The Venza comes as a hybrid standard across all trims.
If there were to be a synonym for Toyota, it would be reliability, and with the redesigned Venza, Toyota solidifies that mantle even further. The Venza name has been reintroduced; the previous generation Venza was on sale from 2009-2015. It was also a two-row mid-size crossover, just like the 2021 model. It had a difficult time fitting into Toyota’s lineup of crossovers. The 2021 Toyota Venza establishes itself as a well-rounded package and offers exceptional value for money and unmatched reliability.
The 2021 Toyota Venza is an upmarket car that takes some design inspiration from Lexus. It is a practical crossover with jaw-dropping efficiency figures and healthy power figures. While it may not be the most athletic car in the market, it gets the job done just right for most people. It comes with a standard AWD and Hybrid powertrain, which makes it a brilliant product.
The Best Feature Of The Toyota Venza: Efficiency
While most manufacturers today are chasing big power figures and excessive acceleration levels, Toyota knows what the market and their customers need. The Venza comes with a Hybrid system as standard and offers 40 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. The Venza has a hybrid powertrain, a 2.5 liters inline four cylinders coupled with dual electric motors to provide a combined power output of 219 HP. The healthy power figure is good enough to launch the Venza from 0 to 60 MPH in around seven seconds, which is on par with other vehicles in the class.
The Venza features AWD as standard across all trims, and the engine can send up to 80% of power to the rear wheels. The power figures are not class-leading, but enough to ensure that the Venza does not feel under powered. All the models come with a CVT transmission as standard, with no other transmission option. There are multiple drive modes on offer which slightly tweak the driving experience. Toyota also claims to offer a whopping 10-year warranty on the battery packs per 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. The NVH levels are well contained, with good insulation throughout the cabin, offering a comfortable ride.
An Upmarket Feel
The design of the Toyota Venza feels plush, and it seems to have taken a lot of design inspiration from Lexus, which shows instantaneously. The big grille upfront, sleek LED headlamps that are standard across the range, and sharp creases all over the car are just beautiful to look at. The Venza does not look sporty or rugged in any way. It sticks to its character of a large, comfortable family mover with a lot of sophistication. The lower LE and XLE trim come with LED with reflectors, while the Limited top trim comes with an LED projector. Another notable difference on the outside is that the 18-inch wheels are only for the base trim, while the other two get 19 inches all around.
The interior of the Venza is a relaxing place to be in, with soft-touch materials all around and extensively comfortable seats. The 8-inch touchscreen is standard, and the 12-inch comes as optional. The higher trims also feature a 7-inch MID, which provides information such as tire pressure monitoring, trip details, a hybrid energy monitor, and lots more. The Limited variant also gets an optional 10-inch heads-up display which shows speedometer, lane departure warning, and driving efficiency. The overall feature list is long and extensive, keeping Venza on par with the competition and modern-day standards.
Toyota equips the 2021 Venza with plenty of safety equipment right out of the box. Standard features include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and road-sign recognition. Front and rear parking sensors and a surround-view camera system are also available. The car also gets a host of safety features as standard like eight airbags, hill hold assist anti-theft alarm, and more. There is also Blind spot monitoring with emergency braking and front and rear sensors, which help in parking hands-free.
Venza’s Lucrative Pricing
The Venza has a starting price of $32,470. This is not the highest starting price among hybrid and electric SUVs, but several other cars in this class start below $30,000. Admittedly, most of them are also smaller than the Venza, a mid-size SUV. The highest trim of the car, the Limited, starts at $39,800. It is one of the highest top-trim prices in the class, though again, many class rivals are smaller than this Toyota.
The Venza has a lot going on with the amazing hybrid tech and providing astonishing efficiency figures. However, it has some shortcomings too. The SUV has an insufficient cargo capacity, and the ride is not engaging or sporty, but with its posh interior, cushioned ride, and roomy cabin, it overcomes all of it. The 2021 Toyota Venza offers stellar value for money and is backed by Toyota’s bulletproof reliability, which ensures that the car can keep running for years to come.