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4 Must-See Features on New 2021 Toyota Venza

The 2021 Venza is about to make its return. Learn about 4 features you just may really love.


A new Toyota Venza is coming.

This is not the same Venza, however, we remember from the past. Well, I mean, it is. But it also is not.

The return of Venza has been rumored for months. Toyota fans will get to see that familiar Venza nameplate at dealerships across the country in just a couple short months. People are excited and anxious to learn more.

This return/redesign combination will be noteworthy for many reasons.

2021 Toyota Venza Limited exterior profile and front end

Luxury-inspired styling. Fuel estimates teased at 40 miles per gallon. Smooth ride and comfort. It may also be one of the quietest Toyotas ever manufactured.

A few specific details stood out in my mind that I think many of us will like and be able to use in the new Toyota Venza.

Venza Star Gaze panoramic roof

2021 Toyota Venza Limited Star Gaze panoramic glass roof

Look for a new technological innovation to grace the tops of our new 2021 Venza rides. Get used to the buzzword Star Gaze.

Passengers are able to switch between clear transparent mode and a frosted mode instantly with this electrochromic glass technology.

Frosted mode makes the cabin brighter while reducing direct sunlight into the vehicle. This would certainly be beneficial in warmer climates on hotter days, like where I live in North Carolina.

Slide-away driver’s seat on 2021 Venza

Toyota does not use this technology on most of its models, but it is absolutely a welcomed addition to 2021 Toyota Venza.

When drivers get into or exit their new Venza, the 8-way power driver’s seat will automatically slide back to the rearmost position setting. This will prove helpful for people of all sizes as they enter and leave the vehicle. I imagine it will also be more convenient for people with bad backs, knees and hips.

VIDEO: Take a tour of 2021 Toyota Venza interior and exterior in my video preview.

The seat will return to the last saved setting when the Venza is started.

I like this feature quite a bit. It is subtle but people will see big benefits here.

Toyota Venza larger multimedia screens

2021 Toyota Venza Limited interior

Venza is bringing its multimedia “A-Game” this time around. Borrowing from the 2020 Highlander bag of tricks, 2021 Venza offers an available 12.3-inch multimedia system.

This system is standard on Limited trim level and optional on XLE (Venza is offered in LE, XLE and Limited). It allows passengers to operate Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa functions, along with many other settings like climate and audio.

LE and XLE trim levels come standard with a respectable 8-inch multimedia screen. It is refreshing to see Toyota moving to larger base screens than the much smaller 6.1-inch screens of past years.

JBL in the house

Promising the most powerful sound system in a new Toyota, 2021 Venza is ready for you to hear what this is all about. Premium Audio systems come with dynamic navigation and 9 JBL speakers. Plan on a rear subwoofer with a 12-channel, 1,200-watt amplifier to rock your interior cabin.

I suggest this upgrade on XLE trims if it fits your budget. This premium sound system comes standard on Limited grades.

Time for your thoughts on 2021 Toyota Venza

I am personally looking forward to seeing and driving Toyota Venza in person. My 2018 Camry lease ends in January and Venza is at the top of my list. I hope it drives as well as I think it will.

And I hope it has a favorable leasing program. I think we should all ask Toyota nicely to help make this possible.

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Expect Venza to arrive at dealerships in the August to September time frame. Pricing is not available at this time. I will write a follow-up story at Torque News / Toyota News page when this information is allowed to share.

Do you have your eye on a new Venza when it comes out? What features have made an impression on you so far?

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Jesse (not verified)    July 5, 2020 - 6:42AM

Is this model based off the Camry chassis and drivetrain? Thanks for this Toyota update. My ‘09 Corolla has 191,000 miles on it and I too am looking for something new!

canuk (not verified)    July 5, 2020 - 6:51AM

A seat that backs up when getting in and out is hardly a new feature, that tablet is hideous, stupidest trend ever.

Norm (not verified)    July 5, 2020 - 5:51PM

The Venza is a welcome change from the teen inspired styling of the RAV 4. I hope their hybrid model is available widely unlike the RAV4 Prime.
Not interested in sunroofs or the assorted toys and gadgets. Smooth reliable economy is what I want. That and a decently sized interior with decent visibility.

Tom (not verified)    July 6, 2020 - 9:20AM

Driving 2010 Venza with 200k miles and 2015 with 60k. No rust on '10 despite Michigan road salt. Never had a US brand ever look so good. No cost to either other than tires and brakes. Will definitely look to replace the '10 with new '21.

Fonda C White (not verified)    July 31, 2020 - 6:43AM

I got up this morning so happy to payoff my used 2011 Venza. Just to find out about the 2021. How could you do this to me? I LOVE IT!!!!

MJ Oberdoerster (not verified)    August 6, 2020 - 5:50PM

We’ve had four Venzas over the years and are anxious to drive this new one. We like the new design better than the Rav4. We also like the folding side mirrors and the driver’s seat that moves back to the farthest position when exiting (like in the Lexus).

Bill Milligan (not verified)    July 11, 2021 - 3:28PM

I can tell you that I have a Ruby Flame Pearl 2021 Toyota Venza Limited with the HUD and rain sensing wipers and Black/Java Interior. I so love this car and all its features. It has features that are not in the RAV4 and the option to not get the stargaze is most welcomed. I have gotten over 40mpg driving it on the highway. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Rafeek Besheer (not verified)    July 20, 2022 - 1:45PM

We love my wife's 2021 Venza XLE. However we are very disappointed to see that the programmable seat function does not include the exterior side mirrors. So we end up adjusting them every time we switch driving it.
Wake up Toyota.... we paid for advertised convenience but did not get it.
We are very dissatisfied customers in this regard.