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Toyota Crossover SUV Comparison: 2021 Venza Vs. 2021 RAV4

2021 Toyota Venza vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4

Drivers and families continue to opt for Toyota crossover SUVs due to their versatile interiors and dependable and efficient performance. Two of the agile and fuel-sipping Toyota crossover SUVs that motorists love are the popular RAV4 and the reimagined Venza. If you're shopping for a new 5-passenger CUV, then the 2021 Toyota Venza and 2021 Toyota RAV4 certainly qualify. Let's take a closer look at these two models!

The Toyota RAV4 is a top-selling compact CUV that blends a rugged exterior design with a practical and roomy 5-passenger cabin. The Venza recently returned to the Toyota lineup after a hiatus and is now a dedicated hybrid crossover. While these models are similar in size and feature an identical wheelbase, there are plenty of things that set them apart, from pricing, fuel economy and cargo capacity to design and amenities.

The team at Coad Toyota Paducah has compiled a detailed comparison of the 2021 Toyota Venza and 2021 Toyota RAV4 crossovers for consumers to consider. See our comparison table and accompanying review below to help determine whether the RAV4 or Venza is your preferred Toyota CUV!

2021 Toyota Venza
2021 Toyota RAV4
Toyota Venza LE Standard Vehicle Comparison Toyota RAV4 LE
$32,470* Base Price MSRP $26,050*
2.5L inline 4-cylinder, Active Hybrid Engine 2.5L inline 4-cylinder
219 Horsepower 203
Variable Transmission Speeds 8
40 MPG EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy, City 27 MPG
37 MPG EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy, Highway 35 MPG
14.5 gallons Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 gallons
5 Seating Capacity 5
28.8 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 37.6 cu. ft.
55.1 cu. ft. Max Cargo Capacity 69.8 cu. ft.
Standard Cargo Area Cover Optional
186.6 inches Overall Length 180.9 inches
1,000 pounds Max Towing Capacity 1,500 pounds
Standard Toyota Safety Sense™ Standard
Standard Blind Spot Warning Optional
Available Features On The Venza
Available Features On The RAV4
  • Premium Audio with JBL® speakers
  • Dynamic Navigation
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • 5-door Smart Key System
  • Height-adjustable, hands-free power liftgate with jam protection
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking
  • Perforated SofTex®-trimmed seats
  • Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan
  • Premium Audio with JBL® speakers
  • Dynamic Navigation
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive
  • Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate
  • LED projector-beam headlights
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • SofTex®-trimmed seats
  • 120V/100W deck-mounted power outlet

Differences Between the Toyota RAV4 & Venza Models

If you're looking for a reason to choose the 2021 Toyota Venza or the 2021 Toyota RAV4 over the other, there are plenty of factors that may come into play, so let's review some of them. While the RAV4 is classified as a compact CUV and the new Venza is mid-sized, you'll find that their overall sizes are similar. However, one model provides greater cargo capacity than the other, and that's the RAV4.

Neither of these Toyota vehicles are slouches when it comes to space and versatility, as they both off roomy 5-passenger cabins, split-folding rear seats and ample cargo volume. Whether all rear seats are upright or folded, you'll find that the RAV4 boasts more space for your gear, though.

The 2021 Venza and RAV4 models are both motivated by a version of Toyota's 2.5-liter Dynamic Force inline 4-cylinder engine. In standard configuration, though, only the Venza features a hybrid powertrain setup. Every 2021 Venza sports Toyota's hybrid technology; in contrast, the RAV4 lineup is offered in gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations.

Here, we're comparing the standard gas-powered RAV4 model to the new Venza. In this case, the Venza and its dedicated hybrid powertrain provide greater efficiency, especially in city driving. However, when it comes to highway MPG, the standard RAV4 model is mighty fuel-efficient, too!

When it comes to design and capability, the 2021 Toyota Venza and RAV4 diverge. The new Venza features a sleek and aerodynamic exterior and is highlighted by understated, upscale styling elements inside and out. Toyota's RAV4 boasts a sportier and more rugged design than ever. Its off-road-inspired styling stands in sharp contrast to the svelte and streamlined look of the second-generation Venza.

The 2021 RAV4 crossover SUV's boxier shape leads to an airy interior that provides more cargo space than the Venza. While the Venza can't quite match its CUV sibling in utility, its raked windshield, sleek body and low-slung appearance help it cut through the wind and provide exceptional city and highway MPG.

As you can see, the 2021 Toyota Venza and 2021 Toyota RAV4 each offer unique advantages. But how do these models compare regarding safety? Let's take a look!

Toyota Safety Sense Tech

The good news for Toyota crossover SUV shoppers is that whether you select the 2021 RAV4 or the new Venza as your preferred model, it comes with a full suite of driver-assistance and safety technologies. Toyota Safety Sense features have been included as standard on equipment on a range of Toyota models for years. For 2021, the Venza and RAV4 get Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, a next-generation version of this driver-assist package.

The Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite on every 2021 RAV4 and Venza includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Lane Tracing Assist

Toyota's Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert technology also comes standard on the 2021 Venza and is available on the 2021 RAV4. Schedule a tour and test drive of these Toyota crossovers to experience these driver aids firsthand!

Find Your New Toyota at our Paducah, KY, Auto Dealership

After learning how the 2021 Toyota Venza and 2021 Toyota RAV4 compare, which do you prefer? If you need even more information to make that decision, don't hesitate to contact our sales associates who are specialists in all things Toyota! We can assist with your new crossover SUV search and set you up with a test drive if you live in the Paducah, KY, area.

Legendary Toyota quality and dependability come standard with both the new RAV4 and new Venza models. Also included is Toyota's generous factory warranty, plus ToyotaCare, a no-cost maintenance plan that you can utilize for routine auto care at our dealership's on-site service center.

When you're shopping for a new Toyota SUV near Murray, KY, remember that our local auto dealership is the home of the Nationwide Lifetime Warranty! Our non-factory lifetime warranty is good at participating dealerships and acts as an extended version of your Toyota's limited powertrain warranty.

If you're eager to get pre-qualified for financing instantly, then complete our online auto loan application today. We have competitive Toyota lease offers, too, so don't hesitate to inquire about securing a new Venza or RAV4 with affordable monthly payments!

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