Yelling at your kids in the backseat is an indispensible part of EVERY family drive. And Toyota wants to make it even easier on you. Not by creating new features to entertain your kids and keep them behaved . . . oh God no.
The new 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan will have an option called Driver Easy Speak. It’s a MICROPHONE in the driver’s seat that amplifies your voice through the speakers in the backseat . . . to make it easier to yell at your kids.
It seems like a response to Honda putting an optional vacuum cleaner in their Odyssey minivan last year. But that’s just a tool to clean up after your kids . . . this is a tool to SHAME them. So, advantage: Toyota.
Minivan sales peaked in 2000, at 1.37 million. Last year, it was about one-third of that, at 519,000.