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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
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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.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Toyota Venza
Starting price
$16,500

2013 Toyota Venza LE

Recommended for: Buyers that want premium features in a sub-$30K crossover

The 2013 Toyota Venza LE is the base trim level for in the Venza’s lineup, and it has a base MSRP of $27,700 with front-wheel drive and $29,150 in all-wheel drive. On the outside, the Venza LE comes standard with a 2.7-liter four cylinder engine with 181 horsepower lined up to a six-speed automatic transmission, daytime running lights, fog lamps, heated power mirrors with blind-spot indicators and puddle lights, 19-inch alloy wheels with S-Rated tires, intermittent wipers with wiper deicers, rear tinted windows, rear spoiler with LED center-mount stoplight, Hill Stop Assist, stability control, traction control, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and chrome-tipped exhaust. Inside of the LE trim level, the Venza gets: dual-zone automatic climate control, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, Bluetooth integration and 6.1-inch color touchscreen, 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display, cloth seating, eight-way power driver seat, four-way manual passenger seat, 60/40 split rear seating, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with integrated audio, Bluetooth and voice control, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, HomeLink iPod holder, and three 12-volt plugs.

2013 Toyota Venza
Starting price
$16,500

2013 Toyota Venza LE V6

Recommended for: Buyers that want the extra power of the V-6

The 2013 Venza LE V6 is largely the same as the base LE model with its main addition being a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This model comes in at a base MSRP of $29,520 with front-wheel drive and $30,970 with all-wheel drive. On the outside, the LE V6 trim level carries over most of the LE’s features, but adds in 20-inch alloy wheels with H-rate tires and chrome-tipped dual exhaust. On the inside, the LE V6 is literally indistinguishable from the base LE model, as it carries all of the same features.

2013 Toyota Venza
Starting price
$16,500

2013 Toyota Venza Limited V6

Recommended for: Buyers looking for all of the premium features Toyota has to offers in a crossover

The Limited trim level on the 2013 Toyota Venza is the top trim of the lineup. It comes standard with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It has a base MSRP of $37,420 with front-wheel drive and $38,870 with all-wheel drive. On the outside, the Limited carries over the XLE V6’s standard features and adds in auto-dimming and on/off HID headlights, LED daytime running lamps, and a panoramic power sunroof. On the inside, the Limited again carries the XLE V6’s standard features but tosses in a 13-speaker HD radio stereo system with a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen, integrated backup camera, Bluetooth integration, Entune infotainment system and hard-drive-based navigation.

2013 Toyota Venza
Starting price
$16,500

2013 Toyota Venza XLE

Recommended for: Buyers looking for leather interior and navigation, as well as other high-end features

The XLE trim level drops back down to the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine found in the LE trim level, and comes in at $31,360 with front-wheel drive and $32,810 with all-wheel drive. On the outside, the XLE trim level adds a few extra goodies to the LE trim level, including: memory mirrors, chrome door handles with one-touch lock and unlock, anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, and power rear hatch. On the inside, the XLE trim level continues adding to the LE trim level, with features like: HD radio with navigation, 3.5-inch TFT multi-information display, leather-appointed seating, eight-way power driver seat with memory, four-way power passenger seat, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth and voice controls.

2013 Toyota Venza
Starting price
$16,500

2013 Toyota Venza XLE V6

Recommended for: Buyers that want all of the XLE's premium features with the added benefit of the V-6 engine

Like the LE V6 trim level, the XLE V6 trim level adds the 3.5-literV-6 engine to the XLE trim level. This trim level comes in at $33,180 with front-wheel drive and $34,630 with all-wheel drive. On the outside, the XLE V6 adds a set of 20-inch wheels and chrome-tipped dual exhaust to the XLE package. Just like the LE and LE V6 models, the interior of the XLE and XLE V6 models are completely identical, as they carry all of the same standard features and options.

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