Four essential variants are available, crossing the two available engines with either front- or all-wheel drive. All models use a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
The four-cylinder front-drive Venza rates 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway for 23 mpg combined, per the EPA. Adding all-wheel drive brings those figures down just a touch to 20/26/22 mpg.
Venzas fitted with the more powerful V-6 engine start at 19/26/22 mpg with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel-drive V-6 Venzas rate 18/25/21 mpg.
The penalty for the all-wheel drive system is very small, so those who live in snow-belt states should have no compunctions about opting for it. In our experience, when driving in hilly areas, the difference in gas mileage between four- and six-cylinder models essentially vanishes, but in flat-land driving, the four-cylinder is the definite choice for greener driving.