New Toyota Venza and Sienna are hybrid-only
Toyota has unveiled the 2021 models of the Sienna minivan and the Venza SUV. Both have daring designs and will only will be available as hybrids for the North American market.
Toyota Venza: fill the gap between RAV4 and Highlander
The 2021 Venza (pictured on top) fills the slot between the RAV4 compact SUV and the much larger Highlander. It is a North America only model and can only be had as a hybrid.
The Venza isn’t all new, though, as it is a rebadged Japanese-market Toyota Harrier.
The Venza’s combined powertrains produce 219 horsepower at a 40mpg combined EPA rating.
Size-wise, it is almost on a par with the RAV4 but it has a more premium feel on the inside through the use of posher materials and a large 12.3-inch touch screen. Standard equipment and safety features are also generous.
Prices have not been disclosed. The Venza will reach dealerships in August.
Toyota Sienna: vacuum cleaner and 18 cup holders
The 2021 Toyota Sienna is the third generation of this minivan designed for the North American market. It’s styling is bolder than that of the previous generations, undoubtedly an attempt to attract more buyers to the shrinking minivan segment.
This model is only available with a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain capable of producing a total of 243 horsepower — slightly less than the outgoing model but a combined EPA rating of 33mpg should make up for that.
The Sienna is clearly family-oriented, featuring equipment like a built-in vacuum cleaner and fridge, on-board wifi, a total of no less than 18 cup holders and 7 USB ports.
It also has ample driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and automated emergency braking.
The Sienna will go on sale at the end of the year for prices between $30,000 and $50,000.
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