I have had my Venza since 11/10 and I am thoroughly pleased and continue to be excited about my purchase. This is my second Toyota and I am elated. When it comes to styling and reliablilty, Toyota continues to create vehicles that keep the American manufacturers on their toes.
The power of the 2.7 liter four cylinder engine is fantastic. Styling is impecceble (I love when Traverse and Edge owners stare as they see my Venza. lol) But the most important feature that I love is the ergonomics of the vehicle. This very important and Toyota nailed it in the Venza.
I tested a lot of vehicles before leasing the Venza. Equinox had a rough acceleration it pulled to the right also had clumbsy dash board, cheap Navi plastic cover, Ford Edge got worse mpg's, Crosstour had a spoiler going through the back window(aka Aztek), Buick Lacrosse looked great, but hit head trying to enter the vehicle, tight seat, couldn't see over steering wheel without raising seat really high and had my head scratching the roof.
I tried a lot of vehicles and Venza proved the best fit, mpg's and price with options. Wouldn't change the vehicle other than a few minor changes listed in consrunning through the rear window (Aztek),
Navi system works well, acceleration and passing, AWD works great in the snow!
We take the Venza and leave the mini van at home when snowing.
Heated steering wheel, heated backside of the seat, not just the bottom.
Ride could be a little more smooth on bumpy pavement.
We have had ours over a year now and 34,000 m. The first 20,000 miles were great, but lately lots of problems both major and minor have croped up. This cuv has many rattles inside, one required the removal of the windshield, dash assembly, and centre console to fix! now we just notice the other ticks, and creeks inside. The rear struts have been replaced twice now and the sub assembly re-shimed. the steering seems to wander, Toyota said this is the E-assist and is not adjustable. The interior materials are wearing VERY quickly and are of low quality. Currently it is on day 16 at the shop waiting for a new transmission, Common on this model they say. this is the E-assist and is non adjstable
I love the styling, a great looking vehicle in and out, it feels solid and safe, all the luxury features are nice. Overall a very nice vehicle and easy to see why they are selling well, i just wish the nice would last more than 30k, i'm not the only one waiting in the Toyota service lounge that had higher expectations for their Venza, i have talked to many!
Bring back the old Toyota quality! Get rid of the Hill assist, stand behind the product not just call most problems "normal", higher quality materials inside.
Compare this car and my old Honda CR-V, it is huge different you can see, sense, feel. Etc. In the crv, the noise from road is disturb no matter you were talking with other passenger, on the phone or listen to the music. In venza, it is so comfort and quite.
Just own this car for 2 days, maybe still in honey-moon, will posted more once noticed problem been discovered after while.