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By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Venza in 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...more

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.

Safety

Front, side, side curtain, and driver’s knee air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. A backup camera is optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota Venza

  • Ford Edge
  • Honda Crosstour
  • Nissan Murano
  • Subaru Outback

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2013 Venza Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Trunk Pulldown
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Vehicle Information Center

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Spoiler

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats
  • Third row seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System
  • Voice Activated Controls

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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