2023 Toyota Venza: What We Know So Far
2023 Toyota Venza – The New Venza between the compact RAV4 and the mid-size Highlander SUV in the Toyota range. It’s based on the Harrier SUV that Toyota sold overseas, which we always thought would make a great SUV for the North American market; apparently, Toyota agrees.
Unlike the Harrier, which is sold with hybrid powertrains and conventional non-hybrids, the Venza U.S. market is powered exclusively by hybrid systems. The sleek two-line Venza is a stylish choice among its boxier siblings, but it faces heady competition from the like of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Nissan Murano.
2023 Toyota Venza
2023 Toyota Venza Review
During Toyota Venza’s initial run (2009-2015), it was basically a minivan-SUV crossover targeting a niche market. After the 2015 model year, Venza took a five-year model break and returned in 2021 as a more muscular midsize crossover with more traditional proportions. With fresh, we expect Toyota Venza 2023 to be a carryover model.
The original Venza sits in a very narrow niche, and many buyers see it as too soft. So it’s no surprise the new generation of Venza is more muscular with its strong body line, coupe-like rear glass, protruding back, and flashy taillights. The new generation Venza is not the parent car of its predecessor football. We hope the Toyota Venza 2023 will continue with the same performance.
Inside, Venza offers an equally muscular cabin with many bold shapes and angles. It also includes wide air vents, blazing middle stacks, hard shifters, dashboard-top touchscreens, and surprisingly high-end material. We anticipate no changes to the cabin of the Toyota Venza 2023 when it crashes into the showroom.
Toyota Venza currently has many standard technologies for today’s buyers, including an 8-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging, handshake-free liftgate, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.
Buyers can also move up in trim levels and add more premium technologies such as a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, a 10-inch head-up display, a nine-speaker JBL audio system, and even a two-panel electric roof sunroof. We hope the Toyota Venza 2022 is compatible with all these standard and optional features.
2023 Toyota Venza Engine
Venza is offered exclusively as a hybrid, powered by an arrangement consisting of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and three electric motors that together develop 219 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard: One electric motor drives Venza’s rear wheels while a gasoline engine and two other motors work to rotate the front.
During our test drive at Venza, we found ourselves disappointed with its driving dynamics and it did not provide the smooth ride and even what we expected. On our test track, the acceleration was also mediocre at 7.6 seconds to 60 mph, placing it 1.5 seconds off the speed set by the Honda Passport.
The EPA estimates that Venza will give the city 40 mpg and highways 37 mpg, which is nearly double the rating of other two-line mid-size SUVs such as the Passport and Ford Edge. On our 75 mph highway fuel-economy test route, we recorded 36 mpg.
2023 Toyota Venza Interior
Based on its dimensions, we expected the Venza cabin to be slightly more roomy than the smaller RAV4 in terms of spaciousness, but in reality, we found Venza a little under-sold. Not only is passenger space tighter here than at RAV4, but cargo capacity is also suffering, although most buyers will find it very adequate.
We loaded seven carry-on suitcases behind the back seat and a total of 18 with folded rear seats, verses 10 and 22 for the RAV4. Venza was the first Toyota to offer an optional electrochromic panoramic sunroof called the Star Gaze company. With a flip switch, the sunroof glass panel switches from transparent to opaque; This impressive feature is something we’ve only found until now on luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz SL class.
Toyota Venza Infotainment
An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard at Venza and stands proudly on the SUV’s dashboard; Larger 12.3-inch displays are optional on XLE and standard on Limited. Whatever display you choose, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connectivity are all standard, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio. Upgrading to the larger of the two displays also unlocks in-dash navigation and adds a premium JBL stereo system of nine speakers.
Toyota Venza Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given a five-star safety rating to Venza and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it a Top Safety Pick. In addition, Toyota includes a series of driver assistance features as standard on all models. Key security features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard line departure warning with help keeping track
- Standard adaptive cruise control
2023 Toyota Venza Release Date and Price
There is no sales date for the Toyota Venza 2023 yet, but based on the previous release schedule, we expect it will arrive in summer 2022.
Prices are also unconfirmed for Venza 2023. As no changes are to come, we expect its MSRP to remain close to the $33,645 to $40,975 price range of the current model (including destination costs).
This unique crossover will compete with the Chevy Blazer, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.