Toyota is adding a new crossover to its U.S. lineup. The 2021 Venza, known as the Harrier in Japan, is a two-row, hybrid-only midsize crossover built on the same TNGA-K platform as the RAV4 and Highlander. It's equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-four engine mated to three electric motors, delivering 219 hp. With the new model, the automaker is giving life to an old nameplate: Toyota discontinued the Venza crossover wagon after the 2015 model year. Here's a roundup of initial reaction to the 2021 Venza from the automotive media.
"If at this point you're wondering, "what the hell is he talking about, this is clearly a Lexus," well friend, we can both be right. Not only does this vehicle share many components with the Lexus RX because they share a platform, but when the JDM Harrier was introduced, it was a clear effort to appropriate some of the luxurious Lexus image onto Toyota's cars. That's now come full circle with a Venza that looks like a Lexus."
— Justin T. Westbrook, Jalopnik