The yin to the Honda Crosstour’s yang, Toyota’s Venza enters 2013 with mildly revised exterior styling, several new standard convenience features, and a smattering of updated option packages.
Up front, the Venza’s grille is a bolder, cleaner interpretation of its original chrome arrangement. The lower inlet trades egg-crate mesh for a more traditional crosshatch pattern and is now ringed in chrome. The fog lamps remain set into the lower fascia, but now feature restyled chrome surrounds.
Three new colors—Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl, and Cosmic Gray Mica—join the Venza’s options for 2013, with a set of freshly designed 19-inch wheels rounding out the exterior updates. The V-6 equipped model comes with 20-inch, five-spoke alloys as standard.
The big news in Venza technology for 2013 is the arrival of the Entune multimedia system. Aimed at integrating smart phones and the car’s navigation, entertainment, and information services, Entune supports a host of mobile apps, including Bing, movietickets.com, Pandora, and iHeartRadio.
Toyota claims the ordering process has been simplified and value increased for 2013 with the addition of numerous standard features to all three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited. The Venza LE includes a blind-spot mirror and outer mirror turn-signals with puddle lamps. A dual-zone automatic climate control system with second-row-seat vents, a 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display, a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment interface, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth connectivity round out the LE’s features.
Thanks to: Car and Driver