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2013 Toyota Venza Review

With its superb reliability rating and low ownership costs, the used 2013 Toyota Venza sits in the top half of our rankings. However, its handling is dull, and cheap plastic pieces are found throughout the cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Great reliability rating
  • Low ownership costs
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good cargo space for size
  • Lackluster handling
  • Some cheap cabin materials

New for 2013

  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Entune infotainment interface became available 

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Toyota Venza's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Toyota Venza has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Toyota Venza Overview

Is the 2013 Toyota Venza a Good Used SUV?

A used 2013 Venza is a good value in the affordable midsize SUV class. It has a low price, respectable cargo space, a comfortable ride, and a high reliability rating. That said, some rivals provide better steering feedback and nicer interior materials.

Used 2013 Toyota Venza Performance and Interior

The base model 2013 Venza is powered by an underwhelming 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Power is merely adequate for everyday driving, so you may want to search for a used model with the 268-horsepower V6.  Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive, but some models feature all-wheel drive. This crossover has composed handling and favors comfort over agility. For a more spirited ride, consider the Nissan Murano. This Toyota delivers EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which are good for the class.

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The Venza seats five across two rows of cloth seats. The cabin has an unappealing plastic trim, and the front seats don't have much support. There's a good amount of passenger and cargo space, though some rivals have more of each. Additionally, the second-row seats slide and recline, which creates versatility for storing cargo. Visibility is good all around, and audio and climate controls are straightforward and easy to use. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. You might find some used models with a navigation system, heated front seats, or satellite radio.

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Used 2013 Toyota Venza Prices

The Venza ranges from approximately $14,800 in the base trim to roughly $20,200 in the all-wheel-drive Limited trim. Specific prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 59 Toyota Venza reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Toyota Venza?

The 2013 Toyota Venza has an above-average reliability rating of 4.5 out of five. Only the Nissan Murano and Toyota FJ Cruiser get a higher rating (five out of five).

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How Safe Is the Venza?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Venza four out of five stars in its frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in its side crash test, for a five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Venza the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and named it a 2013 Top Safety Pick. Some 2013 Venzas have a rearview camera.

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Is the 2013 Venza the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Toyota Venza is part of a generation that started in 2009 and ended with the 2015 model year. When the 2013 Venza was new, it received updated exterior styling and an available Entune infotainment interface. You could save money by going with a previous model year, but keep in mind that older Venzas will look slightly different.

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Which Used Toyota Venza Is Right for Me?

The Venza comes in three trims: LE, XLE, and Limited. The Toyota Venza LE trim comes with basic features, like dual-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker audio system. Go with the Toyota Venza XLE trim, which adds a power liftgate, a rearview camera, and leather seats. If you're looking for a larger 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, you'll want the Toyota Venza Limited trim.

This Toyota has an excellent reliability rating, but you may still want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Toyota Venza and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Venza or 2013 Ford Edge?

Unlike the Venza, the 2013 Ford Edge has top-notch materials and supportive front seats. Still, the Venza is the better midsize SUV overall. The Ford has a lower reliability rating of 3.5, lower safety scores, and slightly higher ownership costs. The Edge does have the upper hand when it comes to performance – its 285-horsepower V6 has much more power than the Venza’s standard 181-horsepower four-cylinder – but you're better off with the Toyota.

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Venza or 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has a low reliability rating of two out of five, as well as poor infotainment graphics. Additionally, the 3-row Santa Fe has a cramped third row. The 2-row Santa Fe Sport has higher fuel economy ratings and more cargo space than the Venza, but the Venza has higher safety scores. If you don’t need the Santa Fe’s extra row of seats, go for the Venza.  

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Venza or 2013 Toyota Highlander?

The 2013 Toyota Highlander is a 3-row midsize SUV with more cargo room, passenger space, and horsepower than the Venza. Both SUVs have good fuel economy estimates and similar safety scores, but the Venza has a higher reliability rating and lower ownership costs. It’s the better choice for most shoppers.

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