2013 Toyota Venza

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Toyota Venza. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Roominess
  • Comfortable seats
  • Quiet cabin
  • Cargo room
  • V-6 acceleration
  • Generous storage bins

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Toyota Venza

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 inclu...

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.


2013 Venza Video

In conjunction with Cars.com’s 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge, reviewers Aaron Bragman and Joe Bruzek run through a list of features buyers should look for in this class.

Latest 2013 Venza Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

I Have had 0 issues over 5 years

by SnakeMan562 from hacienda heights on October 12, 2018

for a 4cly car has nice drive and good on gas .. large truck space helps with cargo and having kids good family car should recommend Read full review

(4.0)

Best driving experience

by watsonducks from LENOIR CITY, Tn on October 8, 2018

I love this car, it drives so smooth...i switched from a large SUV to this and I love the mpg difference! Lots of space for a smaller SUv Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota Venza currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Toyota Venza LE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Venza received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

C

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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