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Does Your 2021 Toyota Venza Have Remote Engine Start? We Have Answers

We tell you how to get remote start on your 2021 Venza and how to use it.

One of most common questions I get from my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel viewers is about remote start. You know, the ability to remotely start your engine using your vehicle key fob. People want to know if their particular model has it, and if not, how they can get it.

Remote start is such a convenient feature, especially when the weather is hot and humid or freezing cold.

I have written previous stories for Torque News about remote engine start. You might have this already on a Toyota 4Runner. And, also on a Toyota RAV4. You might not even know you have it.

But what about Toyota Venza?

2021 Toyota Venza

2021 Toyota Venza LE Ruby Flare Pearl profile view

You may remember Toyota Venza from years past. It was manufactured in the United States from 2009-2015.

Now it makes its return, although pretty much in name only. You see, this all-new 2021 Venza is entirely different from its predecessor. This Venza is elegant and luxury and high-technology. And Venza is all-hybrid.

All trim levels (LE, XLE, Limited) are offered solely as an all-hybrid, all all-wheel drive. The 2021 Toyota Venza is powered by the combination of electric motors and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 219 horsepower.

Remote Start and 2021 Toyota Venza

2021 Toyota Venza Limited Harbor Gray profile and front end

Good news for buyers in the market for a 2021 Venza. Your vehicle comes equipped with remote engine start. And you can perform this function in two different ways.

First, you can start your car from your key fob. Simply stand in front of your car and click “Lock” and “Lock” and then hold down “Lock” again. Wait for the lights to flash and it should start your engine running. Remember, since this Venza is a hybrid, it will start from electric motors first before the gasoline engine starts.

My included video shows how to start your engine for LE, XLE and Limited trim levels. I hope you find it helpful.

You can also start your engine using your smart phone. Download the “Toyota” app and register your new 2021 Venza. Your Remote Connect feature will allow you to start and stop your engine, check your fuel level, track your car’s location and see if you left any windows or doors unlocked right from your phone.

Time for your thoughts on 2021 Toyota Venza

I encourage you to try this “Lock, Lock, (hold down) Lock” process on your current vehicle and report back if it works.

This function works on other makes in addition to Toyota. You may just have it.

I am impressed with how the new Venza looks and how it drives. I find it to be smooth and comfortable both at city and highway cruising speeds.

Are you in the market for a new vehicle and could Toyota Venza be on your list? Have you owned a Venza in the past and what did you think of it?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I show the differences between a 2021 Tacoma SR5 and Trail Edition.

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As this is not always as easy as you make it look, often I just give up on my 2021 Venza Limited. Also when using the remote start within my Toyota app. I am told it won't start because "preconditions" have not been met? Other than the doors being locked, what conditions prevent the car from starting with command from app?
I too could not remote start my 2021 Venza with my key fob. I wish Jeff would reply whether the key fob remote start should work even without the Toyota Connect App! Toyota is not transparent as to this point and the information available is in conflict. Please Jeff help!
I’ve been trying to start my 2021 Venza XLE with the key fob like you said,but it doesn’t work. Do I need to have it programmed or something?
Just got my wife a new Venza for Christmas. We can't get the remote start to work either. We also don't have the Toyota app installed yet. Should that matter?
A week ago, I purchased a 2021 Venza Limited. I have tried the remote Starter on several occasions. All in vain. It does not work. Disappointing. I have to go back to the dealership.
My key fob doesnt remotely work in the 2021 Venza. We tried it at least 3 times. Lock lock and hold lock for about 6 secs