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2021 Toyota Venza Review - Prices, Trims, Features, Performance and Rivals Comparison

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November 24, 2020 at 10:44 AM

The 2021 Toyota Venza sits on Toyota's New Global Architecture which also underpins the likes of RAV4. With its noticeably bigger form factor, however, it is targeted as a mid-size crossover. Toyota introduced the 2021 Venza with a singular 219 hp hybrid powertrain combining a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with three electric motors to go for sale in September 2020. The 2021 Toyota Venza has been priced from $32,470 and is available in three trims; LE, XLE, and Limited.

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For 2021, the Venza nameplate returns after a six-year hiatus with handsome looks, premium interiors, and an only-hybrid powertrain. It is a whole new vehicle that fills the gap between the RAV4 Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid SUVs. Dimensionally, the 2021 Toyota Venza shares its wheelbase and even the platform and powertrain setup with the 2021 Toyota RAV4. The 2021 Toyota Venza is essentially a reworked Toyota Harrier that is sold in its home country of Japan only.


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However, because of its sleeker and bigger dimensions, it sits in the vicinity of the revamped 2021 Toyota C-HR rather than the RAV4. Toyota has also made efforts to differentiate it from the RAV4 with a reworked AWD system and more standard safety features and specs. The 2021 Venza is set to compete with two-row midsize SUVs including the Ford Escape Hybrid along with conventional rivals like Chevy Blazer and Nissan Murano when it releases for sale in September 2020.

2021 Toyota Venza

Model Specs

Price Range

$32,470-$39,800

Release Date

September 2020

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 and 3-Electric Motors

Transmission

eCVT

Drivetrain

AWD

Trims

  • LE
  • XSE
  • Limited

Colors

  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Black
  • Celestial Black
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Titanium Glow
  • Blueprint

Changes

  • All-new model for 2021

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What are the Prices and Trims of the 2021 Toyota Venza?

Pricing for the 2021 Toyota Venza starts at $32,470 for the base LE trim. Moving up the trim ladder up to the XLE trims costs $36,000 while the top-range Limited trim starts at $39,800. This new Venza model will be assembled at Toyota's Takaoka Plant in Japan alongside the Toyota Harrier which as we mentioned earlier, is a Japan-only offering and is literally the same as the Venza.

Toyota has also included various add-on creature comfort and safety features along with premium color options. These come in at an added premium but won't cost you a bomb as it starts from $425 for special color shades and tops out at $2,050 for the optional 12.3-inch equipped JBL sourced infotainment system. Toyota has made sure to load each of the 3 trims with ample features and the same have been listed below.

Trims

LE

XLE

Limited

MSRP (AWD) $32,470 $36,000 $39,800

Key Features

Hands-free Power Liftgate

Adds/Upgrades from LE

Adds/Upgrades from XLE

  18-inch Alloy Wheels 19-inch Alloy Wheels Navigation
  8.0-inch Touchscreen 12.3-inch Touchscreen JBL 9-speaker Premium Audio
  Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Amazon Alexa Proximity Key 360-degree Camera
  4.2-inch MID 7.0-inch MID 4-way Power Front Passenger's Seat
  8-way Power Driver's Seat   Heated/Ventilated Front Seats

The 2021 Toyota Venza lineup is available in three trim levels - LE, XLE, and Limited. All 2021 models are powered by a 219-horsepower hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine with a trio of electric motors. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) sends power to all four wheels. Various add-on options are listed below.

  • Special Color- $425 (LE, XLE, and Limited)
  • SofTex trimmed seats - $510 (XEL only)
  • Added technology including creature comfort and some safety features - $725 (Limited only)
  • Star Gaze Glass roof- $1,400 (Limited only)
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen display - $2,050 (XLE only)

What are the Engine options in the 2021 Toyota Venza?

The 2021 Venza is a hybrid-only crossover, where all three trims are equipped with a singular powertrain. The hybrid combines three electric motors with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine to produce a combined 219 hp. The gas engine making 176 hp and 163 lb-ft on its own. Two electric motors power the front axle while one electric motor in the back has no physical connections to the front axle and solely powers the rear wheels.

This makes it an effective all-wheel-drive hybrid SUV. Electric motor output is rated at 118 hp/149 lb-ft in front and 54 hp/89 lb-ft at the back. Every Venza will route power through a CVT automatic. Unlike the 2021 Toyota RAV4 hybrid, Toyota uses a lithium-ion battery pack in Venza instead of a nickel-metal hydride battery. An EV driving mode allows driving Venza on electric power alone for short distances at low speeds. The advantage of using a hybrid powertrain comes in during low-end power delivery. There the seamless electric torque compensates for the sluggish gasoline engine's response and in turn, also reduces the load on the engine.

Models

2021 Toyota Venza

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Nissan Murano

MSRP

$32,470

$28,265 

$29,995 

$31,530 

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 and 3-Electric Motors

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 and 1-Electric Motor

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

eCVT

eCVT

9-Speed Automatic

CVT

Power

219 hp @ 5,700 RPM

200 hp @ 6,250 RPM

193 hp @ 6,300 RPM

260 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

206 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

155 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

188 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

240 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

In comparison to the Ford Escape Hybrid, Venza's hybrid powertrain generated more power, even better than the gas-powered Chevy Blazer. Among the conventional SUVs, Nissan Murano's V6 pumps 260 hp, besting all the crossovers under review. The 2021 Venza's modern battery holds less energy, 0.9 kWh versus the RAV4's 1.6. That's what makes the new Venza a bit slower than the RAV4 hybrid.

How quickly can the 2021 Toyota Venza Accelerate from 0-60 MPH?

There's no doubt that the all-new 2021 Toyota Venza is an extremely well-rounded package. It looks good outside, has a spacious cabin inside, and packs a hybrid powertrain that balances performance and efficiency well. The real catch with the all-new Venza is its standard AWD setup.

Models

2021 Toyota Venza

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Nissan Murano

0-60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.7 sec

7.9 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.4 sec

16.1 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed

118 MPH

N/A

120 MPH

120 MPH

However, there's another new offering from Toyota making its way into the markets for 2021, the RAV4 Prime PHEV. It is priced similar to the Toyota Venza Limited and also gets AWD as standard. Now, the Venza is capable of accelerating to 60 mph from 0 in 7.6 seconds, while the RAV4 PHEV does the same in just 5.7 seconds.


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Are MPG Figures of the 2021 Toyota Venza economical?

Since the 2021 Toyota Venza is offered only as a hybrid, it turns out as a boon in terms of MPG figures. Toyota estimates the Venza’s EPA ratings will be 41/38/40 MPG for city/highway/combined in LE trim and 40/37/39 MPG in XLE and Limited trims. Various smart driving modes namely NORMAL, ECO and SPORT helps you conserve fuel, and the EV the only mode that helps relieve the gasoline engine of duty when in distress. Toyota's Predictive Efficient Drive in the Venza is a neat technology that memories roads and scenarios using the in-board maps.

This helps to optimize its hybrid battery charging along the particular route in line with road and traffic conditions. With a 14.5-gallon gas tank, on paper, Venza should offer a mixed range of around 565 miles. For the 2.5-liter engine in Venza, the recommended fuel requirement is 87-octane or higher. The fuel tank size is on the smaller side when compared to the competition, but with 3 eclectic motors on board to assist the powertrain, it seamlessly masks this downside with ease. 

Models

2021 Toyota Venza

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Nissan Murano

MPG (City)

41

44

21

20

MPG (Highway)

38

37

27

28

MPG (Combined)

40

41

23

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

14.5

14.2

19.4

19

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi)

595/551/580

625/525/582

407/524/446

380/532/437

Ford Escape Hybrid's 41 MPG combined bests the Venza's gas mileage, however, Escape is less powerful than Venza. Toyota's hybrid powertrain rules out the fuel economy compared with conventional gasoline-powered SUVs. Also, Toyota's cars generally do better in their real-world economy tests. As the RAV4 Hybrid shares the same powertrain, it is not a surprise to see the same figures being depicted. Toyota has shown that hybrids are not so boring after all with the new Venza.

How feature-rich is the Interior of the 2021 Toyota Venza?

The 2021 Venza has two rows of seats, allowing a seating capacity for 5 passengers. Venza's interior dimensions make it clear that it isn't bigger than larger mid-size crossover like the Chevy Blazer and Nissan Murano. Toyota Venza has a more upscale cabin than the RAV4 Hybrid in terms of quality, resembling a Lexus. The Black/Java dual-tone color scheme available in upper trims adds to the luxurious vibe. Everything you touch feels more expensive than expected, whether it's a piece of accent trim or the touch-sensitive switches just below the infotainment screen.

Overall, the Venza is longer than the RAV4 even though both ride on the same wheelbase. However, that doesn't translate into the more interior volume. Occupants get 38.6 inches of headroom in the front and 39 inches in the back. With the optional Star Gaze roof, the headroom takes the toll. Legroom is identical to RAV4 Hybrid, an acceptable 40.9 inches in front and a cozy rear with 37.8 inches. Cargo space isn't bad either. Venza's load floor is long and offers a cargo capacity of 36.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats.

Models

2021 Toyota Venza

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Nissan Murano

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/N/A/40.9

40.0/57.6/42.4

39.8/59.1/41.0

39.9/59.5/40.5

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/N/A/37.8

39.3/56.0/38.9

38.6/58.6/39.6

39.8/58.9/38.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft) 

36.3

30.7

30.5

32.1

On the base, Venza LE gets interior features like an eight-inch touchscreen, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, fabric-trimmed seats, and road sign assist as standard. The mid-range XLE adds SofTex bolsters to the seats, and heated front seats, while the top-range Limited model gets ventilated front seats, a bird's eye view camera, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and a better audio system. Though the RAV4 Hybrid offers more space at the back. Toyota Venza's cargo is a bit high, so a little extra lifting is required. Notable creature comfort features in the 2021 Toyota Venza are summarised below.

  • 8-Way power driver and 4-way power front passenger seats
  • Standard ventilated seats and Available heated front seats
  • Automatic climate control system with S-FLOW cooling technology
  • Available digital rearview mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver
  • Standard 4.2-inch color MID in the instrument cluster and available 7-inch color MID.

What are the Infotainment features of the 2021 Toyota Venza?

The 2021 Toyota Venza's infotainment system includes an eight-inch touchscreen, offering Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity as standard. Opting for the Limited trim upgrades infotainment to 12.3 inches touchscreen display along with a JBL audio system with nine speakers. This setup can also be had as an add-on with the XLE trim for $2,050.

All the trims come loaded with subscription-based serviced like SiriusXM for a 3-months trial and Toyota Safety Connect for a 1-year trial. Entune has sufficient response times while the wide touchscreen makes accessibility easy. Speaking of radio and climate controls, all of them are touch-sensitive in the Venza, which we feel is cumbersome to use compared to physical buttons and knobs. Various infotainment features in the 2021 Toyota Venza are:

  • Standard 8-inch and optional 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM All Access 3-months trial
  • Toyota Remote Services trial subscription
  • Standard 6-speaker set with 4-channel amplifier
  • Available JBL Premium Audio System with 9 speakers, including a rear subwoofer, powered by a 12-channel, 1,200-watt amp

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How distinctive is the Exterior design of the 2021 Toyota Venza?

The Toyota Venza's exterior design language is a fresh take from the automaker but draws resemblance from various other offerings from automakers including Lexus and Jaguar. With its sloping roofline, the new Venza looks sleeker than the current RAV4 with which it shares its underpinnings and also the higher positioned Highlander. Toyota's smart LED DRLs in front and the body-width taillights give a premium Jaguar-esque vibe.

The base Venza LE rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and has a black rear spoiler, a hands-free power liftgate, and auto-folding mirrors as standard. Moving up the Venza lineup, larger 19-inch alloy wheels and projector LED headlights, as well as body-color spoilers and body trim, are available. The Toyota Venza's dimensions try to split the small and mid-size crossover segment.

Models

2021 Toyota Venza

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Nissan Murano

Curb Weight (lbs)

3847

3554

3782

3823

Length (in)

186.6

180.5

191.4

192.8

Width (in)

73.0

74.1

76.7

75.4

Height (in)

65.9

66.1

67.0

67.8

Ground Clearance (in)

7.8

N/A

7.4

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

106.7

112.7

111.2

Though it is touted as a midsize crossover, Venza isn't much bigger than the RAV4 Hybrid and shares the same wheelbase and width. With more overhang, Venza is longer, with a length of 186.6 inches. The Venza has a maximum ground clearance of 7.8 inches. With a starting curb weight of 3,847 pounds, the Venza is well heavier than the lightest RAV4 Hybrid. Notable exterior features of the 2021 Toyota Venza have been summarised below.

  • Edgy design language (fresh off the drawing board)
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Plastic claddings around the lower body excluding the fender flares
  • Chrome inserts on the window rails
  • Sloping roofline for a coupe-ish design language

What advanced Safety features does the 2021 Toyota Venza get?

Although the 2021 Venza has not been crash-tested yet, the SUV rides on Toyota's TNGA-K platform, which also underpins the Camry, Avalon, RAV4, Highlander, and even the Sienna minivan. The hybrid's system battery pack is kept beneath the rear seats so trunk space isn't compromised. All-wheel drive comes standard through the use of a separate, rear-mounted motor that powers the rear wheels as necessary.

Like most Toyota models, every Venza comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 that packs in a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert will also be standard on all trims. Various safety features of the 2021 Toyota Venza are:

  • Eight airbags, including side-curtain airbags
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Smart Stop Technology (SST).
  • Available 10-inch Head-Up display
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking (PA w/AB)

When will the 2021 Toyota Venza Launch and is it worth the Buy?

The 2021 Toyota Venza is a sharp-looking all-hybrid crossover SUV that shares its platform and even the powertrain with the sibling Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. As the RAV4 Prime was also introduced in a segment-leading performance package, Toyota wants both its products to not clash and so have slated the 2021 Venza for an early Septemeber launch.

For the style, Venza does sacrifice on utility but is overshadowed by the efficient powertrain and clever top of the line technology features that make it a sweet deal. Else if cargo capacity is high on your priority list, you should choose one of the multitudes of more spacious mid-sizers like the Chevy Blazer, and Nissan Murano, which have overall more space.


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2021 Toyota Venza FAQs

Is Toyota Venza AWD?

Yes, Toyota Venza utilizes its hybrid tech to provide an active AWD system that is independent of both the axles. The front axle gets its power from the combination of its gasoline and duo of electric motors and the rear axle is powered by a single electric motor.

What is the cost of the 2021 Toyota Venza?

The 2021 Toyota Venza is priced at $32,470 (LE), $36,000 (XLE) and $39,800 (Limited).

Does Toyota Venza have 3rd-row seating?

No, the 2021 Toyota Venza is a 5 seater 2-row SUV and doesn't come with 3rd-row seating.

What is the warranty on the 2021 Toyota Venza?

Toyota provides a well-rounded warranty package on the 2021 Venza that includes:

  • Basic warranty for 36-month/ 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty for 5 years/ 60,000 miles
  • Perforation from corrosion for 5 years/ unlimited miles 
  • Hybrid-related components are covered for 8 years/ 100,000 miles
  • HV battery is covered for 10 years/ 150,000 miles

Does Toyota Venza come with remote start?

Yes, Toyota Venza can be equipped with Remote Start if purchased with the additional Smart Key from the factory.

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