2021 Toyota Venza Pros and Cons Review: Lexus Lite
- Comfortable seats
- Rapid bursts of power
- Good hybrid brakes
- Frustrating capacitive controls
- I cannot tow
- Excessive tire noise
When the luxurious Lexus RX is out of reach, Toyota might have the best thing to do. The 2021 Toyota Venza wraps the RAV4 Hybrid’s powertrain in a longer, more premium package, giving buyers in the midsize SUV market a new option with special attention.
You won’t find fancy off-road driving modes inside the Venza, which comes standard with electric all-wheel drive, thanks to its rear-mounted engine. And the Toyota isn’t designed to tow, either. Instead, the Venza aims to be the best high school cruiser in its class. Oh yeah, and since it’s a hybrid, it’s more efficient than its competitors Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, and Honda Passport.
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“It’s like Toyota is trying to expand to fill the void just below Lexus,” said editor Scott Evans, adding that “the design is just great enough to be interesting and different without going overboard. .
While the Venza shares a wheelbase with its RAV4 sibling, its design – inside and out – is unlike any other Toyota SUV. MotorTrend The judges didn’t all agree that this was a good thing, but we see the value of a hybrid-only entry in an area of primarily turbo-four and V-6 midsize SUVs. Despite some complaints that the four-cylinder hybrid sounded and felt rude at full throttle, the Venza’s powertrain otherwise offered smooth power and well-tuned hybrid brakes. (Sometimes the brakes on hybrids don’t feel natural when you stop.)
Along with 40/37/39 mpg city / highway / combined, this Toyota offers a longer range than its non-hybrid competition, and over time it could pay you back in gas savings, depending on what you plan for. .
Either way, high-end Venzas have one ooh, ahh– worthy feature that others (and Lexus) don’t: Star Gaze with Frost Control. The super cool option is a large fixed glass roof that changes from opaque to transparent almost instantly, with the push of a button.
“I’m sure many Tesla owners would like to have something like the auto-dimming panoramic roof,” MotorTrend in Spanish said editor Miguel Cortina.
Along with the fancy roof, the fully loaded $ 43,325 Venzas also feature a power steering column, two-tone brown and black interior, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen. Not bad, but a few practical issues kept him away from the winning circle.
The first problem, mentioned by almost all the judges: the irritating touch controls for volume, setting and temperature. Included on the top-finish 2021 Venzas, the controls are sleek and futuristic. Once you live with the SUV, you will understand why Ford, Honda, and even Toyota itself (on an older Avalon) have dropped similar orders.
We also want the 2021 Venza to be more spacious, both for people and for their business. Sure, people with more stuff can get a Highlander (or even the “smaller” RAV4), but 28.8 cubic feet is small compared to mid-size twin-row rivals. The rear doors don’t open as wide as a Blazer, and the cargo floor is too high.
We could also do with less tire noise and an updated infotainment interface, although we appreciate the split-screen functionality on the available 12.3-inch infotainment setup. Despite these issues, the Venza is still worth considering; it’s carving its own niche in the mid-size SUV segment, reminding us of the original Lexus RX.
In the case of Toyota, this SUV is recommendable if you can accept its flaws. As editor-in-chief Ed Loh summed up: “It’s like solid 8’s in every way.”
|Toyota Venza Hybrid Limited 2021|
|TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT||Front engine, all-wheel drive|
|TYPE OF ENGINE||I-4, aluminum block / head, plus electric motors|
|VALVE TRAIN||DOHC, 4 valves / cylinder|
|SHIFTING||151.8 cubic inches / 2487 cm3|
|COMPRESSION RATIO||14.0: 1|
|POWER (SAE NET)||176 hp at 5,700 rpm (gasoline) + 118 hp (front electric) / 54 hp (rear electric); 219 HP (comb)|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||163 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm (gasoline) + 149 lb-ft (front electric) / 89 lb-ft (rear electric)|
|RED LINE||NA rpm|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||17.6 lb / hp|
|TRANSMISSION||Auto cont variable|
|AXLE / FINAL DRIVE / LOW GEAR||N / A|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; BACK||Spacers, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|MANAGEMENT RATIO||14.4: 1|
|BRAKES, F; R||12.0 inch ventilated disc; 11.0 inch disc, ABS|
|WHEELS||7.0 x 19 ” cast aluminum|
|TIRES||225 / 55R19 99V (M + S) Bridgestone Ecopia|
|TRACK, F / R||63.0 / 63.8 in|
|Length x Width x Height||186.6 x 73.0 x 65.9 inches|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||7.8 in|
|APPRCH / DEPARTURE ANGLE||18.4 / 21.9 degrees|
|ROTATING CIRCLE||37.4 feet|
|WEIGHT ON BOARD||3,865 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F / R||56/44%|
|NUMBER OF PLACES||5|
|HEADROOM, F / M / R||38.1 / 36.9 inch|
|Legs, F / M / R||40.9 / 37.8 inch|
|SHOULDER CHAMBER, F / M / R||57.4 / 56.9 in|
|BEH F / M / R LOADING VOLUME||54.9 / 28.7 cubic feet|
|ACCELERATION AT MPH|
|PASSAGE, 45-65 MPH||4.1|
|QUARTER MILE||15.7 seconds at 140 km / h|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||121 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.80 g (average)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||27.7 s at 0.62 g (average)|
|TOP-GEAR TOURS @ 60 MPH||N / A|
|STARTING PRICE||$ 40,975|
|PRICE TESTED||$ 43,325|
|STABILITY / TENSION CONTROL||Yes Yes|
|AIRBAGS||8: double front, front side, curtain f / r, driver knee, passenger thigh|
|BASIC WARRANTY||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|MOTORPROPELLER WARRANTY||5 years / 60,000 miles|
|ROAD ASSISTANCE||2 years / 25,000 miles|
|FUEL CAPACITY||14.5 gal|
|EPA CITY / HWY / COMB ECON||40/37/39 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / ROAD||84/91 kW-h / 100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.50 lbs / mile|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Regular unleaded|
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