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2013 Toyota Venza Review

Reviewed by Automotive on 1/30/2013

The 2013 Toyota Venza is a uniquely-shaped vehicle that is most easily identified as either a crossover or a wagon. It offers the comfort and style of a passenger car, while providing the flexibility of an SUV. Built on a previous generation of the Camry, the Venza provides the same reliability.

It surpasses the Camry, though, in terms of functionality and originality. Three trim levels are available: SE, XLE, and Limited. Of the three models, the Limited offers the most luxury benefits.

Compared with other vehicles in its class, such as the Honda Crosstour, the Venza can definitely hold its own. Toyota gives buyers many options by way of comfort features and a host of technological amenities. Those who can afford a 2013 Toyota Venza will not be disappointed with what it brings to the table.

New For 2013

The 2013 model Toyota Venza receives several upgrades from the previous model year:

Base model gets blind spot mirrors

XLE model gets driver memory functions

Limited model gets running lights

Every Venza features a touchscreen interface

Optional features now includes smartphone-based services

A new lower and upper grille

Fog lights

Three new exterior colors

A new 19-inch wheel design


All models of the 2013 Toyota Venza have approximately a 189-inch length, 75-inch width, 63-inch height, eight-inch ground clearance, and 109-inch wheelbase. It features four doors that open wide enough, combining with a low step-in height to enable easy entry and exit to and from the vehicle. It has a sporty and professional design, which is accented by a snazzy chrome grille, s-shaped taillights, and sharp-looking 19- or 20-inch shiny aluminum wheels. Its stance is wide and athletic.

The entire design will not likely go out of style anytime in the near future.

Interior Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Toyota Venza is roomy enough to comfortably fit five passengers. The basic color choices are black, light grey, and ivory, which will satisfy most car buyers. The Venza comes standard with cloth upholstery, but may be upgraded to leather.

Seating is very comfortable, whatever the choice of fabric. In the front, there are bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints. In the rear, a 60/40 split flat-folding reclining seat enables extra cargo to be loaded into the car.

Legroom and headroom is spacious for all passengers, not just those in the front. Even with the seats up, there is sufficient extra cargo room to easily carry lots of groceries or other packages.

The Venza features the latest technology, which includes compatibility for smartphones, USB port, and a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet. Also, drivers will be happy to have access to navigation and information services. The rest of the features inside this vehicle, such as the stereo system and dual automatic climate control, are better than average.

Purchasers of Limited models even get a large panoramic glass moonroof to get a good view of things above. The combination of unique, cutting edge technology and comfort features make the Venza a dream to drive.


Like every other new car produced in the United States, the 2013 Toyota Venza comes standard with anti-lock brakes and stability control. It has a top of the line safety system that includes seven airbags placed around the cabin. The Institute for Highway Safety gives the Venza average crash test ratings, which includes a five-star rating for side-impact crashes.

However, prospective buyers would be well to know that it received only an average rating for front-impact crash tests.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Toyota Venza gives drivers sufficient power to handle most everyday driving situations with ease. The LE model is powered by a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 181-horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. The XLE and Limited models come packed with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that pumps out 268-horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque, outputting a noticeable increase in pickup speed and smoothness of the acceleration.

Both engines are mated with a six-speed automatic transmission that features sequential shift control. This is similar to an auto-manual transmission, where drivers can shift between gears within the automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the Venza is decent, with the four-cylinder reaching 23/27 mpg city/highway and the V-6 model achieving 21/25 mpg city/highway.

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and electronic traction control work together to provide riders with a smooth and comfortable experience during city driving and while on the highway. The power rack-and-pinion steering helps drivers move through traffic gracefully and take sharp corners easily. Also, body roll when travelling on curvy roads is minimal.

Optional all-wheel drive makes weather conditions almost a non-existent factor, enabling the car to stick to the road in rain or snow. The 2013 Toyota Venza is an advanced vehicle that drives well and has plenty of pep.

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