2021 Toyota Venza
For all of us who though the Venza wagon was going to be back to compete with the Subaru Outback: we were wrong.
The “new Venza” is not a wagon.
And it’s not a Venza either. It is the new Toyota Harrier they unveiled just last month.
Which is mostly a fancy RAV-4.
So this basically will replace the old (1st gen) Highlander in the US, which was a 5 seater only. It is not replacing the original Venza wagon.
(Not sure why they didn’t use the name “Harrier ” in the US as well…)
Although it is actually a few inches longer than the RAV-4, it uses the same AWD 2.5 Liter Hybrid system (Just like the new Sienna, the Venza is a hybrid-only model in the US)
The Hybrid/CVT combo is supposed to return an average of 40MPG. Which will be the best in its segment.
(Which, I guess, includes the Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and a few others)
Inside and out, the Venza looks more like a Lexus. (I even mentioned last month that the Harrier would make a great second-generation Lexus NX.)
Instead, it now is a weird “Toyota that looks like a Lexus”.
At least the design is very clean and pleasant.
Although, inside, the screen is just way too high. Which ends up being very distracting when driving, especially at night,
It also has, for some reason, no physical knob for the volume.
Being a new SUV from Toyota, I am sure we will see this everywhere.
I just wish Toyota had offered us a proper Outback competitor…