in 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,154 - $28,926
Original MSRP: $27,850 - $39,020
MPG: 20 City / 26 Hwy
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2013 Toyota Venza Interior

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The interior of the 2013 Toyota Venza gets mixed reviews. Most reviewers say the fit and finish in the Venza is appropriate for its price bracket and class. One reviewer says that some of the trim on the base model is strange, and some say that the overall interior is not class-leading. Most critics like the Venza’s ability to handle cargo. However, critics disagree about the Venza's front-seat comfort, and whether or not the available Entune infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "The cabin has seen a significant refresh for 2013, with fresh, attractive materials that fit our testers lofty, nearly $36K price of entry. The dash materials are attractive and soft to the touch, while the various driver interfaces look and feel good. The piping on the leather seats gives an added feeling of quality, as well." -- Winding Road
  • "The 2013 Venza doesn't quite exhibit the top-notch interior quality of past Toyota models or its midsize SUV competitors, but the overall design is rather fetching and practical, with a sleek center console that features a high-mounted shift lever for the transmission which frees up space between the seats." -- Edmunds
  • "Venza is pleasant enough inside, though nowhere near class-leading. LE models have cloth seats with some dashboard panels decked out in strange, plastic trim that looks like brown carbon fiber. The wood-grain plastic on the XLE and Limited is much nicer. The leather upholstery has contrast piping, which gives the cabin a more upscale vibe." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With the interior quality and detail of the most lavish Camry, the Venza will also satisfy your need for comfort and luxury." -- Kelley Blue Book (2011)


The five-seat Venza comes with cloth upholstery and a power driver seat on the base model, while upper trims get leather, power adjustment and heat for both the driver and front passenger. Reviewers say that the front seats are plenty spacious, though some wish they offered more support, saying that would make the seats more comfortable. Reviewers say that outward visibility is also good. In back, the Venza’s seats split 60/40, slide forward and backward and have reclining seatbacks. On the whole, critics say the back seat offers plenty of space, and appreciate the versatility of the split/sliding seats.

  • "There is plenty of legroom in the reclining backseat, and there is a decent amount of space for three abreast. The driver seat is a little less comfortable, however, and it could use a greater range of adjustability." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are largely comfortable, although overall support isn't great. We routinely had to hang on to the wheel during more aggressive turns. For a long freeway run, though, they proved cushy and easy to relax in." -- Winding Road
  • "The 2013 Toyota Venza's interior is big in all directions. Comfortable seating choices include cloth or leather upholstery (trim dependent), heated front seats and a power driver's seat with power lumbar support." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Venza has ample headroom and legroom. We'd prefer slightly longer seat bottoms, as they would aid in long-distance comfort, but this is a minor complaint. Visibility is surprisingly good despite thick rear roof pillars. … Venza's rear seat has more room and is more comfortable than in some larger cars and SUVs." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2013 Venza’s base LE trim includes standard features like dual-zone climate control, a six-speaker stereo with a USB port and auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth. On the LE trim, Toyota’s Entune infotainment system and a backup camera are optional, along with satellite and HD Radio, while these features are standard on the higher trims. The top Limited trim also gets a standard JBL stereo with 13 speakers. A panoramic sunroof is optional on the base LE and mid-level XLE trim and standard on the top Limited trim.

Reviewers give the Venza’s interior controls mixed reviews. Some indicate that the controls are clearly marked and easy to use, including Entune, while others have difficulty adjusting the temperature through the system.

  • "The gauges are easy to read. All controls have clear markings and large buttons." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the Venza's audio controls are more complicated than those found in past Toyotas, the new-for-2013 touchscreen interface is one of the best available. We appreciate its ability to mix and match FM/AM/XM radio presets, and the accompanying steering-wheel-mounted controls are well conceived." -- Edmunds
  • "The two-tiered displays, with the Entune touchscreen on the bottom, and a smaller, secondary display that covers the trip computer and climate controls is difficult to adjust to at first, particularly as the upper screen just kind of blends in to the dash." -- Winding Road


Reviewers indicate that the Venza is a great cargo vehicle. With 36.2 cubic feet of space behind the back seat and 70.2 cubic feet with the second row folded, the Venza’s cargo capacity is not class-leading, but is good considering its overall size. Reviewers like that Toyota provides levers in the cargo area to fold the back seat forward, saying this feature is very handy. They also say that the center console in front is spacious, and that overall small item storage is equally good. A power liftgate is optional on the base LE trim and standard on the XLE and Limited trims.

  • "If you use a sport-oriented utility for its utility, there are few things more frustrating than loading gear at the rear hatch only to discover that you can't fold the rear seats from that position. Toyota's 2013 Venza supplies an all-too-logical cure with one-touch fold-flat levers located in the cargo area. It ain't rocket science, but given the feature's relative scarcity (on competitive vehicles) you'd think it was." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Venza is more versatile than its exterior dimensions might imply. The loading floor is wide and at bumper level. The standard split-folding rear seat backs don't rest completely flat, but they're not high enough off the floor to where it would create problems for loading large items. Interior storage is outstanding and consists of a huge center console and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The second-row seats slide fore and aft, making them ideal for situations that involve hauling kids and their assorted gear. We'd have no problem imagining fitting three hockey bags in the back while their owners rode in the second row. The 60/40 split seats can fold completely flat revealing a cavernous cargo area for bigger items." -- Winding Road
  • "... [The Venza has] a large console bin, generously sized cupholders and smaller bins perfect for smartphones and other personal effects." -- Edmunds

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