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2013 Toyota Venza LE SUV

2013 Toyota Venza Review

(0 Stars)  Practicality before beauty.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The Venza receives a slightly more becoming grille for 2013. Inside, a touch-screen radio display is now standard, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system is standard on XLE and Limited models and available on the LE.
Overview
The Venza is, in essence, a crossover of a crossover. The idea, in Toyota’s words, is to combine “the value and reliability of a Camry, the comfort and upscale refinement of an Avalon, and the utility and functionality of a Highlander.” To our eyes, the attempt to combine all these traits results in a rather awkwardly styled Camry wagon with high sills and a jacked-up ride height. A 2013 face-lift has cleaned up the busy, in-your-face grille, at least. If you can get beyond the styling, the Venza does offer carlike agility and some SUV functionality, but we’re not entirely satisfied with either. Its 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 performs the same way it does in Toyota’s other vehicles, providing smooth, relatively economical motivation. You can get a Venza with a four-cylinder engine for about $2000 less, but we’d recommend saving money elsewhere, especially since the four-cylinder offers only a marginal fuel-economy advantage. A power-operated tilting-and-sliding panoramic sunroof is optional, as is a backup camera. The XLE and the Limited get Toyota’s Entune touch-screen infotainment system, and technological niceties like iPod connectivity and Bluetooth are standard across the line. V-6-powered Venzas sport standard twenty-inch wheels, proving that you don’t have to buy a sports car or a big SUV to roll like a late-’90s rapper.

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2013 Venza LE Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.7L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 390 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
17.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 181 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 182 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm

'13 Toyota LE SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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