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 5 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 2011 Toyota Venza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Fender parts behind front slash guards come loose when wheel well becomes filled with ice and snow in winter months, At least 4 times since Vehicle was purchased. Also left roof drip molding has come loose and disappeared on two occasions"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Body trim adhesive failing on side body trim"

Elmer K., PA (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof trim, they fixed the first problem and now it's out of warrantee and the problem still exist"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"moulding on roof came off somewhere and hd to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Scuff plate on rear bumper came loose and cost approximately $85 to reinstall. Right mud guard and part of fender came loose due to snow buildup this past winter"

R A., ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear view mirror came loose"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"rattles and squeaks fro glove box area"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Front bumper has been repainted twice. this was done just as the warranty was about to expire. Not so lucky with rear rear bumper as it has started to peel"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The dealer put ( a special coating ) which I had to pay for @ about $500.00 didn't due a thing and neither did Toyota"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on front end of car is chipping and rust is forming. Toyota refused to deal with the issue"

Daniel P., AB (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Big bubble of rust inside the footstep of the door. Was never scratched or anything. About 2 inch diameter"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust is forming where paint has chipped away on the front end of the car. No help from Toyota when we brought it to their attention"

Daniel P., AB (2011 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

"REAR DRIVER BRAKE PADS SEIZED DUE TO NOT ENOUGH BRAKING AND CAR IS OUTSIDE ALL THE TIME THROUGH WINTER ALSO SEAL ON LEFT REAR DRIVE SHAFT LEAKING OIL FROM DIFFERENTIAL. NOT SEVERE BUT REPLACED THE SEAL"

B B., ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace brakes at about 80000+ km which I thought was a little early. On other new vehicles usually got 100000 to 120000 km on brakes"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bought used but still expected more than 50,000 km on front brakes"

Jon K., ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"They were causing the front brakes to sound as though they were grinding"

Anonymous, DC (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"THEY WARP TOO EASILY"

Neil M., BC (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rust"

Jon K., ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors had to be replaced at 50,000 miles because they couldn't be turned, not enough meat, repair shop explained that new car rotors are light to help with the MPG rating and can't be turned"

Martin J., NH (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"just normal brake wear"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"If manufactures cared more about safety they would include a warranty on brakes to make up for their lack of safety to gain MPG"

Martin J., NH (2011 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup camera died without any indication of a problem. It worked Wednesday night but wouldn't work at all the next time I drove the car, the very next day. The car is just 5 1/2 years old. The dealer was just as surprised as I was that the camera needed to be replaced. Fortunately it was covered by the extended warranty I purchased right before the factory warranty expired a few years ago"

Marcia S., MA (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Backup camera is set for use mostly at night. Therefore is not visible in bright sunlight. There is only manual adjustment to the brightness on the screen"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The display screen is in a bad location and is difficult to see , the mirror would be a better location"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Mostof the time the camera is durty or you do not see with the shadow"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"My only indication that there was a problem with my backup camera was when my display screen went blank when I put the car into reverse. There was no other indication that the camera had died"

Marcia S., MA (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My iPhone 6 worked well with the Venza, except that on occasion, I had to disconnect and re-pair my phone. My iPhone 7 doesn't fully pair. I can take calls handsfree, but the car won't play my audiobooks as it did before"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"It has never worked. Even the dealer cannot program it"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The arm of the central mirror broke down"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Minor rattle w passenger seat and center armrest"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"sun visor came loose and will not stay in stored position. rattles when drivig over rough roads"

George E., TX (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Since owning the glove box rattles even after dealer "fixed " the problem. It is very anoying"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"To much plastic which make a lot of noise and squeaks when first starting out in AM. "needs to warm up to let the plastic components expand"!!!! DA"

Charles W., FL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Doors seem to be rattling"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Glove box and center console make noise"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"can hear wind and road noise from tires"

George E., TX (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Very loud road noise and wind noise during highway travel. . Dealer answer " turn the radio up!!!???)"

Charles W., FL (2011 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

"The $500.00 computer that controls the headlight broke. The computer worn out before any light bulbs wore out. Other manufactures have recalled the headlight computers. I will not buy another Toyota because of this equipment failure and Toyota's f"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Occasionally the door doesn't unlock when I touch the handle. I have to use the keyfob release to unlock the door"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Right side windshield washer valve assy had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
12V power plug

"Battery died after 1.5 month storage time"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

"Computer light kept displaying but finally fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2011 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

Electrical failure

"alternator had to be replaced"

Jimmy A., CA (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"Seal was leaking and the transmission had to be completely removed"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"Leaks in system"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"Oil leak from rear differential input pinion shaft. (Defective seal or installation at the factory.)"

Robert B., MN (2011 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

Automatic climate control

"Found it had a plastic bag over the blower for the air conditioner - had been sucked in"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)

"The heating air discharge takes at least 20 minutes to heat up and does not automatically ramp up the fan"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"No a/c. Contacted Toyota and they helped with cost of repair. Vehicle was out of warranty"

Robert B., DE (2011 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

Alignment

"Vehicle experienced shaking/vibration while driving. Dealer alleged alignment and wheel balance issues"

Steven R., IL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"Increasing noise when moving; ball joints needed replacement"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Toyota Venza Base 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"rattles when driving over bumps"

Anonymous, AB (2011 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

"Oil pan had to be resealed"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Housing on oil filter cracked and leaked significant oil"

Anonymous, AB (2011 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

Slipping transmission

"when very cold"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Venza Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

Windows

"The windshield has cracked and had to be replaced three times in a 2 year period . Now the insurance company has raised the deductible to $ 1000 just for the windshield on that vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2011 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.

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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