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 |  Apr 03 2012, 1:31 PM

The 2013 Toyota Venza has been released by Toyota one day before it is unveiled formally at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

The re-designed Venza’s exterior styling has undergone a serious update, and is getting a new upper and lower grille, new fog lamps and rear taillights. The body style has grown a little more minivan-esque, but is still classified as a crossover and retains some of its SUV styling. The rear loading height is almost the same as the Sienna minivan, and the rear hatch resembles the van quite closely as well. Three new color options are available with the re-design: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica.

Inside, the Venza has seating for five and fold flat rear seats which optimizes cargo room in the rear of the vehicle. A new center console is also included which has three MP3 player holders with wire concealment features, sliding front cup holders, a storage compartment and USB, and auxiliary in ports.

Toyota’s Entune infotainment system will be included on the Venza as well, complete with smart phone compatibility.

The Venza will be available with two engine options, either a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 246 lb.-ft. of torque, or a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines will be standard front wheel drive setups, but will offer an all wheel drive package as well. A  six-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission will be hooked up to both motors. The V6 will get an EPA estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg highway for the FWD version and 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway for the AWD. The less thirsty four cylinder will get 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for the FWD model and 20 mpg city,25 mpg highway for the AWD.

Three trim packages will be available to suit every customers needs, they are: LE, LXE, and Limited.

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GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Venza

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