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2010 Toyota Venza

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2010 Toyota Venza Review

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Call it a crossover or even a Camry wagon, but just don't call it nothing new. The 2010 Toyota Venza sits squarely in-between the automaker's best-selling Camry Sedan and Highlander SUV, borrowing elements from both. The result is a vehicle that has plenty of room for five, is easy to get in and out of, has respectable fuel economy and possesses the ground clearance of a much taller vehicle. While the Venza isn't the first - nor will it be the last - car to blur the lines between segments, it certainly offers a well-rounded package at a great price that would suit most people's needs. In a growing and increasingly popular vehicle landscape that includes the Nissan Murano, Ford Edge and Mazda CX-7, the Venza shines with a healthy roster of standard equipment, a competitive price, and Toyota's reputation for quality and stellar resale value.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a fan of the Camry but want a more commanding view of the road, the Venza deserves your attention. Perhaps even more importantly, the low step- and load-in heights help to make getting people and stuff in and out of the car a more pleasant – and back-friendly – experience.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although the Toyota Venza is quite spacious, it only offers two rows of seats. Those needing the added versatility of a three-row vehicle might be more interested in the Chevy Traverse, Hyundai Veracruz, Honda Pilot or Mazda CX-9.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, the Venza gains as standard equipment a USB port with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth for hands-free calling.

Driving the Venza

Driving Impressions On city and highway roads, the Venza performed much as we expected it to: not quite sedan soft, but not quite SUV harsh, either. The attention-getting 19- and 20-inch wheels,...

as expected, add some noticeable road feel and road noise, but overall the vehicle is a smooth operator, and the new in-line 4 traversed some rather steep hills without too much gear searching or audible strain. Although some sportier driving made it apparent that the Venza is not meant to be thrown around curves, we think that most buyers will be perfectly pleased with the way theirs handles around-town jaunts. Driving dynamics aside, we spent some time in both rows of seats and found them all to be comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate a vehicle full of adults or older children, so much so that we'd never object to spending a long road trip in the second row.

Integrated Sliding Center Console
This unit is comprised of a set of cupholders and a padded arm rest that slide independent of each other, opening up 14.7 liters worth of storage space. This space also hides the auxiliary input jack cable, which can be left in the console or fed into an mp3/phone holder situated in the center stack.

Easy Step-in Height
For those who have more difficulty than most getting in and out of a vehicle, having a low step-in height certainly makes things look a little more gracious.

2010 Toyota Venza Details
2010 Toyota Venza photo Interior

Spacious is certainly the word that comes to mind when thinking about the Venza's interior. With only two rows of seating, Toyota was able to offer an impressive 70.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear. Up front, a sliding center console makes storing things a breeze; simply move the sliding cupholders back, and access to a large storage space that can accommodate a purse or several portable electronics opens up. An auxiliary input jack also lives in this space, and the cord for it can be snaked up to feed into an mp3/phone holder right on the center stack for easy access.

Exterior
2010 Toyota Venza photo

While there are glimpses here and there of the Camry-esque styling that so many Americans love, the 2010 Toyota Venza is definitely more dramatic in its styling. The large, wraparound grille and standard 19- or 20-inch wheels give the vehicle a solid, bold look, while the 8.1-inch ground clearance (the same as on the Highlander) gives drivers a little more confidence on the occasional unkempt road. Despite the Venza's high seating position, it has a low step-in height, making it easier to maneuver people and stuff in and out of the vehicle, a plus for those who often take more than themselves for a trip around town.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Toyota Venza is offered in one well-equipped trim. Inside, standard equipment worth mentioning includes audio, climate and cruise controls on the steering wheel, a 3.5-inch multi-function display, dual zone automatic climate control, iPod connectivity, tonneau cover, Bluetooth, auxiliary input jack, and six-disc in-dash CD changer with integrated satellite radio and six speakers. Outside, integrated fog lights, a chrome exhaust, color-keyed spoiler and 19-inch (20-inch on the V6) wheels can be seen. To keep all occupants safe and sound, seven airbags, stability/traction control and anti-lock brakes are standard fare.

Optional Equipment

The Venza's numerous options are available regardless of engine choice or drive configuration. While most are packaged together, the most noteworthy include leather seating surfaces, push button start, backup camera, HID headlamps with Automatic High Beams and a power hatch. Those who like to feel the sun on their shoulders can opt for the panoramic moonroof, while those who enjoy listening to music may enjoy the JBL Synthesis surround sound system with six-disc in-dash CD changer, Bluetooth streaming audio capability, satellite radio and 13 speakers. This system is also available with a voice-activated touch-screen DVD nav system, although only with a four-disc CD changer.

Under the Hood

Powering the Venza is either an all-new 182-hp 2.7-liter in-line four cylinder or a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6, also used in the Camry and Highlander. Both engines come with standard six-speed automatic transmissions that offer uphill/downhill shift logic to minimize gear hunting. Those who do more highway driving should opt for the in-line 4; rated at 29 mpg in FWD guise, this engine is the more financially sensible choice. However, if having AWD would better suit your commute and weather needs, you'll be happy to know that choosing this system will only penalize you by one mpg with either powertrain choice.

2.7-liter in-line 4
182 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
182 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 (FWD), 20/28 (AWD)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
246 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/22 (FWD), 18/21 (AWD)

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2010 Toyota Venza Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 239 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

love this crossover vehicle

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "roomy, comfortable good handling and great ride"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have a 2014 Venza LE V-6 and love the car. It could ride a little quieter but other than that is is a great car. It rides and handles good for an suv type vehicle. It is great in city driving and excellent on the highway. Gas mileage is good for a car this big with a v-6 engine. The seats are comfortable and plenty of leg room front and back. It is very easy to get in and out of which is very nice since I have back problems. I would buy another in a heartbeat."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY CAR!!!!

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,490

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love everything especially dual sunroof"

Cons: "Can't start from outside of car, discontinued"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2013 Venza LTD. It has more bells and whistles than I can use. The name of my car is "Queenie" because I feel like one of the "Rich and Famous", whenever I get in my car. I planned on upgrading end of next year but to my dismay Toyota has discontinued production of one of the best cars on the market. I have owned 2 Camrys and the Venza was my change. I don't know what I'm going to do"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Toyota Quality

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,890

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great mini SUV car......."

Cons: "none......"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2015 Venza XLE 4 Cyl.Premium package

"I own the 2015 Venza XLE 4cyl.front wheel drive with all the premiums installed, JBL Premium Audio system, the audio has lots of power, with my ear plugs on and almost max out on the volume, the whole car and windows vibrates with clean music power and not distorted, so it's got really great bass and treble sound, once adjusted to your needs. Also has heated seats, both outside mirrors folds in from the mirror adjustment panel switch so that if you need to get really close to a wall or vehicle for clearance, panorama dual moon roof, front opens full or open for vent,19"alloy rims with Toyo tires, TRAC Control enable for poor traction on the surface of the road. The power from this 2.7L 4cyl.is by far plenty of power to get up and go and getting up on speed and quickly entering on the freeway with ease. The V6 is an overkill for power. Hearing comments from other reviews is a not so accurate account. I am not a Fomula or Nascar driver, but I do know that the power coming from this 4cyl. is second to none and the noise coming out the motor, what noise? You got to be kidding me, every motor made is either a 4cyl,6cyl.and V8 makes noise, this little 4cyl.is quieter than my Honda wagon and Honda Odyssey and my great Toyota 4Runner V6, I am really unsure of the negative's driver reviews on this really well built crossover vehicle. I can get 21 MPG city and 29-31 MPG on the freeway at 68 MPH. on a flat land surface. Driving on the freeway is very quiet, so quiet I could not hear the emergency sirens coming from the EMS services, if I didn't look up at my rear view mirror, I would have not notice it, it's that quiet.I praise Toyota group for bringing this Venza out. Oh, BTW, the interior is not a problem, if anyone needs a better leather or clothe surfaces sidings, than why did you buy this car, SUV?You should have bought the Highlander or 4Runner. I believe the Venza is a vehicle that is easy to get in and get out, the seating is great, nice and roomy with 5 adults, it's a lot better than a Camary for room. The steering feeling on my 2015 Venza XLE model has a good solid firm feeling,but not so light,due to the front wheel drive and not so tight control like my Toyota 4Runner.The rear storage is large too, enough to place a 6 each of 2"x4"x 8'woods or putting a 2x4x10'is kind of pushing it, but it will fit with the front seat laid back without the headrest and the passenger rear seat folded down with-out the headrest too. It's a good small SUV vehicle that I call it, I make use of every inch of the Venza. It's big enough than a station wagon and smaller than a standard SUV with great gas mileage on the 4 cyl. every ones personnel mileage will differ, unless your really squeezing every drop of fuel, than you should have gotten a different car that has better gas mileage. Winers, please leave your comment reviews correct or don't leave the bad reviews,cause you made a bad decision or did not do your home work before buying the Venza. Hey ,I very happy with what I bought, just my 2 cents in.......it's to bad their discontinuing this Model......."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2015 Venza XLE 4 Cyl.Premium package

Wonderful car!

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, Fun to drive!"

Cons: "No cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2011 Toyota Venza

"This is the Sweetest ride! Compare it to the SRX Cadilac. Some one said road noise? It is quiet maybe because it came with Perrelli 19" Tires. The comfort is Awesome compared to the Rave 4. Easier to drive than the Honda Pilot that I owned previously. I can make a long trip and not be near as tired. Back seats let down so easy with a pull leaver. Cell phone is paired. Radio shuts off to answer the phone. Accessories that the same year Honda Pilot did not have. More car than the Honda Pilot more comfortable. Wide windshield easy to turn and see from all directions. Love this car! I can't understand why they quit making them."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2011 Toyota Venza

Very Noisey!

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Reliability"

Cons: "Ride Quality, Road Noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"My Venza has so much road noise it is making me crazy! I bought new tires recommended by Toyota Forums and it did not help at all! My Toyota Tundra rides and is less noisey than the Venza! This car should ride and be a lot less noisey for a car its size!"

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Venza Limited V6 AWD

By on Sunday, November 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Absolutely Everyting"

Cons: "There are no cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is our second Venza. They were both identical other than the color of seats. We had a momentary lapse of reason and traded for a larger SUV. Needless to say we came back to the Venza. It has been the perfect car. My wife says it is the best car she has ever had (13 between the 2 of us). I am appalled that Toyota did not market this vehicle better than it did which led to Toyota making the decision to discontinue the Venza. This vehicle is the smoothest ride whether on gravel, in town or going on a long trip. We purchased the current Venza on August 2, 2013. We have had absolutely no issues with this vehicle and I do not plan to. We plan to keep it until the wheels fall off. Only bad thing is, I do not know what we will get that will live up to this vehicle when the time comes to move on to another vehicle."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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