Toyota Camry, Venza Dial Up Style Factor for 2023

Toyota fans looking for some extra styling will have more options to choose from for 2023. Specifically, the Venza hybrid crossover and popular Camry sedan both get styling updates.

The former joins other Toyota models in offering a darker Nightshade Edition. Available in Celestial Black, Wind Chill Pearl or Ruby Flare Red, this model features an acrylic grille insert, black painted exterior mirror caps, black door handles, rocker panels and roof rails available. The lower bumpers are complemented by smoked chrome accents, the 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels feature a gloss black finish and the rear badging is blacked out.

The available Star Gaze panoramic roof, whose electrochromic glass technology allows drivers to switch from clear to frosted mode in seconds using the ON/OFF button, is also available on the new Nightshade version.

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Meanwhile, all 2023 Venza models are being upgraded to Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. What does it mean? Well, for example, the pre-collision system has improvements over the previous generation, including the ability to detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian at intersections when cornering. Emergency Steering Assist is an additional feature designed to detect pedestrians and stabilize the driver’s emergency evasive maneuvers and help prevent lane changes.

There are a few equipment revisions to the lineup for 2023. All Venzas get a new, more responsive and user-friendly infotainment system. It comes with a smart voice assistant, several cloud-based features and services, over-the-air software updates, and the ability to pair two different phones at once via Bluetooth. The central touchscreen measures 8 inches or 12.3 inches depending on the model, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.

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The Venza’s powertrain is, of course, unchanged. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with three electric motors delivers 219 net horsepower and consumes as little as 6.1 L/100 km.

Bronze for Camry

While its closest rival, the Honda Accord, will be completely redesigned for 2023, the current-generation Toyota Camry is still going for at least another year. It debuts a refreshed Nightshade Edition with new black-trimmed headlights and taillights, along with 19-inch matte bronze alloy wheels reminiscent of the Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition. Three body colors are available, including the new Reservoir Blue.

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Unfortunately, the Camry will have to wait to receive the new multimedia system and larger screens (currently 7 or 9 inches). Under the hood, customers have a choice of a 2.5L four-cylinder engine (up to 206 horsepower), a 3.5L V6 (301 horsepower) and a hybrid powertrain (208 horsepower, 5.1L /100km). Only the former can be paired with all-wheel drive.

Canadian pricing for the 2023 Toyota Venza and Camry will be announced closer to launch, which is expected in late summer or early fall.

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