The Toyota Venza was a brand new addition to the Toyota family in 2009. The Versa has successfully blended the lines between a hatchback, station wagon and crossover vehicle. The marketing department from Toyota has described this vehicle as a something having the styling and comfort of car but the usefulness of a SUV. This is definitely not a standard sports utility vehicle or a car. It really is something in the middle. This smaller vehicle can tow as much as 3,500 pounds so it is definitely a useful sports utility vehicle. On the inside there is a lot of rolling curves and current styling that make it a very cool looking car if nothing else.
The engine options for the Venza are what make it seem stronger than many give it credit for. The standard 2.7 liter inline 4 cylinder engine give it a total output of 182 horsepower and the optional 3.5 liter v-6 cranks out 268 horsepower which make the Venza a very capable pulling machine. The 2011 Venza starts a little over $26,000 and gets 27 mpg on the highway.
Body styles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 2.7L I-4, 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: 2.7L FWD, 2.7L AWD, 3.5L FWD, 3.5L AWD
The 2011 Toyota Venza retains the same equipment as it had in 2010. As it was, though, the Venza crossover didn't receive too many new bits of equipment last year, either -- iPod and USB ports were made standard, as was Bluetooth connectivity. The Venza has a higher ride height for better visibility, and fuel economy as good as 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway.
The Toyota Venza has a different grille and a crossover-type cargo area, yet it's clear that this vehicle shares its DNA (and 109.3-in wheelbase) with the Camry sedan. The Venza features 19-inch wheels as standard rolling stock, with 20-inch wheels optional.
The Venza's five-passenger cabin comes with dual-zone climate control, power windows and door locks, and six-speaker audio. Panoramic glass roof, leather power seats, seat heaters, navigation, and rear-seat DVD entertainment are optional for the Venza.
Performance & Handling
With the V-6, there is plenty of power for the weight of this vehicle. It brought the Venza to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and through the quarter mile in 15 seconds flat at 93.7 mph. The Venza's steering is a little numb, the 20-inch wheels do make the ride rougher (although still pleasant), and the suspension wallows when pushed.
Standard airbags: driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side, two-row seat side curtain, and driver knee. Also standard for the Toyota Venza are enhanced stability control, traction control, and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
EPA Fuel Economy
2.7L FWD: 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway
2.7L AWD: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
3.5L FWD: 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway
3.5L AWD: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Beautiful interior
- Excellent ergonomics
- Generous cargo space
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Underpowered four-cylinder
- Rougher ride with 20-inch wheels
- Slightly numb steering
Terrific wagon -- if only Toyota would admit it
If You Like This Vehicle
- Honda Accord Crosstour
- Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
- Ford Edge
- Nissan Murano