Auto123 test drives the 2021 Toyota Venza, a completely transformed SUV.
Ottawa, ON - We had had a previous occasion to get a close look at – and even touch of - the 2021 Toyota Venza last May, when Toyota’s Canadian division invited a few automotive journalists to their head office in the Greater Montreal area for an intimate look-see. But for starters, the vehicle we examined from all angles in the spring was a pre-production vehicle, meaning it did not yet meet Toyota's quality criteria. As well, we didn’t get to drive it.
Five months later, the manufacturer finally had a few units of the final product available - all of them the most expensive Limited trim, priced at $47,690 - for a real live in-the-flesh, turn-the-engine-on test drive. Off to the National Capital Region we headed to officially welcome the Venza back to the fold.
For the record, the crossover unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show quickly made friends on Canadian soil, in fact Canadian consumers continued to have the model offered to them for a year after it was axed in the U.S. (in 2016).