What We Liked (and Did not)

toyota venza Full Overview

Once we took supply of our long-term 2021 Toyota Venza, we requested ourselves if luxurious may very well be mainstream. With its upscale exterior design and polished inside, the Venza may simply be confused for a Lexus, however its engaging worth says in any other case. After 12 months with us, the Venza delivered consolation and luxurious in a compelling and reasonably priced package deal.

As a midsize two-row SUV, the Venza sits between the RAV4 and Highlander in Toyota’s SUV lineup, however as a hybrid-only SUV, it performs a distinct sport in its phase. Among the competitors consists of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Volkswagen Atlas, Chevrolet Blazer, and Honda Passport, with each participant tackling the phase in its personal means. Whereas Toyota took the upscale hybrid method, Kia and Honda opted for the rugged means, Chevy went a sportier route, and Hyundai and VW went down a extra mainstream path.

We selected the XLE mannequin, sandwiched between the LE and Restricted within the Venza lineup, as a result of it presents essentially the most bang to your buck. With the SofTex package deal—a $510 possibility—we obtained heated and ventilated fake leather-based seats, which proved comfy. The vegan leather-based was designed to carry much less warmth over conventional leather-based, one thing we appreciated through the scorching summer season days. The $2,050 Premium Audio package deal upgraded the 8.0-inch touchscreen to a 12.3-inch show with capacitive controls, navigation, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system. Though the massive display screen was a pleasant improve, the contact controls for the HVAC and display screen had been more durable to function over the standard bodily buttons; they had been very delicate, and we missed having knobs for the amount and radio tuning. All in, our Venza checked out at $39,735, an excellent deal contemplating its magnificent gear.

Though the Venza aced at its main job, it wasn’t good. Its hybrid powertrain—a 2.5-liter l-4 with three electrical motors for a mixed 219 hp—felt careworn at medium throttle enter, loudly roaring when accelerating from a cease or when passing on the freeway. Its traction management system was additionally sensitive—when going over a bump, tough pavement, or a metal plate and making use of the brakes, the system would briefly reduce energy and lock the wheels. This did not occur usually, however I observed it a number of instances all year long.

We additionally complained about its inside house and poor packaging given its measurement. The Venza is longer than the RAV4, but it has much less passenger and cargo house than its smaller sibling. Its cargo ground is just too excessive, and its swoopy roofline and total form restrict cargo house.

Visiting the supplier was simple. Because of the Toyota Linked Companies app, we had been reminded when it was time to go in for service, and reserving an appointment by way of the app was a breeze. Toyota’s upkeep plan covers regular manufacturing unit scheduled companies for the primary two years or 25,000 miles, so prospects do not must pay a penny. (We did must, nonetheless, as a result of our Venza was a part of a fleet; we spent lower than $200 over 4 visits.)

In comparison with different long-term two-row midsize SUVs, the Venza was cheap to take care of. Our 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD value $589.76 over the 12-month interval it stayed with us. That is costlier than the Venza or the $77.90 we paid for our 2018 Dodge Durango V-8 long-termer. Though we just like the two-year complimentary upkeep, we might favor to go to the supplier much less usually; the Venza has scheduled companies each 5,000 miles. We by no means needed to go to the supplier outdoors of the upkeep schedule, although. We prevented any chips on the windshield, flat tires, or different surprising surprises all year long.

The few fuel stops we made did not go unnoticed. The Venza delivers 40/37/39 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed per the EPA—fairly good numbers for an SUV this measurement. We did not fairly hit these numbers on our common, however we weren’t far off (35.1 mpg). Nonetheless, we saved cash on the pump, which we appreciated as fuel costs skyrocketed towards the tip of 2021.

General, our 2021 Toyota Venza long-termer delivered precisely what we anticipated it to. It isn’t essentially a enjoyable SUV to drive, and it is not good, nevertheless it does plenty of issues nicely. It is comfy, it is filled with upscale touches, and it comes at an excellent worth—and loads of folks might be completely satisfied about that. Though its expertise is not prime notch, it has sufficient to simplify a few of your day-to-day commuting wants. And with unbelievable reliability and a High Security Decide ranking from the IIHS, the Venza is kind of a lovely package deal.

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POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS 2021 Toyota Venza XLE Hybrid
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Entrance-engine, AWD
ENGINE TYPE I-4, alum block/head, plus entrance/rear everlasting magnet electrical motors
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 151.8 cu in/2,487 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 14.0:1
POWER (SAE NET) 176 hp @ 5,700 rpm (fuel), 118/54 hp (f/r elec); 219 hp (comb)
TORQUE (SAE NET) 163 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm (fuel), 149/89 lb-ft (f/r elec)
REDLINE NA rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 17.4 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO NA
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 14.4:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.6
BRAKES, F; R 12.0-in vented disc; 11.0-in disc, ABS
WHEELS 7.0 x 19-in forged aluminum
TIRES 225/55R19 99V Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus (M+S)
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 105.9 in
TRACK, F/R 63.3/64.5 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 186.6 x 73.0 x 65.9 in
GROUND CLEARANCE 7.8 in
APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE 18.0/22.0 deg
TURNING CIRCLE 37.4 ft
CURB WEIGHT 3,818 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 56/44%
TOWING CAPACITY Not beneficial
SEATING CAPACITY 5
HEADROOM, F/R 38.6/39.0 in
LEGROOM, F/R 40.9/37.8 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.4/56.9 in
CARGO VOLUME 55.1/28.8 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 2.4 sec
0-40 3.6
0-50 5.2
0-60 7.1
0-70 9.3
0-80 12.0
0-90 15.2
0-100  —
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 3.8
QUARTER MILE 15.4 sec @ 90.4 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 122 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.82 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.3 sec @ 0.63 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH NA rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE $37,175
PRICE AS TESTED $39,735
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Sure/Sure
AIRBAGS 8: Twin entrance, entrance aspect, f/r curtain, driver knee, passenger thigh
BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles, 10 yrs/150,000 mi (battery), 8 yrs/100,000 mi (hybrid sys)
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 2 yrs/25,000 miles
FUEL CAPACITY 14.5 gal + 0.93 kWh battery
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 40/37/39 mpg
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded common
Our Automotive
SERVICE LIFE 12 mo / 19,583 mi
BASE PRICE $37,175
OPTIONS Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL ($2,050: 12.3-in touchscreen, HD radio, 9 audio system together with subwoofer, amplifier, 1 USB and 1 aux media ports, 3 further USB cost ports, hands-free telephone functionality and Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa appropriate, SiriusXM with 3-month trial, SofTex Package deal ($510: Perforated seats, heated and ventilated entrance seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with reminiscence and energy lumbar help, four-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, heated leather-trimmed energy tilt/telescopic steering wheel
PRICE AS TESTED $39,735
AVG ECON 35.1 mpg
PROBLEM AREAS None
MAINTENANCE COST $0 (2- tire rotation, inspection; oil change)
NORMAL-WEAR COST $0
3-YEAR RESIDUAL VALUE* $32,600 (82%)
RECALLS None
*IntelliChoice information; assumes 42,000 miles on the finish of 3-years