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2011 Toyota Venza

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2011 Toyota Venza Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

Slotting between Toyota's best selling Camry Sedan and its Highlander SUV, the 2011 Toyota Venza is part crossover, part wagon and part family sedan. Unlike many compact crossovers, the Venza's wide body creates a spacious interior with plenty of room for five passengers and their gear. Long rear doors make for hassle free entry and exits (not to mention securing in place those bulky child safety seats) and the Venza's impressive ground clearance and available all-wheel drive helps it traverse deep snow with ease. Because it blurs the line between wagon and SUV, the Venza can be cross shopped against a number of competitors including the Nissan Murano, Mazda CX-7 and Subaru Outback. Its choice of four or six-cylinder engines, along with a healthy roster of available equipment, give the Venza a leg up on many challengers, as does Toyota's reputation for quality and stellar resale values.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a fan of vehicles that offer a commanding view of the road, but no fan of high step-in and loading heights, the Venza will sufficiently satisfy your needs. With the interior quality and detail of the most lavish Camry, the Venza will also satisfy your need for comfort and luxury.

You May Not Like This Car If...

With no third-row seat, the Venza is at a distinct disadvantage against such competitors as the Chevy Traverse, Hyundai Veracruz, Honda Pilot or Mazda CX-9. Those impressed by maximum fuel economy will find the Subaru Outback bests the Venza by a wide margin.

What's New for 2011

Outside of a simplified option package list, there are no major changes for the 2011 Toyota Venza.

Driving the Venza

Driving Impressions Not quite sedan soft, but not quite SUV harsh, either, the Venza performed much as we expected on both city and highway roads. Although most felt the Venza to be...

a smooth operator, some of our editors did feel the stylish 19- and 20-inch wheel/tire combo creates some noticeable road noise and telegraphs road imperfections to the passenger compartment. While the 2.7-liter in-line four easily tackled some rather steep hills without too much gear searching or audible strain, the more robust V6 is definitely the engine you'll want. During some sportier driving moments, the Venza's chassis made it apparent this is not a vehicle meant to be driven aggressively around curves. Still, we think that most buyers will be perfectly pleased with the way the Venza handles around-town jaunts. As for long term comfort, our staff found both rows of seats to be comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate a vehicle full of adults or older children, so much so that no one riding in the second row ever complained after a long road trip.

Integrated Sliding Center Console
Comprised of a set of cup holders and a padded arm rest that slides independently of each other, the center console provides 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.

Power Rear Liftgate
Helpful for anyone who's ever found themselves alone in the rain with two arms full of groceries, the power liftgate can be operated with a simple push of a key fob mounted button.

2011 Toyota Venza Details
Interior

The Venza is as big inside as it appears outside. Seating is offered in either a breathable soft cloth or available leather, the latter heated, while the driver is treated to an eight-way power adjustable seat with power lumbar support. Because there is no third-row seat, the Venza offers an impressive 70.1 cubic-feet of cargo space. Head, hip, leg and shoulder room are all excellent, and the Venza's sliding center console can accommodate all manner of gear, from a large purse to a plethora of portable electronics. A set of sliding cup holders allow easy access to the console, which also houses an auxiliary audio input jack and a small pass-through allowing a cord to attach to your device when the lid is closed.

Exterior

Despite glimpses of Camry styling peppered all about the Venza's exterior, the overall design is one of the most daring to come from Toyota in a decade. The Venza's standard 19- or 20-inch wheels, wide wrap-around grille and stunning paint color options give the vehicle a bold, solid presence, while its impressive 8.1-inch ground clearance makes traversing unruly surface a bit more reassuring. Contrary to the Venza's imposing height, the vehicle's low step-in height makes it decidedly easier to load in kids, groceries or whatever you need to place inside the vehicle, another plus over some crossover SUVs.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 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 and traction control, and anti-lock brakes are standard fare.

Optional Equipment

Unlike some competitors that bundle high-end options only with their V6 models, the Venza's numerous options are available regardless of engine choice or drive configuration. The most noteworthy packages include leather seating surfaces, push button start, backup camera, HID headlamps with Automatic High Beams and a power open/close hatch. 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, while those who like to feel the sun on their shoulders can opt for the panoramic moonroof. Also available is a voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, although it only offers a four-disc CD changer.

Under the Hood

Powering the Venza is either a 182-hp 2.7-liter in-line four cylinder or a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine. 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 27 mpg in FWD guise, this engine is the more financially sensible choice. However, if having AWD or the need to tow 3,500 pounds is a priority, 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: 21/27 (FWD), 20/25 (AWD)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
246 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD), 18/25 (AWD)

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2011 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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