The world doesn’t like loosers and that’s a fact. For the second time, the Venza will be discontinued. After the first time, when Toyota tried to offer something that would compete with the Subaru Outback, the second try was about the coupe crossover layout, but even that model wouldn’t last long. The replacement comes soon, in the form of the brand-new Crown Signia, and the latest reports suggest that the 2025 Toyota Venza will be the final production year of the model we know today.
All this clearly indicates that there will be no significant changes. The 2025 Toyota Venza will be the final model year and therefore, we expect to see a familiar design with familiar features. Of course, there is always room for minor tweaks in terms of standard equipment, but even that’s going to be minimal.
As for the release date, we expect to see it sometime in the second half of 2024.
2025 Toyota Venza Design
So, with the final model year coming out soon, it’s pretty clear that Toyota won’t be making any bigger changes. The overall design is about to remain the same, with identical mechanics and aesthetics. Considering the tight relationship with the RAV4, many see it as a fancier version of the world’s most popular SUV. But, Venza has brought a couple of major differences.
The two models may ride on the same platform, but the Venza stands out with its unique styling, which is closer to the aesthetics of a Lexus than a typical Toyota. The front end brings a dynamic look, with narrow headlights and an attractive grille, while the rear end is all about that sloping roof that provides that coupe-like appearance.
On the inside, the Venza looks way more upscale than most other Toyota, which once again confirms our thesis that this model is much closer to a Lexus than a Toyota. The materials are quite impressive, as well as the attention to detail. All that is complemented by a pretty generous offer of the latest tech features, which were updated last year and now come with a bigger infotainment screen, among other notable goodies.
As for the cabin space, most agree that this is a weak point and one of the reasons for Venza’s lack of success. The passenger space is good, especially at the front. The second row is spacious too, though the sloping roof definitely limits the headroom. The same roofline compromises cargo space even more, so the total volume goes just around 28.8 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats and 55.1 cubic feet in total, which is pretty modest for an SUV of this size.
Once again, there is no reason to expect bigger changes for the final production year. We expect things to be pretty much the same as in the current model, which comes equipped quite well in the most basic variant. The list of standard equipment includes an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, the ”Hey Toyota” virtual assistant, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio and satellite radio. Moreover, base models also come with goodies like a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and ambient lighting.
And with such a long list of standard equipment, it doesn’t surprise that the list of options is relatively modest. You can get upgrades like a 12.3-inch touch screen and a nine-speaker stereo, as well as a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a panoramic moonroof.
2025 Toyota Venza Engine
As for the powertrain, the Venza initially came as a hybrid-only vehicle, and the 2025 Toyota Venza is likely to continue in the same way. This SUV comes with Toyota’s proven hybrid powertrain, based on a 2.5-liter Akinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, along with a couple of electric motors. The combined output goes up to 219 horsepower, which is enough for a 0-60 sprint in about 8 seconds.
So, driving dynamics are good, though the ride quality is compromised with a CVT automatic transmission, which isn’t the most exciting choice for us, despite the highly positive effect on fuel economy and unparalleled reliability. Speaking of fuel economy, the Venza returns quite an impressive 40 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
2025 Toyota Venza Release Date and Price
With no bigger changes to come, we expect that the 2025 Toyota Venza will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 36.000 dollars.