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.