What's New for 2014:
- Power-folding exterior mirrors added to XLE and Limited
- Front and rear park-assist sensors added to Limited
The 2014 Toyota Venza is a 5-passenger crossover SUV that competes against the Dodge Journey, Ford Edge, Jeep Cherokee, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Murano, and Subaru Outback.
Models and Features
Venza buyers choose between LE, XLE, and Limited trim levels. Choose the XLE for its standard leather seats, heated front seats, Smart Key passive entry system and push-button ignition, navigation system, and subscription-free Entune App Suite technology. Additionally, this version of the Venza is equipped with a power rear liftgate, memory for the driver's settings, power-folding side mirrors, satellite radio, HD Radio, iTunes song tagging capability, an upgraded trip computer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an anti-theft system with an engine immobilizer.
The Venza Limited adds a V-6 engine plus 20-inch aluminum wheels, front and rear park-assist sensors, a premium audio system, hard-drive navigation system with a 7-inch display screen, panoramic sunroof, and automatic headlights with automatic high-beams and LED running lights.
Options and Packages
A Convenience package adds a power liftgate and a reversing camera to the Venza LE, while the Preferred package includes a panoramic glass sunroof, navigation system, and Entune AppSuite technology.
The Venza XLE can be upgraded with a Premium package containing a panoramic glass sunroof, premium audio system, and a hard-drive navigation system with a 7-inch display screen.
The Venza Limited is offered with a Tow Prep package that gives the crossover SUV a 3,500-lb. towing capacity.
A V-6 engine is available for the LE and XLE trim levels, and Active Torque Control all-wheel drive (AWD) is an option across all versions of the Venza. Additional options are limited to dealer-installed accessories.
Under the Hood
A 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine making 181 horsepower is standard equipment for the 2014 Venza LE and XLE. A 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is optional for the LE and XLE, and is standard for the Venza Limited.
Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and a choice between front-wheel drive and AWD. Toyota includes free scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles of ownership.
According to the EPA, the 2014 Venza LE and XLE are rated to return 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the 4-cylinder engine. Select the V-6 engine and the Venza gets 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Venza earns an overall rating of 5 stars--the highest score possible. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2014 Venza's crashworthiness as this overview is written.
Every 2014 Venza is equipped with Toyota's Smart Stop Technology, which is designed to make it impossible for the SUV to accelerate as long as the driver is stepping on the brake pedal. Additional safety-related technology is limited to a knee air bag for the driver, reversing camera, and park-assist sensors.