While the Venza looks like a tall hatchback or an oddly proportioned station wagon, it's related to the previous-generation Toyota Highlander SUV. Targeted at former SUV drivers who want something less utilitarian for their daily drive, the Venza winds up being less pleasant to drive than the bigger and more-refined Highlander.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

While the Venza looks like a tall hatchback or an oddly proportioned station wagon, it's related to the previous-generation Toyota Highlander SUV. Targeted at former SUV drivers who want something less utilitarian for their daily drive, the Venza winds up being less pleasant to drive than the bigger and more-refined Highlander. Giant 20-inch wheels hurt the ride, and handling is nothing special, despite the Venza's lower ride height. The sloping roof inhibits cargo volume and the view out of the rear window. Thankfully, a rear camera became standard for 2015.

On the plus side, the Venza has plenty of room for passengers inside its very quiet interior and access is super easy. As in other Toyota products, the optional 3.5-liter V6 is refined and pulls strongly, although the Venza's 20 mpg overall in our tests is no better than the non-hybrid Highlander. We can't help thinking the Venza is an anachronism, fighting to win over an anti-SUV buyer who threw in the towel years ago.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (181 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Toyota Venza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water was getting in the rear door panel necessitating the replacement of the window seals"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rpassenger side mirror not large enough or does not provide wide enough abgle of vision. Same with driver side mirror, Warning lights all pop up when only one minor problem. too many icons to remember. words would help to identify problem"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"A seal fell off of the drivers door"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"panoramic top squeaks and rattles over rough surfaces"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"At highway speeds, I hear a rattling sound from steering wheel housing"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in steering column. Covered by Toyota technical services bulletin but not repaired by previous owner. More a "cosmetic" nuisance than safety concern; otherwise car is in great condition"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Hatch door creaks on tours and uneven roads. Some of my roads in my area have uneven surface and pot holes. You can't always miss every single one. It started about 2 years after I bought it, so the car was 5-6 years old. All the seals are fine. No leaking, but it's terribly annoying"

Janice A., NC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"I get a squeak from behind the dash board when the weather is cold, when it warms up the squeaks stop"

Ronald W., TN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"An annoying loud rattle that the dealer or bodyshop can't seem to locate"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The ride has always been bumpy but more recently there are unexplained rattles and squeaks"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"There is a cracking sound in the roof when you hit a bump"

Jim T., IA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"passenger site plastic vent- pending replacement for $180,00 dash board plastic cover - worse in winter passenger seat"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in steering column. Toyota knows about this problem in 2009 but charges $$$$ to repair according to internet search"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The right dash speaker rattles"

Jay V., TX (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"heat shields were loose"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"windows"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"armrest makes a very annoying squeak/pop when used. was replaced once under warrenty with no improvement"

Larry M., TN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"just took it into the dealer to fix very loud squeaks from the inside panel of the tailgate. They fixed it satisfactorily"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"All wheel drive at rear very noise and road noise extremely loud , heat shield rusted out and not covered with warranty for repair. shock lick and rattle rear bearing noise and brocken"

Damir R., NB (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The wind noise comes mostly from the front windshield and the tires. I changed the tires and some of the noise got better. The windshield noise gets louder when traveling the interstate systems"

Ronald W., TN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber gasket around doors unglued. Air infiltration at top of windows"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"wind noise thru cvlosed window"

Lee A., CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"hard to talk with someone in the back seat. due to the type of material used on the underside of the car and the wheel wells it is noisy on gravel or gravel sand type roads"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"One wheel on the front and one on the back went out of alignment slightly and had to be corrected"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car has always pulled right ever since I bought it. The tires wear unevenly due to this. It is aligned every 6 months too"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The wheels needed alignment though I didn't consider this a big deal. It was all part of maintaining the vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"This is the second time these have been replaced in the life of the car"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"one rear strut was bad so i replaced both"

Stephen J., GA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"July 2014, right front strut leaking - replaced October 2014, loud noise from left front. Replaced left front strut"

Claude P., MB (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"All four shocks leaked out"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rear struts at approximately 40,000 miles. About an $800.00 repair"

Gary R., KS (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering developed slack and noise when making turn at slow speed"

Lester L., ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"rattle sound"

Anonymous, PR (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering column had to be replaced a5 60,000KM. Still clunks, however"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Noise in steering column area when driving on rough surface roads"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Had to have steering linkage gears replaced. Car became flooded with warning lights and messages to get car to dealer immediately due to steering system failures"

Bradley R., AZ (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Steering system, major issues--had to fight to get this covered under Toyota ext. warranty"

Mitch A., GA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced steering column under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"sound like rattle"

Anonymous, PR (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed bearing had to be replaced"

Dennis P., CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"LEFT FRONT WHEEL BEARING BEGAN TO FAIL. FAILURE WAS PROGRESSIUVE NOT CATASTROPHIC. REPAIRED AND ALL IS WELL"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced front wheel bearing on right side under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"My front wheel bearings went out and I had to have them replaced. A couple of months later, the left front wheel bearings went out again. They were under warranty and replaced free of charge"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced rear passenger wheel bearing at 70000. Replaced front passenger wheel bearing at 118000. Lots of problems I never expected with this Toyota"

Ross L., IN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Filler strip for roof rack is loose. Have not been able to keep it secured"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Roof rubber trim/molding came loose and was lost while driving on the highway. This happened well beyond any manufacturer warranty (approximately 120k miles). I researched and found that this was a common issue among Toyota Venza owners. I contacted Toyota personally requesting a reimbursement for the cost of the part. They reimbursed me 100% for the part. I am a satisfied Toyota customer"

Eric W., OK (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"roof trim has been replaces two times and need to be replaced again"

Lee A., CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Lost water channel moulding on the roof"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Black trim around the doors came off"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"lots of rattles that dealer would not believe and was "unable" to hear themselves"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"dash board panels move and flex out of alignment"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Poor fitting trim"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint is soft it scratches very easily, poor and very thin even noticable thru the clear coat"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The paint is cracking and peeling off of both the front and rear bumpers Any place there is a small ding from a pebble hitting the hood it is rusting"

Chris H., NY (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Small "bumps" chip the paint. No comparison with the paint on my Isuzu. The Isuzu paint would not be injured"

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The shine of the Venza, white paint, is diminishing"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"the paint peeled of part of the hatch door face"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The stone chips are horrendous and we don't drive on gravel roads and the paint is peeling on the lower bumper area"

Paul S., ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Cracked paint caused rust to settle in. Required body shop repair"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front of hood has stone chips that rust. This is excessive compared to other vehicles i have owned"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"minor stone chips on hood"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"One of the speed sensors on a rear wheel failed. Easily repaired"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The car showed a number of error codes and said to bring it to the dealership immediately...one of the rear speed sensors went bad causing problems with the ABS, traction control, and AWD"

Chris H., NY (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"ABS sensors failed"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"After changing all brakes on the car, I had a an issue with THE ABS and the sensors on one of the brakes. I suspected the issue was created when the brakes were changed as I never had the problem before. It was costly but the dealer chipped in 30%"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear wheel ABS/STABILITY/VSC sensor failed and needed replacement. The other rear sensor failed less than a year before. There is a TSB on this $500 dealer repair (bargained down to $330)"

Vincent L., NC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"vibration when breaking at speed"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brake replacement"

Anonymous, NL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Noise in back left wheel; normal wear and tear after 6 years or so; cost over $1000. works fine since. thinking of trading to avoid additional wear and tear costs"

Paul L., ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"vibration when braking"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"replace rear routers at 35000 km"

Damir R., NB (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"squeaking"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Emergency brake wasn't holding. Shop told me that master cylinder needed replacement"

John C., MN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"normal replacement of front and rear pads ant approx 60000 miles"

Brad O., IN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"needed to replace shoes, etc. on the rear brakes"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes needed replacement under 60,000 ki. dealer said it was normal. This is my first Toyota., I have never replaced brakes on my other cars at this low milage. Everything else is good"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Major repairs after 80000 kms"

Wesley S., AB (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"HID headlamp failed and needed to be replaced"

Michael G., MI (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Headlights keep burning out, short life span"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Driver heated seat stopped working. Toyota dealer said to go to 3rd party for replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The drivers side is shorted. When turned on there is the smell of burning plastic. This has happened in the past and resulted in a costly repair. VERY DISSAPOINTING!"

Gerald D., CT (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Faulty censor with the Altunator it is fine the censor is faulty!"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cost over $250 to get the check engine light etc. to stop coming on"

Paul S., ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm would sound for no apparent reason. Defective hood latch"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

"Dash board lights dim and get bright with out any reason"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"It actually was about starting. Silly that you depress brake pedal to start car. Toyota had a recall on the brake starter I didn't know about So I couldn't depress brake i.e. car wouldn't start. I dislike all push button starts and will not buy on"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Usually needs multiple operations to activate"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"One of the fobs quit working and would not hold a charge. We had to replace it. These are very expensive"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Complete remote failure. Remote could not be programed"

Cary M., TN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"The dealer diagnosed the water pump leaking and we had them replace it"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The water pump was leaking to fix this it required the entire engine to be lifted"

Jason M., FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"leak, replaced. Also camshaft timing problem caused by oil control valve, replaced"

Helen A., CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Small leak lead to replacement for $1600 labor"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"water pump leaking at 78000 miles; was replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"needed to be replaced. not working properly Computer for engine replaced"

Charles R., WI (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced water pump at 75000"

Ross L., IN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"clattering noise after 25000 miles. Dealer said it was a normal sound. Got worse as time and miles went on to the point of embarrassment. Took to another dealer and diagnosed as water pump. Part of drive train but now out of warranty. 800.00 bucks to"

Brad O., IN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"in bad weather screen was non readabe"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"CD player jammed with CD's inside"

William H., NY (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Never used, but starting making grinding noise and disrupted use of GPS"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"backup camera is useless when the sun is on it"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"MP3 jack has never worked correctly"

Eric W., OK (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Purge solenoid failure - stuck open creating a lean condition. Replaced valve for ~$200"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Charcoal canister needed replacement"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Bad o2 sensor replaced under warrantee by dealer"

Steve O., CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"It Failed"

H H., ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Over the years, I have had to replace 4 sensors!!!"

Jean K., FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Bienzle A., ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"The differential had to be replaced. It was making a noise upon braking"

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"My only disappointment ever in my Venza. Rear differential needed to be replaced with only 70000 miles on the vehicle"

Andrew K., MA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The rear differential coupling developed a significant leak and had to be replaced. One shop I spoke with said it was a bad design and they have replaced many of them. It is the same unit that is used on the RAV4"

Ryan N., TN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"Electronic Rear Wheel Sensor went which make s the AWD/traction control/ABS system not work. This is the second wheel sensor that has malfunctioned in this car"

Katherine H., NJ (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"shifting was bad, especially in winter. at times gear would not engage and engine would rev"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"After coasting down has problem finding proper gear to engage"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Several seals replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Coolers and lines

"replaced line under recall"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Power hatch does not work from rear button"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Tailgate repaired once under warranty and again in the past 9 months"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

""Cracking" sound from panoramic roof"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Very expensive repairs due to the engine design $1500-$1700. We have not made the repair yet due to the cost"

Larry A., WA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Right wheel leak. Have heard others are having same problem. Haven't fixed it yet"

John C., MN (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"D-VVT-I gear makes a loud clicking noise. Dealer will not fix"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Evaporator

"Evaporator went out"

Jason M., FL (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Ac suddenly putting out less cold air"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Warning light came on. Originally diagnosed as igniter coil, then when warning lights came on again as spark plug problem, after third warning light episode diagnosed cylinder ring failure"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"heat shield near gas tank became loose and rubbed on drive shaft"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Transmission went out at 61000 miles and Toyota refused to replace it even though it was supposed to be covered under the "certified" used car. warranty. The dealer never paid for the Warranty at Wilsonville Toyota in Oregon so Toyota would not honer"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Factory battery lasted six year!"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
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