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 8 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 2010 Toyota Venza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"wheel sensor failed"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota dealer said, an octopus. It cost 4,000 to fix. So far its been working fine"

Anonymous, PR (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"ABS Sensor replaced in 2016 approx $500"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The failure of left wheel speed sensor resulting the inoperative of anti lock brakes, stability control and anti-skid functions"

Anonymous, NS (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"dash light on. dealership said abs on rt rear wheel failed. repair was over $500.00"

Lester G., NY (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake pads as well as the rotors were worn out on all four wheels. The mileage was high enough for the pads to be worn out but not the rotors without something being felt when braking"

Paul C., NC (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Both sets of brakes worn out at about 45000 km. I felt that it was caused by the seizure of calipar due to road salt corrosion"

Anonymous, NS (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"During a regular service appointment, we were told that we need brakes. This hadn't even been on our radar, thinking it was too soon for brakes. We were very surprised with this diagnosis"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brake pads wear quickly"

John W., ON (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes wore out quickly and began squeaking and grinding"

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Replaced rotors with worn pads at 69K"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced due to normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The rotors were worn out on all four wheels. I had them checked by a second mechanic which agreed. I didn't feel any problems when braking. State Inspection found the problem. I bought the car used so I don't if the rotors were turned down by the previous owner"

Paul C., NC (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Warped"

Cassandra O., AL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Refers to answer from last question"

Anonymous, NS (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Front rotors both warped and had to be replaced"

Kevin K., BC (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"REQUIRED NEW ROTORS AND PADS"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Have had to replace all the rotors twice and the pads 4 times"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"needed replacing"

John V., AZ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"replaced breaks front and rear after 60000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The pads were worn down, but the mechanic was able to save the rotors"

Peter O., FL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced all 4 brake pads and had rotors turned"

William M., BC (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

"Park brakes would stick after being on over-night"

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"REPLACE ROTORS AND PADS"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The panoramic glass roof has drain hoses running down each side of the roof-line. My left hose plugged up and water leaked in the cabin and shorted out the drivers door power-window control"

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Stripping around the windows is not airtight. Wind noises are evident when all of the windows are shut. You do not necessarily get drafts, but the wind noised are bothersome"

Robert L., NJ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"After rain 1 door is filled with water that drips out over the next day"

L K., DC (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"All of the rubber stripping around the doors and trunk door have come loose"

Craig B., OH (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Air leeks do to weather stripping failure"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Every time i go through any little road crack , something inside the dash board rattles. And the front grill rattles"

Milton R., NY (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The ceiling liner has dropped down above the driver seat and around the sun roof. It makes noises and is very bothersome when driving"

Robert L., NJ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The center console rubs on seats and squeaks and rattles"

James R., ID (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"We were experiencing noise coming from the headliner and sun roof. The headliner had separated from the roof and caused excessive noise. The dealer could not explain the trouble and indicated the cost to repair/replace would be hundreds of dollars"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"power roof mounting is causing pops and noises"

Samuel G., ID (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Noise in steering column. Has been repaired by the dealer three times at no charge even though the last time it was out of warranty"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Flapping sound in front of the driver when car is moving. No noise when idling"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The wind noise is significantly louder since the weather stripping came loose"

Craig B., OH (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It has always been noisy"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

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

Shocks or struts

"struts on one side were leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaky rear struts"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking, need replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Strut leaking replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Michigan roads have been very bad the last two years. The potholes and the poor repair of all Michigan roads, but in the Lansing area has caused a lot of car repair issues, struts and shocks in general according to a couple of car repair places"

Steven S., MI (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Grinding noise started. Mechanic diagnosed it as wheel bearing failure"

Robert M., ON (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front bearing was making noise, had it replaced!"

Chuck S., IL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Alignment

"The alignment issues were related to the poor roads in Michigan. The pot holes and crumbling infrastracture on the roads has caused my car to need a big alignment each year"

Steven S., MI (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"All suspension bushings had to be replaced because of failure"

James R., ID (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering shaft in the steering column was rattling and needed to be replaced @ $1700"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"We found the steering to be loose and the dealer replaced the complete steering system. Now it seems that it lost some of the turning ratio. I have driven 2009 and 2011 and they don't this problem"

Anonymous, IL (2010 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Scratches easily! Very unhappy with that!!"

Judy R., IL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I was not aware that I had to put the plastic protection on my hood to prevent chipping from gravel, etc., on the road. It seems to me that it should come from the factory with it on if that is a problem for everyone"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"severe cracks in paint"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"not really toyota's fault, the horses chewed on the car and there are many spots of rust and no paint now"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is peeling from the front spoiler around the driving lights"

Darcy P., MB (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Moulding at bottom by front mud flaps loose on both sides. Exterior mouldings prone to coming off. Also--bumpers scratch very easily"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Trim on the top of the car cracked then broke apart"

Michael W., CA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

Stability control (ESC)

"See comments on the anti lock brakes"

Anonymous, NS (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"I had to replace three wheel bearings"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"oil leak"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"leaking rear axle seal"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Have had three axle bearing failures during the past 24 months"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Toyota bluetooth system does not communicate with iphone IOs from 2014 to play music.. The work around is to connect the iphone directly to the through the USB port. I spoke to Toyota once - years ago and did not get comfort they were even interested to correct the issue"

Russell K., CA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"When backing up the display screen is very difficult to see what we are backing up to"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS gives extremely faulty directions and is not, so far as we are concerned, user friendly"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"After pairing, the car forgets the phone after switching the car off and then on again. Both phones connect to my other car so the problem is with the Venza on the phones"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

Interior lights

"The rear dome light will not turn on when the doors are open. You have to turn it on manually,"

Milton R., NY (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"The gas gauge is inaccurate and service dpt. can not fix it"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a problem with the sensor turning on the headlights when in the Auto position. The right front headlight turns on, then goes off"

David N., AB (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heating grid in driver's seat failed. Had extended warranty but was not covered. Over $600 to repair"

Ed H., BC (2010 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

Refrigerant leaks

"Leaking under dash, haven't fixed due to cost of removing the dash to get to"

Larry A., MO (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"As we travel on long trips we find the climate control system to be off based on temperature settings. I would say about 5 degrees difference"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"the drivers side seat heater burned out and it would cost $1500 to repair"

Anonymous, ON (2010 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

"Since new it has always not engaged the next highest gear when under load and hitting the gas pedal at just the right time when trying to accelerate"

Larry A., MO (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"doesnt shift when cold. called toyota and have been to 3 dealers. none of them will admit problem. may have to file lawsuit"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission problems began with a slight shudder that was not easy to detect or pin down:,e.g. unbalanced wheel, rough road, front suspension? As time passed I was able to identify that the shudder was most pronounced from the shifting of the 3rd &"

Anonymous, ON (2010 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)

"Battery needed replacement several years ago"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"was told that the spark plugs were capped wrong.replacement was because of condition.since I purchased my car new,I will contact my dealer and/or Toyota to determine why incorrect spark plugs were installed in my vehicle"

Anonymous, MA (2010 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

"Hatch piston replaced twice. Hatchback does not open completely -- banged head multiple times"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"tailgate lift system failed with nearly a $1,000 replacement cost"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission total failure at 142,000 miles, due to front pump failure, cost $4,200 to replace the transmission"

Larry A., MO (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission problems began over a long period starting with a slight shudder that I detected but the dealer's mechanics could not. At 106000 km when the transmission was out of warranty, on my insistence the dealer after denying on several occasions"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Defective Gasket"

Anonymous, NY (2010 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"According to dealer it turned out to be a faulty sensor. Repaired under warranty"

R W., WA (2010 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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