The new 2021 Toyota Venza goes in-between the compact RAV4 and the mid-size Highlander SUV in Toyota’s lineup. The vehicle is based on the Harrier SUV that Toyota sells abroad, which we all thought would make a fine SUV for the North American market. The beautiful two-row Toyota Venza is a stylish choice among its boxier brethren, but it faces crucial competition from the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Nissan Murano.
The 2021 Toyota Venza is offered exclusively as a hybrid, powered by a setup enhanced of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and three electric motors which together develop a massive 219 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard is one of the electric motors that power the Venza’s rear wheels while the gasoline engine and the two motors work to move the fronts.
During the test drive of the Toyota Venza, we found out that it has disappointing driving dynamics and it didn’t deliver the smooth and even ride well as we expected. At the test track, its acceleration was also medium at 7.6-seconds to 60 mph, putting it 1.5-seconds off the pace set by the Honda Passport.
We expect the Toyota Venza’s cabin to be slightly roomier than the smaller RAV4’s in terms of accommodation, but in reality, we found the Toyota Venza is slightly less roomy. Not only that the passenger space is tighter than the RAV4, but cargo capacity is also less roomy as well, although most buyers will find it sufficient. The Toyota Venza is the first Toyota to offer the optional electrochromic panoramic sunroof that the Toyota calls Star Gaze. When the switch is flipped, the sunroof’s glass panels go from transparent to opaque; this astonishing feature is something we have only found until now on luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SL-class.
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