Toyota will launch the 2013 Venza crossover in North America at the New York Auto Show, which will open April 4 to the press and two days later to the public. The refreshed Venza now dons a new upper and lower grille, rear taillights and fog lamps. Toyota also changed the Venza’s wheel design. The Venza will be available in three new colors: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica.
The model will still be offered in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels, which will have additional standard features. The LE edition will feature an additional standard display audio, outer mirror turn signals, a blind-spot mirror, and puddle lamps.
XLE edition, meanwhile, will feature a driver memory seat, display audio with navigation and reverse tilt outer mirrors, as well as Toyota’s Entune multimedia system. The Limited edition will feature an additional standard LED daytime running lights and a hard disk drive navigation system with Entune and JBL audio system.
Toyota is assembling the Venza at its Georgetown, Ky., plant, which also builds the Avalon and Camry. The company developed and engineered the Venza at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
According to Reuters, company officials are thinking of increasing its forecast of U.S. industry sales of 13.6 million units in 2012, following a strong showing in January and February. Toyota posted a 12% year-on-year increase on US sales, while recording a 16% jump. The Venza also posted a five-percent jump in year-on-year sales for February 2012.
Toyota’s 2013 Venza offers V6 and 4-cylinder models in AWD and FWD versions. The new Venza's 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 181 hp at 5,800 rpm and a torque of 182 lb.-ft. at 4,200 rpm. The 4-cylinder Venza’s FWD model has an EPA fuel economy rating of 21 MPG for city driving and 27 MPG for highway driving, while the AWD model has a rating of 20 MPG for city driving and 25 MPG for highway driving.
Meanwhile, the 3.5-liter V6 delivers 268 hp at 6,200 rpm and a torque of 246 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm. The Venza’s V6 FWD model boasts an EPA fuel economy rating of 19 MPG for city driving and 26 MPG for highway driving. The AWD model, on the other hand, is rated 18 MPG for city and 25 MPG for highway.
Both V6 and 4-cylinder engines are paired with a 6-speed sequential-shift ECT-i or electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence. This 6-speed ECT-i gives you an engaging driving experience as well as helps you optimize fuel economy. Its uphill/downhill shift logic can select the proper gear for certain driving conditions and can enable moderate engine braking when driving downhill.
Additionally, the Active Torque Control All-Wheel-Drive System optimizes the torque distribution between the Venza’s front and rear wheels in order to ensure stable acceleration as well as smooth cornering on any road surface. AWD offers better traction and also helps provide outstanding overall handling in times of inclement weather.
Furthermore, V6 models feature an available Towing Prep Package, which equips the car with a larger radiator fan, heavy-duty alternator, and engine oil cooler.
The Toyota Venza has been designed to have a lower center of gravity compared with typical SUVs, thus providing dynamic handling that is further enhanced by large wheels and tires. Four-cylinder models ride on 19” 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. Meanwhile, distinctive 20” 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels come as standard for V6 models. And standard for all Venza models are ventilated, power-assisted front disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes.
The body structure of the Toyota Venza depends on high tensile-strength steel, cross members, and gussets for rigidity, strength, and optimized weight. Its front suspension is an L-arm-type MacPherson strut plus stabilizer bar, while its rear suspension consists of a dual-link MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar.