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The 2023 Toyota Venza Hybrid Mid-Size SUV

Randi Payton,

by Randi

The 2023 Toyota Venza hybrid is a two-row, mid-size crossover SUV that is ideal for drivers who want the convenience of an SUV without sacrificing performance or style. It is versatile and an ideal vehicle for families.

Toyota, which offers an impressive lineup of SUVs with a wide range of options that meets any need, fits the Venza between the RAV4 compact crossover and the larger Highlander. It has plenty of cargo and passenger space while still offering the maneuverability of a smaller vehicle.

Models/Price: While the Toyota Venza carries over from last year, a Nightshade edition was added to the 2023 lineup. The Nightshade is accented with black wheels, door handles, mirrors, and a front and rear bumper. With four different configurations, this SUV has something for everyone. Trim levels include the base LE ($35,955), XLE ($40,165), Nightshade new for 2023 ($41,290), and the top-of-line Limited ($44,100 MSRP).

Power: The Venza shares the same powertrain as the RAV4 hybrid. All models are powered by a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine, three electric motors delivering 219 horsepower, and an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission with Sequential Shift. Electronic on-demand all-wheel drive is standard.

The 2023 Venza was upgraded with a standard 12.3-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia touchscreen. Additionally, for 2023, all Venza models come with the new Toyota Audio Multimedia system, upgraded USB ports with one USB Type-A and two USB Type-C ports, and an updated fourth-generation Qi wireless charger.

The 2023 Toyota Venza Limited, which I tested, has been upgraded from previous generations of Venza with a host of new features. The interior is well-appointed, with leather seats and a panoramic sunroof for added luxury. It also includes a JBL audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration.

Safety: The 2023 Toyota Venza Limited comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 for comprehensive protection on the road. This includes features such as Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist to help keep you safe.

Fuel Efficiency: The EPA rates the Venza at 40 city/37 highway mpg.

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