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Based on the previous-generation Highlander, the Venza is a combination of a traditional wagon and an SUV. Assets include easy cabin access, a quiet interior, and a roomy rear seat. The rear hatch and large cargo floor aid storage flexibility. The strong 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine gets 20-mpg overall. Handling is secure, but the steering is short on feedback and the ride is stiff. All-wheel drive is available. The styling impairs visibility. Starting in 2015, a rear-view camera is standard on all trim lines. Updates include standard touch-screen radios that use a larger touch screen than our tested Venza had. This is the last year for the Venza.

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)