2023 Toyota Venza Review

February 13th, 2023 by

The Toyota Venza is a midsize crossover SUV that made a comeback in 2021 with a completely redesigned model. Ever since then, it proved to be a stylish and practical vehicle well-suited for families and commuters who value fuel efficiency and safety. That being said, how good is the all-new 2023 Toyota Venza? The following helps you find out:


The 2023 Venza is a part of the 2nd generation of the 5-seater crossover. It features 4 trim levels, one of which is the new limited edition Nightshade variant. You get one powertrain option, which is a hybrid setup. The mid-range XLE has been changed as well. The Venza gets all sorts of standard amenities which include a whole suite of safety features.

Powertrain and Numbers

The 2023 Venza comes with a 2.5-liter engine that works with a trio of electric motors. The combined power output from this configuration is 219 hp and 163 lb-ft. This is sent to a standard all-wheel-drive system by an eCVT gearbox.

As a result, the Toyota Venza has commendable acceleration. Put your foot down and it will go from 0 to 62 mph in just about 7.5 seconds. It is a great figure for the size and engine of the all-new Venza CUV.

The EPA’s figures for the Venza help it crush its rivals when it comes to saving fuel. You can expect this vehicle to do up to 40 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. As expected, the hybrid engine comes in handy in this regard.

Interior and Technology

The new Venza 2023 features a luxurious trim that’s very appealing to the senses. It is stylish and full of high-end materials. Testers have praised the comfiness of the seating and how roomy the cabin feels. Occupants of the car will truly feel like they’re in a premium vehicle.

Despite this being a hybrid vehicle, the cargo capacity is still decent and will appease most consumers. The Venza has a second row of seats that can fold to increase the storage space and give you a flat floor for loading.

The following tells you about the trim levels and their standard features:

2023 Venza LE

The entry-level Venza gets you several features that are mostly found in luxury cars. You get dual-zone climate control, push-button ignition, keyless entry, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, wireless charging for your phone, and an electronic parking brake. Also included is 8-way power-adjustability for the driver’s seat.

Then you have the infotainment system which is centered around an 8-inch touchscreen that’s mated to 6 speakers. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard features, and so are the 5 USB ports for enhanced connectivity.

As with all other Toyotas, this one’s also well-equipped with safety amenities. You get automated emergency braking (w/pedestrian detection), lane-departure warning (w/lane-keeping assist), a backup camera, blind-spot monitoring (w/rear cross-traffic alerts), and adaptive cruise control.

2023 Venza XLE

This model gets you some changes to the outside and it also makes the interior a lot posher. Wood grain trim is now available on some components. You get SofTex-trimmed seats, with heated ones up front. The front passenger now gets 4-way adjustability.

Other than this, the Venza comes with a massive 12.3-inch touchscreen, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and parking assists for the front and rear.

2023 Venza Nightshade Edition

The Venza Nightshade makes most of the alterations to the exterior of the car. On the inside, it just unlocks some options.

2023 Venza Limited

The Limited trim level goes all out with the luxury. You receive a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10-inch head-up display, a digital rearview mirror, and a heated steering wheel. The seats are now perforated, and the front passenger now gets 8-way power adjustability. You also get a premium 9-speaker sound system tuned by JBL and a panoramic view monitor.

2023 Venza LE

2023 Venza Nightshade Edition

2023 Venza XLE

Exterior and Driving

The Toyota Venza 2023 is one of the sharpest-looking crossovers today. The base model gets DRLs and a set of 18-inch alloys. The XLE gets you LED fog lights, roof rails, and 19-inch alloys. The Nightshade is the most unique with its black-colored badges, wheels, roof rails, mirrors, front grille, and bumper garnish.

The colors available on the 2023 Venza are:

  • Cavalry Blue 
  • Predawn Gray Mica 
  • Ice Edge 
  • Ice Cap
  • Celestial Silver Metallic 
  • Midnight Black Metallic 
  • Reservoir Blue 
  • Wind Chill Pearl 
  • Supersonic Red 

Be sure to check which colors are available for your trim before you purchase the vehicle.

The Venza’s performance has received praise from its testers. They say that it provides instant power delivery with no lag. The handling is also crisp, but the superb ride quality is the highlight according to most of the reviewers.

Reliability and Warranty

The 2023 Venza gets a seal of approval from JD Power, with a score of 83 out of 100. It gets put into the ‘Great’ category in predicted reliability. Consumer Reports also expects it to do well; to be more reliable than the average new car.

The Venza gets three warranties. The first is a limited warranty that covers you for 3 years/36k miles. The second is a powertrain warranty that’s good for 5 years/60k miles. The third is a hybrid components warranty for 8 years/100k miles.

Plus, you get complimentary maintenance for 2 years/25k miles after purchasing the vehicle.


The new Venza 2023 is a treat for a variety of reasons. You get spectacular fuel efficiency thanks to the hybrid powertrain. It also provides a smooth and quiet driving experience, with ample power for most situations.

The vehicle also offers a spacious and upscale interior, plus a comfortable ride. The standard features are also quite generous, with the latest safety and technology features available. Let’s not forget the variety of advanced safety amenities.

The Venza should be a reliable vehicle and as a bonus, Toyota comps you on the maintenance.

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