TodayApril 15, 2022

2021 Toyota Venza new battery and specs

The Venza is a midsize two-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV)

  • Hybrid Powertrain Standard with a newly-developed lithium-ion battery
  • Cutting-Edge Tech and Comfort
  • Available Star Gaze Fixed Panoramic Glass Roof with Frost Control
  • Available 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen
  • TNGA-K Platform for Greater Driving Refinement
  • Standard Electronic On-Demand AWD
  • Standard Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0)

Toyota unveils the all-new 2021 Venza midsize two-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV) category. The all-new 2021 Venza delivers an intuitive driving experience with smooth acceleration, predictable handling, low noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), wrap in a sophisticated design.

The all-new 2021 Venz equips exclusively with the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain and advanced Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive. Along with comfortable urban and highway performance, Venza expects to have impressive fuel efficiency, with a preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 MPG combined fuel economy in LE trim.

The 2021 Venza is built around a version of the Toyota New Global Architecture K (TNGA-K)platform that underpins some of the company’s sedans and crossovers. As such, Venza delivers the best of both worlds: sedan-like driving comfort and CUV versatility.

The 2021 Venza offers ample room for five in a highly maneuverable package. A host of tech-focused features are available, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with nine JBL speakers, a 7-inch multi-information display (MID), a digital rear-view mirror, and 10-inch color Head-Up Display. Other available features include a Star Gaze panoramic glass roof, a first-ever for Toyota, and heated and ventilated front seats.

2021 Toyota Venza Interior
2021 Toyota Venza Interior

In addition to collision protection by the TNGA-K platform (projects to achieve top NHTSA safety ratings), the 2021 Venza comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), a comprehensive suite of active safety systems that includes:

Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, plus Daytime Bicycle Detection, offers automatic braking capability should the driver not react in time in an emergency. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) is standard on all grades, while XLE and Limited add Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking (PA w/AB).

Toyota Audio pairs with JBL

The 2021 Venza offers cutting-edge entertainment and connectivity through intuitive and versatile Toyota audio systems. Audio Plus is standard on LE and XLE and includes an 8-inch touchscreen. Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL is optional on XLE and standard on Limited. It features a stunning 12.3-inch touchscreen display with controls that switches between the driver or front passenger operation.

In addition to AM/FM radio, Toyota audio systems serve up a full roster of connectivity tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth wireless technology, and more. Apple CarPlay includes access to Siri, while Android Auto users can access Google Assistant.

The standard 6-speaker audio with a 4-channel amplifier provides clean, powerful sound for all types of music. Fervent music lovers will want the sonically gorgeous JBL Premium Audio System with nine speakers, including a rear subwoofer, with a 12-channel, 1,200-watt amp – the most powerful system launches in a Toyota to date. It was designed exclusively for Venza with unique speaker architecture and tuned to the specific cabin space.

Venza Visibility Through Technology

Venza’s top innovation is on top of the vehicle. In a first for Toyota, the 2021 Venza offers an available Star Gaze panoramic glass roof. The Star Gaze electrochromic glass technology allows drivers to switch from transparent to frosted modes within one second using the ON/OFF button. In the frosted mode, Star GazeTM brightens the interior while reducing direct sunlight, giving the cabin an even more open, airy, and inviting feeling.

Visibility-enhancing technology surrounds the driver. The Venza LE grade features a 4.2-inch color MID, while XLE and Limited models receive a 7-inch color MID. A Hybrid System Indicator shows the driver system output and regeneration status to encourage eco-driving habits in either display. As on other Toyota hybrid models, the display suggests the optimal acceleration amount for eco-driving and provides a game-like scoring function for the driver.

An available 10-inch color Head-Up Display projects vital information at eye level, including speedometer, hybrid system indicator, and TSS 2.0 functions.

A panoramic view

The available digital rear-view mirror with HomeLink universal transceiver on the new Toyota Venza helps the driver see what’s behind the vehicle. If rear passengers or luggage in the cargo area are blocking the view behind, a flip of a switch on the digital rear-view mirror instantly provides the driver with a wide view from a rear camera.

The mirror also reduces glare from headlights. The Limited grade comes standard with Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, which provides a panoramic overhead view of the vehicle’s surroundings.
The standard backup camera features a path and dynamic gridlines. An available rear camera cleaning system sprays washer fluid to clear away water droplets, mud, snow, and snow-melting road treatments from the lens.

A standard hands-free power liftgate can be set to lock automatically upon closing. For additional convenience, XLE and Limited grades come standard with a Smart Key System that works on all five doors.

2021 toyota venza engine
2021 Toyota Venza engine

Hybrid Leader and a new lithium-ion battery

Toyota made hybrid synonymous with high fuel efficiency more than 20 years ago with the first Prius. The Venza brings the number of Toyota Hybrids available to 10 – Mirai makes it 11 electrified vehicles – for 2021, more than any other brand.

The new-generation Toyota Hybrid System in the Venza combines a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with three electric motors in a highly compact system. The gas engine employs a Variable Valve Timing-intelligent system by Electric motor (VVT-iE) on the intake camshaft, and VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft. A variable cooling system (electric water pump, electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump.

The proven tech seamlessly delivers 219 total system horsepower and a preliminary manufacturer-estimates 40 combined MPG in LE trim. As with all Toyota hybrids, the electric motor boosts low-speed torque. The hybrid system optimizes electric motor assistance and gas engine RPM without the engine running at high revs.

Venza speed

Engine speed is synchronized with vehicle speed, yielding effortless and quiet acceleration. Venza’s hybrid system adopts a newly-developed lithium-ion battery to enhance performance and size and weight.

There NORMAL, ECO, and SPORT driving modes let the driver tailor Venza’s performance personality. SPORT mode improves and sharpens throttle response, making fuel efficiency more fun. ECO mode changes the throttle and environmental logic to help the driver maximize mileage from the fuel and battery, while the normal mode is ideal for everyday driving. Additionally, EV mode allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances.

Using a sequential shifting feature, the driver can “downshift” to increase the regenerative braking in steps, which fosters greater control when driving in hilly areas. As a bonus, the hybrid system enhances ride comfort by finely controlling the drive torque to suppress pitch under acceleration and deceleration.

Magically Reading the Road for Maximum MPG

This is a really cool feature of the new Venza; Venza’s Predictive Efficient Drive (PED) uses the navigation system operation to analyze driving habits and memorize road and traffic conditions to optimize hybrid battery charging.

When the driver selects PED, the system learns repeating routes and predicts when and where it is likely to slow down or stop. Then, through optimum accelerator pedal release timing guidance, it can help reduce energy consumption.

PED can help optimize battery charging and discharge ahead of hills or traffic congestion. When approaching a downhill section, the system will apply additional engine braking force to more efficiently charge the hybrid battery after the accelerator pedal is released.

Venza is Very Smooth, Supremely Confident – less understeer

Venza’s handling is an electronically controlled brake system featuring Active Cornering Assist (ACA), which engages the stability control to reduce understeer in certain cornering situations. The driver feels only the agility, not the system’s operation.

The hybrid system uses a differential torque pre-load function, which enhances acceleration and deceleration controllability when starting off or cornering on normal or slippery roads. The feature also helps enhance steering performance at higher speeds, straight-line stability, and controllability on rough roads.

The 2021 Venza LE rolls on 18-inch multi-spoke two-tone alloy wheels, while XLE and Limited come standard with 19-inch multi-spoke super chrome-finished alloy wheels.

All-Wheel Drive on demand

The 2021 Venza comes standard with Toyota’s Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive. Instead of using a transfer case and driveshaft to the rear wheels, Electronic On-Demand AWD employs a separate rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed to.

It distributes up to 80 percent of driving force to the rear wheels, which helps suppress front wheel slip during off-the-line starts. The system also enhances cornering agility by helping to reduce understeer.

Seats of Comfort and Power

Venza comes standard with power seats (8-way driver on all grades and 4-way passenger on Limited). The power driver’s seat features an auto slide-away function.

Venza’s available heated front seats can be adjusted in three levels. Ventilated front seats are standard on Limited and draw cool air from the air conditioning system into the seat for added comfort.

Venza employs S-FLOW cooling technology that first appeared on Lexus. The system directs air conditioning only to occupied seats, providing comfort and helping to reduce energy consumption. On the Limited and XLE with available 12.3-in display, the climate control system is operated with Intelligent Touch capacitive controls.

2021 Toyota Venza rear
2021 Toyota Venza rear

Space – small but mighty

The Venza is small on the outside yet provides generous space inside. Cupholders can accommodate large drink sizes, while the center stack tray can handle the largest iPhone models. Door bottle holders can take 24-oz bottles.

Venza offers 36.3 cubic feet of carrying space behind the second row. The lithium-ion battery pack is small enough to be installed under the rear seats, so it doesn’t take up cargo or passenger space. The standard tonneau cover can be stored in the deck board’s storage space when not in use.

Core Safety

The 2021 Venza is equipped with eight airbags, including side curtain airbags. Toyota’s Star Safety System includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

The Toyota Venza will be assembled at the Takaoka Plant and arrives in Toyota dealerships this summer.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.


  1. Robert Saba Reply

    In cold or snowy climates the rear turn signals are only about 20 inches above the road surface on the rear bumper.
    This could be a safety issue by allowing for snow covered turn signals and exhaust vapor hindering the view of the turn signals.
    Also SUVs and trucks may have a difficult time seeing the rear turn signals not in there line of sight.

    Poor design!!!!

  2. tim weimerskirch Reply

    I will be getting my 2nd center console box and 2nd memory seat switch replaced soon. Its cheap plastic and does not last long .I have 600 miles on this SUV.

  3. Alan Franks Reply

    Trying to tune the radio is a nightmare!! Using the map on the console is outrageously difficult. Everytime you touch the map, it marks the spot and to get back to the view were you were is darned near impossible. Trying doing that while driving. I’ve had to pull over, turn the car off and restart, just to get the map back to its original place. This is an example of overengineering. Its so difficult to tune the radio.

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