2016 Toyota Venza Changes
The 2016 Toyota Venza is a mid-size crossover SUV that slots between the Toyota RAV4 and the Highlander in the company’s SUV lineup. There will be no changes and updates when it comes to the 2016 model. It is expected to carry over unchanged compared to the current model.
2016 Toyota Venza Discontinuation
According to Toyota, the Venza’s production was discontinued in June 2015. As for the units available from stock, they will be sold as the 2016 Toyota Venza. Some estimates suggest that all of the available Venza units will be sold by 2017, whereas the company definitely doesn’t intend to launch the next-generation model.
When it first hit the showrooms back in 2009, this mid-size SUV received much praise from the buyers. It combined characteristics of an MPV model with the abilities of an SUV. However, it seems that the RAV4 SUV has been given much more attention from Toyota than the Venza. Although the two SUVs share a number of features, the RAV4 actually offers a higher level of quality. On the other hand, the Venza’s 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with AWD provides superb performance combined with excellent fuel economy. So, the 2016 Toyota Venza will be fitted with this V6 unit that gives almost the same fuel efficiency as the RAV4’s four-cylinder engine.
Anyway, the Japanese automaker seems determined to end the popular SUV. Over the years, the Venza has become outdated, lagging far behind its current competition. Its sales have plummeted recently, rendering the model unviable. It also appears that the company has no interest in developing the Venza’s direct successor.
2016 Toyota Venza Specs and Price
As for the current model, it is available in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels. The same is expected from the 2016 Toyota Venza. One of the model’s greatest upsides is an ample standard equipment that comes with each trim level.
As far as the engine range is concerned, there will be two available units. The less powerful option comes as a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that generates 181 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. This engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission, with both FWD and AWD options available. The entry-level 2016 Toyota Venza LE with FWD should start at $29,975.
The aforementioned 3.5-liter V6 delivers 268 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque, with EPA estimated fuel efficiency of 20/26 mpg (city/highway) for the AWD version. The 2016 Toyota Venza Limited with this unit under its hood and AWD will start at $41,000.