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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Toyota Venza

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 19 City / 26 Highway
Pros
  • Comfortable seats
  • Plenty of cargo room
  • Quiet cabin
Cons
  • Ride may be too stiff for some
  • Unconfident brake pedal feel
  • Styling may not be for everyone
Automotive Editor -
The 2013 model year for the Toyota Venza crossover is more of a refresh than a complete redesign, as its basic bodylines and shapes are maintained, and only small changes were made to help enhance its appearance. The three most obvious changes to the 2013 model year are the addition of a bolder-styled upper and lower grille, more pronounced fog lamp bezels and standard 19-inch wheels. These changes help add a little extra character to the otherwise soft 2012 model's body.

Introduction

The 2013 Toyota Venza comes in five trim levels and they include: LE, LE V6, XLE, XLE V6 and Limited. All three trim levels are available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Being a crossover typically mean that some light towing may be involved, and the Venza tows up to 3,500 pound when fitted with the V-6 engine and a special towing package.

The LE trim level acts as the base trim level for the Venza, but for a base model it certainly comes with plenty of standard features. The LE V6 does simply adds a more powerful V-6 engine to the LE package, as well as larger rims. The XLE trim level tosses in upgraded seating, navigation and other comfort features. Just like the LE V6 trim, the XLE V6 trim adds in the extra power of the V-6 engine and a larger set of wheels. The Limited trim level adds in a slew of luxurious features and comes standard with the powerful V-6 engine.

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In the CUV crossover class, there is limited, but still plentiful, competition for the Venza. Starting things off is the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, which features a base MSRP of $30,340 and features seating for up to eight people, up to a 5,200-pound towing capacity and a 281- to 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The 2013 Ford Flex is another competitor and comes in carrying a $30,385 base MSRP along with a 285-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, room for up to seven people, and a maximum towing rating of up to 4,500 pounds. The 2013 Acura RDX comes in as the final competitor, featuring a $34,320 base MSRP, a 273-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, room for five people and maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

The competition for the 2013 Venza may be somewhat limited, but that does not take away from the fact that the competition is fierce. The revised Venza needs to perfectly combine the form and function of a minivan with a dash of SUV utility to pull customers away from the competition.

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