Toyota Venza Hybrid
It's well known that Toyota is the world leader in hybrid vehicle development and production. The Toyota Prius hybrid is undoubtably the best selling hybrid vehicle. Toyota definitely has the hybrid stuff figured out!
With that said, as time of writing, there has been no official announcement of a Toyota Venza Hybrid. Given that the Venza is built off the Camry platform (in the same plant as the Camry and Camry Hybrid), our guess is that it's only a matter of time until we do see a very fuel efficient hybrid powertrain put in the Venza crossover. Toyota is also working on a Prius plug-in hybrid model so who knows, we may even see a Venza plug-in hybrid in the future.
The most credible information I could find is from "Tideland Prius": "I recall the question being asked about the Venza and why a hybrid version wasn't launched at the same time. The response from Toyota was that this was a "new market" and that they're weren't sure how the public would respond to a vehicle such as the Venza (remember it kept a secret quite well)."
So stay tuned to ToyotaVenza.net, when we hear more about a potential Toyota Venza hybrid or Venza plug-in hybrid, we'll be sure to let you all know. Unlike General Motors and they're plan of talking about the Volt for years on end, Toyota generally does not brag about products for years on end before releasing it. So we expect we'll have a year or less notice on the availability of a Toyota Venza hybrid model.
For reference, the information on the 2010 Camry Hybrid are as follows:
2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Specs
- Base MSRP: $ 26,400 US
- Fuel economy: 31 mpg city; 35 mpg highway
- 2.4-Liter 4-Cylinder Hybrid; DOHC 16-Valve VVT-i
- 147 hp @ 6000 rpm; 138 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm
- Electric Motor Power Output: 199 lb.-ft @ 0-1500 rpm (105 kW @ 4500 rpm)
- 244.8V Traction Battery
- Power-assisted ventilated front/solid rear discs with integrated regenerative braking