2022 Toyota Venza Interior and Cargo

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2022 Venza Interior

Inside, the Venza is a cut above the RAV4 in terms of material quality, bordering on Lexus territory. Everything looks and feels built to last, and the hourglass-shaped console provides the driver and front passenger with a cocooning feel. The Black/Java dual-tone color scheme available higher up in the range takes the feeling of luxury up another few notches. That said, the cabin is not notably bigger than the RAV4's. On the base LE, features like an eight-inch touchscreen, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, fabric-trimmed seats, road sign assist, and blind-spot monitoring are standard. The mid-range XLE adds SofTex bolsters to the seats, front/rear parking assistance, and heated front seats, while the Limited gets ventilated front seats, a bird's eye view camera, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and a nine-speaker audio system.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Toyota Venza is strictly a five-seat vehicle and when you look at its interior dimensions, it becomes clear that this is not a competitor for larger midsizers like the Honda Passport. Overall, the Venza is longer than the RAV4 on which it is based but this doesn't translate into more interior volume. Occupants get 38.6 inches of headroom in the front and 39 inches in the back or 38.1 and 36.9 with the optional Star Gaze roof. Legroom in front is an acceptable 40.9 inches and legroom in the rear is a cozy 37.8 inches, which is identical to the RAV4 Hybrid.

2022 Toyota Venza Interior Dimensions:

Toyota Venza TrimsLEXLELimited
Seating555
Headroom Front Seat38.6 in.38.6 in.38.6 in.
Headroom Back Seat39 in.39 in.39 in.
Legroom Front Seat40.9 in.40.9 in.40.9 in.
Legroom Back Seat37.8 in.37.8 in.37.8 in.
Shoulder Room Front57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.
Shoulder Room Rear56.9 in.56.9 in.56.9 in.
Hip Room, Front54.4 in.54.4 in.54.4 in.
Hip Room, Rear45.2 in.45.2 in.45.2 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

Starting with the LE will get you fabric-trimmed seats in either Boulder or Black. The XLE adds SofTex-trimmed bolsters and the additional color option of Black/Java, while the Limited has perforated SofTex-upholstered seating. All versions have a leather-trimmed shift lever, along with a leather steering wheel which has silver accents on the LE and chrome accents on the upper two trims. The soft-touch dashboard looks like a quality item and, on the upper two trims, color-keyed piping with metal ends and classy ambient lighting are added. A wood-grained center stack is standard on the Limited. In the top Limited trim, the interior materials wouldn't feel out of place in a Lexus-branded model.

2022 Venza Trunk and Cargo Space

Despite its extra length over the RAV4, the Venza's trunk is smaller. It measures 28.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats as opposed to the 37.5 cubes of the RAV4 Hybrid, which is quite a big difference. This is mainly due to the Venza's car-like sloping roofline. It will still be enough for a weekly shop or a small family's paraphernalia for a weekend away, though. Toyota has not yet provided a figure for the cargo capacity with the 60/40-split folding rear seats folded, but this should expand cargo room appreciably to accommodate larger boxes and other items. A standard hands-free power liftgate makes loading heavier items less of a hassle.

Interior storage space is good, with four cupholders and four bottle holders, including cupholders in the rear center armrest. There is also a center console that includes a 12V input and a removable utility tray. The front seats have seatback pockets and all models get an overhead console but you will lose the dashboard cubby areas found on the RAV4.

2022 Toyota Venza Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

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2022 Venza Infotainment and Features

Features

Toyota has limited the Venza to just three trims or "grades" as the manufacturer now refers to them. The base LE has a 4.2-inch multi-information display, wireless phone charging, LED headlights and taillights, a rearview camera, and the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite which includes pre-collision warning, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, and lane tracing assist. Comfort and convenience items include an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, power-folding wing mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a hands-free power liftgate. Moving up to the mid-range XLE adds a seven-inch multi-information display, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a memory function for the driver's seat, and a smart key system for all doors and the tailgate. The range-topping Limited adds a digital rearview mirror with HomeLink, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a bird's eye view camera. Notable options on the Limited are a 10-inch color head-up display and a Star Gaze fixed panoramic roof with an electronic sunshade.

Infotainment

The Venza's infotainment system will be familiar to anyone who's been in a recent Toyota model. An eight-inch touchscreen acts as the base size, offering Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity as standard. Upgrading to the Limited bumps the screen size up to 12.3 inches and ties in a JBL audio system with nine speakers (compared to six speakers in the lower trims). This is the same screen found in the upper trim Highlander models and it makes the Venza feel techier inside.

Unfortunately, it still suffers from the same sun glare issues as the smaller screen and must be split into two sections at all times. This split nature does come in handy though when using Apple or Android, giving the driver easy access to radio and climate controls. Speaking of radio and climate controls, all of them are touch-sensitive in the Venza, which we feel is cumbersome to use compared to physical buttons and knobs.

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