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  • (4.5) 46 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $11,166–$22,634
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-23
  • Engine: 181-hp, 2.7-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2013 Toyota Venza

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Toyota Venza

What We Don't Like

  • Firm ride
  • Sloppy handling
  • Mushy brakes
  • Unresponsive transmission
  • Rear sight lines

Notable Features

  • Light restyling for 2013
  • More standard features
  • Large hatchback body style
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Optional panoramic moonroof

2013 Toyota Venza Reviews

Vehicle Overview

A large five-seat hatchback, the Toyota Venza has been lightly restyled for 2013 and now offers more standard features and updated option packages. Trim levels are LE, XLE and Limited with four- or six-cylinder engines and front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Ford Edge, Honda Crosstour and Subaru Outback.

Exterior
The Venza combines the interior space of an SUV with the lower center of gravity and family friendliness of a large wagon. For 2013, the upper and lower grilles are redone, and the fog lights and taillights have been tweaked. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels are standard; 20-inch rims come with the V-6. Three new paint colors are Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica.

Interior
The base Venza LE features an eight-way driver's seat with power adjustment, including lumbar. The Venza XLE adds leather to the seats, steering wheel and shift knob, as well as driver's seat memory, a four-way power passenger seat and heaters for both front seats. A 60/40-split backseat and retractable cargo cover are standard.

Brightly backlit gauges and a 3.5-inch multi-information display are standard. A larger, center display comes on the XLE and Limited trim levels. Other standard features include dual-zone climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, three 12-volt power outlets, and the Display Audio system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen, auxiliary and USB ports and Bluetooth streaming audio.

Options include a power liftgate, backup camera, panoramic glass roof and navigation. The Entune option enhances entertainment, communication and information choices by interfacing with compatible smartphones, adding features like Pandora internet radio.

Under the Hood
The Venza's engine choices include a 181-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a 268-hp
3.5-liter V-6. Both engines mate to a six-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive.

Safety
Standard safety features include seven airbags, including seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants and side curtains to protect the front and rear seats. The seventh is a driver's knee airbag. The front seats also have active head restraints.

As required, the Venza has antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 46 reviews

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Stylish and reliable

by Mike from Vancouver, WA on December 11, 2017

We have only had this car for about two weeks now but I have been impressed. While not luxury it has a nice interior which is roomy and the design is classy. It drives nice with enough acceleration.... Read Full Review

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10 Trims Available

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2013 Toyota Venza Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Venza LE

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Venza LE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Venza LE

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Venza LE

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

Other Years