Staying Entertained on the Road : 2014 Toyota Sienna

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When was your last family road trip? How many people did you take in your vehicle? Just one vehicle? We recently took a road trip to Destin, Florida from Dallas. Approximately 1600 miles. Round trip. 8 people. 1 van. The 2014 Toyota Sienna. Staying entertained on the road was essential.

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Staying Entertained

Setting out in the wee hours of the morning, we needed the girls to sleep. Luckily, there was plenty of room across the back seat for three booster seats… pillows and blankets. The teens filled in the middle seats and Colby drove as I rode in the front passenger seat. The amazing thing, was we were able to fit everything we needed for 4 days into the back of the van. Plus we could still see over the back seat. Pretty impressive.

Toyota Sienna cargo space

But, the main thing to do on a 21 hour road trip is to keep the kids entertained. We were able to let the girls watch a myriad of movies when the need arose. The Dual-View Entertainment Center was exactly what we needed on the vacation. Using the remote control, the girls were able to easily start and stop their own movies. Although we did not bring a game system along, the Entertainment Center does have a split-screen mode that will play a video game or another movie.

Using the Sienna’s two sets of wireless headphones and 1 additional set we plugged into the van, the girls could watch their movies while the rest of us talked or enjoyed music. It made the long drive a bit easier on us all, for sure.

wireless headphones

Not to mention, when the teens needed a little screen time, they could easily plug into the 120V AC power outlet and watch a movie on their small netbook. This kept the girls from having to watch their movie and gave Colby and I a bit of quiet to just talk. It was a nice 2 hours on the road.

It was a pleasurable trip and the Sienna definitely helped us arrive in comfort and style. The entertainment features on board left the kids feeling as though we were living the high life. All the luxuries of home in the back of a minivan.

widescreen DVD player

Colby and I were simply thrilled to have the ability to listen to the SiriusXM Radio any chance we got. The satellite radio stations made for the ideal background noise when the kids actually all slept on the road and we could talk and sing along. Those long stretches of highway were much more enjoyable with non-stop music to keep us going. And the Touch-Screen DVD Navigation kept us headed in the right direction. It was smooth sailing all the way to Destin and back thanks to the Sienna.

What features would you use on a road trip?

Learn more about the many features of the 2014 Toyota Sienna by following myself and other bloggers through the #SiennaDiaries. Each of us will be sharing the ways you can utilize the features of the Sienna in everyday life. As well, through special trips and even a community service project for the holidays. The possibilities are endless.

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  1. Staying entertained on the road when you have kids is number one in my book. It was my priority when we had a super long drive on our first family road trip this summer!
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  2. Wow, the Toyota Sienna sounds like the perfect vehicle for a road trip. The last one we took was in 2011, when my little family of three went to Panama City Beach, Florida from North Georgia. It was about a 7 hour trip. We really could have used that TV and the ability to watch movies. We also love SIRIUS satellite radio for a long trip.
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  3. I am huge fan of built in DVD players to keep the kids entertained on long trips. If they are content watching movies, then I don’t have to share my ipad. Mom needs to be entertained on long trips too, esp if I am not the one driving! I’m a pretty terrible passenger. 🙂
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  4. Wow! That sounds like a great van. Love the idea of the outlet that the teens can reach.
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  5. I love the room of the new Toyota Sienna and the entertainment. This is on my must look at and test drive list for next year when we will be shopping for a new mini van!
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  6. You’re watching the Croods! A perfect, silly road trip DVD. And what space it looks like you have – way to pack that trunk up, too. I’m impressed with the 3rd row seating AND cargo space.
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  7. We have baby #2 on the way so it might be time to start thinking about a minivan! I love that the Sienna has so much room! I am not a fan of ‘packing light’! I know the entertainment system would come in handy with my 2 growing children!
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  8. Oh wow, that looks really nice! I wish we had been able to upgrade to DVD players but we have a couple of portable ones that work well for long trips. Thank goodness for technology!
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  9. Ohhh wow, we’re in the market for a new car. I may have to add the Toyota Sienna to the list to check out because that storage space is ahhhhmazing!!
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  10. What a gorgeous vehicle! I went to a 2011 Toyota Sienna event and fell in love with them. The 2014’s are SO nice too!

  11. I love the wireless headphone feature. My kids always want to watch something and I would much rather listen to the radio when I am driving.
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  12. I would definitely use the DVD system the most. WHen I take road trips with my kids I tell them its a “4 movie ride” or how ever many it will take to get us to our destination. 🙂
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  13. With that many hours to kill, I can see the entertainment center would give its value back a hundred fold!
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