The mid-size two-row SUV is not getting any major change for the upcoming season. The Japanese company is focused on some other projects, and the 2023 Toyota Venza redesign is not a priority. The current version is here since 2020 and it is time for the mid-cycle update. But, we’ll see it probably at the 2024 YM. Meanwhile, let’s check if the Venza is a good buy.
The SUV belongs to the not so popular class. Most buyers will either pick a two-row crossover with better gas mileage, while those looking for space are looking for a three-row SUV. But, the 2023 Toyota Venza will offer a good fuel economy as well, especially for its size. Also, have in mind that AWD is standard. A few things could be better and Toyota can add more options. Nevertheless, the Venza is still a good choice if Rav4 is too small, and Highlander is too big.
2023 Toyota Venza Hybrid Specs and PHEV System
The 2023 Toyota Venza is not adding an engine with internal combustion to its lineup. The SUV is a hybrid only, with an all-wheel drive. But, the vehicle still needs to add another option for buyers. That can be the plug-in hybrid, with boosted gas mileage and power. Even a smaller Rav4 is available with the Prime package that enhances the power to 302 hp, and keeps the average mpg rating around 40.
So, until the upgrade arrives, owners of the 2023 Venza are locked with a hybrid configuration based around the 2.5-liter petrol unit. It is a naturally-aspirated inline-four plant. The system also features a couple of electric motors to enhance outputs to 219 horsepower. The main advantage of the configuration is the gas mileage. The SUV returns 40/37 mpg, which are the class-leading numbers. For example, Hyundai Santa Fe can do 36/31 mpg, and the Venza even beats the Honda CR-V hybrid and its 40/35 mpg.
Packages and Options
Only three trim levels were available for previous versions, and the company is going to carry over all of them. But, another trim level is on the way to refresh the lineup. Also, the update of the color palette is expected.
So, the offer starts with the 2023 Toyota Venza LE. Standard equipment includes a hands-free tailgate, dual-zone climate, push-button start, and an 8-inch touchscreen as the center of the info-entertaining system. Outside, buyers will find LED lights and 18-inch wheels. Of course, leading smartphone integration services are available. You can add more USB ports or a wireless charger pad through optional upgrades.
The XLE model upgrades its predecessor with larger wheels, roof rails, unique headlights, simulated leather upholstery and heated seats. Keyless entry is available even for rear doors. Sensors will make parking so much easier.
The Venza Limited is a premium SUV. Toyota is using some of its best features and options, such as ventilated seats, digital rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable seats. The infotainment system is getting a huge boost thanks to a 12.3-inch screen and the audio by JBL.
2023 Toyota Venza Nightshade
The Advanced Technology package is a rare upgrade to the existing trim levels. It adds the HUD and rain-sensing wipers. The carmaker also added the Nightshade edition to the Venza lineup. As its name suggests, the package is making the SUV darker from the outside. Black roof rails, shark fin antenna and door handles are notable upgrades that make the vehicle more aggressive. Even the wheels are blacked-out.
The new 2023 YM is going to bring a few more color choices. Toyota will carry over most of the options. For the current edition, those are Coastal Gray Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Black, Ruby Flare Pearl, Titanium Glow and Blueprint. Celestial Black and Ruby Flare Pearl are available if you pick the XLE model. The Nightshade edition uses only Celestial Black and Ruby Flare Red from the standard palette, adding the Wind Chill Pearl as the unique shade.
2023 Toyota Venza Prices
The mid-size SUV is available for $33,500. The XLE is a $3,500 upgrade, and the top of the lineup Limited model costs $41,000. Some of the colors belong to the premium bundle and cost $425. You can spend $2,000 for the premium audio, or $1,000 for the panoramic sunroof. The Nightshade edition is an ultimate upgrade that will cost buyers about $1,500-$2,000.