Toyota Venza Review

List of Pros

  • Spacious interior with rich equipment.
  • Versatile cargo space. 
  • Advanced comfort, particularly thanks to the excellent headroom and legroom.

List of Cons

  • High fuel consumption.
  • Average steerability that results in stiff rides. 
  • Quite high noise levels. 

Toyota Venza Overview

Toyota Venza has been one of the brand’s bestsellers for years. This five-seat crossover, primarily produced for the American market in 2008, is positioned as a car for young families who lead active lifestyles. Despite occupying a unique market niche (Camry’s reliability + Avalon’s comfort + Highlander’s functionality), the model was discontinued in 2015 after the release of an updated version. 

Exterior

Externally, Venza doesn’t really fit into Toyota’s modern corporate style. The vehicle captures attention with its unusual design on the one hand and simplicity on the other hand. It is not pretentious, it doesn’t have deliberate stampings or lines, or anything like this. You immediately notice a large practical car. The silhouette doesn’t look much like a station wagon. The roofline is noticeably lower than in crossovers. Meanwhile, a solid 205 millimeters of clearance and almost five meters of length obviously don’t let it refer to minivans.

Interior

Toyota engineers put a lot of effort into the ergonomics. The front panel is unique in terms of architecture and forms. It is so-called 60:60 concept when both a driver and a passenger feel as if they’ve got 60% of the total front space. Rustic-looking appliances, buttons, and handles somewhat spoil the impression.

The car has got a typical family American interior. The automatic transmission selector is located high, there are cup holders and bottle holders everywhere, and chairs are clearly profiled for tall passengers. In trims with light leather, there are at least some brown or black plastic elements styled to look like wood. Honestly, black salons with carbon fiber inserts look simpler but much nicer.

Technology & performance

A 2.7-liter gasoline engine is probably the most popular option. The fuel expense is up to 10 liters per 100 km on a highway, 12-15 liters in city traffic jams, and raises to 18 liters per 100 km in rough conditions, like mountains or terrains.

Drive torque is powerful enough to tear off a heavy crossover with passengers inside. The specific construction, the settings of chassis and brakes together with a six-speed automatic transmission encourage a calm ride both in the city and on the highway. The car is tuned for comfort, particularly, because of the target audience – family men, 30 and over, with 2+ children. For them, safety and comfort clearly prevail over dynamics and controllability.

Seats

A driver’s seat reminds rather a chair in a living room than a car seat. The back row is very spacious (both real and visual space) – it can become a competitor to some D cars or even E-class cars. Speaking of seat architecture, you shouldn’t expect sports relief in a car produced for the American market. Driver’s hands and back might hurt a bit when driving for a long time or in tough conditions. To turn right or left, you have to literally hold on to the wheel with all your might.

Climate Control System

The basic Toyota Venza trim is equipped with dual-zone climate control. A driver and a front passenger received separate temperature controllers.

Infotainment System

A dashboard may seem too simple – huge numbers, a bright turquoise speedometer stroke, minimum of extra information. However, everything is informative and readable. An on-board computer screen is located in the center under a windshield. It is controlled with a separate block of keys above the radio screen, not the buttons on the steering wheel as usual. This can be distracting. The multimedia system deserves five stars for functionality. However, the screen can be difficult to use in bright light. A top version features special Toyota navigation. 

Storage and Space

The trunk volume is huge – 957 liters. When you fold the back seats folded in a 2:3 ratio (special handles are provided for this), they turn into 1987 liters. The cover is equipped with an electric drive. Inside, there are two huge niches with general volume 14 liters with illumination, a shelf for electronic appliances, USB and AUX ports, and a socket.

Comfort

Engineers paid special attention to the convenience of embarking. Before approving the final design, they run numerous tests with people of different stature and complexion involved. 

Drivers will enjoy decent visibility. There is a cool feature in a premium trim: side mirrors automatically tilt down when you backpedal. Additional spherical elements are built into both side mirrors to deal with dead zones.

Seat comfort

Those, who traveled both in driver’s and passenger’s seat, will admit that the latter is more comfortable. The main disappointments of the driver’s seat are a lack of headroom for a tall person and insufficient lateral support. These two things make you experience a lack of confidence during driving. 

The second row of seats impresses with huge legroom and ergonomics. A soft sofa, convenient location of head restraints, an ability to recline a backrest by 14 degrees – all these things ensure business-class comfort for rear passengers. Moreover, there is a panoramic window in the roof, but you cannot open it unlike a hatch in the front.

Ride comfort

As a driver, you will enjoy controllability – in particular, steering wheel feedback, maneuverability, and rear chassis. Rear passengers don’t suffer from strong vertical shakedown, while the suspension is very soft, handling tough roads smoothly and quietly. Also, you can forget about annoying aerodynamic noises at high speed.

Quality

Designers used simple materials. The door plastic looks a bit cheap, and silver-carbon trim of the central tunnel doesn’t look premium either. No gloss, just functionality. 

Safety & Reliability

Toyota Venza earned the Top Safety Pick award in a series of IIHS crash tests. The car has seven airbags, including side curtains and a knee airbag for a driver. The fuel pump automatically shuts off simultaneously with the deployment of airbags. A top-end configuration trim is equipped with an automatic high beam switching system. When a vehicle speeds over 32 kmph in the dark, and sensors don’t catch any oncoming or passing vehicles, Venza turns on full headlamps and switches to dimmed headlights when a car appears.

Should I Buy the Toyota Venza?

Toyota Venza makes a good first impression. It is difficult to name competitors for this model. Engineers claim that Venza is a car for those who want to get the comfort of Camry, the cross-country ability of Highlander, the versatility of a station wagon, and a reasonable price for it all. 

How Much Does the Toyota Venza Cost?

The price of a used Toyota Venza in Nigeria starts at N2,500,000. The most expensive cars can cost around N14,000,000. You can also find offers of Camry, Corolla, and other models with Venza engines as well as Tokunbo versions.