2021 Toyota Venza Review

The new Toyota Venza has a 10-inch color Head-Up Display projects vital information at eye level, including speedometer, hybrid system indicator, and TSS 2.0 functions.

2021 Toyota Venza
2021 Toyota Venza

Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL is optional on XLE and standard on Limited and features a stunning 12.3-inch touchscreen display with controls that can be switched between driver or front passenger operation.

Under the hood, sound-absorbing insulation around the engine compartment helps reduce intake noise, helped by the placement of two special resonance chambers that help minimize air intake noise in the 530Hz and 650Hz ranges.

As used on other Toyota hybrid models, the display suggests the optimal acceleration amount for eco driving and provides a game-like scoring function for the driver.

When approaching a downhill section, for example, the system is designed to apply additional engine braking force to more efficiently charge the hybrid battery after the accelerator pedal is released.

A variable cooling system (electric water pump, electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump further help improve engine efficiency.

Ventilated front seats are standard on Limited and draw cool air from the air conditioning system into the seat for added comfort.

Instead of using a transfer case and driveshaft to the rear wheels, Electronic On-Demand AWD employs a separate rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed.

The all-new 2021 Venza delivers an intuitive driving experience with smooth acceleration, predictable handling, and low noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), all wrapped in a sophisticated design.

The 2021 Venza LE rolls on 18-inch multi-spoke two-tone alloy wheels, while XLE and Limited come standard with 19-inch multi-spoke super chrome finished alloy wheels.

To further aid outward visibility, the Limited grade comes standard with Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, which provides a panoramic overhead view of the vehicle’s surroundings.

As a bonus, the hybrid system enhances ride comfort by finely controlling the drive torque to suppress pitch under acceleration and deceleration.

Venza’s hybrid system adopts a newly-developed lithium-ion battery to enhance performance and size and weight.

For additional convenience, XLE and Limited grades come standard with a Smart Key System that works on all five doors.

On the Limited and XLE with available 12.3-in display, the climate control system is operated with Intelligent Touch capacitive controls.

Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is standard on all grades, while XLE and Limited add Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking (PA w/AB).

Torque distribution can be indicated on the Multi-information Display and audio system screen.

In either display, a Hybrid System Indicator shows the driver system output and regeneration status to encourage eco-driving habits. The standard backup camera features projected path and dynamic gridlines, while an available rear camera cleaning system sprays washer fluid to clear away water droplets, mud, snow, and snow-melting road treatments from the lens.The driver feels only the enhanced agility, not the system’s operation.

Other available features include a Star GazeTM fixed panoramic glass roof, a first-ever for Toyota, and heated and ventilated front seats that set the stage for true, graceful grand touring.

A host of tech-focused features are available, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with nine JBL speakers, 7-inch multi-information display (MID), digital rear-view mirror, and 10-inch color Head-Up Display.This allows front strut and rear multi-link suspension tuning that helps foster handling agility while providing a supple, quiet ride.

The new-generation Toyota Hybrid System in the Toyota Venza combines a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with three electric motors in a highly compact system., tire noise is reduced via strategically placed insulation, and an acoustic glass windshield helps minimize wind noise.

The system also enhances cornering agility by helping to reduce understeer.

Venza’s seats are not only comfortable, but stylish, with unique seat bolster stitching standard on the Limited grade.

Along with comfortable urban and highway performance, Venza is expected to have impressive fuel efficiency, with a preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 MPG combined fuel economy in LE trim.

Fervent music lovers will want the sonically gorgeous JBL Premium Audio System with 9 speakers, including a rear subwoofer, powered by a 12-channel, 1,200-watt amp – the most powerful system launched in a Toyota to date.The standard tonneau cover can be stored in the storage space beneath the deck board when not in use.

Additionally, EV mode allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances.

The Venza brings the number of Toyota Hybrids available to 10 – Mirai makes it 11 electrified vehicles – for 2021, more than any other brand.

Toyota Venza’s Predictive Efficient Drive (PED) uses the navigation system operation to analyze driving habits and memorize road and traffic conditions to help optimize hybrid battery charging.The 2021 Venza comes standard with Toyota’s Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, a highly efficient system that takes maximum advantage of the hybrid powertrain’s benefits.The HV battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles, whichever comes first, and is transferrable across ownership.

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