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Toyota Venza

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2015 Toyota Venza – LE FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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We liked
  • Toyota Reliability
  • Good Rear-Seat and Cargo Space
  • Handsome Styling
We disliked
  • Boring Driving Experience
  • Fit and Finish Not Amazing
  • Built More For Style Than Practicality
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MSRP
$29,065
MPG
20 / 26
City/Hwy
ENGINE
2.7L I4
HORSE POWER
181 hp
@ 5,800 rpm
TORQUE
182 ft lb
of torque @ 4,200 rpm
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The Toyota Venza is a genre-straddling vehicle with a unique form factor and styling. Although it shares the elevated hip point of a crossover, its shape is more of a hatchback than a tall wagon. The rear seat is thoughtfully designed, with plenty of room for even three occupants, and cargo space under the raked rear glass is respectable and practical.
However, there’s really no reason for the Venza to exist unless you absolutely cannot stomach the idea of owning a conventional crossover. For only having five seats, the Venza has a somewhat large footprint. Compared to the more versatile and efficient Highlander or the more fun-to-drive RAV4, the Venza occupies an uncomfortable bit of white space in Toyota’s lineup.
It also pales in comparison to other two-row lifestyle vehicles. The sporty and personable Ford Edge and the aggressively stylish Nissan Murano both offer a more unique ownership experience than the Venza, which provides nothing in the way of zest or personality. That’s part of the reason why the Toyota wagon/CUV will be discontinued after the 2015 model year, so if you’re one of the few who loves it, better act quick.

REVIEW

First Look: 2013 Toyota Venza

Mild Refresh Adds Tech, Style to Toyota's Handsome Crossover

Apr 3, 2012
When it was introduced for the 2009 model year, many were surprised that staid, conservative Toyota could produce such a stylish crossover. Since its introduction, many other models have come out, so the Venza is no longer the head-turner it once was. But it remains a stylish option in the crowded crossover market, and Toyota's mid-cycle refresh for 2013 aims to keep it a fresh and relevant option for customers.
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The biggest news for 2013 is the availability of Toyota's Entune multimedia and app integration suite as an option on all trim levels. In 2012, the Venza went from having a single trim level with a la carte options and packages, to following the rest of the Toyota lineup in offering LE, XLE and Limited trim levels. The other big news on the interior front is the availability of a black interior color, available with either cloth or leather upholstery on all trim levels.
The Entune system is paired with the optional navigation system, and is offered as an option on the LE as part of the Convenience Package, and on the XLE as part of the Premium Package. The top-of-the-line Venza Limited includes Entune as standard. Entune's suite of apps includes Bing search, OpenTable restaurant reservation service, movietickets.com, ClearChannel Communication's iHeartRadio digital radio streaming, and Pandora music streaming. All Venza trim levels include iPod connectivity and Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming. Satellite and HD Radio is available as part of the Premium Package on the XLE, and satellite HD Radio is standard on the Limited trim.
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A teaser image released several weeks ago showed LED accent lighting as part of the 2013 Venza's headlight housing, and now we know that picture was of the Limited model, which is the only trim level to receive the high-tech bling. The Limited also includes an innovative automatic high-beam headlamp system that automatically detects oncoming cars, and shuts off the high beams until they pass.
Powertrain options carry over from the 2012 model, and include a base 182 hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder on the LE and XLE trims, with either front or all-wheel drive. The Venza Limited is offered exclusively with a 268 hp 3.5-liter V-6 with front or all-wheel drive. Both engines are mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 is optional on the other two trim levels. Four-cylinder models feature 19-inch wheels, with V-6 models sporting 20-inchers.
None of these changes will rock the crossover world, but with the addition of Entune and some new trim options, the Venza will remain a compelling choice for those seeking a stylish midsize crossover.
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2015 Toyota Venza

SPECIFICATIONS
$29,065
20 / 26
2.7L I4
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Confirmed: Toyota Venza Ending Production Later in 2015
Changing Customer Preferences, Competition Factored Into Decision
Edward A. SanchezMar 9, 2015

2014 Toyota Venza

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$27,950
20 / 26
2.7L I4
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2014 Toyota Venza V-6 AWD First Test
An Edge-Fighter With Potential
Zach GaleJun 18, 2014

2013 Toyota Venza

SPECIFICATIONS
$27,850
20 / 26
2.7L I4
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Toyota Plans Export of U.S.-Built Venza to Russia, Ukraine
5000 Kentucky-Built Crossovers Expected To Ship Annually
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Toyota Starts Export of Venza From U.S. to South Korea
Toyota announced exports of its 2013 Venza crossover began last month, shipping out of California's Port Hueneme.
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First Look: 2013 Toyota Venza
Mild Refresh Adds Tech, Style to Toyota's Handsome Crossover
Edward A. SanchezApr 3, 2012

2012 Toyota Venza

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$27,425
21 / 27
2.7L I4
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2013 Toyota Venza Starts Pricing at $28,510
Price increases on new model-year vehicles are nothing new. Typically, they're a few hundred dollars, and often include previously-optional equipment that's made standard.
Edward A. SanchezMay 30, 2012

2011 Toyota Venza

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$27,125
21 / 27
2.7L I4
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2012 Toyota Venza Offered With Three Trim Levels
2012 Toyota Venza will now be offered in LE, XLE, and Limited trim variants
Sep 22, 2011
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First Drive: 2011 Toyota Venza AWD
Toyota's California-based CALTY design studio was largely responsible for the Venza's styling, and the West Coast flair is evident, both inside and out, although the exterior arguably makes a better case for itself.
Edward A. SanchezMay 13, 2011
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First Drive: 2011 Toyota Venza AWD
The Highlander for Hip Moms
Edward A. SanchezApr 13, 2011
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Toyota Announces Pricing for 2011 Highlander, Venza, and FJ Cruiser
Toyota has released pricing information on 2011 models like the refreshed Highlander, Venza, and FJ Cruiser.
Zach GaleSep 23, 2010

2010 Toyota Venza

SPECIFICATIONS
$26,275
21 / 29
2.7L I4
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Toyota in the Hot Seat Again; Venza Recall Delay Catches Feds Attention
On January 27, 2010 for the U.S.-market Venza -- a six-week delay after Toyota recalled its Venza crossover model in Canada -- that has caught the attention of the U.S. government.
Apr 16, 2010
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2009 Toyota Venza Set to Hit SEMA in Mild and Wild Forms
Toyota has released a few details ahead of this year's SEMA Show on two of its soon-to-be-released Venza crossovers featuring a slew of aftermarket parts and accessories.
Nate MartinezSep 29, 2008

2009 Toyota Venza

SPECIFICATIONS
$25,975
21 / 29
2.7L I4
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Toyota in the Hot Seat Again; Venza Recall Delay Catches Feds Attention
On January 27, 2010 for the U.S.-market Venza -- a six-week delay after Toyota recalled its Venza crossover model in Canada -- that has caught the attention of the U.S. government.
Apr 16, 2010
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Comparison: 2009 Ford Edge vs. 2009 Nissan Murano vs. 2009 Toyota Venza
Stuck Between a Sedan and a Sport / Utility? Try on a Two-Row Crossover, such as the 2009 Ford Edge, 2009 Nissan Murano, and 2009 Toyota Venza.
Ron KiinoApr 1, 2009
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First Drive: 2009 Toyota Venza
Identity Crisis: Is it a Car? No. An SUV? Not Quite. A Station Wagon? Almost
Allyson HarwoodDec 1, 2008
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2009 Toyota Venza Pricing to Start at $25,975 for I-4, $29,250 for V-6
Toyota has released pricing information for its highly-anticipated Venza crossover, with a starting MSRP of $25,975 for the four-cylinder, front-wheel drive variant.
Rory JurneckaNov 3, 2008
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2009 Toyota Venza Set to Hit SEMA in Mild and Wild Forms
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Nate MartinezSep 29, 2008
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Toyota lauches mini-site for upcoming Venza crossover
A new mini-site was launched this week by Toyota featuring its upcoming Venza crossover sedan giving potential buyers a better look into the design and functionality of the all-new four-door model.
Nate MartinezJun 6, 2008
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