2013 Toyota Venza Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 24, 2012
  • New grille and minor styling updates
  • New Toyota Entune multi-media system with full smartphone integration
  • More standard equipment for LE and XLE trims


The 2013 Toyota Venza is a 5-passenger crossover SUV based on the previous-generation Toyota Camry's platform.

Exterior Features

The main clue that you're looking at a 2013 Venza is the new grille, new 19-inch wheel designs for the 4-cylinder models, or the new blind-spot side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators. Three new colors are available, too: Cypress Pearl, Cosmic Gray Mica, and Attitude Black.

Interior Features

Black is also a new interior color for the 2013 Venza. Other upgrades include standard Bluetooth hands-free connectivity with music streaming for all models, and a standard Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen supported by a USB/iPod connection and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Optional Features

Get the mid-grade XLE trim, and the 2013 Venza is equipped with standard leather upholstery, heated front seats, power front passenger's seat, power liftgate, Smart Key entry and push-button starting, and a reversing camera. This model also comes standard with a navigation system and Toyota's new Entune multi-media platform, which pairs a smartphone with the Display Audio screen to stream Internet radio and run mobile applications through the Entune system.

Under the Hood

For 2013, the Venza's powertrains are identical to the 2012 model. The 2013 Venza LE and XLE come standard with a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine making 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 182 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The Venza Limited gets a 3.5-liter V-6 engine generating 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 246 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm.

A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models, delivering power to the front wheels (FWD). Toyota offers an Active Torque Control all-wheel-drive (AWD) system on the Venza as an option.

Fuel Economy

As this preview is published, the EPA has not finalized fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Venza. However, the powertrains are carried over from the previous model year, and in 2012 the Venza received the following ratings:
  • Venza with 4-cylinder and FWD: 21/27/23 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
  • Venza with 4-cylinder and AWD: 20/25/22 mpg
  • Venza V-6 with FWD: 19/26/22 mpg
  • Venza V-6 with AWD: 18/25/21 mpg


Toyota installs its Star Safety System on the 2013 Venza, comprised of traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and Smart Stop technology designed to prevent the Venza from accelerating if the brake pedal is depressed. Seven air bags are also included, with the driver benefiting from a knee air bag. A reversing camera is optional.

Last year, the structurally identical 2012 Venza was named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration assigned the '12 Venza an overall crash-test rating of 4 (out of 5) stars.

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