2021 Toyota Venza vs. 2020 BMW X4

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Venza are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Venza are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The X4 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Venza and the X4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Venza 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Venza’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. BMW is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Venza CVT gets better fuel mileage than the X4 xDrive30i with its standard engine (40 city/37 hwy vs. 23 city/28 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Venza uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Venza has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The X4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Venza LE’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the X4’s (36.1 feet vs. 40 feet). The Venza XLE/Limited’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the X4’s (37.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Venza may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the BMW X4.

The front grille of the Venza uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Venza has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the X4.

Cargo Capacity

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The Venza has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X4 with its rear seat up (28.8 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Venza has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X4 with its rear seat folded (55.1 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Venza’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Venza has a standard rear wiper. The X4 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Venza has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the X4.

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