Comparison between the 2021 Toyota Venza and the 2021 Ford Edge
The 2021 Toyota Venza has been reintroduced as a fuel-efficient 2-row hybrid SUV. How does it compare to the sporty Ford Edge 2021?
Toyota Venza 2021
Above average: Hybrid fuel economy; all-wheel drive as standard; good standard safety features.
Below average: The battery pack limits cargo space behind the back seat; no towing capacity.
Consensus: Brand new but with an old name, the 2021 Toyota Venza is a handsome, well-equipped mid-size SUV with hybrid power and standard all-wheel drive.
Ford Edge 2021
Above average: Plenty of space for passengers and cargo; respectable handling; The ST model offers serious performance.
Below average: Resale value; thick pillars prevent outward vision; higher level models are over $ 50,000; wide body.
Consensus: Offering ample space for five passengers and cargo, the 2021 Ford Edge comes with a choice of engines, including a powerful turbocharged V6. Thick pillars hamper rear visibility and resale values lag behind some rivals.
Venza vs Edge: hybrid fuel economy or V6 power
All new for 2021, the Toyota Venza is a mid-size hybrid SUV, sized somewhere between the compact RAV4 and the larger 3-row Highlander. Make no mistake, this is not the Venza of yesteryear, which looked like a station wagon and was discontinued in 2015. The hybrid drivetrain of the Venza is the same as that of the RAV4 hybrid, combining a 4 cylinder of 2, 5 liters and two electric motors, drive all four wheels. It delivers an incredible 39 mpg. With a good seating position and excellent visibility, the Venza’s driving experience is similar to that of its brethren, with the electric motors providing nice acceleration when needed, precise steering and powerful brakes. There are better choices if you want a sportier ride, but the 2021 Venza is a good companion both in the city and on the highway.
The seats are very comfortable, with 8-way power adjustment and decent space, although cargo is a bit limited, with just 28.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats stretching to 55.5 cubic feet with them folded, which is less than the compact RAV4. Standard features include an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 safety technology is also standard on all trims, with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision system, among others. There are plenty of options, including a premium JBL 1,200-watt audio system, panoramic camera, and Star Gaze panoramic glass roof, which can be switched from clear to frosted with the push of a button.
A 5-passenger mid-size SUV, the 2021 Ford Edge is well-equipped and spacious and is really fun to drive. The standard 4-cylinder turbo sends power to the front wheels or optionally all four, and the chassis is incredibly agile while providing a smooth ride. The ST trim, however, is in a class almost by itself, with a turbo-charged 335-horsepower V6, sport suspension, sport seats, and standard all-wheel drive combining to imbue it with real performance.
The Edge has a roomy cabin, although that translates into a fairly wide body that requires extra care when parking. Thick pillars can also hamper visibility, although blind spot monitoring is standard. The interior has a bit of a luxury feel, and standard features are plentiful, including dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, Android Auto / Apple CarPlay wireless, and Sync 4A with a 12-inch touchscreen. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 is also standard, a suite of driver assistance and safety features, including lane keeping and forward collision mitigation. Behind the seats is 39.2 cubic feet of storage space, rising to 73.4 with the rear seats folded down. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.
Starting price; guarantee; comfortable interior.
Advantages Toyota Venza 2021
Fuel economy; a reputation for quality; visibility to the outside; higher resale.
Advantages of the Ford Edge 2021
More fun to drive; choice of engines; loading capacity; towing capacity; more efficient ST model.
As we love the RAV4 and the Highlander, so do the 2021 Toyota Venza, which is a perfectly solid SUV whose hybrid powertrain gives it great fuel economy. But in this comparison, that’s all he got going for him. The 2021 Ford Edge is more luxurious, it’s more fun to drive, there’s a very sporty ST variant, and it has a lot more cargo space. He’s the winner.
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|Toyota Venza 2021||Ford Edge 2021|
|Motor||Hybrid I4 2.5 liters||2.0 liter turbo I4|
|Power||219 CV @ 5,700 rpm||250 CV @ 5,500 rpm|
|Couple||163 lb-ft||280 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm|
|Fuel economy||39 mpg (40 city/ 37 highway)||24 mpg (21 city/ 29 highway)|
|Also available||2.7-liter turbo V6: AWD|
|Base wbail||3 years/ 36, 000 miles||3 years /36, 000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years /60, 000 miles||5 years /60, 000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||105.9 inch||112.2 inch|
|Total length||186.6 inch||188.8 inch|
|Width||73.0 inch||78.4 inch|
|Height||65.9 inch||68.3 inch|
|Turning diameter||36.1 feet||39.3 feet|
|Headroom, forward||38.6 inch||40.2 inch|
|Headroom, aft||39.0 inch||40.3 inch|
|Legroom, front||40.9 inch||42.6 inch|
|Legroom, rear||37.8 inch||40.6 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||57.4 inch||60.3 inch|
|Shoulder room, rear||56.9 inch||60.5 inch|
|EPA passenger volume||98.3 cu. pi.||113.9 cu. pi.|
|EPA cargo volume||55.0 cu. pi.||73.4 cu. pi.|