The 2020 Toyota Venza is an average SUV that comes with more standard features than most in its segment. The 2020 Toyota Venza brings a great flair to the compact discontinued class pass with its efficient and reasonably powerful hybrid power. The 2020 Toyota Venza is offered exclusively as a hybrid with all-wheel drive and comes in three levels of adjustment: LE, XLE, and Limited. The 2021 Toyota Venza is a hybrid crossover SUV that drops to five and is mainly based on the Toyota RAV4. Smaller than the three-line Highlander, the Venza revives an older Toyota-named dashboard that was previously applied to a Camry wagon/crossover version.
The 2021 Toyota Venza offered only as an all-wheel-drive hybrid, delivers excellent fuel economy and good power with a rich inside and out the view. It rates quite high, thanks to its efficiency, and gains a TCC rating of 6.5, which will increase slightly when fuel economy ratings are confirmed. Toyota offers Venza in LE, XLE, and Limited trim levels and equips the Venza much like the Highlander. Although it shares its platform with the RAV4, Venza looks very different. A roof-to-roof line, sculpted lines, and chrome trim make it look like a Lexus, while the RAV4 is more angular, straighter, and more off-road oriented.
Inside2020 Toyota Venza Interior
Inside, the cabin is a bit wider than the RAV4 and smaller in terms of space, but actually, we found Venza a little less spacious. Not only is the passenger space narrower here than in the RAV4, but the cargo capacity also suffers, although most buyers will find it fully convenient. We place seven carrying cases behind the back seat and 18 in total with folded rear seats, rows 10 and 22 for the RAV4. Venza is the first Toyota to offer the optional electro chrome panoramic Sunroof that the company calls Star Gaze. With the turn of a switch, the solar glass panels range from transparent to dark, this impressive feature is something we have only found so far in luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz SL-class.
An 8.0-inch touch screen is standard on the Venza and stands proudly on top of the SUV dashboard; a larger 12.3-inch screen is optional in XLE and standard in Limited. Regardless of which screen is selected, the Apple CarPlay connection, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connection are all standards, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio. The update to the two larger screens also unlocks in-dash navigation and adds a nine-speaker JBL premium stereo system.
2020 Toyota Venza Engine
The 2021 Toyota Venza has good power hybrid power and a soft suspension for a smooth but floppy ride. The 2020 Venza is offered exclusively as a hybrid, powered by a compound consisting of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and three electric motors that together develop 219 horsepower. The all-wheel drive is standard: One of the electric motors powers the rear wheels of the Venza while the petrol engine and the other two engines work to rotate the fronts.
The 2021 Toyota Venza is only offered as a hybrid, which is a benefit to the fuel economy. Without EPA ratings, our results will have to wait, but we expect good things. Toyota estimates that Venice EPA estimates will be 40 mpg city, 37 highway, and 39 combined. This is a 1 mpg shame on the RAV4 in its combined rating. Real-world numbers need to come close to EPA estimates as Toyota hybrid systems have been tested over more than two decades of service on American roads.
2020 Toyota Venza Safety
Toyota equips the 2020 Venza with many safety devices outside the box. Standard features consist of eight air huts, including a driver’s knee airbag and a seat cushion airbag, pedestrian collision warning with emergency detection and automatic braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors rear traffic signals, adaptive cruise control, high automatic beams, and road sign recognition. Front and rear parking sensors and a camera system with surround views are also available.
2020 Toyota Venza has given up its life yet to witness its breakage. However, Toyota expects good results from both the IIHS and the NHTSA just like its brother RAV4. Venza also comes with a healthy set of standard safety features and even more are on the order sheet. We cannot give Venza a safety rating until those collision results enter. Expect the 2020 Toyota Venza to post similar crash test ratings for the 2020 Toyota RAV4, which earned the best “Good” points from the IIHS and the top five-star rating.