The 2021 Toyota Venza: A Redesigned Hybrid with Exciting New Features
For all the buyers seeking hybrid vehicle options, Toyota is bringing another option to the table. As the pioneer developer of hybrid vehicles in the innovative Prius, Toyota is preparing to deliver even more choices for the market that’s thirsty for vehicles that use less fuel. The popularity of SUVs is undeniable, and now a midsize crossover SUV that is offered exclusively as a hybrid will be sold starting in 2021. The all-new 2021 Toyota Venza is making its way to your local Toyota dealership. Toyota has sold the Venza in the past, but the new design takes it from a smaller car-like vehicle to a bigger two-row SUV with a fuel-efficient engine that will have your wallet smiling.
Generous Entry-Level Features
When purchasing many SUVs, the entry-level features often don’t include all-wheel drive, powered accessories, or much tech connectivity. Toyota is changing the game. First, the all-wheel drive is included as standard on all trims, not as an option, and it comes as electronic on-demand. This feature electronically senses when the all-wheel drive is needed for slippery conditions, then shuts it off when the conditions no longer require the extra traction, saving fuel and energy use.
Other features often saved for upper trims or as package options are LED headlights, signal lights, and daytime running lights. All are standard equipment on all the Venza trims, with the addition of automatic high beams that sense oncoming vehicles and automatically dim. Every 2021 Venza also comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connectivity, plus Qi-capable wireless charging.
The days of paying extra for a hands-free liftgate are over, too. The 2021 Venza comes with a height-adjustable hands-free liftgate that also has a feature that prevents jamming. A smart key system will allow for locking and unlocking with the use of a touch sensor linked to a push-button start feature. Drivers will enjoy the inclusion of a leather-trimmed steering wheel, which contains the controls for radar-automated cruise control, again a feature typically included in a package or only for upper trims.
Toyota has been developing technology for hybrid vehicles for decades, and the dedication to consistent innovation is paying off in the exceptional handling and smoothness of the 2021 Venza. When incorporating hybrid systems, the switch from gas to electric can get clunky and cumbersome on vehicles that have not developed the technology with finesse. Driving the Venza will be a smooth ride, which has none of those tell-tale signs of transitioning from one system to another. Likewise, the braking system easily changes over from the regenerative system to the powered system without a hitch.
Once hybrids were considered to be feeble and slow, but those days are in the distant past. Hybrids now have the pep to keep up with and even outrun their gas-powered counterparts. The 2021 Venza delivers up to 219 horsepower with the combined engines, which is plenty of power to zip through traffic or enjoy driving on winding mountain roads.
Safety is always taken seriously by Toyota, and the Venza receives plenty of features to ensure passengers are protected across all trim levels. Most safety features reserved for upper trims on other vehicles are included for all trims on the 2021 Venza, starting with eight airbags located all around the interior of the vehicle to protect occupants from impacts on all sides. Front and rear side impact beams provide further protection built into the body of the Venza, and all the expected child safety features are also present.
Toyota offers its Safety Sense suite of driver-assisted safety features, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist. Each of these features is designed to assist the driver so they can be more aware of their surroundings and avoid potential impacts or exceeding speed limits while distracted.
The Star Safety System details more electronic safety features that improve vehicle performance under adverse conditions. Enhanced vehicle stability control and traction control keep you on the road in all conditions. Anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology add automated assistance to help maintain vehicle direction or provide stopping ability when the roads are slippery, or the vehicle loses control.
Another system of Toyota’s safety features lends itself to keeping your vehicle safe against theft or loss. Emergency assistance, a stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification are all part of a subscription service provided by Toyota. Every Venza comes with a complimentary one-year trial subscription, so in the case of an accident or lost vehicle, the system will notify authorities to come to your aid.
The only feature that differs amongst the trim levels is the blind spot monitor. For the LE, or entry-level, trim, the blind spot monitor is paired with a rear cross-traffic alert. In the XLE and Limited trims, the blind spot monitor is paired with front and rear parking assist with automated braking. The differences are minor, with the rear cross traffic alert a simple notification of cars passing behind your Venza and the upper trims gaining automated parking assistance.
Buyers will appreciate the upgraded options available for the Venza, taking this hybrid into a more luxurious space, starting with the Star Gaze panoramic sunroof. Unlike your average sunroof, Toyota is offering new electrochromic glass technology, which changes the glass from clear to frosted with the touch of a button. Frosted mode will allow light to brighten the interior without the harshness of the full sun when days are hot or when direct sunlight isn’t ideal. This future-forward feature is only available as an option on the Limited trim.
A ten-inch head-up display will keep the driver’s eyes on the road while being able to check vital information like speed, fuel and battery levels, and safety features. This display is only available as part of the advanced technology package for the Limited trim and is included with rain-sensing wipers.
For both the Limited and XLE trims, the premium audio with dynamic navigation package is available, and it includes the 12.3-inch touchscreen with the JBL audio system. A subwoofer and amplifier will fill out the sound inside your Venza, creating a premium audio experience for lovers of music. Extra charging ports, wireless charging and hands-free technology, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Alexa, and Sirius XM all come with this package.
Finally, the Softex package offers a little luxury to the XLE trim as an option for seats trimmed with Softex fabric, which is designed to resist stains and does not use any animal products in its manufacturing. This package includes heated and ventilated front seats, powered front seats with lumbar support and driver’s seat memory, and a heated tilting and telescoping steering wheel. Other notable features available as options are the 360-degree camera, which provides views of the outside of the vehicle on all sides, and the digital rearview mirror, which is a camera view of the rear of the vehicle instead of a standard mirror.
When Will the 2021 Toyota Venza Be Available?
It’s available now at participating Toyota dealerships, like Colonial Toyota in Indiana, PA. 2021 Toyota Venzas were delivered at the end of the summer for buyers to test drive and view at dealerships. Schedule your test drive today, or visit us at Colonial Toyota to find out more about the 2021 Toyota Venza. This is a hybrid you won’t want to miss, with so much new technology, comfort, and convenience. Toyota knows hybrids better than any other brand, and the Venza redesign is sure to please drivers seeking a new hybrid experience.