Talk about a comeback. The 2021 Toyota Venza is here to make a statement. A crossover once overshadowed by Toyota’s fan favorite, RAV-4, has now been revamped into a hybrid lover’s dream.

From generic to posh, the Venza’s new, sophisticated design has been transformed to match Toyota’s current aesthetic. It is now more reminiscent of the Lexus RX – bearing little resemblance to its wagon-like predecessor. 

With its sleek new exterior and drool-worthy interior upgrades, the new Toyota Venza is drawing the eyes of buyers who barely knew its name before. 

All Venza grades come equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, an 8- inch touchscreen display, and heated and ventilated front seats. 

A 12.3-inch screen comes standard in the Limited grade, offering features like Apple CarPlay and 9 speaker audio system. 

By far the coolest upgrade to the 2021 Toyota Venza is the inclusion of an electrochromic panoramic roof. The StarGaze™ technology is sure to impress, and the Venza is the first of Toyota models to include this innovation.  

Read more to learn about the brief history of the Toyota Venza including specific features that have made the 2021 revival an exceptional comeback model. 

Quick history

Toyota initially released the Venza back in 2008. The crossover vehicle was intended for drivers who wanted the look of a sedan with the ease and functionality of a crossover. 

According to MotorTrend, Venza sales were at their highest in 2009 – with 54,410 units sold. Those sales continued to drop in the years following – making the Venza fall behind competition in its class and other Toyota SUVs.  

By 2015, Toyota made the decision to halt production, as sales were down to 21,351 units

After five years off the market and competition at an all time high, what really led Toyota to bring back the somewhat lackluster Venza?

Most likely a shift in customer preference and a growing interest in environmental awareness.  As of late, these mid-size crossovers and SUVs seem to be dominating the car market with no end in sight. 

With the RAV-4 ranking as Toyota’s best selling vehicle, it is apparent the demand for mid-size vehicles has increased over the years. 

Explore more, emit less

Toyota has pioneered the way for hybrid design and has remained committed to fuel efficient vehicles.  

The new and improved Venza will get close to 40 MPG, making it an attractive buy for consumers looking to travel or drive local.  

With the twentieth anniversary of the Prius in 2020, it is no surprise that Toyota delivered yet another all-hybrid vehicle.  

The Venza’s all-hybrid powertrain will allow drivers to consume less fuel while enjoying the luxury of high-tech safety features and spacious interiors.  

All-wheel drive with every grade

The 2021 Toyota Venza comes with better agility thanks to Toyota’s Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive. Vehicles with AWD have improved acceleration and better traction in slippery conditions. 

Unlike the old Toyota Venza, this all-hybrid upgrade could accommodate for varying weather conditions and terrains. 

Even better, every grade includes AWD so there is no extra cost for this luxury. 

Panoramic glass roof

Clearly, the showstopper of the 2021 Venza is Toyota’s latest innovation of StarGaze™ technology. Currently exclusive to the Venza, the electrochromic glass allows passengers to switch from transparent to opaque viewing modes with a switch of a button. 

In the frosted mode, passengers can enjoy a lighter and brighter interior space without direct sunlight. This feature is specifically great for warmer climates, where the heat oftentimes becomes intolerable. 

LED headlights

The Venza’s new-and-improved LED headlights have taken this SUV from bland to futuristic. The slim and trim headlights give the front facade a smooth finish, while improving the overall aesthetic of the vehicle. 

The linear design of the Toyota Venza tail lights are both enjoyable to look at and improve road safety. 

Time to buy the Toyota Venza

Come September 2020, you can find the revived Toyota Venza at a dealership near you. Offered at a range of prices, you are guaranteed to get the standard Toyota safety and luxury in each grade.

Grade Drive MSRP
LE AWD $32,470
XLE AWD $36,000
LIMITED  AWD $39,800

In recent years, the trend toward eco-friendly car buying has allowed all-hybrid and electric vehicles to grow in popularity. With Toyota’s long-term commitment to hybrid mobility, switching the Venza to an all-hybrid crossover will likely keep this revamped crossover around for years to come.

Michaella Malone
Hello! My name is Michaella Malone. I am a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in English. I am a freelance writer with varied experience in ghostwriting, blogging, and resume building. I have additional knowledge in creating content for ESL curriculums.

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    7 Comments

    1. I have noticed that the Toyota vehicles are starting to look closer and closer to Lexus. It is nice for Toyota vehicle owners but not too exciting I feel for Lexus owners. But may I say, that Venza looks snazzy!

    2. Toyota has really stepped up to the plate. I’m feeling some type of way about that pano-roof.

    3. I find it fascinating to learn how technology keeps growing by time. Learning about this new car makes me realize how times are changing. I cant wait to see what would come after this.

    4. Panoramic sunroofs are a great feature. I love the sunroof my Ford Edge has.

    5. I’m impressed, and that the electrochromic glass sunroof!

    6. I think it looks good, and agree with Kennedy that ist looking more like a Lexus. I really like that the AWD comes on all the models I think its a really important feature.

    7. I wasn’t aware that that kind of electronic polarization of glass was available on the market like this!

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