Toyota decided to reveal today the 2013 Venza ahead of its official debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. As expected, the car comes with new headlights featuring LED technology, with a new front grille, new fog lights featuring chromed rings, new door mirrors featuring the obligatory built-in signals but also updated taillamps.
For the 2013MY, the Venza also offers three new colors: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica. The interior was also updated and is available in three colors Ivory, Light Gray, and Black, which is new for 2013. The steering wheel buttons were slightly updated and the 2013 Venza can be fitted with Toyota’s Entune package capable to integrate your smartphone with the vehicle’s display found in the center of the dashboard.
Regarding the engines, the 2013 Venza offers a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque but also the 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 246 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway for the FWD model and 20/25 for the AWD, while the V6 FWD model has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 18/25 for the AWD.
According to the Japanese manufacturer, the 2013 Venza will be available in LE, XLE and Limited grades. The LE and XLE models are available with all powertrain combinations: four-cylinder, V6, front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The Venza Limited is available only with the V6 engine.
Toyota's STAR Safety System comes as standard on all Toyota vehicle models. It features enhanced VSC or Vehicle Stability Control, TRAC or Traction Control, ABS or Anti-lock Brake System, EBD or Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and SST or Smart Stop Technology.
The VSC automatically adjusts the engine output as well as each wheel’s braking force in order to help control the loss of traction while cornering. Meanwhile, TRAC helps in maintaining the traction while driving during challenging conditions. Brake Assist determines if the driver is trying to do an emergency brake. If the driver hasn’t stepped firmly on the brake pedal to engage the ABS, the Brake Assist supplements this applied braking power until the pedal is released.
Then there’s Smart Stop, which offers additional safety level by reducing engine power automatically when the brake and the accelerator pedals are simultaneously applied under certain driving conditions, therefore bringing the car to a controlled stop. HAC, which comes as standard on all Toyota Venza models, provides pressure to the brakes temporarily while the vehicle stops on an incline in order to help make it easy to start the vehicle with no rollback.
Additionally, Toyota Venza provides 7 airbags, including the knee airbag for the driver, the front-seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and the front-seat passenger, and side-curtain airbags for both front and rear. Moreover, in case of a severe frontal collision, the front seatbelt pretensioners retract the front seatbelt while dual-stage force limiters contribute in limiting the seat-belt force that was applied to both the driver's and the front passenger's chests.
The driver’s and front-passenger’s seats also have active headrests. This means that if the vehicle gets struck from the rear, there is a cable-actuated mechanism that will move this headrest upward and then forward in order to limit the movement of the person’s head.