For 2012, Toyota debuts a new three-model grade strategy for the Venza, which combines a sport-sedan design with crossover versatility. The Venza had previously been offered as a mono-spec model with many option packages. The 2012 Venza is available in LE, XLE and Limited grades. This revision in its model line puts the Venza in line with other Toyota passenger vehicles to make it more convenient for customers.
All powertrain combinations are offered for the LE and XLE models. These include the four-cylinder, V6, front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Meanwhile, the Venza Limited is available with just the V6 engine in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. The Venza, which was created particularly for the market in North America, is targeted at customers who value bold, innovative design, an interior that’s luxurious and refined, and outstanding handling.
But then, vehicle still has to be spacious and versatile. Venza offers SUV flexibility, especially with its fold-flat rear seats, and a roomy cargo area as well as elevated driver sightline. It is also available with AWD and a towing capacity of up to 3,500-lbs. Toyota's Calty Design studios in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich. created the Venza design. It has a 109.3-in. wheelbase, an overall length of 189 inches, and is as tall as 63.4 inches.
These dimensions provide Venza with around the same footprint as a midsize sedan. Calty designers have chosen to create a sleek sedan-like concept with a wide stance that comes with an exterior that’s sporty. It also has vital SUV elements like cargo space, towing capability and an available all-wheel drive performance. The engineering and design of the Venza were particularly made for the North American market, where it is exclusively available.
Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., primarily engineered the Venza but it was assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), in Georgetown, Ky., which is where the Camry and Avalon are built. Over 70% of Venza's components are sourced from North American suppliers. The 2012 Venza is available with both the four-cylinder and V6 models in FWD and AWD versions. In addition, Venza's standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine offers 182hp at 5,800 rpm and 182 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm.
The four-cylinder Venza has an EPA rating of 21 MPG city/-27 MPG highway for the FWD model. The 3.5-liter V6 delivers 268hp at 6,200 rpm and 246 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm.
The EPA estimates the V6 FWD model to have fuel economy ratings of 19 MPG city/26 MPG highway. These two engines are coupled with a six-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). The six-speed ECT-i gives a winning driving experience and also aids in optimizing fuel economy. Uphill/downhill shift logic chooses the right gear for driving conditions and helps give moderate engine braking during downhill driving.