Pros/ Lux interior, smart pricing, standard fuel-sipping hybrid
Cons/ Mediocre power, no towing capability, short on cargo space
Bottom Line/ A stylish and reasonably-priced mid-sizer, the Venza prioritizes a smooth ride and excellent fuel economy in the mid-sized crossover set.
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Toyota Crown vs Toyota Venza Comparison
These two Toyotas don’t easily fit into any one category. So welcome to a different sort of comparison: the new 2023 Toyota Crown versus Toyota Venza.
Both the Crown and the Venza are hard to categorize. The Venza debuted two years ago, not quite a mid-sized SUV, but so much fancier than your garden-variety RAV4. Then the Crown dropped last month, a high-riding sedan that draws a whole lot from crossovers. It’s unusual, it’s striking, and Toyota hopes it will sell even better than the Avalon it ostensibly replaces as the flagship of the sedan family.
And hey, they’re both only available as hybrids. So there’s that.
This isn’t a traditional comparison, then. We’re not focusing so much on which one is the better vehicle, but more on how they’re different, both from each other and other options in their price range.
2021 Toyota Venza Review
How do you capitalize on the public’s continuing love affair with the crossover when you already have six in your lineup?
If you’re Toyota, you revive a nameplate, in this case the Venza. This new model is a far cry from the original though. While the Venza from 2009 to 2015 was essentially a Camry wagon with a bad case of elephantiasis, the 2021 edition is a svelte crossover. It slots in between the massively popular RAV4 and the three-row Highlander, sharing a platform with both and the wheelbase of the former.
With classy new looks and a hybrid powertrain, Venza 2.0 looks to carve out its own space in the mid-size crossover segment. Thanks to a reasonable price tag and a whole bunch of feel-good tech, it looks set to succeed too.
|Price /||$33,595 - $41,740|
|Engine /||2.5-liter 4-cylinder + hybrid|
|Power /||219 hp|
|Torque /||252 lb-ft|
|Fuel Economy (city/hwy) /||40 mpg / 37 mpg|
|Cargo Capacty /||28.7–28.8 cu ft|
Our Final Verdict
|Quality and Styling||8.0|