those who want to install remote/automatic entry systems. VMI and Braun have converted many Siennas to mostly side-entry but also rear-entry wheelchair rampvans.


New or Used?

Many wheelchair van buyers would prefer to purchase and modify a new Toyota wheelchair van rather than buying a used model. That's understandable. There's always some reason for concern when you contemplate installing a series of expensive modifications into a vehicle that may not last much longer before experiencing significant mechanical issues.


However, wheelchair van shoppers should know that the Sienna's track record of reliability and durability make those concerns less valid than they are with other makes and models. Even high mileage Siennas are capable of lasting longer than the average wheelchair van, assuming the previous owners made proper servicing and maintenance a priority.

Newer models do feature accoutrements that were unavailable on earlier models. Additionally, the Sienna's engine was significantly improved to a 266 horsepower V6 with the 2007 release. So there are a few reasons to prefer a newer model over those produced earlier.

If you are considering a used Sienna, look for dealer-certified models that carry a sufficient warranty. If buying from an individual owner, give preference to low-mileage models with complete service and maintenance records. In either case, insist on having a mechanic of your choice evaluate the vehicle for any potential problems prior to purchase. If you can secure a 2007 or later Sienna, you'll probably be happier than you would be with an earlier model.

The Sienna is a solid wheelchair van choice. Whether it’s new or used you know it’s a great vehicle. Some degree of care should be taken if buying used, but you don’t need to be overly concerned about the probable longevity of a properly maintained used Toyota wheelchair van.

Toyota


The Toyota Sienna is known for its reliability and comfort, and it’s one of the most popular minivans on the market today. Because of this, VMI has taken the Sienna and added its VMI Northstar conversion to create one of the most exciting new lowered floor minivans around. This Toyota wheelchair van comes with lots of extra touches for your convenience and comfort, and it drives smoothly.


Toyota Sienna wheelchair van owners may modify the vehicles to serve as either side entry or rear entry wheelchair vans.  You will see both options around, but side entry models significantly outnumber rear entry models. 


The Toyota Sienna has become one of the most popular wheelchair van options since its redesign in 2004.  That's when Toyota decided to improve and update the vehicle.  Since that time, they've made only incremental improvements to what turned out to be an excellent design.


The Sienna is popular among wheelchair van drivers for a number of reasons. 

  1. The Van offers the kind of spacious interior that lends itself to wheelchair van conversion. 

  2. The Sienna is well known for its overall longevity and reliability. 

  3. A number of top conversion manufacturers have been working with the Sienna since 2005 and are capable of transforming it into a fully functional and highly accessible vehicle.

The Best Option When It Comes to Ramps And Lifts


Ramps and lifts help the disabled users of Toyota wheelchair vans by creating multiple means by which one can safely and conveniently access the vehicles. The choice of which option to use will be governed by many variables, the most important of which will related to the driver’s personal needs and preferences.



Lifts are a heavy-duty way to facilitate wheelchair access. They drop directly from the side of the vehicle, reducing the amount of space necessary for deployment. That makes lifts a good choice for those who often find themselves loading and unloading in tight spots. Lifts are particularly popular with disabled individuals who use heavy power scooters and similar mobility devices.


Ramps must extend out from the vehicle for several feet in order to maintain a safe slope. There are many different kinds of wheelchair ramps. Heavier manual and spring-assisted ramps are durable, permanent solutions but they lack convenience. Powered In-floor and foldout ramps can be extended and retracted with the push of a button that activates the unit’s motor. They work well and retract under the vehicle when they’re not being used. They also provide maximum accessibility for disabled drivers. A powered option may be a key to allowing a wheelchair bound driver to utilize his or her vehicle without assistance.

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