The 2013 Toyota Venza earns an above average Total Car Score for the Midsize SUVs & Crossovers segment.
It’s been four years since Toyota unveiled its Venza crossover, so the model was due for a freshening. For 2013, the Venza’s grille, foglamps and taillights have been restyled, and there’s a new design for the standard 19-inch alloy wheels.
Toyota has also added new equipment to all three of Venza’s trim levels, the most significant of which is the inclusion of the Entune infotainment system as standard on XLE and Limited models and optional on the base LE version. Through Entune the Venza owner can tap into a number of mobile apps as well as streaming music from Pandora and iHeartRadio, plus get live weather, traffic, sports and other news feeds.
Buyers of the Venza Limited will have even more audio options, thanks to the premium 13-speaker JBL sound system that offers HD and satellite radio feeds.
Mechanically the Venza carries over from last year, with four- and six-cylinder engine choices and the option of AWD.
Venza remains an interesting choice among crossover vehicles. Its unique design is a sporty combination of crossover and minivan styling cues, it’s more compact in person than it appears in photos, and yet it offers ample room inside for five passengers. If neither minivan nor crossover suits your personality, the 2013 Toyota Venza may be just what you’re looking for.
The 2013 Toyota Venza is a five-door five-passenger crossover vehicle available with a choice of two engines and three trim levels: LE, XLE and Limited.
The standard engine in LE and XLE models is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that produces 181 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of peak torque. Optional in LE and XLE and standard in Limited models is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 268 hp and 246 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions that drive the front wheels in standard configuration and all four with optional AWD.
New accessories -- a blind-spot mirror and puddle lamps in the outside mirrors -- join a long list of standard equipment on the base Venza LE that also includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a powered driver’s seat, a tilt/telescope steering wheel and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, auxiliary jack and USB port.
XLE models add leather upholstery and heated front seats, push-button start, a powered liftgate, rear-view camera and an upgraded audio system with navigation and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system.
The top-tier Venza Limited goes all out with HID headlamps, a panoramic glass roof with power moonroof, and a premium JBL sound system with a 7-inch touch screen, 13 speakers, HD radio and satellite radio capability.
Though the EPA hasn’t released official fuel economy ratings, Toyota reports the 2013 Venza with the 2.7-liter engine and FWD will see 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined; AWD models should get 20/25/22 mpg. Venza V6 models with FWD will hit 19/26/22 mpg, 18/25/21 with AWD.
Properly equipped, the 2013 Toyota Venza can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
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