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Used 2012 Toyota Venza

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If you're of the mindset that a big car is always safer than a small one, you'll feel at ease behind the wheel of the 2012 Venza.


The 2012 Toyota Venza doesn't come cheap and doesn't offer a third-row seat. Those wanting more passenger room should look to the Hyundai Veracruz or Mazda CX-9, while those seeking better fuel economy might prefer the Subaru Outback or Kia Sorento.

What's New For 2012

The 2012 Toyota Venza wagon is offered in three trims this year, a change from last year's single trim offering. LE and XLE trim levels will be offered with a choice of 4- or 6-cyinder engines, while the Limited is available only with the V6; all versions offer the choice of front drive or all-wheel drive (AWD).

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Used 2012 Toyota Venza Expert Review

With the 2012 Toyota Venza wagon, Toyota combines some of the best attributes of an SUV with the handling and visual appeal of a sporty sedan. Departing from the usual tall and lean SUV look, the Venza is visibly wide in its stance, with big wheels and an imposing grille. This design creates a cavernous interior as big on hip and shoulder room as it is head and legroom. Blurring the line between station wagon and SUV makes it a bit difficult to pinpoint the 2012 Toyota Venza wagon's competition. Its wagon-like styling and available all-wheel drive (AWD) would seem to put it in the same league as the Subaru Outback, while its long and wide body might better be compared to the Honda Crosstour or even the Nissan Murano. To keep everyone happy, Toyota offers the Venza in a number of flavors, ranging from a simple 4-cylinder front-wheel-drive (FWD) version to a loaded V6 AWD model.

Driving the Used 2012 Toyota Venza

While the 2012 Toyota Venza's ride is not quite as soft as those of the Toyota Avalon or Camry, it's far from abrupt. The Venza's ride remains comfortable so long as the roads are smooth. However, road irregularities are quickly picked up by the large wheel/tire combo and transmitted to the cabin. Interior noise levels were also a bit higher than we expected, again perhaps owing to the big tires. If you settle for the 2.7-liter inline 4, you'll get an engine that delivers adequate acceleration and passing power and relatively good fuel economy. However, we think most people will want the added power of the V6; it not only increases the 2012 Toyota Venza's ability to pass and merge, it performs better when teamed with the AWD system. The big Venza's chassis is not tuned for razor-sharp handling, a fact we experienced first-hand while rounding corners at higher speeds. Still, we think that most buyers will be perfectly pleased with the way the Venza handles around-town jaunts. As for long-term driving, we found both front and rear seating positions offer excellent comfort and support, with lots of room in the back to stretch out and get comfy.

Favorite Features

Integrated Sliding Center Console
Comprised of a set of cup holders and a padded arm rest that slide independently of each other, the center console provides up 14.7 liters 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 been alone in the rain with arms full of groceries, the power liftgate can be operated with a simple push of a key fob-mounted button.

Used 2012 Toyota Venza Interior

The 2012 Toyota Venza's interior is big in all directions. Comfortable seating choices include cloth or leather upholstery (trim dependent), heated front seats and a power driver's seat with power lumbar support. With no third-row seat to take up space, the Venza 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. The large, clever sliding center console can accommodate all manner of items, from purses to tablets. Optional features to make the interior more luxurious include a huge panoramic glass moonroof and a JBL audio system. Pet-friendly accessories include a rear liftgate pet ramp, booster seat with harness, pet buckles and rear-seat zipline-style harnesses.

Used 2012 Toyota Venza Exterior

Of all of Toyota's current designs, the 2012 Venza wagon is one of the most daring and original. Standard 19- or 20-inch wheels are definitely uncommon in this segment and contribute to the Venza's good handling and assertive looks. We like the color choices Toyota offers on the Venza, which stand in stark contrast to the boring silver, gray and off-white hues all too common these days. With 8.1 inches of ground clearance, the 2012 Toyota Venza can pretty much tackle the deepest snow drifts while still maintaining its composure in the turns. However, despite its height, the Venza wagon still requires minimal effort stepping in or out, a fact that makes it decidedly easier to load in kids, groceries or whatever else goes inside the Venza's generous interior.

Used 2012 Toyota Venza Standard Features

The 2012 Toyota Venza wagon is offered in three well-equipped trims: LE, XLE and Limited. Inside, standard equipment worth mentioning includes dual-zone climate control, 8-way power driver's seat, 3.5-inch multi-information display, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, AM/FM/CD with Bluetooth phone connectivity and streaming music, a USB port and power operation of the windows, locks and mirrors. The XLE adds leather seating, a 4-way power passenger seat, anti-theft alarm, heated front seats, Smart Key with push-button start, power rear liftgate and a rear backup camera. The top-of-the-line Limited adds navigation, HID headlamps, a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a JBL 13-speaker Synthesis audio system. All Venzas have 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.

Used 2012 Toyota Venza Options

The 2012 Venza's options are bundled into trim-specific packages. The LE Convenience Package adds a power rear liftgate and rear backup camera, while the LE Preferred Package brings a panoramic glass roof. The XLE Premium Package adds the panoramic glass roof, JBL audio and satellite radio, while the Navigation Package adds voice-activated DVD touchscreen navigation and a rear backup camera.

Used 2012 Toyota Venza Engine

Powering the 2012 Toyota Venza wagon is either a 182-horsepower 2.7-liter in-line 4-cylinder or a 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 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 the V6 will result in only a small fuel economy penalty.

2.7-liter in-line-4
182 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
182 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/27 (FWD), 20/25 (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 (FWD), 18/25 (AWD)

How Much Does the Used 2012 Toyota Venza Cost?

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 4-cylinder 2012 Toyota Venza LE starts just over $28,000, while the V6 LE is right around $30,000. All-wheel drive will add about $1,500. The XLE starts around $30,500, while a fully-loaded AWD Limited will be around $40,000. These prices put the Venza right in the MSRP range of the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge and significantly higher than the Subaru Outback 2.5i and Mazda CX-7. However, prices can vary due to market conditions and location, so be sure to check out the Fair Purchase Price on to see what others are paying for the Venza in your area. Given Toyota's better-than-average resale values as a whole, we expect the Venza to do quite well over time, outperforming the Murano, Edge and CX-7, and equaling the Subaru Outback.

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Used 2012 Toyota Venza Consumer Reviews


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2013 Toyota Venza

"All purpose stylish and sporty. Handles snow"

Powerful 3.6 awd
Makes others envious
Leather interior is well appointed, bluetooth is spot on, economy depends on your right foot which wants to get up and go. Overall a solid and capable SUV, wagon demanding attention. Reliable, oil and tires replaced in 60000. Comfortable seats and heated.
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2014 Toyota Venza

"This has been a great car for me."

The crossover handles better than my old SUV. For a shorter person, the Venza is at the perfect height for loading and unloading items.
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2013 Toyota Venza

"Driving Winters in snow and ice have been a relief"

The v6 mode has utility with towing capacity
Big 20" wheels to upkeep/maintain
The 3.5 v6 has tremendous pickup and ample power for long trips. The V6 Limited AWD model has a glass rooftop which works well and allows lots of light into the passenger compartment. The Leather is rugged and has it's pros and cons in heat and cold. Very reliable and comfortable with modern bluetooth tech.Very spacious and lots of pockets. The navigation system works great once you get savvy with all the options for setup and general usage. Connect upto 5 phones and store for users to make/receive calls via bluetooth and sms. This 5 door vehicle is an all around beast with refined looks.Read less
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2011 Toyota Venza

"Nice vehicle for ride and comfort."

Ride, dependability & comfort.pearly white
Backup camera and rear view mirror hard to set.
My 2011 Venza rides very smooth and has been very dependsble with basic maintenance. I purchased with 21000 miles and it has 98000. I like the hatchback like trunk opening. Comfortable inside for four.
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2013 Toyota Venza

"I have had no problems with my venza at all"

smooth ride,no mechanical issues
interior could be nicer
my Venza handles well and is very stylish.It has never given me any trouble .The tires that came with it are michelins and lasted for 57,000 miles! at 5yrs old people still think it's new .The fuel economy is 21mpg .People love the panoramic roof. I should not have bought the extended warranty I never used it. I like the fact you just walk up to the car and grab the door handle and it unlocks and can be locked by just touching the handle as long as you have the key fob on you
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2012 Toyota Venza Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote Engine Start
  • USB Port


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • Front DVD Entertainment System


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Driver's Lumbar Support Seat
  • Power Driver's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener
  • Power Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 21 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 27 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 23 mpg


  • Horsepower - 182 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5800 rpm
  • Stroke - 4.13 inches
  • Torque - 182 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4200 rpm


  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rails
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P245/55R19
  • Wheel Type - Aluminum Alloy
  • Fog Lights
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Panorama Moon Roof
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Trailer Hitch Receiver


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 2 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 2 years


  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.7 liter
  • Bore - 3.54 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.0
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Emissions Rating - ULEV
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • CID - 163 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3760 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 108.0 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 17.7 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 39.6 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 39.3 inches
  • Height - 63.4 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 40.3 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 39.1 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 8.1 inches
  • Overall Length - 189.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 60.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 59.1 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 1000 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 70.2 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 40.7 feet
  • Wheel Base - 109.3 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 75.0 inches
  • GVWR - 4960 pounds
  • Cargo behind second seat - 30.7 cubic feet
  • Hip Room: Front - 56.0 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 56.5 inches
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2012 Toyota Venza Safety

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2012 Toyota Venza Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear View Camera


2012 Toyota Venza Rankings

182 HP
MPG Combined
21 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.6 Rating
2012 Toyota Venza
182 HP

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