One of Toyota’s discontinued models from the past is strongly rumored to be making a comeback. It is speculated within industry circles that the re-badged 2021 Venza will be making its way to dealerships by the end of this calendar year. This could be big.
I wrote about this potential new launch in my Torque News story yesterday. The part that caught me off-guard was the excitement in most of the comments from Toyota fans. They had great experiences with the Venza models they owned in the past and some were already thinking about upgrading should it come out.
What we think we know about 2021 Venza
Speculation is swirling all around the Toyota world about potential model specifications and features. What will this 2021 Venza look like? How will it be powered? Size?
I am guessing the return of the Venza will come with a crossover SUV that is bigger than a 2020 RAV4 but smaller than a 2020 Highlander. It will seat 5 passengers. We think it will come in hybrid only (same as the rumored 2021 Sienna Hybrid), as well as only being an all-wheel drive vehicle (no front-wheel drive).
Again, this is just controlled guesswork on my part. No official statement has come from Toyota yet either confirming or dispelling this news.
I did mention that people were excited about a 2021 Venza return, as well as reminiscing about positive success stories with their Venzas of the past.
Here is what you had to say about 2021 Toyota Venza
Toyota Venza had quite an impact on the driving lives of many people. Here is what some of them had to say.
Richard said, “Jeff, thanks for the update news on 2021 Venza. I live in Connecticut. I owned a 2010 Venza FWD and 4 cyl. I really need an AWD vehicle for the snow and ice here.”
Martha had this to say. “I loved my AWD Venza. I loved the width & cargo area. My husband is 6'4" and he was comfortable in the car and did not feel claustrophobic in it. I had over 300,000 miles on it when the differential went bad. If it's a hybrid I hope it still has power to merge. I now live in SC, but travel often to MD and NY. Power to merge on high speed interstates is a must. I was heartbroken when they discontinued Venza. I would definitely purchase again.”
“My husband just turned his 2015 Venza to 310,000 miles. It is showroom condition and beautiful with no signs of slowing down. No major repairs ever. He hopes to trade for a new Venza soon. Fingers crossed. Thank you Toyota.” Admired reader Cheri.
Robert had a great story to tell. “My wife and I bought a brand new 2010 Barcelona Red AWD, V-6 with panoramic sun roof, JBL sound system and many other bells and whistles. We are still driving it, and have only 74,000 miles on it. This vehicle has been amazing and we enjoy driving it as much today as the day we left the lot with it. We have only ever had to do routine maintenance and have never had any mechanical problems. I hope the new version of this vehicle will be as dependable as the one we have. This is primarily our “family” vehicle and my 2011 Toyota Tundra is our boat towing vehicle. Another dependable Toyota vehicle that has performed flawlessly.”
“I love Toyota and I LOVE hybrids so the marriage of the Venza in Hybrid form might be just what I need to trade in my current vehicle.” Commented reader Dancinman2071.
This final comment by N2LADIES551 tells the story not only of love for the Venza, but of pure 100 percent Toyota quality and long-term reliability.
“If a Venza hybrid is made I will finally get rid of my 1997 Camry that I purchased new and was planning on holding on for my 25th year.”
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Time for your final 2021 Venza thoughts
To me, I’m seeing a vehicle that has larger road trip size than a 2020 RAV4 but not as large as 2020 Highlander. It should have solid rear seat legroom and cargo space as well. I think we will be happy with miles per gallon too.
Would you be interested in learning more if this rumor turns out to be accurate and the 2021 Venza Hybrid does make its way to market? Have you owned a Venza in the past and what was your experience with it?
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