2021 Venza in Canada: Everything You Need To Know

First introduced in the Canadian Market in 2009, The 2021 Venza is back in Canada with a brand new design, with a new focus on elegance and refinement, from the sophisticated exterior to the refined interior space. 

The 2021 Toyota Venza exhibits Japanese craftsmanship and strives to create an emotional connection with the driver and passengers alike. The exterior design evokes refinement and strength. The new Venza is dimensionally more compact than the previous generation but has a graceful silhouette accentuated by the long hood and Elegant roofline. 

garage view of 2021 toyota venza


In contrast to the RAV4 with its rugged looks, the new Venza has a longer Hood, lower roofline, and a slimmer cabin. The new Venza will be available in seven exterior colors that will showcase the lines and details of the bodywork.

Dimensionally, the new 2021 Venza in Canada is more compact than the previous generation and will slot in between the RAV4 and the Highlander in the current Toyota SUV lineup. It will aim to satisfy the need of customers looking for a vehicle larger than the RAV4, but do not need three rows of seating. 

2021 toyota venza with L-shaped led lights

The thin headlights and upper grille merge with the vehicle’s long hood to create a sharp look in the front.  LED headlights are standard on the Venza LE, but XLE and Limited grades will offer L-shaped LED light strips and projector LEDs for low and high beam which will afford a bright light with a more even beam distribution pattern.

2021 toyota venza with led light bar on liftgate door

The new Venza offers wide opening doors for easier entrance. The slim LED light bar stretches all the way across the liftgate, accentuating the wide stance and connecting the rear lamps. 

2021 toyota venza with power liftgate door lock switch

The power liftgate with locks switch is standard on all Venza grades, while The XLE adds a kick sensor for extra convenience. The standard liftgate lock switch allows the operator to easily lock the vehicle when closing the liftgate without the need to use the key fob or door handle sensors.

alloy wheels on 2021 toyota venza

Large 18-inch alloy wheels with machined finish and black accents are standard on the LE grade; XLE and Limited models feature a set of 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with silver finish. 

The windshield wipers park position is lowered and the outside mirrors have been optimally placed on the front doors giving you improved outward visibility. Power retractable and heated mirrors as well as windshield wipers de-icer are standard on all grades. The Limited grade gets puddle lamps with the Venza logo. 

exterior of 2021 toyota venza

Venza’s sleek exterior lines channel the air around the body so that it flows with the least resistance possible. All Venza grades receive standard active grille shutters in the radiator grille. When no additional cooling is required, the shutters closed to reduce aerodynamic drag, offering you enhanced fuel efficiency.


driver side dash and infotainment display - 2021 toyota venza

A strong sense of the premium quality is apparent the moment you step into the cabin. The center console, door panels, and dashboard are wrapped in soft and smooth materials on all Venza grades. 

2021 toyota venza - driver area
center console controls on 2021 toyota venza

The dashboard extends out from the center stack to the door trim on either side and wraps around the occupants creating a sense of comfort.  Gentle interior Ambient lighting along with padded common touchpoints adds to the feel of refinement of the cabin. Glossy interior surfaces are delicately balanced with matte textures to give the cabin or premium look and feel. 

heated seat control - 2021 toyota venza
stargaze dimmable panoramic glass roof - 2021 toyota venza

Limited grades feature the stargaze dimmable panoramic glass roof for the first time in a Toyota vehicle. The electrochromic glass allows control of the amount of light being led into the cabin and switch from  Transparent to frosted glass mode with the push of a button. frosted glass brightens the interior and gives it an open and Airy feeling my reducing direct sunlight. A power-retractable shade is also available. 

cargo area of 2021 toyota venza

In the cargo area, the deck board can be conveniently hooked onto the back door opening or rear headrests and the standard tonneau cover can be stored in the area below the deck board when not in use. 

2021 toyota venza with jbl audio sound system available

An available 9 speaker 1200 watt JBL audio system enhances Venza’s multimedia capabilities and provides a crisp and clear sound quality for all music types. All Venza models receive a host of standard connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android auto Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility along with Connected Services by Toyota. 

2021 toyota venza with wireless charging

All Venza models have a standard two-zone automatic climate control. XLE and limited receive ergonomically shaped capacitive climate and audio controls. A standard Qi wireless charger along with two USB ports and an AUX port can be found in the center console tray. 

2021 toyota venza - driver area

Opening the center consoles reveals a removable tray designed to fit a smartphone and a 12-volt accessory socket. two more USB ports can be found on the rear of the center console. 


2021 toyota venza using platform from rav4, camry, avalon and highlander

The 2021 Venza is underpinned by the TNGAK platform shared with the RAV4, Camry, Avalon, and the new Highlander. The vehicle will be available exclusively with a hybrid powertrain coupled with the standard electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system. 

2021 toyota venza engine

The hybrid system is powered by the dynamic Force 2.5-liter engine working in sync with two electric motor generators in the front and a separate electric motor on the rear axle powering the rear wheels as required. It produces a total of 219 horsepower. Thanks to the instant torque delivery from the electric motors, the vehicle feels responsive and nimble in everyday driving. 

rear seats in 2021 toyota venza

A new lithium-ion battery with an optimized layout making the Venza more space-efficient, with enhanced performance and reduced charging times. The compact lithium-ion battery pack is installed directly underneath the rear seats and does not take up any passenger or cargo space. 


all-wheel-drive on the 2021 toyota venza

The standard electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system does not use a drive shaft to power the rear wheels, instead it employs a separate electric motor over the rear axle with no mechanical connection to the transmission. The system works seamlessly and transparently preemptively distributing up to 80% of driving force to the rear wheels, which helps suppress wheel slip during off the line starts. 

ev mode and drive mode - 2021 toyota venza

Selectable Normal Eco and Sport driving modes let the driver adjust the powertrain to their preferred driving style; while the EV mode permits electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances. The amount of regenerative braking can be adjusted using a sequential shifting feature, which may be especially useful when driving in hilly areas.

dual exhaust - 2021 toyota venza

The Dynamic Force Series in the Venza is a highly efficient Atkinson cycle unit that features Toyota’s G4S fuel injection system for enhanced output and reduced emissions, along with a variable cooling system with an electric water pump and an electric thermostat that further help improve engine efficiency. 

The new Venza uses a McPherson strut suspension in the front and a multi-link set up in the rear.  The suspension is optimally tuned to provide a high level of ride comfort and precise handling.

enhance stability and ride quality on 2021 toyota venza

To further enhance stability and ride quality, the hybrid system can regulate the drive torque in response to variations in road surface and accelerator pedal input to suppress pitch motion of the vehicle under acceleration and deceleration. Venza’s handling is bolstered by the active cornering assist function that enhances the vehicle’s cornering ability by applying brake pressure to the front inner wheel helping to suppress understeer in certain situations. 

The differential in the Hybrid transaxle uses a conical disc spring to control torque applied to the wheels to enhance acceleration and deceleration controllability when starting off or cornering. This also helps enhance steering performance at higher speeds straight-line stability and controllability on rough roads.


2021 toyota venza perfect for city driving

Suspension tuning resists road surface disturbances. Tire noise is reduced by a strategically placed insulation, and an acoustic glass windshield helps minimize wind noise.  Thanks to numerous noise vibration and harshness reduction measures throughout the vehicle, the new Venza creates a calm and quiet cabin atmosphere allowing for easy conversation even at higher speeds.


Standard on all grades is the blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert as well as the latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 that includes a pre-collision system with daytime and low light pedestrian and vehicle detection along with daytime cyclists detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, as well as lane departure alert with steering assist and automatic high-beam. 

blind spot monitor available on all 2021 toyota venza

XLE grades add the intelligent clearance sonar with rear cross-traffic braking that will help to reduce or mitigate damage from collisions during low-speed driving. 


exterior look of 2021 toyota venza

The new Venza will be available in the LE, XLE, and Limited grades in the Canadian market. seven exterior colors and three interior finish options will be offered. All grades will benefit from standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 features and blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. Standard connectivity features will include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a suite of connected Services. 


window control on 2021 toyota venza

The Venza LE is the entry-level model, but it offers a strong value proposition with standard features like LED headlights, tail lamps power liftgate, And 18-inch alloy wheels with a machined finish. On the inside, the base Venza offers a standard 8-inch infotainment display, Qi wireless charger, heated front seats, and power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support. 

power driver seat on 2021 toyota venza

Also standard on all grades is the lock switch on the power gate that allows the driver to conveniently lock the vehicle and close the back door without the need to use the key fob or door handle sensors.


Stepping up to The XLE grade, you will enjoy an even more comprehensive list of standard equipment, including projector LED headlights with distinct L-shaped daytime running lights, elegant 19-inch alloy wheels, and a hands-free power liftgate. The SofTex interior with heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, heated leather steering wheel, along with capacitive HVAC controls add to the quality feel of the cabin. 

auto slide-way function on 2021 toyota venza

The power driver seat features and auto slide-away function to make getting in and out easier.

12.3" infotainment display with navigation on 2021 toyota venza

Standard technology features on The XLE include a 9 speaker JBL premium audio system, 12.3” infotainment display with navigation, a large 7-inch MID, and the gauge cluster. the safety is enhanced with the intelligent clearance sonar with rear cross-traffic braking. 


Top-of-the-line limited grade elevates comfort with features, like puddle lamps with the Venza logo, a stargaze panoramic moonroof, Illuminated door scuff plates, panoramic view monitor with rear camera washer, 10” color head-up display, digital display rearview mirror, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. 

The stargaze moonroof on The Limited grade is a Toyota first feature that uses an electrochromic glass that can change its transparency and the amount of light being lead Into the cabin at the push of a button. 

rear corner view of 2021 toyota venza

The new Venza is positioned as a premium two-row SUV in the Toyota lineup That appeals to the senses with its sophisticated design smooth ride and abundance of available convenience features. 


The 2021 Venza in Canada is expected to land end of the year. If you want to one of the first people to own a unit, contact me today and get your name on the waitlist. The sooner you are on the list, the sooner a unit will land for you!

My name is Maino and I am a licensed Toyota advisor in the Vancouver and Burnaby area. If you are in the market for a car or have some questions, click here and tell me about it! I love to help and set you up for a test drive!

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