2013 Toyota Venza Overview
The Toyota Venza received a refresh for 2013, which added entertainment and technology features. The hatchback crossover seats five, and offers drivers a crossover that offers the convenience of a wagon and the interior space of an SUV.
The Venza is available in two engine types: the 181-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder and the 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode. Front- or all-wheel drive is available for all trim levels.
The four-cylinder engine delivers fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Opting for all-wheel drive drops the fuel economy ratings to 20 and 25 mpg respectively. The V-6 engine brings in 19/26 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive versions are rated at 18/25 mpg.
In all guises, the Venza is very well equipped. Standard features include dual zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and four-way adjustable front passenger seat. The base audio system includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with integrated backup camera, AM/FM CD-player with MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth connectivity. The 60/40-split rear seats recline and have a one-touch fold-flat control. Leather upholstery with a power-adjustable front passenger seat is available, and standard on higher trim levels. Audio/tech upgrades include Navigation and Entune, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, and premium audio sound. A Smart Key System with push button start is also standard on the higher trims.
The 2013 Venza features a sleek design, and offers a roomy interior with a lower center of gravity than an SUV, and its hatchback trunk makes it feel more like a wagon. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels come standard on the base model, with twenty-inch alloys coming on the mid and premium trims. A panoramic glass roof with front power tilt and slide moonroof is available as part of a package, as is the power rear liftgate. The exhaust features a chrome tip, and the V-6 sports a dual exhaust.
Safety features include seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, in addition to the front, front side-mounted and curtain airbags. The front seats have active headrests, and additional collision protection is offered by the energy-absorbing collapsible steering column, front and rear crumple zones, and side-impact door beams. Four-wheel antilock disk brakes include electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, and hill start assist provides additional security on steep inclines. Electronic stability and traction control are also standard.
The 2013 Toyota Venza offers a host of standard features in their base model, offering a strong value for the price right out of the gate. The Venza’s strong combination of safety, comfort and convenience features make it an excellent consideration for drivers in the market for a roomy family vehicle.