2021 Toyota Venza

  • Overview

    A white 2021 Toyota Venza is angled left.

    Are you in the market for a one of a kind midsize SUV? Then look no further than the all-new 2021 Toyota Venza. This peppy crossover has a unique, futuristic style and gets fantastic gas mileage. It is available exclusively as a hybrid model, which is something a lot of folks look for these days. All-wheel drive is also standard across all trims for better traction over wet roads, and the cabin is luxury-oriented without the outrageous price tag.

    Competing against models such as the Honda Passport and Subaru Outback, the 2021 Toyota Venza is quite athletic. With seating for five people, it is great for small families or individuals who enjoy road trips with friends. Behind the second row of seating is 28.8 cubic feet of space. You can easily fit several suitcases back there or pile in groceries or sports equipment. As for the maximum cargo area, it measures 55.1 cubic feet. All you have to do to access it is fold down the second row of seating.

    While the 2021 Toyota Venza is stylish, practical, and fuel-efficient, the good news doesn’t end there. This vehicle is also equipped with plenty of modern technology, including advanced driving aids to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads. If this is something you are interested in learning more about, keep reading!


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  • Performance

    A white 2021 Toyota Venza is shown from the rear with the tail lights illuminated.

    The 2021 Toyota Venza is one of the few SUVs that is available exclusively as a hybrid. The powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline-powered engine that is paired with three electric motors. Combined, the drivetrain puts out 219 hp, which is quite a lot for a hybrid that isn’t classified as a high-performance vehicle. The all-wheel drive system is also unique in that one of the electric motors is used to power the rear wheels. Meanwhile, the other two electric motors and the gasoline engine are used to send torque to the front wheels.

    Acceleration and Efficiency

    In track tests conducted by Car and Driver, the 2021 Toyota Venza was able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. That is a solid number for a midsize hybrid SUV, but fuel-efficiency is where the vehicle truly shines. You can expect to get about 39 MPG combined (40 MPG city / 37 MPG highway). That’s roughly twice the gas mileage that competitors like the Honda Passport get and means that the Venza will allow you to spend less time and money at the gas pump. If you are looking for a comfortable commuter or road trip vehicle that doesn’t lack interior space, then the Venza may be the perfect choice for you.

  • Safety

    A dark grey 2021 Toyota Venza is shown from the side driving in the rain.

    In terms of safety, all of the 2021 Toyota Venza models are very well-equipped. With the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite coming standard on all trims, you can enjoy advanced safety systems such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane-departure alert, and lane-centering assist. Let’s take a closer look at these to gain a better understanding of what they all do.

    Toyota Driver-Assist

    Adaptive cruise control is one of our favorite driving aids. It’s hard to find this system on entry-level models, but the 2021 Toyota Venza has it. Using front-mounted radar, this system will keep tabs on the vehicle directly in front of you. You can set your speed limit and following distance, and the system will automatically adjust the speed to maintain the following distance. In other words, if you are traveling at a set speed of 65 mph and catch up to a vehicle traveling at 60 mph, the system will automatically slow you down to 60 mph to match the flow of traffic. This helps to prevent rear-end collisions, and it can also help to avoid driver fatigue from stomping on the brake pedal so much.

    Next is a two-for-one feature known as forward collision mitigation. It works in unison with an automatic braking system to help prevent frontal collisions. The system will detect impending vehicles that pose a threat. If you do not take evasive action in time, the system will trigger the automatic emergency braking system to stop the vehicle. This even works for pedestrians crossing the street.

    But That Is Not All

    The last two features also work together to help prevent side-swiping incidents. Lane-departure warning will alert you if you begin to drift outside your designated lane. If you do not take corrective action, lane-centering assist will kick in to gently guide you back into your lane. This feature also works with adaptive cruise control to ensure that you are traveling in a straight line.

    Other trims may have additional safety systems in place. For example, the Venza XLE comes with an auto-dimming rearview mirror to prevent the glare from other vehicles from hurting your eyes at night. It also includes front and rear parking sensors to assist with getting in and out of crowded parking lots. Another example can be seen on the top-tier Limited trim. It adds a 36-degree parking camera system that provides you with a birds-eye-view of your surroundings designed to help prevent fender benders. There is even a 10-inch color head-up display so you can monitor important information and keep your eyes on the road.

  • Interior

    The black interior is shown from the passenger side of a 2021 Toyota Venza.

    The interior features of the 2021 Toyota Venza will vary depending on which trim level you choose. But even the base LE trim comes with keyless entry and push-button start technology to make your mornings easier. The driver’s seat is power-adjustable, and automatic dual-zone climate control allows you and the front passenger to choose your own temperature settings. Four USB ports are included as well as wireless smartphone charging so that your devices never run out of power.

    Meanwhile, the standard 8-inch touchscreen shows the infotainment interface. Operating with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, this multimedia center is quite advanced. You can make and receive calls, send text messages, stream music, and use certain apps, all hands-free. You will also get a quality 6-speaker stereo system.

    High Trim Features

    The mid-level XLE trim adds simulated leather and cloth upholstery to the interior. The driver information center is also enlarged for your convenience, and the seats are heated to keep you cozy in the winter. As for the additional features on this trim, they include the aforementioned safety systems and a few extra exterior upgrades that we will cover shortly.

    Finally, the top-tier Limited model includes several upgrades. The cabin sports full leather upholstery and the front seats are both heated and ventilated. The front passenger seat is also power-adjustable, and the steering wheel is heated as well. Most impressively, the infotainment interface is upgraded with a massive 12.3-inch touchscreen, and the stereo system has been replaced with a premium 9-speaker JBL system. Other upgrades include the aforementioned safety systems, and you may also opt for the Star Gaze panoramic sunroof for plenty of natural light.

  • Exterior

    A silver 2021 Toyota Venza is shown from a high angle with a man in a suit approaching it.

    From its unique headlight housings to its sharp lines, the 2021 Toyota Venza gives off a futuristic vibe, and those looks are paired with equally futuristic exterior features. While the exterior elements will vary depending on the trim level you choose, even the starting trim is well-equipped. The base LE trim rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and includes standard LED headlights for optimized visibility. There are also seven unique paint colors. You can choose from classic shades like Black, Blizzard Pearl, Coastal Grey Metallic, and Ruby Flare Pearl, or you can opt for more unique shades like Celestial Black, Blueprint, and Titanium Glow.

    Premium Features

    The mid-level XLE adds larger 19-inch alloy wheels and projector-style LED headlights for even better visibility. Roof rails have also been installed for extra storage space, allowing you to travel with additional luggage or oddly shaped items secured to the top of the SUV. As for the top-tier Limited trim, this version gets rain-sensing wipers with the addition of the Advanced Technology Package. You can even add a Star Gaze panoramic roof to make the vehicle feel even more like a spaceship. This roof is designed with glass that switches from clear to frosted with the simple push of a button. While it removes the roof rails, it adds an electrochromic sunshade to serve as sort of a transition lens.

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