(TORONTO) – The innovative, bold and efficient Toyota Venza returns for 2012 with a wealth of standard equipment and a world of choice –to help create the Venza that’s right for you.
“Canadians love the Toyota Venza for its winning combination of passenger car driving dynamics and SUV-like carrying capacity,” said Tony Wearing, Senior Managing Director, Toyota Canada Inc. “For 2012 we are pleased to offer two new options packages for the fuel efficient four-cylinder models.”
 What’s new for 2012:
  • The Venza 4-cylinder FWD may now be ordered with a Premium Package, which adds leather seat surfaces, heated front seats, power rear door with jam protection, back up camera, panoramic glass roof and anti-theft system.
  • The Venza 4-cylinder AWD may now be ordered with a Navigation & JBL Package, which adds a 13-speaker JBL Synthesis Audio System with four-disc CD changer, a DVD-based navigation system with integrated back up camera, XM Real-Time Traffic capability, and more.
Power and performance
 
The 2012 Toyota Venza is smooth and quiet, yet athletic and agile, thanks for a choice of two intelligently advanced engines.
A 2.7L four-cylinder delivers up to 182 horsepower, while a 3.5L V6 generates up to 268 horsepower. Both feature lightweight aluminum alloy blocks, dual overhead cams, Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) and Sequential Multiport Electronic Fuel Injection for maximum power and efficiency, and achieve a Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions rating.
Pair either engine to Toyota’s proven six-speed automatic super ECT transmission with overdrive, sequential shift mode with gate type shifter, lock up torque converter and transmission cooler. Then choose between fuel-efficient front wheel drive or the added confidence of all-wheel-drive with Toyota’s Active Torque Control System.
And rest assured that every Venza is remarkably fuel efficient, with combined city/highway ratings as follows:
  • Venza 4-cylinder FWD: 8.5 L / 100 KM
  • Venza 4-cylinder AWD: 8.8 L / 100 KM
  • Venza V6 FWD: 9.6 L / 100 KM
  • Venza V6 AWD: 9.8 L / 100 KM
All Venzas are equipped with a towing prep package for those who want to haul a trailer. Four cylinder models are rated at 1,134 KG (2,500 LB), while V6-equipped Venzas are rated at 1,587 KG (3,500 LB).
 
Handling and Control
 
Control starts with steering, and every Venza features highly responsive, fuel efficient electric power steering.
The Venzas finely-tuned suspension delivers confidence and driving exhilaration in equal measure, with a strong, stable platform and independent front and rear suspensions featuring MacPherson gas struts, coil springs and stabilizer bars, plus anti-vibration subframes.
All models feature Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), which automatically applies pressure to the brakes when starting on an incline, to help prevent the vehicle from rolling back.
AWD models feature Toyota’s Active Torque Control System. This enables Venza to switch seamlessly and automatically from Front Wheel Drive to Four Wheel Drive, based on driving conditions. This boosts stability while improving fuel efficiency.
 
Safety
 
From its impact absorbing structure to advanced active and passive safety systems, every 2012 Toyota Venza is engineered to help prevent accidents, and to protect driver and passengers if an incident occurs, offering peace of mind to drivers and passengers:
  • All Venza models are standard equipped with the Toyota Star Safety System, suite of six active safety technologies designed to protect occupants by helping drivers avoid accidents. The Toyota Star Safety System includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and brake assist enhancements (BA), plus Smart Stop Technology (SST);
  • The Venza surrounds driver and friends in a suite of seven airbags, including dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, front seat mounted side airbags, and front & rear side curtain airbags;
  • A carefully engineered body structure including impact absorbing side beams that helps channel impact forces away from occupants and protect pedestrians in the event of an accident;
  • Front ventilated disc and rear disc brakes;
  • Three point lap and shoulder belts for all five seating positions, plus pretensioners, force limiters and adjustable shoulder belt anchors for the front seatbelts;
  • Active front headrests with whiplash protection;
  • Anchor points for child-restraint seats and child protector rear door locks.
 
Full featured
 
Every Venza features a comfortable, modern interior with a full suite of convenience and style features as standard. These include:
  • A six-speaker audio system featuring AM/FM stereo/CD with MP3/WMA capability, auxiliary audio and USB inputs for portable music players, the Automatic Sound Levelizer system, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated XM Satellite Radio, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls;
  • Dual zone automatic climate control with dust/pollen/odour filter and rear seat heater ducts;
  • Front captain’s seats, including an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat;
  • A versatile 60/40 split rear seat with recline, fold down centre armrest, and remote release in the cargo area;
  • Power door locks with illuminated entry and ignition key and a power-assisted trunk closer;
  • Power windows with auto up/down function on all windows and rear privacy glass;
  • A full suite of driver instrumentation and controls, including a tilting/telescoping steering column, cruise control, high-visibility Optitron gauges, tachometer, outside temperature gauge, multi-information display, a 3.5” LCD display and trip computer;
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror with integrated compass, plus dual illuminated vanity mirrors;
  • A modern, comfortable, functional interior featuring carbon-fibre style interior trim, front doorsill trim with aluminum accents, all season floor mats, and chrome inner door handles;
  • Plenty of clever in-cabin storage, including a cargo net, cargo mat, tonneau cover, front centre console box, front seat back pockets, overhead sunglass storage, front and rear cupholders, cargo-area tie-down rings, door map pockets and coat hooks;
  • Sophisticated interior lighting, including door courtesy lamps, cargo area lamp, and map lamps;
  • Three 12V auxiliary power outlets (two front, one rear) and retained accessory power;
  • Integrated garage door opener;
  • Engine immobilizer;
  • Dual power-adjustable, foldable and heated exterior mirrors;
  • Front and rear splash guards;
  • Rear bumper protector;
  • Chrome exhaust tip;
  • Rear spoiler with fast-acting, high visibility LED stoplamp;
  • Projector style halogen headlamps with the automatic headlamp system and fog lamps;
  • Variable intermittent wipers plus a rear window wiper/washer and windshield wiper de-icer.
Models and Packages
 
The 2012 Toyota Venza is available in four models:
The Toyota Venza 4-cylinder FWD features 19” aluminum alloy wheels with locks.
  • An available Premium Package – new for 2012 – adds: leather seat surfaces, heated front seats with seat-mounted high/low setting, a power rear door with jam protection, a backup camera, a panoramic glass roof, and an anti-theft system.
The Toyota Venza 4-cylinder AWD features 19” aluminum alloy wheels with locks.
  • An available Premium Package adds: leather seat surfaces, heated front seats with seat-mounted high/low setting, a power rear door with jam protection, a backup camera, a panoramic glass roof, and an anti-theft system.
  • An available Touring Package includes all items in the Premium Package, plus: Four-way power adjustable passenger seat, premium leather seat surfaces, the Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start, chrome-accented exterior door handles, a front door handle touch sensor to lock/unlock the vehicle, satin mahogany woodgrain-style interior trim, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, stitched leather interior trim, and auto-leveling headlamps.
  • An available Navigation & JBL Package – new for 2012 – adds all items in the Touring Package, plus: a JBL Synthesis audio system with 13 speakers and six-disc CD changer, a DVD-based navigation system with integrated back up camera, and XM Real-Time Traffic capability.
The Toyota Venza V6 FWD features 20” aluminum alloy wheels with locks.
  • An available Premium Package adds: leather seat surfaces, heated front seats with seat-mounted high/low setting, a power rear door with jam protection, a backup camera, a panoramic glass roof, and an anti-theft system.
The Toyota Venza V6 AWD features 20” aluminum alloy wheels with locks.
  • An available Premium Package adds: leather seat surfaces, heated front seats with seat-mounted high/low setting, a power rear door with jam protection, a backup camera, a panoramic glass roof, and an anti-theft system.
  • An available Touring Package includes all items in the Premium Package, plus: Four-way power adjustable passenger seat, premium leather seat surfaces, the Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start, chrome-accented exterior door handles, a front door handle touch sensor to lock/unlock the vehicle, satin mahogany woodgrain-style interior trim, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, stitched leather interior trim, and auto-leveling headlamps.
  • An available Navigation & JBL Package adds all items in the Touring Package, plus: a JBL Synthesis audio system with 13 speakers and six-disc CD changer, a DVD-based navigation system with integrated back up camera, and XM Real-Time Traffic capability.
Pricing and availability
 
The 2012 Toyota Venza is now on sale at Canadian Toyota Dealers. The Venza 4-cylinder starts at a suggested retail price of $29,425 for the FWD model and $30,875 for the AWD model; the Venza V6 starts at an MSRP of $30,915 for the FWD model and $32,365 for the AWD model.
 
About Toyota Canada Inc.
 
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety System standard on every vehicle starting in 2011. The Star Safety System includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.