CHANGES FOR 2013:

– Lightly revised exterior including a new grille, fog lamp bezels, taillights, and side mirrors.
– New steering wheel and updated interior trim.
– Upgraded 6.1-inch display audio system.
– Touring Package on I4 AWD and V6 AWD models now includes driver’s seat memory with linked exterior mirrors, auto-levelling HID headlights, and LED daytime running lights.

A rakish roofline and big wheels set this people mover apart from the crowd. Built on the previous-gen Camry platform, Toyota’s tall, five-seat wagon is car-like in its handling and maneuverability yet, with the rear seats folded, cargo room betters many mid-size SUVs. All-wheel-drive is available with both the V6 and four-cylinder engines, but choosing the smaller engine does not net appreciably better fuel mileage. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. With its nicely designed and hushed interior, the Venza is a pleasant long-distance runner.

The Venza comes in a single trim line, differentiated by engine size, and by FWD or AWD.

Features on the four-cylinder Venza include 19-inch alloy wheels, 6.1-inch AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA display audio system with six speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium fabric seats, 8-way power driver seat, 60/40 split rear bench seat, power locks, power windows with auto-up/down, 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display, optitron gauges, auto-dimming rear view mirror with digital compass, tilt/telescopic steering with steering wheel mounted audio controls, woodgrain interior, chrome inner door handles, tonneau cover, cargo mat, cargo net, carpeted and all-season floor mats, cruise control, integrated garage door opener, illuminated entry, keyless entry, dual heated power mirrors, blind spot convex mirrors, rear privacy glass, body colour door handles and mirrors, chrome exhaust, variable intermittent wipers, automatic headlight system, fog lights, airbags (front, front seat, side curtain, driver’s knee), and TPMS.

The Venza V6 adds 20-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust.

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