Toyota is welcoming the Venza back into the fold for the 2021 model year but in a different form.
Originally released as a minivan, the vehicle returns as a crossover SUV packed with premium features and standard hybrid power.
More than the features, what’s drawing people in is its official pricing. The Venza’s base LE trim carries a starting price tag of $33,645 after the mandatory $1,175 destination fee. The mid-grade XLE variant is priced at $37,175 while the range-topping Venza Limited retails at $40,975.
All versions of the Venza crossover are equipped with an all-wheel-drive setup and a standard single-hybrid powertrain—an electrified 2.5-liter inline-four engine mated to three electric motors that deliver a maximum output of 219 horsepower.
EPA figures are not yet out, but Toyota makes an estimate of 39 miles per gallon on combined highway and city driving. If this turns out to be consistent with EPA ratings, it will give the Venza an edge over its segment rivals that can only churn out a range of 20 miles when not equipped with a V6 or more powerful turbo-four engines.
While affordability is not its strongest feature, the refreshed Venza does pack a lot to justify the price. Toyota is reportedly equipping it with the Safety Sense 2.0 system inclusive of the latest safety and driver-assist technology offered by the brand.
Some of the features included are automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and road sign readouts as standard equipment. Also joining the list of standard-issue equipment are a hands-free tailgate, power seats, and 18-inch wheels.
The LE trim of the new Venza will also be fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen for infotainment and a 4.2-inch display for its gauge cluster, while the XLE and Limited trims will get 12.3-inch touchscreens and 7-inch gauge clusters.
Among the optional add-ons interested buyers can choose from are a premium JBL audio system, a digital rearview mirror, and a “Star Gaze” panoramic sunroof among others. Heated seats are also going to be offered, as well as ventilated ones for the Limited variant.
The 2021 Toyota Venza is set to arrive at dealerships by September.