This 1 Hybrid Midsize SUV Earned a ‘Best Buy’ Badge from Consumer Guide

There are lists of awards out there from virtually every automotive website, covering virtually every class of vehicle. Those that are already car shopping know that the midsize SUV class is a booming auto segment. However, despite the number of midsize SUV models there are only a few hybrid models. 

A red 2021 Toyota Venza parked
2021 Toyota Venza | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Highlander also offers a hybrid powertrain, and earned a ‘Best Buy’ badge from Consumer Guide. That said, the 2021 Toyota Venza is actually the only hybrid-only midsize SUV that also earned the title. Despite the fact that there’s only a hybrid option for the all-new Venza, it seemed worth noting as a ‘Best Buy.’ In fact, this award is telling of the direction the industry is moving towards. 

The 2021 Toyota Venza is an all-hybrid midsize SUV 

The blue highlighted Toyota logo that is seen on the hybrid models
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All-hybrid and all-new, the 2021 Toyota Venza came back as an upscale hybrid midsize SUV that was a ‘Best Buy’ standout in its class. It boasts an upscale cabin with a long list of available features and it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick +. As one of only five hybrid SUV models available in the class, the 2021 Toyota Venza just makes sense as a ‘Best Buy.’ 

This brand new hybrid crossover starts at $32,570. This model offers a panoramic sunroof that drivers can change the opacity of the window at the touch of a button. 

It’s a Consumer Guide ‘Best Buy’

A 2021 Toyota Venza hybrid midsize SUV driving in a city at night
2021 Toyota Venza | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Venza is the only all-hybrid midsize SUV that earned a ‘Best Buy’ badge. It’s also the only midsize SUV that earned this title without the option of a third row. But the premium interior and smooth powertrain are all telling reasons why. 

“The stylish Venza boasts an upscale feel inside and out, pleasant road manners, and a smooth hybrid powertrain that delivers outstanding fuel economy—all at highly competitive prices.”

Not only is the powertrain nice to drive, but this is a highly fuel-efficient vehicle with bountiful features. The EPA estimates for the 2021 Toyota Venza are 40 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. During Consumer Guide’s review, the model “averaged 41.5 MPG in 60-percent city driving.” Not bad for hauling the fam around town. 

My experience with the Toyota Venza 

I recently drove the 2021 Toyota Venza at the Texas Auto Roundup. The cabin is comfortable and nice. The powertrain is satisfying, and I don’t balk at the price tag the way one does with some other crossover SUV models 

Plus, the opacity-altering button for the panoramic “Star Gaze” sunroof is so much fun. It was one of the models I recommended to my mother in law (who is slowly beginning to car shop for her next vehicle). My overall impression of the all-new Venza makes it easy to agree with Consumer Guide giving it a ‘Best Buy’ badge.

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