For those looking for something a bit more out-of-the-box than the usual midsize sedan, the 2013 Toyota Venza is an ideal option. Blending the functionality and user friendliness of a vehicle with the styling and fun of an SUV, this is an excellent choice for a hint of upscale indulgence. Luxury is not often a word associated with the Toyota brand. The Venza, however, has taken strides for the carmaker. For roomy and comfortable driving and riding, however, this SUV is leading its class. There's something to say for a vehicle that offers a pleasant ride for all passengers, yet doesn't skimp on style.
New For 2013
The Venza receives a slightly more becoming grille for 2013. Inside, a touch-screen radio display is now standard, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system is standard on XLE and Limited models and available on the LE.
The exterior of the 2013 Toyota Venza doesn't scream SUV. Softer lines and more swooping styling give it a less aggressive feel that many others in the class. This isn't to say that the Venza is an overtly feminine vehicle. Some edges and a distinctive front grill still give it the strong presence SUV owners love. The carmakers baggage is prominently displayed right below the center of the gently sloping hood. While the wedge shape has become a popular go to body shape for smaller sized SUVs, this vehicle takes a more moderate approach. The result is a shape that is more car-like, yet still has the stance of an SUV.
Wraparound headlights dip to create one cohesive piece with the grille. This creates a winged appearance to the front of the vehicle.
Interior & Cargo
This is definitely a vehicle designed for passengers. The cabin of the 2013 Toyota Venza offers a tremendous amount of room and comfortable amenities. While the materials are not the most luxurious, the enjoyment of the ride is not greatly diminished. Unlike some vehicles they claim to be a five passenger capacity, this SUV truly can accommodate five adults. In addition, all passengers can easily get into and out of the vehicle. The rear seat is one of the largest in its class. Though the Venza is lacking the third row that many of its competitors provide, the size of the seeds make up for this lack of rows. The back row of seats even have a recline capability. This adds to the comfort of passengers riding in the seat, as well as the roominess. Leather upholstery is an option but fabric is standard.
Where the 2013 Toyota Venza doesn't disappoint is cargo space. This is most definitely a utility vehicle that offers drivers and passengers plenty of room to carry loads. Even at full passenger capacity, the Venza offers 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space. When the seats are completely folded down, this capacity increases to over 70 cubic feet of cargo space. Because the rear seats fold flat with just one touch of a lever, it is easy to take advantage of the flexibility of the passenger and cargo hauling capability of this vehicle. This is enhanced by a wide floor that is not obstructed by structural elements and a low deck.
The entertainment systems and climate controls of the cabin encourage a pleasant ride. User-friendly command instruments include an optional pushbutton start and Bluetooth phone compatibility.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers the 2013 Toyota Venza the highest rating of ?Good? in all areas of tested safety. This includes frontal offset tests, side-impact test, rear crash protection, and roof strength tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also seemed impressed by the safety capabilities of this vehicle. With an overall rating of four stars out of five, the lowest rating was in the category of front safety. Rollover safety was given an impressive four stars, which is difficult to obtain for many SUV models. Basic safety features include driver and passenger airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control. This continues the reputation of the Toyota brand for offering reliable and safe family vehicles.
The 2013 Toyota Venza doesn't necessarily offer the power or strength of some other vehicles in its class. The experience of driving the vehicle is much like the cars on which the design was built. A 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine is capable of 182 horsepower. Those drivers that are looking for more exciting driving should opt for the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine option, which provides a spirited 268 horsepower. The basic Venza model gets 21/27 mpg city/highway fuel economy. The all-wheel drive option has a slightly modified 20/28 mpg city/highway. Those that opt for the V-6 will have to sacrifice fuel economy for power and fun and accept 18/25 mpg city/highway. Even with the much lower fuel economy of the V-6 option, the Venza maintains one of the more impressive fuel economy figures within its class of midsize SUVs.
One of the best ways to describe driving in the Toyota Venza is reliable. It maintains the handling of a car. Ease of driving is given much more focus over sportiness. Though it offers more of an adventurous feel than some competitors such as the Accord or the Outback, the feel of this vehicle is controlled and driver-managed.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota Venza
- Ford Edge
- Honda Crosstour
- Nissan Murano
- Subaru Outback