Toyota revises Venza for 2013 model year

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Toyota's Venza crossover vehicle was first introduced in 2008 for the 2009 model year and can be described as a blend between a family wagon and a compact sport utility vehicle. For the 2013 model year Toyota has updated the Venza and the revised five-seater is now on display at this month's New York International Auto Show.

For 2013, the Venza's sleek body features a new upper and lower front grille, new fog lights, new taillights and new 19-inch wheels. The 2013 Venza comes in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions and features either a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-litre V6. Peak output from the 2.7-litre unit is rated at 181 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque while the 3.5-litre engine generates 268 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come mated to a six-speed, sequential-shift automatic transmission.

Interior amenities for 2013 include an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display and three 12-volt power outlets. Other interior equipment includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio system with USB and Apple iPod connectivity, plus hands-free phone capability.

Interior amenities for the 2013 Venza include a 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display, 6.1-inch touchscreen and three 12-volt power outlets. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press) For those wanting more in the way of luxury, the 2013 Venza can be specified with leather trim for the seats, steering wheel and shift knob. There's even an available panoramic glass roof with front power moonroof, a rear-view camera, a navigation system and a 13-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system that comes with a subwoofer.

Safety features for 2013 include Toyota's full range of Star Safety System components (vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and smart stop technology) plus hill-start assist control. There are also driver and front-passenger front-seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag; that's seven airbags in total.

Toyota's updated 2013 Venza contends with other five-seat crossovers such as the Honda Crosstour, the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Toyota, 2013, Venza, Midsize,

Organizations: Toyota

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