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Best/worst features of the 2021 Toyota Venza Limited

Taking you through the best and the worst features of the new 2021 Toyota Venza Limited.

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I recently had the keys to the brand new 2021 Toyota Venza Limited and I wanted to take sometime and list out all of the features that caught my eye and some that let me down.

Best: The hybrid options and settings

The 2021 Toyota Venza Limited is a hybrid powered vehicle. It comes powered by a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine combined with a hybrid battery system which kicks you 219 combined horsepower. There are plenty of hybrids out there, but many you might not know it besides a badge saying so.

The Venza features a bunch of screens, options, settings, and even that EV mode to let you know you are driving green and allowing you to tinker around while doing so.

Best: Great fuel economy

Following right in line with those hybrid options has to be the whole reason you have a hybrid vehicle - to get great fuel economy. Toyota says you will get 40 city mpg and 37 highway mpg for a combined 39 mpg which is what I averaged. All I know is I had the vehicle for a week with a full tank of gas and the gas gauge didn't budge a bit.

Best: JBL audio system

The 2021 Toyota Limited features a 9 speaker JBL audio system. I am in no way an audiophile, but I like anyone else like to bump to some tunes when driving. Normally I don't mention an audio system as I cannot measure it (other than a decibel meter). It isn't the best audio system in the world, but the system in the Venza caught me off guard in a good way. I suppose you just have to experience it.

Best: Digital rear mirror

It a little bit of a tech gimmick, but in my opinion a functional one. The 2021 Toyota Limited features a digital rearview mirror. What that means is like the picture shows above, you flick the mirror down and it will display digitally everything appearing behind the vehicle.

Worst: Touch buttons in lieu of dials

Much of Toyota's product line features the same general infotrainment system from vehicle to vehicle. Beyond the looks of the operation system of the nav, they all have the same feel with the physical dials for volume and the tuner dial. With the Venza Limited, it is all touch buttons which I have no love for and hey happen to attract a ton of finger prints too.

Worst: Its in brand competition is so great, not sure you should buy

Toyota already has a great mid-size crossover/SUV that everyone buys and you should buy as well called the RAV4. The RAV4 is so great that I cannot recommend you get a Venza. Both are comparable in size, there is a RAV4 trim that happens to be the fastest vehicle they make, the RAV4 checks all the boxes the Venza does, just better and that is the worst thing going for the Venza.

Final words

The Venza has some great bits about it, but I don't think Toyota will hate me too much if I tell you that you should probably just get another of their vehicles. You know the best selling mid-size SUV ever - the RAV4.

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Comments (2)

  • Another bland crossover. Wondering why Toyota chose to revive the name and make this if it wasn’t going to do something thing better than the Rav? The original Venza was more like an Avalon wagon that filled more of a niche than the new one. I predict it will go the way of it’s predecessor along with all the other also rans. Next! Cheers!

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