The Midsize Crossover Is Back, And It’s A Hybrid

The Midsize Crossover Is Back, And It’s A Hybrid

The 2021 Toyota Venza is on its way, marking the return of a nameplate that was canceled in 2015 in the US market.

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The 2021 Toyota Venza is on its way, marking the return of a nameplate that was canceled in 2015 in the US market. But while the resurrected crossover shares a two-row, pseudo-wagon form factor with its predecessor, the 2021 Venza is a wholly different machine under the skin, built on Toyota’s excellent modular architecture and boasting hybrid power and all-wheel drive.

Powering every 2021 Toyota Venza will be a 2.5-liter inline-four mated to three electric motors and a continuously variable transmission. Taken as a whole, the powertrain produces 219 horsepower (163 kilowatts), and Toyota claims the electric motors’ instant torque helps improve response and real-world performance. 

Driver-selectable regenerative braking helps improve energy collection on hills and in city traffic, reducing unnecessary wear on the brakes as well. Meanwhile, Venzas equipped with navigation systems learn the driver’s habits and schedules (commuting, weekly appointments, and the like), optimizing the hybrid system’s operation and coaching the driver for maximum efficiency. For example, if a particular intersection or stretch of highway tends to bottleneck, the Venza will recommend the driver prepare to slow down in advance, improving fuel economy.

2021 Toyota Venza Debut

Like the Highlander and RAV4 hybrids, the Venza uses a pair of electric motors to power the rear axle…



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