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      05-18-2020 12:30 PM #1
      40 mpg CUV expected to deliver an intuitive driving experience and room for five.

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      With a striking new debut, Toyota is breaking the sameness barrier in the midsize two-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV) category. The all-new 2021 Venza delivers an intuitive driving experience with smooth acceleration, predictable handling, and low noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), all wrapped in a sophisticated design.

      The all-new 2021 Toyota Venza comes equipped exclusively with the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain and advanced Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive. Along with comfortable urban and highway performance, Venza is expected to have impressive fuel efficiency, with a preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 MPG combined fuel economy in LE trim.

      The 2021 Toyota Venza, which arrives in Toyota dealerships in summer 2020, is built around a version of the Toyota New Global Architecture K platform that underpins some of the company's sedans and crossovers. As such, Venza delivers the best of both worlds: sedan-like driving comfort and CUV versatility.

      The 2021 Venza offers ample room for five in a highly maneuverable package. A host of tech-focused features are available, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with nine JBL speakers, 7-inch multi-information display (MID), digital rear-view mirror, and 10-inch color Head-Up Display. Other available features include a Star GazeTM fixed panoramic glass roof, a first-ever for Toyota, and heated and ventilated front seats that set the stage for true, graceful grand touring.

      In addition to exemplary collision protection provided by the TNGA-K platform (projected to achieve top NHTSA safety ratings), the 2021 Toyota Venza comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), a comprehensive suite of active safety systems that includes:

      Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, plus Daytime Bicycle Detection (PCS)
      Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
      Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
      Automatic High Beams (AHB)
      Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
      Road Sign Assist (RSA)

      Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, plus Daytime Bicycle Detection, offers automatic braking capability should the driver not react in time in an emergency situation. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is standard on all grades, while XLE and Limited add Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking (PA w/AB).

      Toyota Audio on the Big Screen

      The 2021 Venza offers cutting edge entertainment and connectivity through intuitive and versatile Toyota audio systems. Audio Plus is standard on LE and XLE and includes an 8-inch touchscreen. Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL is optional on XLE and standard on Limited and features a stunning 12.3-inch touchscreen display with controls that can be switched between driver or front passenger operation.

      In addition to AM/FM radio, Toyota audio systems serve up a full roster of connectivity tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth wireless technology, and more. Apple CarPlay includes access to Siri, while Android Auto users can access Google Assistant.

      All Venza grades come with SiriusXM All Access 3-month trial Satellite Radio and HD Radio along with Toyota Remote Services trial subscriptions. Available dynamic navigation features enhanced 2D landmark display, land guidance display, and freeway exit display. All Toyota Venza models will come equipped with Toyota Safety Connect with a one-year trial subscription.

      The standard 6-speaker audio with 4-channel amplifier provides clean, powerful sound for all types of music. Fervent music lovers will want the sonically gorgeous JBL Premium Audio System with 9 speakers, including a rear subwoofer, powered by a 12-channel, 1,200-watt amp - the most powerful system launched in a Toyota to date. It was designed exclusively for Venza with unique speaker architecture and tuned to the specific cabin space.

      Visibility Through Technology

      Venza's top innovation is literally found on top of the vehicle. In a first for Toyota, the 2021 Venza offers an available Star GazeTM fixed panoramic glass roof. The Star GazeTM electrochromic glass technology allows drivers to switch from transparent to frosted modes within one second using the ON/OFF button. In the frosted mode, Star GazeTM brightens the interior while reducing direct sunlight, giving the cabin an even more open, airy, and inviting feeling.

      Visibility-enhancing technology surrounds the driver. The Toyota Venza LE grade features a 4.2-inch color MID, while XLE and Limited grades receive a 7-inch color MID. In either display, a Hybrid System Indicator shows the driver system output and regeneration status to encourage eco-driving habits. As used on other Toyota hybrid models, the display suggests the optimal acceleration amount for eco driving and provides a game-like scoring function for the driver.

      An available 10-inch color Head-Up Display projects vital information at eye level, including speedometer, hybrid system indicator, and TSS 2.0 functions.

      The available digital rearview mirror with HomeLink universal transceiver on the new Toyota Venza helps the driver see what's behind the vehicle. If rear passengers or luggage in the cargo area are blocking the view behind, a flip of a switch on the digital rearview mirror instantly provides the driver with a wide, unobstructed view from a rear camera. The mirror also reduces glare from headlights. To further aid outward visibility, the Limited grade comes standard with Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, which provides a panoramic overhead view of the vehicle's surroundings.

      The standard backup camera features projected path and dynamic gridlines, while an available rear camera cleaning system sprays washer fluid to clear away water droplets, mud, snow, and snow-melting road treatments from the lens. A standard hands-free power liftgate can be set to lock automatically upon closing. For additional convenience, XLE and Limited grades come standard with a Smart Key System that works on all five doors.

      Hybrid Leader

      Toyota made "hybrid" synonymous with high fuel efficiency more than 20 years ago with the first Prius. The Venza brings the number of Toyota Hybrids available to 10 - Mirai makes it 11 electrified vehicles - for 2021, more than any other brand.

      The new-generation Toyota Hybrid System in the Toyota Venza combines a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with three electric motors in a highly compact system. The gas engine employs Variable Valve Timing-intelligent system by Electric motor (VVT-iE) on the intake camshaft, and VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft. A variable cooling system (electric water pump, electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump further help improve engine efficiency.

      The proven tech seamlessly delivers 219 total system horsepower and a projected preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 combined MPG in LE trim. As with all Toyota hybrids, the feeling of everyday acceleration and responsiveness is heightened by the way the electric motor boosts low-speed torque. The hybrid system optimizes the level of electric motor assistance and gas engine RPM without the engine running at high revs. Engine speed is synchronized with vehicle speed, yielding effortless and quiet acceleration. Venza's hybrid system adopts a newly-developed lithium-ion battery to enhance performance and size and weight.

      Selectable NORMAL, ECO and SPORT driving modes let the driver tailor the Venza's performance personality. SPORT mode improves and sharpens throttle response, making fuel efficiency more fun. ECO mode changes the throttle and environmental logic to help the driver focus on maximizing mileage from the fuel and battery, while NORMAL mode is ideal for everyday driving. Additionally, EV mode allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances.

      Using a sequential shifting feature, the driver can "downshift" to increase the regenerative braking in steps, which fosters greater control when driving in hilly areas, for example. As a bonus, the hybrid system enhances ride comfort by finely controlling the drive torque to suppress pitch under acceleration and deceleration.

      Magically Reading the Road for Maximum MPG

      Toyota Venza's Predictive Efficient Drive (PED) uses the navigation system operation to analyze driving habits and memorize road and traffic conditions to help optimize hybrid battery charging. When the driver selects PED, the system learns repeating routes and is designed to predict when and where the vehicle is likely to slow down or stop. Then, through optimum accelerator pedal release timing guidance, it can help reduce energy consumption.

      PED can help optimize battery charging and discharge ahead of hills or traffic congestion. When approaching a downhill section, for example, the system is designed to apply additional engine braking force to more efficiently charge the hybrid battery after the accelerator pedal is released.

      Very Smooth, Supremely Confident

      The inherent strength of the TNGA-K platform is the extensive use of high-strength steel. This allows front strut and rear multi-link suspension tuning that helps foster handling agility while providing a supple, quiet ride.

      Venza's handling is bolstered by an electronically controlled brake system featuring Active Cornering Assist (ACA), which engages the stability control to reduce understeer in certain cornering situations. The driver feels only the enhanced agility, not the system's operation.

      The hybrid system uses a differential torque pre-load function, which enhances acceleration and deceleration controllability when starting off or cornering on normal or slippery roads. The feature also helps enhance steering performance at higher speeds, straight-line stability and controllability on rough roads.

      The 2021 Venza LE rolls on 18-inch multi-spoke two-tone alloy wheels, while XLE and Limited come standard with 19-inch multi-spoke super chrome finished alloy wheels.

      All-Wheel Drive at its Smartest

      The 2021 Venza comes standard with Toyota's Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, a highly efficient system that takes maximum advantage of the hybrid powertrain's benefits. Instead of using a transfer case and driveshaft to the rear wheels, Electronic On-Demand AWD employs a separate rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed.

      It works seamlessly and transparently, preemptively distributing up to 80 percent of driving force to the rear wheels which helps suppress front wheel slip during off-the-line starts. The system also enhances cornering agility by helping to reduce understeer.

      Torque distribution varies with conditions, from 100:0 in constant-speed driving to 20:80 on slippery surfaces. Torque distribution can be indicated on the Multi-information Display and audio system screen.

      Seats of Comfort and Power

      Toyota Venza provides exemplary comfort with standard power seats (8-way driver on all grades and 4-way passenger on Limited). The power driver's seat features an auto slide-away function. During driver entering or exiting, the seat automatically moves to the rearmost position to optimize ingress and egress. When the Venza is started, the seat moves to the last position set by the driver. Venza's seats are not only comfortable, but stylish, with unique seat bolster stitching standard on the Limited grade.

      The Toyota Venza's available heated front seats can be adjusted in three levels. Ventilated front seats are standard on Limited and draw cool air from the air conditioning system into the seat for added comfort.

      Venza employs S-FLOW cooling technology that first appeared on Lexus. The system directs air conditioning only to occupied seats, providing comfort and helping to reduce energy consumption. On the Limited and XLE with available 12.3-in display, the climate control system is operated with Intelligent Touch capacitive controls.

      Quiet, Please!

      For customers who seek premium experiences in a vehicle, keeping unwanted noise out is paramount. The 2021 Venza provides a surprisingly quiet cabin experience. Rather than simply aiming at a "numbers" goal for sound level (decibels), Toyota engineers created a calm atmosphere conducive to enjoying easy conversation or hearing music in cleaner detail.

      The high-strength TNGA-K platform is the first defense against noise intrusion, curbing vibration through the steering, floor and structure. Suspension tuning resists road surface disturbances, tire noise is reduced via strategically placed insulation, and an acoustic glass windshield helps minimize wind noise.

      That's just the beginning. Sound-blocking and absorbing insulation and body sealing material are placed throughout the structure, under the carpeting, and above the headliner. The materials and their placement were optimized to minimize noise in the frequencies that typically interfere with conversation.

      As one example, the floor silencer pad is one large piece rather than separate segments. As a result, surface coverage reaches about 92 percent. Holes and gaps between parts are filled in with sound-damping material for greater road noise reduction.

      Under the hood, sound-absorbing insulation around the engine compartment helps reduce intake noise, helped by the placement of two special resonance chambers that help minimize air intake noise in the 530Hz and 650Hz ranges.

      Space for What Matters

      The Toyota Venza doesn't take up a lot of space outside yet provides generous space inside. Cupholders can accommodate large drink sizes, while the center stack tray can handle the largest iPhone models. Door bottle holders can take 24-oz bottles.

      Venza offers 36.3 cu. ft. of carrying space behind the second row. The lithium-ion battery pack is small enough to be installed under the rear seats, so it does not take up any cargo or passenger space. The standard tonneau cover can be stored in the storage space beneath the deck board when not in use.

      Core Safety

      The 2021 Venza is equipped with eight airbags, including side curtain airbags for all three rows. Toyota's Star Safety System includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

      Toyota Limited Warranty

      Toyota's 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against perforation from corrosion for 60 months with no mileage limitation. Hybrid-related components that require repairs needed to correct defects in materials or workmanship are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. The HV battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles, whichever comes first, and is transferrable across ownership.

      The 2021 Toyota Venza also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage.












      Looks pretty good, should be a hit!
      Last edited by StL2.5; 05-18-2020 at 12:35 PM.

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      05-18-2020 12:36 PM #2
      Exterior styling......





      Interior looks nice though.

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      05-18-2020 12:36 PM #3
      They are stuffing that 2.5 Hybrid Powertrain everywhere.

      I wonder if the plug-in will follow for this and the Sienna?

    5. 05-18-2020 12:38 PM #4
      A rebadge version of the JDM Harrier.

      New 2021 Toyota Harrier Is A Good Looking RAV4-Based SUV You Can Only Have In Japan
      https://www.carscoops.com/2020/04/ja...d-powertrains/




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      05-18-2020 12:40 PM #5
      I’m glad I held off on buying a rav4

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      05-18-2020 12:42 PM #6
      Maybe it's the focal length of the lens attributing, but the upper tip of the front clip from the profile view looks like it pokes out more on the Venza compared to the Harrier.

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      05-18-2020 12:49 PM #8
      That center stack design is a bit interesting...but thank goodness it looks like they're getting with the program offering an attractive and competitive infotainment screen with Carplay.

      A slightly bigger, more stylish RAV4 Hybrid - This will be another big nail in the Camry's coffin.
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      05-18-2020 12:51 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by oidoglr View Post
      Maybe it's the focal length of the lens attributing, but the upper tip of the front clip from the profile view looks like it pokes out more on the Venza compared to the Harrier.
      Could be light truck classification shenanigans, like they did with the Lexus NX.

      The reason why the US gets the more pointy proboscis is because of its classification as a light truck. It seems trucks are required to have some sort of concession to the car's approach angle – in other words, a truck should be able to clear an obstacle that a car might hit. Why does Lexus care if the NX is a car or truck? Well, that has to do with how fuel economy is reported, as trucks are given less-stringent requirements for Corporate Average Fuel Economy purposes.
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      05-18-2020 12:52 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by oidoglr View Post
      Maybe it's the focal length of the lens attributing, but the upper tip of the front clip from the profile view looks like it pokes out more on the Venza compared to the Harrier.
      I think it's just the camera. It looks the same in these pics I think. Just a rebadge.




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      05-18-2020 01:02 PM #11
      Just call it the freakin’ Harrier and standardize the name.

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      05-18-2020 01:06 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by someguy123 View Post
      Just call it the freakin’ Harrier and standardize the name.
      If they just simply rebadged it as the all new Lexus NX, I wouldn't hate either. This is making Lexus more worse than they are.

    14. 05-18-2020 01:12 PM #13
      2nd gen NX will start production in 2022.

      https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/20...anada-in-2022/
      https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/lexus/27959013.html

      On a similar note, Lexus dealers were mad that Mirai wasn't rebadged as a Lexus for the US. (Something to fill the spot left by the GS?)

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      05-18-2020 01:29 PM #15
      This will good for older buyers looking to transition from their Camry/Avalon to a Toyota CUV. I don't see it grabbing a lot of buyers from other brands though, since I feel the biggest real-life competitors are the RAV4 and Highlander.

      I think this would be better as the next gen NX, with an all-hybrid lineup of this powertrain and the Prime Plug-in as an upgrade.

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      05-18-2020 01:29 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by StL2.5 View Post
      40 mpg CUV expected to deliver an intuitive driving experience and room for five.
      I have absolutely no idea what that is supposed to mean.
      Did the marketing department add any sort of pamphlet with their word choice definitions?
      Oh wait... is this a jab at the "gas/brake mix up" floor throttle thinking it's the brake stupidity?
      Inderstesting.
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      But seriously, I am glad they are bringing the Venza back.
      Many (older) people want cross-over functionality but with seating closer to a tall car than an SUV.
      EDIT.
      Wait... this thing looks rather tall. Is this normal crossover sized?
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      05-18-2020 01:33 PM #17
      Wait a minute; I thought that the Japanese Harrier was the equivalent of our Lexus RX?
      "Of course that's just my opinion; I could be wrong."

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      05-18-2020 01:41 PM #18
      Seeing as this is hybrid-only, it made me think that many midsize two-row crossovers target a certain niche (however vague and superficial it may be) compared to the "Will it sell in Peoria?" aim of their compact and fullsize crossover corporate siblings. The Venza is going to be hybrid-only. The Blazer has Camaro influences, so it apparently wants to go for a sporty niche. I get kind of a crossover-version-of-a-personal-luxury-coupe vibe from the Murano. The Passport tries to pass off an offroad aura with its extensive black cladding and butch bumpers.

      This isn't a rule set in stone. The Edge and Santa Fe, for example, are strictly middle of the market and don't attempt a vague niche like their competitors do.


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      Wait a minute; I thought that the Japanese Harrier was the equivalent of our Lexus RX?
      It was. They split when the 3rd generation RX went on sale in Japan.
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      05-18-2020 02:05 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by someguy123 View Post
      Just call it the freakin’ Harrier and standardize the name.
      When car companies use different names in different markets, the main reason is another car company (or motorcycle/ATV/snowmobile/jet ski company) already owns the rights to that name in the other market.

      Also, Venza already has some brand recognition in the US, which Harrier does not. There's no incentive to standardize, in that instance.

      Are you some kind of enthusiast for either the Harrier name, or just the concept of standardization in general?
      This hardly seems facepalm worthy.

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      05-18-2020 02:10 PM #20
      Does this Harrier support full VTOL or do I still need a short runway in front of my driveway?


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      05-18-2020 02:12 PM #21
      Looks quite Lexus-y, I'd take it over a RAV4 no doubt.

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      Does this Harrier support full VTOL or do I still need a short runway in front of my driveway?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Yuppie Scum View Post
      Does this Harrier support full VTOL or do I still need a short runway in front of my driveway?
      "Of course that's just my opinion; I could be wrong."

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      05-18-2020 02:12 PM #23
      I think this is a great looking and logical vehicle (rather than sexy and impulsive).
      It plays the role of Toyota's Edge nicely to the Highlander's Explorer.
      Toyota has made it much more of a CUV now, versus the old Venza being more of tall roofed hatchback sedan.

      As someone else said earlier, this will probably eat into the Camry's sales, but will definitely spell the end for the Avalon.

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      05-18-2020 02:14 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      When car companies use different names in different markets, the main reason is another car company (or motorcycle/ATV/snowmobile/jet ski company) already owns the rights to that name in the other market.

      Also, Venza already has some brand recognition in the US, which Harrier does not. There's no incentive to standardize, in that instance.

      Are you some kind of enthusiast for either the Harrier name, or just the concept of standardization in general?
      This hardly seems facepalm worthy.
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      Attention all on the road sales reps - meet your new ride.

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