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2021 Toyota Venza

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2021 Toyota Venza Review

The all-new 2021 Toyota Venza is a hybrid crossover with solid fuel economy ratings, an upscale cabin, and comfortable seats. However, it also has less cargo space than many rivals and lacks athleticism.

Pros & Cons

  • Posh interior
  • Roomy, supportive seats
  • Cushioned ride
  • Some usability issues with the larger infotainment screen
  • Subpar cargo capacity and high cargo hold load floor
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals

Research & Ratings

The 2021 Toyota Venza is unranked in Hybrid and Electric SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Toyota Venza's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 10 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 6.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other hybrid and electric suvs.
TBD
Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other hybrid and electric suvs.
TBD

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Is the Toyota Venza a Good SUV?

Yes, the Toyota Venza is a good SUV. Though it isn't the most dynamic performer on the road, this hybrid has ample power, as well as poised handling and a smooth ride. Inside, this crossover is attractive and upscale, with supportive seats and a lot of standard features.

Things aren't perfect in Venzaland, however. Many rivals have better handling and larger cargo holds – including some hybrid and electric SUVs that are smaller in stature – and some have more user-friendly infotainment systems.

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Should I Buy the Toyota Venza?

The Venza has a lot of qualities that appeal to buyers looking for a midsize family SUV, but you should still shop around before settling on this Toyota. That's because it may not be the best value proposition.

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a compact SUV that matches up surprisingly well with the Venza and costs less. Or, if you prefer to stay in the midsize class and don't care about having a hybrid, the Honda Passport is a similarly priced alternative that's more engaging to drive.

Compare the Venza, RAV4 Hybrid, and Passport »

2020 vs. 2021 Toyota Venza: What's the Difference?

The 2021 Toyota Venza marks the nameplate's return to Toyota's lineup after a five-year hiatus. As such, any used Venza models will be significantly different from the new Venza.

How Much Does the Toyota Venza Cost?

The Venza starts at $32,470. That's not the highest starting price among hybrid and electric SUVs, but several classmates start below $30,000. Admittedly, most of them are also smaller than the Venza, which is a midsize SUV. The highest Venza trim, the Limited, starts at $39,800. That's one of the highest top-trim prices in the class, though again, many class rivals are smaller than this Toyota.

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Toyota Venza Versus the Competition

Toyota Venza vs. Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV (as is the RAV4 Hybrid), but it's not much smaller than the Venza. It has similar passenger accommodations and a higher cargo capacity, with a similarly upscale interior. The features lists between these two are also similar.

The nonhybrid RAV4 isn't as fuel-efficient as the Venza, but the RAV4 Hybrid and Venza get nearly identical mpg ratings. Both RAV4 models have much lower starting prices than the Venza, so there's not much reason to side with the Venza in this Toyota matchup.

Compare the Venza and RAV4 »

Toyota Venza vs. Honda Passport

The Honda Passport, like the Venza, is a two-row midsize SUV. But there are plenty of differences between these two. The biggest is that the Venza is a hybrid and the Passport isn't. The Toyota gets better gas mileage, but the Honda is more powerful. The Passport also has better handling, superior off-road abilities, and is rated for towing (the Venza isn't).

Both SUVs are upscale inside, and both have two rows of roomy, comfortable seats. The Passport has more cargo space, but the Venza comes with many more standard features. The Passport's starting price is a little lower, but a decked-out Passport costs more than a fully loaded Venza.

Compare the Venza and Passport »

Compare the Venza, RAV4, and Passport »

Venza Interior: Well-Built and Comfortable

Venza Cargo Space

Many other hybrid SUVs provide more cargo space than the Venza, but that's not to say that this Toyota is useless as a cargo hauler. With the rear seats up, the Venza provides 28.7 cubic feet of space. Fold the rear seats down, and that number jumps to 54.9 cubic feet.

How Many People Does the Venza Seat?

The Venza seats five in theory, but that could end up being just four, as there's a large hump right where the rear middle-seat person puts their feet. Though some other midsize SUVs have more passenger room than this Toyota, there's plenty of head- and legroom for 6-footers in both rows, and the seats are supportive and comfortable.

Venza and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Venza’s rear outboard seats as well as a tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

Venza Interior Quality

There's a lot to like about the Venza's interior. It's stylish and well-built, and many of the materials wouldn't look out of place in a Lexus (Toyota's luxury brand).

Venza Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base Entune infotainment system has a simple interface, a responsive touch screen, and physical controls for audio and climate functions. You may actually prefer the base system to the more advanced setup found in upper trims. While the latter has a crisp, easy-to-see 12.3-inch touch screen, it also drops the physical controls found with the base system, and using the touch screen for stereo adjustments can be both distracting and frustrating.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, six speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • Available infotainment features: a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation and a nine-speaker JBL audio system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and wireless device charging
  • Other available features: a panoramic glass roof

Read more about interior »

Venza Performance: Efficient but Not Exciting

Venza Engine

The Venza's hybrid powertrain is comprised of a four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission that puts out a combined 219 horsepower. That's not a lot of juice, but it's enough that this Toyota doesn't feel underpowered. The Venza is not quick, though the electric motors provide respectable off-the-line acceleration.

Venza Gas Mileage

The Venza gets pretty good gas mileage for a hybrid SUV. It earns 40 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Venza Ride and Handling

This Toyota crossover feels composed on winding roads, but it's not overly agile. Instead, the Venza aims to be an easy-to-drive, comfortable SUV, and it succeeds. The ride quality stands out, and the suspension absorbs road imperfections easily.

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Venza Reliability

Is the Toyota Venza Reliable?

The 2021 Toyota Venza does not yet have a predicted reliability rating.

Toyota Venza Warranty

Toyota covers the Venza with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota covers most hybrid components with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, and the battery comes with a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.

Read more about reliability »

Venza Safety

Venza Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Venza an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Venza received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2021 Venza.

Venza Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic sign recognition

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Read more about safety »

Venza Dimensions and Weight

The Venza is 15.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,847 to 3,913 pounds.

Where Is the Toyota Venza Built?

Toyota builds the 2021 Venza in Japan.

Which Toyota Venza Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Venza comes in three trims: LE, XLE, and Limited. All Venza models feature a 219-horsepower hybrid powertrain comprised of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive comes standard in all models.

Even the base Venza LE comes well-equipped, and many buyers will likely be content to stick with it. However, the Limited trim comes with plenty of features that aren't available in the LE trim, and it's the only trim to offer the Venza's fancy panoramic glass roof.

It's worth noting that the Limited trim includes the larger touch screen, which may not be a good fit for every user. Check out our Interior Features section for more info.

Venza LE

The Venza LE carries a base price of $32,470. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, wireless device charging, an 8-inch touch screen, six speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. Some of these features are part of Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 technology suite.

Venza XLE

The Venza XLE sports a starting MSRP of $36,000. In addition to the base trim's features, the XLE comes with heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors.

The XLE also offers a number of features you can't get in the base trim, including synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

Venza Limited

The top-of-the-line Venza Limited starts at $39,800. The Limited comes with just about every feature you can get in a Venza. The only notable options in the Limited are a panoramic glass roof and a head-up display.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

See 2021 Toyota Venza specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2021 Toyota Venza is a hybrid crossover with a posh interior, comfortable seats, and a smooth ride. It's definitely not the SUV for buyers looking for a thrilling driving machine, and it has lackluster cargo space compared to several other hybrid and electric SUVs, as well as nonhybrid two-row SUVs. This is a good SUV that will no doubt appeal to a specific subset of buyers, but it doesn't stand out enough to challenge for a top spot in the class rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Compared to others in the midsize class, though, you're getting a crossover with less backseat room, average cargo capacity and slow acceleration. It gets vastly better fuel economy, which is what Toyota is really banking on here. If efficiency is king, the choice will be obvious. If anything, the biggest roadblock will be the RAV4 Hybrid sitting next to it on dealer lots." -- Autoblog
  • "The hybrid-only 2021 Venza is one of the best-looking new Toyotas in recent memory – or at least one of the least fussy in its design. But its good looks are one of its few strengths. Although Toyota pitches the Venza as a mid-size two-row SUV in the vein of the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, and Honda Passport, this new crossover struggles to stand apart from the company's own compact RAV4 hybrid. Within the greater Toyota lineup, it's easier to think of the Venza as a high-end trim level of the RAV4, rather than a separate model designed to compete with larger rivals." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Toyota Venza's aggressive new styling borrows cues from Lexus and other luxury brands. Its interior design is upmarket too. On the downside, the Venza doesn't offer as much passenger and cargo space as its rivals, and it's not rated for towing. But if you value comfort, technology and great fuel efficiency, the Venza is an excellent pick." -- Edmunds
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