Used Car: 2013 Toyota Venza Review
The 2013 Toyota Venza has decent cargo space for the class and reviewers noted it has a velvety ride, but most added that it isn't all that fun to drive and has some cheap cabin materials.
The 2013 Toyota Venza has a standard four-cylinder engine that reviewers said has sufficient, but underwhelming, power. Most agreed that models equipped with the available V6 feel quite a bit quicker. With either engine, a six-speed automatic transmission is standard. A four-cylinder Venza is rated at an EPA-estimated 20/26 mpg city/highway, while opting for the V6 cuts fuel economy only marginally to 19/26 mpg. Those estimates are in line with those of other two-row midsize SUVs. Most critics wrote that the Venza's handing is oriented more toward comfort than sportiness, with a soft ride and a fair amount of body lean in turns. As a whole, most agreed that the Venza isn't all that fun to drive.
According to test drivers, the 2013 Toyota Venza's cabin is built with some cheap materials but has an attractive design. Most found the five-seat Venza's accommodations spacious in both rows of seats. The Venza offers up to 70.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded, which is fairly good for the class. Standard features include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and a USB port. Available features include Toyota's Entune smartphone integration system, navigation, an upgraded JBL stereo system, a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Some critics found the touch-screen controls on the Venza's audio system display to be straightforward and easy to use, though others weren't fond of the layout of the display screen.
Other SUVs to Consider
The 2013 Ford Edge gets great fuel economy for the class with its available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Test drivers liked the Edge's handsome cabin and premium materials, and the Edge was named our 2013 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money when it was new.
The 2013 Subaru Outback seats five and has a bit more cargo space than the Venza. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive and gets better fuel economy than a four-cylinder Venza.