At least in some ways, it feels like 2010 all over again.
The 2021 Toyota Venza crossover SUV and 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan were revealed Monday as mostly hybrid, all-wheel drive family vehicles. After a long absence and previous incarnation as a wagon, the Venza is reborn as a crossover SUV.
The new Venza is still spacious, comfortable, and sized a bit larger than the RAV4, but it’s more aligned with the company’s three-row Highlander crossover. The Venza’s shapes are more organic and flowing, which is a contrast to the macho RAV4. The Venza is powered exclusively by a hybrid powertrain that’s borrowed from the RAV4 and pairs a 2.5-liter inline-4 to electric motors and a hybrid battery pack. All-wheel drive is standard on the new Venza too, although Toyota’s chief for sales in North America, Bob Carter, said the new crossover would be steered toward “urban” drivers.