I LOVED my 2009 Venza until two days ago, when the accelerator stuck. Even in park, the engine revved so high that smoke poured out from my hood until I turned off the ignition. After 40 minutes of blocking traffic because I was too terrified to turn my car on again, the car was towed to a local Toyota dealer. Now, because their technicians are 'unable to reproduce' the incident, they're telling me it's the fault of my car mats and nothing's wrong with the Venza. The recalled Camrys get an 'accelerator override' system that simply cuts the accelerator when the brake is applied. Why can't they do that??
It's roomy, and comfortable. I drove this thing on a 5,500 mile road trip last summer and it was bliss. Strong on the highway, easy to maneuver.
It's been two days of Toyota trying to make me feel like I'm overreacting to the fact that my car freaked out on me. I've driven hundreds of thousands of miles for work in horrible conditions and never been so scared at the wheel before.