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Toyota Venza 2009 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
Difficult to classify, the Venza fits somewhere in between a station wagon and a SUV. Assets include easy cabin access, a quiet interior, and a roomy rear seat. The rear hatch and large cargo floor aid cargo flexibility. The refined 3.5-liter V6 engine provides plenty of power and 20 mpg overall. Handling is secure but the steering is short on feedback, hurting agility. The jittery ride is un-Toyota-like, partly a side effect of the V6's huge 20-inch wheels. Visibility is impaired by the styling. A rear camera helps when reversing, but its standard dashboard display screen is very small. Crash-test results are impressive.

See Reliability page for the latest 2009 Toyota Venza recalls.

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 win...

Highs

  • Lots of space inside
  • Easy access through big doors

Lows

  • Stiff ride
  • Difficult driver visibility, especially out the rear

Best Version to Get

We'd skip the four-cylinder and go straight to the V6 version. Unfortunately, getting the V6 also forces you to get 20-inch wheels, which hurt the ride. Overall, the XLE is the best value.

Specifications

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.

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