2021 Toyota Venza vs. 2020 Lexus NX Series

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Safety

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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 NX Series doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Venza has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The NX Series doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Venza. But it costs extra on the NX Series.

Both the Venza and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Venza for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the NX Series (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Venza’s warranty.

Reliability

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The battery on the Venza is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Venza’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The NX Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Venza’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 25 more horsepower (219 vs. 194) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Venza CVT gets better fuel mileage than the NX 300h CVT (40 city/37 hwy vs. 33 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Venza uses regular unleaded gasoline. The NX 300 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

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The Venza LE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NX Series’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Venza LE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the NX Series. The Venza XLE/Limited’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the NX Series.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Venza’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the NX Series (105.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Venza is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the NX Series.

For better maneuverability, the Venza LE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the NX Series’ (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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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 NX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Venza has 26.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (98.3 vs. 71.6).

The Venza has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the NX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Venza has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the NX Series with its rear seat up (28.8 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The Venza has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the NX Series with its rear seat folded (55.1 vs. 54.6 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. An easy entry system costs extra on the NX Series.

The Venza Limited offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The NX Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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. The NX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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