Toyota Venza
Toyota Venza
Toyota Venza

2021 Toyota Venza

Pros: Fuel economy; comfortable ride; natural brake feel for a hybrid; high-class interior trimmings

Cons: Suspension favors comfort over handling; traditional power sunroof not available

CG Says: For 2021, Toyota introduces an all-new crossover SUV that revives the Venza nameplate—a badge Toyota previously used on a crossover SUV it sold from 2009-2015. Like the previous Venza, the new version is a 2-row midsize crossover SUV with seating for five; it slots between Toyota’s compact RAV4 and midsize 3-row Highlander SUVs. It’s five inches longer than the RAV4 and eight inches shorter than the Highlander, which puts it on the small side of the midsize SUV class. The 2021 Toyota Venza comes exclusively as an all-wheel-drive hybrid—front-wheel drive and a traditional gasoline-only powertrain are not available. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and three electric motors produce a total of 219 horsepower and are paired with a CVT automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system uses one of the electric motors to power the rear wheels when extra traction is needed. Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian/bicycle detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, road-sign assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Other available features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, heated/ventilated front seats, camera rearview mirror, and a “Stargaze” glass roof panel that can change from clear to frosted at the touch of a button. The relaunched Venza is a standout two-row crossover SUV even before you factor in all of its assets. It’s stylish, comfortable, and is available with a compelling list of available comfort, safety, and technology features. What really cinches the deal is the standard hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive. The hybrid system is wonderfully smooth and delivers excellent fuel economy, and Venza’s bottom-line prices are highly competitive with class rivals that don’t offer a hybrid powertrain.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices LE: $33,645
XLE: $37,715
Limited: $40,975

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine/electric motors
Horsepower
219
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
40
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37