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2013 Toyota Venza

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2013 Toyota Venza Review

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During another era the 2013 Toyota Venza might well have been called a Camry Liftback. With today's Venza Toyota incorporates a crossover utility's higher seating position and good outward vision with expressive sheetmetal, an aggressive footprint, generous cargo capacity and a choice of two powertrains. And it puts the end result, the 5-door Venza, in the same showroom as another Camry-based SUV, the Highlander. There are, of course, options beyond its own showroom; shoppers will find Nissan's Murano and, more recently, the Dodge Journey offering similar fare. If looking for a "soft-road" option it's an embarrassment of riches.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you enjoy the utility and versatility of an SUV while preferring the car-based platform of the crossover SUV, the Venza will provide a credible menu of platform and features, along with its own, singularly stylistic agenda.

You May Not Like This Car If...

A prospective customer might find Toyota's 2013 Venza falling into a middle ground, neither fish (an upright, practical SUV) nor fowl (the wished-for aggressive sports sedan or hatch).

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Toyota Venza's enhanced exterior styling (Toyota's descriptive) includes a new upper and lower grille, fog lamps and taillights. With a new 19-inch wheel design and three new exterior colors (Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica), your neighbor with the '12 will probably wish he had waited. The 3-trim-level strategy (introduced last year) continues, albeit with updated option packages.

Driving the Venza

Driving Impressions In the time-honored tradition of offering a car-based platform powered by car-based drivetrains while suffering from SUV-induced weight, those opting to equip their 2013 Toyota Venza with Toyota's DOHC inline-4...

will learn to be patient when merging onto a freeway. Check the V6 box and you'll immediately benefit from more horsepower, torque and refinement. Both engines, notably, hook up to 6-speed automatic transmissions and operate on regular unleaded gasoline. The power rack-and-pinion steering is reasonably well connected, as is the all-independent suspension. One negative associated with the Venza's generous rubber – in either 19-inch or 20-inch sizes – is the harshness transmitted to the interior. Were these 17-inch or 18-inch tires more road irregularities would be absorbed by the tire/wheel combo, and less would be transmitted into your backside. As with most Toyota vehicles the overall over-the-road impression is rather benign, but given the long ownership history most Toyota owners enjoy, that needn't be a bad thing.

AVAILABLE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
It's rare that a manufacturer will offer all-wheel drive (AWD) across the board, often reserving the option – if it is an option – for only the high-horsepower, top-of-the-line trim levels. Toyota provides it throughout the 2013 Venza range, from the base LE, where it can be purchased for around $30,000, to the top-of-the-line V6 Limited.

ONE-TOUCH FOLD-FLAT SEATS
If you use a sport-oriented utility for its utility, there are few things more frustrating than loading gear at the rear hatch only to discover that you can't fold the rear seats from that position. Toyota's 2013 Venza supplies an all-too-logical cure with one-touch fold-flat levers located in the cargo area. It ain't rocket science, but given the feature's relative scarcity (on competitive vehicles) you'd think it was.

2013 Toyota Venza Details
2013 Toyota Venza photo Interior

The 2013 Toyota Venza's interior is big in all directions. Comfortable seating choices include cloth or leather upholstery (trim dependent), heated front seats and a power driver's seat with power lumbar support. With no 3rd-row seat to take up space, the Venza offers an impressive 70.1 cubic feet of cargo space, while figures for head, leg and hip room are all near the top of the segment. We especially like the 1-touch fold-flat feature for the rear seats. Located in the cargo area, folding either one or both sides is easy and intuitive. Optional features to make the interior more luxurious include a huge panoramic glass moonroof and a premium HDD navigation system with Entune and JBL audio. Pet-friendly accessories include a liftgate pet ramp, booster seat with harness, pet buckles and rear-seat zipline-style harnesses.

Exterior
2013 Toyota Venza photo

On the street the Toyota Venza is immediately recognizable as something different. In point of fact, it's sufficiently different to be virtually unrecognizable as a Toyota. Its expressive face and flanks are an obvious departure from what is frequently known as "Asian generic," while even its standard rubber – all 19 inches of it – provides the Venza with an athletic footprint. And while its profile allows for a high seating position to better see what's around you, the step-in height remains low, making it far more convenient for smallish adults and the elderly. We like its wide, athletic stance, and applaud the U.S.-based design team for its effort, providing – as it does – the Venza with visual differentiation from both the Camry and Highlander.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All three trim levels offered on the 2013 Toyota Venza provide a comfortable level of accommodation. On the outside that up-market attitude is evident with 19-inch alloy rims and generous 245/55 rubber. Inside, even the base LE offers dual- zone automatic climate control; an AM/FM/CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity and control; and a 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display. Seats are fabric in the LE, while leather covers the seating surfaces in the mid-level XLE and up-market Limited. And all 2013 Toyota Venzas enjoy Toyota's comprehensive Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology, plus seven airbags.

Optional Equipment

For those residing in the Snowbelt, or those in the Sunbelt wanting the assurance of all-wheel drive, Toyota provides all-season traction as an available option on all trim levels and powertrains. In short, if you want to spend under $30K for a base Venza LE, but wish to enjoy the security that comes only with AWD, you can do it. And while the standard 2.7-liter inline-4, available in both LE and XLE trims, is a well-respected powerplant, Toyota's 3.5-liter V6 is (again) available across the board.

Under the Hood

Propelling the 2013 Toyota Venza wagon is either a 181-horsepower 2.7-liter inline 4-cylinder or 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. Both engines come with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission that offers uphill/downhill shift logic to minimize gear hunting. Those who do more highway driving should opt for the inline-4; rated at 27 mpg in front-wheel-drive (FWD) guise, this engine is the more financially sensible choice. However, if having AWD or the need to tow 3,500 pounds is a priority, you'll be happy to know that choosing the V6 will result in only a small fuel economy penalty.

2.7-liter inline-4
181 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
182 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/27 mpg (FWD), 20/25 mpg (AWD)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
246 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (FWD), 18/25 mpg (AWD)

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2013 Toyota Venza Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 239 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

love this crossover vehicle

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "roomy, comfortable good handling and great ride"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have a 2014 Venza LE V-6 and love the car. It could ride a little quieter but other than that is is a great car. It rides and handles good for an suv type vehicle. It is great in city driving and excellent on the highway. Gas mileage is good for a car this big with a v-6 engine. The seats are comfortable and plenty of leg room front and back. It is very easy to get in and out of which is very nice since I have back problems. I would buy another in a heartbeat."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY CAR!!!!

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,490

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love everything especially dual sunroof"

Cons: "Can't start from outside of car, discontinued"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2013 Venza LTD. It has more bells and whistles than I can use. The name of my car is "Queenie" because I feel like one of the "Rich and Famous", whenever I get in my car. I planned on upgrading end of next year but to my dismay Toyota has discontinued production of one of the best cars on the market. I have owned 2 Camrys and the Venza was my change. I don't know what I'm going to do"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Toyota Quality

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,890

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great mini SUV car......."

Cons: "none......"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2015 Venza XLE 4 Cyl.Premium package

"I own the 2015 Venza XLE 4cyl.front wheel drive with all the premiums installed, JBL Premium Audio system, the audio has lots of power, with my ear plugs on and almost max out on the volume, the whole car and windows vibrates with clean music power and not distorted, so it's got really great bass and treble sound, once adjusted to your needs. Also has heated seats, both outside mirrors folds in from the mirror adjustment panel switch so that if you need to get really close to a wall or vehicle for clearance, panorama dual moon roof, front opens full or open for vent,19"alloy rims with Toyo tires, TRAC Control enable for poor traction on the surface of the road. The power from this 2.7L 4cyl.is by far plenty of power to get up and go and getting up on speed and quickly entering on the freeway with ease. The V6 is an overkill for power. Hearing comments from other reviews is a not so accurate account. I am not a Fomula or Nascar driver, but I do know that the power coming from this 4cyl. is second to none and the noise coming out the motor, what noise? You got to be kidding me, every motor made is either a 4cyl,6cyl.and V8 makes noise, this little 4cyl.is quieter than my Honda wagon and Honda Odyssey and my great Toyota 4Runner V6, I am really unsure of the negative's driver reviews on this really well built crossover vehicle. I can get 21 MPG city and 29-31 MPG on the freeway at 68 MPH. on a flat land surface. Driving on the freeway is very quiet, so quiet I could not hear the emergency sirens coming from the EMS services, if I didn't look up at my rear view mirror, I would have not notice it, it's that quiet.I praise Toyota group for bringing this Venza out. Oh, BTW, the interior is not a problem, if anyone needs a better leather or clothe surfaces sidings, than why did you buy this car, SUV?You should have bought the Highlander or 4Runner. I believe the Venza is a vehicle that is easy to get in and get out, the seating is great, nice and roomy with 5 adults, it's a lot better than a Camary for room. The steering feeling on my 2015 Venza XLE model has a good solid firm feeling,but not so light,due to the front wheel drive and not so tight control like my Toyota 4Runner.The rear storage is large too, enough to place a 6 each of 2"x4"x 8'woods or putting a 2x4x10'is kind of pushing it, but it will fit with the front seat laid back without the headrest and the passenger rear seat folded down with-out the headrest too. It's a good small SUV vehicle that I call it, I make use of every inch of the Venza. It's big enough than a station wagon and smaller than a standard SUV with great gas mileage on the 4 cyl. every ones personnel mileage will differ, unless your really squeezing every drop of fuel, than you should have gotten a different car that has better gas mileage. Winers, please leave your comment reviews correct or don't leave the bad reviews,cause you made a bad decision or did not do your home work before buying the Venza. Hey ,I very happy with what I bought, just my 2 cents in.......it's to bad their discontinuing this Model......."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2015 Venza XLE 4 Cyl.Premium package

Wonderful car!

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, Fun to drive!"

Cons: "No cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2011 Toyota Venza

"This is the Sweetest ride! Compare it to the SRX Cadilac. Some one said road noise? It is quiet maybe because it came with Perrelli 19" Tires. The comfort is Awesome compared to the Rave 4. Easier to drive than the Honda Pilot that I owned previously. I can make a long trip and not be near as tired. Back seats let down so easy with a pull leaver. Cell phone is paired. Radio shuts off to answer the phone. Accessories that the same year Honda Pilot did not have. More car than the Honda Pilot more comfortable. Wide windshield easy to turn and see from all directions. Love this car! I can't understand why they quit making them."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2011 Toyota Venza

Very Noisey!

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Reliability"

Cons: "Ride Quality, Road Noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"My Venza has so much road noise it is making me crazy! I bought new tires recommended by Toyota Forums and it did not help at all! My Toyota Tundra rides and is less noisey than the Venza! This car should ride and be a lot less noisey for a car its size!"

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Venza Limited V6 AWD

By on Sunday, November 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Absolutely Everyting"

Cons: "There are no cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is our second Venza. They were both identical other than the color of seats. We had a momentary lapse of reason and traded for a larger SUV. Needless to say we came back to the Venza. It has been the perfect car. My wife says it is the best car she has ever had (13 between the 2 of us). I am appalled that Toyota did not market this vehicle better than it did which led to Toyota making the decision to discontinue the Venza. This vehicle is the smoothest ride whether on gravel, in town or going on a long trip. We purchased the current Venza on August 2, 2013. We have had absolutely no issues with this vehicle and I do not plan to. We plan to keep it until the wheels fall off. Only bad thing is, I do not know what we will get that will live up to this vehicle when the time comes to move on to another vehicle."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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