Venja may be the most misunderstood member of the Toyota lineup, but it’s surprisingly good and getting a handful of updates for 2023.
The biggest news is the addition of a nightshade variant, based on the Venza XLE. It embraces the blackout trend as shoppers find black accents on grills, mirrors, door handles and side skirts. They are joined by smoky chrome accents, black badges and a 19-inch aluminum wheel with a gloss black finish.
The Nightshade version will be available in three different colors, including Celestial Black, Ruby Flare Red and Wind Chill Pearl, replacing Blizzard Pearl for all 2023 models. The 2023 Venza XLE has achieved the new standard LED fog lights and they will also be available in nightshade.
An advanced interior with new technology and equipment
Aside from the nightshade version, the 2023 Venzas 8- and 12.3-inch Toyota Audio multimedia infotainment systems. They have a significant improvement over their predecessors due to their over-the-air updates, cloud-based navigation, and an intelligent assistant that responds to the waking sound of “Hey Toyota”. Customers will also receive wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as Apple Music and Amazon Music streaming integrated with the available Wi-Fi connection subscription.
The changes don’t end there, as the crossover features an upgraded USB port and a fourth-generation Qi wireless smartphone charger. Buyers will find better equipment as the entry-level Venza LE trades its smaller 4.2-inch multi-information display for a larger 7-inch screen.
Most equipment changes focus on Range-Topping Limited, which now boasts a rain-sensing wiper, an eight-way power passenger seat and a 10-inch color head-up display. Limited buyers will also get a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that offers casual, smart, tough and sporty display modes.
In terms of safety, the 2023 Venza is now equipped with a Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite driver assistance system. This is an upgrade over the previous 2.0 system because it has an advanced pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, which can detect oncoming vehicles and pedestrians when taking a turn.
Drivers will receive Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist. Other safety features include a rear seat reminder, a blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic warning and front / rear parking assistance with automatic braking.
The Venger hybrid carries a powertrain and has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a lithium-ion battery and three electric motors. It gives the all-wheel drive crossover a combined output of 219 hp (163 kW / 222 PS) and an estimated fuel economy rating of 39 mpg.
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