At this year’s New York Auto Show Toyota will unveil a new version of its Venza crossover vehicle with striking new design and several new standard convenience features. The sporty Venza comes with new headlights, a massive front grille, new wheels and mirrors. It does seem to be inspired in places by the Lexus RX.
Inside the cabin you get a new steering wheel as far as the looks are concerned, but you do get an awful lot of new features, including Toyota’s new Entune infotainment system.
The 2013 Venza is available in LE, XLE and Limited grades. The LE and XLE models are available with all powertrain combinations: four-cylinder, V6, front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD); the Toyota Venza Limited is powered by the V6 engine only, in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. Value has been enhanced and ordering simplified with the addition of many standard features in all three grades.
The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 181 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque, while the bigger 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 horsepower and 246 lb.-ft. of torque. The former manages 21 MPG city/27 MPG highway for the FWD model and 20/25 for the AWD, and the latter 19 MPG city/26 MPG highway and 18/25 for the AWD (all figures estimated).
Main safety features in the new Toyota Venza include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC) Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and the Smart Stop Technology (SST).