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2014 Toyota Venza

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2014 Toyota Venza Review

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Sharing its platform with the Toyota Camry, the 2014 Toyota Venza might easily be considered little more than a Camry wagon. But, unlike the Camry, the Venza employs the tall seating position and outward visibility of an SUV coupled with a wide stance, available all-wheel drive (AWD) and expressive styling. Bigger than the less expensive Subaru Outback but not quite as large as the 7-passenger Highlander, the Venza appeals to people who need the power and room of an SUV, but don’t really care to own an SUV. Granted, the Venza’s car-like chassis limits its ability to go off-road or to tow heavy loads above 3,500 pounds, but if interior room and styling matter most, the Venza is a tough act to beat.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a roomy and versatile 5-door, but you don’t care for the bulky or brutish look of some SUVs, the 2014 Toyota Venza may be the car for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If cost factors heavily into your buying decision, you can get into a Subaru Outback for a lot less money. The Venza’s fuel economy is also just middle of the road and its AWD is limited to slippery pavement conditions or very light off-roading.

What's New for 2014

For 2014, the Toyota Venza has power folding mirrors added to the XLE and Limited trims, while the Limited gains front and rear parking sensors.

Driving the Venza
Driving Impressions

While the most cost-effective way to get into a 2014 Venza is to purchase the entry-level model with the 4-cylinder engine, we don’t think most people will be happy with...

... the results. The Venza is not a lightweight machine and the tepid 181-horsepower engine just isn’t up to the task of merging or accelerating with any great urgency. If you’re going to get a Venza wagon, get it with the V6. Regardless of which engine you choose, both are teamed to a 6-speed automatic and both can run on regular unleaded gasoline. On the road, the Venza’s steering feels reasonably well connected but the wheel can feel a bit heavy at slower speeds. The Venza rides on big 19- and 20-inch wheels and tires that create a rather harsh ride over rough pavement and more road noise inside the cabin.

AVAILABLE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
It’s rare that a manufacturer will offer all-wheel drive (AWD) across the board, often reserving the option – if it is an option – for only the high-horsepower, top-of-the-line trim levels. Toyota provides it throughout the 2014 Venza range, from the base LE, which can be purchased for around $30,000, to the top-of-the-line V6 Limited.

1-TOUCH FOLD-FLAT SEATS
If you use a sport-oriented utility for its utility, there are few things more frustrating than loading gear at the rear hatch only to discover that you can’t fold the rear seats from that position. Toyota’s 2014 Venza supplies an all-too-logical cure with 1-touch fold-flat levers located in the cargo area. It ain’t rocket science, but given the feature’s relative scarcity (on competitive vehicles) you’d think it was.

2014 Toyota Venza Details
2014 Toyota Venza photo Interior

The 2014 Toyota Venza’s interior is big in all directions. With no 3rd-row seat to take up space, the Toyota Venza for 2014 offers an impressive 70.1 cubic feet of cargo space, while figures for head, leg and hip room are all near the top of the segment. We especially like the 1-touch fold-flat feature for the rear seats. Optional features to make the interior more luxurious include a huge panoramic glass moonroof and a premium HDD navigation system with Entune and JBL audio. Pet-friendly accessories include a liftgate pet ramp, booster seat with harness, pet buckles and rear-seat zipline-style harnesses.

Exterior
2014 Toyota Venza photo

On the street the Toyota Venza is immediately recognizable as something different. In point of fact, it’s sufficiently different to be virtually unrecognizable as a Toyota. Standard rubber – all 19 inches of it – provides the Venza with an athletic footprint. And while its profile allows for a high seating position to better see what’s around you, the step-in height remains low, making it far more convenient for smallish adults and the elderly. We like its wide, athletic stance, and applaud the U.S.-based design team for its effort, providing – as it does – the Venza with visual differentiation from both the Camry and Highlander.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Venza LE includes 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, an AM/FM/CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity and a 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display. Seats are fabric in the LE, while leather covers the seating surfaces in the mid-level XLE and up-market Limited. And all 2014 Toyota Venzas enjoy Toyota’s comprehensive Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology, plus seven airbags.

Optional Equipment

For those residing in the Snowbelt, or those in the Sunbelt wanting the assurance of all-wheel drive, Toyota provides all-season traction as an available option on all trim levels and powertrains. In short, if you want to spend under $30K for a base Venza LE, but wish to enjoy the security that comes only with AWD, you can do it. And while the standard 2.7-liter inline-4, available in both LE and XLE trims, is a well-respected powerplant, Toyota’s 3.5-liter V6 is (again) available across the board.

Under the Hood

Propelling the 2014 Toyota Venza wagon is either a 181-horsepower 2.7-liter inline 4-cylinder or 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. Both engines come with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission that offers uphill/downhill shift logic to minimize gear hunting. Those who do more highway driving should opt for the inline-4 – rated at 26 mpg in front-wheel-drive (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 the V6 will result in only a small fuel-economy penalty.

2.7-liter inline-4
181 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
182 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (FWD), 20/26 mpg (AWD)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
246 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (FWD), 18/25 mpg (AWD)

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2014 Toyota Venza Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 242 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Excellent interior room and plenty of power!

By on Friday, March 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,750

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Value, safe, and fun to drive."

Cons: "None"

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

"We traded our Lexus 470 SUV and soon missed the room for trips. I drove and researched many smaller SUVs and cross overs. The Limited Venza fit all of our needs. Now almost 12000 miles later we are delighted with our choice. We love the way the back seats fold down easy and flat, the sky roof with panorama window, the sound system is like being at a recording studio and it handles snow well with it's all wheel drive too. The V-6 takes our mountain and the freeways with ease and still gets 25 miles per gallon on the highway. The Limited comes with all the upgrades and options with one exception. I would have added blind spot warning. The only negative is that Toyota discontinued this model in 2016. Over all i think this car is terrific."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Next Best Thing to a Highlander

By on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Plenty of power, comfortable, stylish, reliable"

Cons: "Rear blind spot, high beam indicator"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car so much that I drove 7 hours to buy one of the last new 2015 XLE AWD in my state. This car is perfect for the person who wants a car with power and spacious room for driver and passengers. I had a Highlander before this car but don't need the extra seating now since my kids are grown. Everyone I've met who owns a Venza seems to love them. Don't understand why they were discontinued."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Saturday, February 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,600

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: "Great ride, good mileage, AWD"

Cons: "Been discontinued"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Traded in a 2007 RAV4. The RAV had 70000+ miles on it never gave me a problem but was very noisy on the road. The Venza has the 4 cylinder engine with AWD. I really enjoy this car. Even in severe snow storms this car plowed thru everything and never got stuck. I bought this car because of the design, looks and got a good deal on a leftover. Didn't want a Camry because you see yourself coming and going everyday. It is very comfortable, gets great mileage and is roomy inside. Even with the rear seat up plenty of room behind it. When the seat is folded down even more room. Some complaints from my wife and other family member who had also bought a Venza, about rear blind spot on passenger side. It might be true but once you're used to the car the problem is minimal. Would love to buy another but Toyota has discontinued the model. I don't think they really gave it a chance and definitely didn't give it a fair share of advertisement or incentives. They should have gotten rid of the Avalon. Next car probably will be a Honda CRV. Already own a 2013 Honda Pilot."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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."

7 people out of 8 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"

7 people out of 9 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......."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

2015 Venza XLE 4 Cyl.Premium package

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