2022 Toyota Venza Canada – The new 2022 Venza slots between the compact RAV4 and the mid-size Highlander SUV in Toyota’s lineup. It’s based on the Harrier SUV that Toyota sells abroad, which we always thought would make a fine SUV for the North American market; apparently Toyota agrees. Unlike the Harrier, which is sold with both hybrid and conventional non-hybrid powertrains, the U.S. market Venza is powered exclusively by a hybrid system. The sleek two-row Venza is a stylish choice among its boxier brethren, but it faces heady competition from the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Nissan Murano.
2022 Toyota Venza Canada
The best value of the bunch is the XLE model, which comes standard with front and rear parking sensors, passive keyless entry, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. All Venza models come standard with all-wheel drive, so those who want that feature aren’t forced to shell out extra to have it.
2022 Toyota Venza Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Venza is offered exclusively as a hybrid, powered by a setup comprised of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and three electric motors which together develop 219 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard: One of the electric motors powers the Venza’s rear wheels while the gasoline engine and the other two motors work to spin the fronts. During our test drive of the Venza, we found ourselves disappointed by its driving dynamics and it didn’t deliver the smooth and even ride that we expected. At our test track, its acceleration was also mediocre at 7.6-seconds to 60 mph, putting it 1.5-seconds off the pace set by the Honda Passport.
2022 Toyota Venza Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Toyota claims that the Venza will receive a city/highway combined fuel economy rating as high as 40 mpg, which is almost double the ratings of other two-row mid-size SUVs such as the Passport and the Ford Edge. The EPA hasn’t released official numbers yet but on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route, we recorded 36 mpg.
2022 Toyota Venza Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Based on its dimensions, we expected the Venza’s cabin to be slightly roomier than the smaller RAV4’s in terms of spaciousness, but in reality we found the Venza slightly less roomy. Not only is passenger space tighter here than in the RAV4, cargo capacity suffers as well, although most buyers will find it perfectly adequate. We fit seven carry-on suitcases behind the rear seat and 18 in total with the rear seats folded, versus 10 and 22 for the RAV4. The Venza is the first Toyota to offer the optional electrochromic panoramic sunroof that the company calls Star Gaze. With the flip of a switch, the sunroof’s glass panels go from transparent to opaque; this impressive feature is something we’ve only found until now on luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SL-class.
2022 Toyota Venza Infotainment and Connectivity
An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard on the Venza and stands proudly atop the SUV’s dashboard; a larger 12.3-inch display is optional on the XLE and standard on the Limited. No matter which display is chosen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connectivity are all standard, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio. Upgrading to the larger of the two displays also unlocks in-dash navigation and adds a nine-speaker JBL premium stereo system.
2022 Toyota Venza Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have yet to release crash test results for the Venza. We know that Toyota is including a suite of driver-assistance features as standard on all models.
2022 Toyota Venza Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Toyota’s warranty coverage is fairly standard when compared with other mainstream brands, but it sweetens the deal with two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance. The Venza’s hybrid components will be covered by a special 8 year/100,000 mile warranty, and the battery is covered for 10 years or 150,000 miles.