At a time when people are generally hunkered down and thinking more about whether they can get frozen French fries at the supermarket than buying a new vehicle, at a time when gas prices nationally are on average less than $2.00 per gallon, Toyota is getting ready for the Return by announcing the development of two all-new model year 2021 vehicles, the Sienna minivan and the Venza crossover, both of which have standard hybrid powertrains.
Under the hood of the Venza hybrid. (Images: Toyota)
What We Know About Each
- Fourth generation. Based on the global TNGA-K platform
- Designed and engineered in California and Michigan
- To be built at the Toyota Princeton, Indiana plant
- Safety Sense 2.0 standard (pre-collision with pedestrian detection; full-speed range dynamic radar cruise; land-departure alert with steering assist; lane trace assist; automatic high beams; road sign assist)
- Powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter DOHC four with two electric motors
- Total horsepower: 243
- Estimated fuel efficiency: 33 mpg combined
- AWD available (uses a third electric motor). Torque distribution is up to 20:80 on slippery surfaces
- Based on the TNGA-K platform
- All models are AWD
- Hybrid consists of the 2.5-liter DOHC four with three electric motors
- Safety Sense 2.0 standard
- Total horsepower: 219
- Estimated fuel efficiency: 40 mpg combined (in LE trim; trims include XLE and Limited)
- Dimensionally between the RAV4 and the Highlander
- Two rows of seats
- 36.3 cubic feet behind the second row.
Last year Buick sold 219,231 vehicles in the U.S.
What happens if that $2.29 a gallon goes up by a couple of bucks a year from now? How are the pickup, SUV and crossover sales going to be then?
The way people are going to get transportation is changing the world over. Get ready for it.