• Jan 17, 2008
click above image for high-res gallery of the Toyota Venza

When Toyota unveiled the Venza in Detroit, the only details about what would motivate the CUV/wagon/Camry-on-stilts were two possible powerplants. The first was the range-topping 268-hp 3.5-liter V6, while details about an "all-new" 2.7-liter four-cylinder were scarce. KickingTires tapped CSM Worldwide who made an educated guess on the new engine's output and pegged it at 188 hp, a predictable though sizable bump in power over the 157-hp, 2.4-liter four currently used throughout Toyota's lineup.

The new engine will not only power the base Venza, but will also find a home in the engine bay of the Camry and Highlander. The only concern is how fuel economy will be affected by the extra .3-liters of displacement, but Toyota assures that "excellent fuel economy" will be achieved when mated to the Venza's six-speed automatic.

[Source: KickingTires]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      You know, that looks similar to the ford edge. just a little.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lexus is set to get a version of this too. It's to compete with the Acura RDX and Infiniti EX35. It'll be interesting if Lexus offers just the V6 or bolts a turbo on this new engine to give it a "sportier" image, like the RDX.

      The RX350/400h will upsize using the new Highlander's platform and offer 3 row seating for the first time.
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota just keeps coming up with some ugly vehicles. I thought the Echo and Prius were ugly, maybe they should call it the Toyotatec.
      • 7 Years Ago
      RWD- no. The 2.7 in your taco is a truck motor. this is distinctly different.
      Stylze- not at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My '95 Tacoma 4x4 had a 2.7Liter 4, and it was a great motor. Nice and torquey! Wonder if this one's related?
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Camry for old people with bad hips and knees.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It must be for people for bad knees/hips, otherwise what's the extra height for? Oh, right, to raise c.g. and hurt aero/mpg.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's a family hauling grocery getter. These buyers don't want a sports car. Don't kid yourself that 2 or 3" of CG or 1 mpg on the highway matters.

        Ground clearance in the snow, egress curbside, reaching drivetrhough ATMs, etc. do matter.



      • 7 Years Ago
      188hp sounds right to match Honda's 190hp in the Accord.
        • 7 Years Ago
        what i find interesting is that honda can squeeze out 190hp from 2.4L (accord lx sedan), while toyota requires an extra 0.3L to make a similar power number. maybe the toyota makes more torque to haul around the extra weight?
        • 7 Years Ago
        accord745, Toyota doesn't usually try to push the horsepower per liter limits, and they're also known to redesign and bump the displacement of their engines every couple of years (3.0->3.3->3.5 for the V6, 2.0->2.2->2.4->2.7 for the I4). The Venza could use the torque more than it could use high end horsepower anyway-it's a crossover, not a Celica.
        If you want to see Toyota squeeze power/liter you'll have to wait for that LF-A coupe haha (or really, anything Yamaha pitches in on).
        • 7 Years Ago
        @accord745

        Honda get's more HP from the 2.4 by increasing the compression ratio (longer stroke), usually this requires higher octane gasoline, but Honda says it's not required, we'll see. But it will still be the same torque from a 2.4 engine. A N/A 2.7 will always have more torque than a 2.4, and you "feel" torque, not HP.
        • 7 Years Ago
        As the domestic fans have been saying (for _years_) displacement doesn't mean as much as hp/lb and hp/package. You can have a 2.0L engine that's larger and/or heavier than a 3.0L that makes more power.

        Heck, even fuel efficiency has very little to do with displacement. You can play impressive tricks with engine management and gear selection (never mind aerodynamics and weight of the whole car). Europe has tried displacement taxes and while it's controlled the displacement wars we've seen in North America, it doesn't really address fuel economy directly (they do, however, charge an arm and a leg for fuel, which does help curtail usage).
        • 7 Years Ago
        correction: i meant to say accord ex.

        in any case, the accord lx's 75.2hp/L and the ex's 80.7hp/L are still quite a bit higher than the 69.6hp/L venza engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      From what I hear, the new 4Cylinder 6-Speed Transmission is supposed to be a fuel economy machine, with excellent HP and Torque.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Where are ya getting more information from? Because since the article is about the scarce information on the engine, you must have some connection if your hearing things like that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well if Toyota debuts Valvmatic to the US in this engine, then the mileage should be pretty good. Maybe 30 on the highway on a front drive model.

        I kind of doubt Valvematic would come before variable exhaust valve timing though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      come dont do like the ford edge, so ugly....
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm really starting to dig this new Toyota. The gear selector is in an interesting location but probably feels very 'nice' where it is. Another gawdy grill tho. Hopefully the panel gaps and fit are better than the current-gen Camry... the plastics seem to warp and curl after a while.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally, a new 4cyl engine from Toyo (rather than just boring out the old designs).I too wonder if 2.7l may lead to poor fuel economy.

      I also just noticed that the Kia/Hyundai (and GEMA) 2.4l I4 actually puts out more than the Toyota while (in my experience) being more refined. What next, a V8 from Hyundai that competes with Toyota? Oh wait...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm glad to see an update to the 2.4L too, but that engine really shines in the RAV4. Even with just a 4-speed auto, it's faster than the CR-V and the V6 Escapes, Equinoxes, Liberties, etc. And it gets the best gas mileage of any small SUV. Motor Trend even re-verified that in their latest comparo.
        The 3.5L V6 Toyota has is far more impressive, though, and almost as good with gas, shockingly enough, so I have high hopes for this new engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it specifically a “car” engine OR will it also replace/update the base 2.7L in TACOMA?
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