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The Venza name returned to Toyota's lineup, applied to a hybrid SUV positioned between the RAV4 and the Highlander. The Venza is a pleasant enough vehicle, but other than an excellent 37 mpg overall, it doesn't stand out in the midsized segment.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive, shared with the RAV4 Hybrid, yield a combined output of 219 hp. The initial electric power makes for a smooth getaway off the line, but when extra power is needed, the continuously variable transmission holds revs at a high level, exacerbating the din from the gas engine. All-wheel drive is standard. We found that the Venza rides comfortably and handles soundly, but tire and engine noise can be pronounced. The stylish controls are cluttered and can be very distracting. The high-end Limited trim is available with a dimmable, electrochromic glass roof. All Venzas come standard with FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, RCTW, LDW, LKA, and adaptive cruise control.
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2021
2021 Redesign Year
The Venza name returns for 2021, applied to an all-new hybrid SUV that relies on the RAV4 Hybrid powertrain. It's a pleasant-enough vehicle, but other than an excellent 37-mpg overall, it doesn't stand out in the midsized segment.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive, shared with the RAV4 Hybrid, yield a combined output of 219-hp. All-wheel drive is standard. We found that the Venza rides comfortably and handles soundly, but tire and engine noise can be pronounced. The controls are very distracting. High-end Limited versions are available with a dimmable, electrochromic glass roof. All Venzas come standard with Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0, an extensive suite of advanced safety and driver assist features. Updates for 2022 include rear-seat seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters.
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2021 Toyota Venza
$38,125 - $44,525
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2009-2015
2009 Redesign Year
Difficult to classify, the Venza straddles the station wagon and SUV worlds. Some say it's an SUV for people who've grown out of SUVs.
Assets include easy cabin access, a quiet interior, and a roomy rear seat. The rear hatch and large load floor aid cargo flexibility. The refined 3.5-liter V6 engine provides plenty of power and a respectable 20 mpg overall. A four-cylinder is also available, but we'd stick with the V6. Handling is secure, but the steering is short on feedback, hurting agility. The stiff, jittery ride is un-Toyota-like, and quasi-sporty styling impairs the outward view. A rear camera helps when reversing, but its dashboard screen is very small. Large front wheelwells compromise driver foot room. Updates for 2013 included more modern infotainment, changed exterior styling, and slightly improved interior finish. The Venza was discontinued after 2015.
$16,125 - $19,750
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$14,675 - $18,625
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$13,175 - $17,000
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$11,800 - $15,850
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$11,225 - $13,125
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$10,800 - $12,625
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$10,225 - $12,050
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