The good: Awesome design inside. I love that my fingers drop perfectly where the window buttons are. And I love that all 4 have the one-click-up feature so that you don't have to hold the button up or down the entire time while they move. The shifter is in the perfect position. I love the power of the V6. The back seats sits 3 very well except the middle guy will need to deal with his feet on a hump. The Bluetooth connects quickly. The stereo sound is great. I love the shape of the car, looks really classy, almost like an old 19030's Mercury. The bad and really bad: The steering column's are made of plastic and break... often... to the tune of $2500 a pop. They will last about 30-60K miles... and then another $2500 down the drain. Just awful. How could Toyota think this was OK? The interior is VERY squeaky. I can barely press my thumb against the door and it squeaks. You can press the dash in and it makes all sorts of junky sounds... what was Toyota thinking when they designed this dash? Why wasn't it made like the RAV4 which is very thick and tight? Whenever I go down my driveway and get off the curb of the sidewalk I get this awful brojken ice sound coming from the roof as the car's frame bends. I hate that. The breaks go out quickly as well as the rotors due to the massive 20 inch tires. The cabin noise is high, especially on cement highways. I have already put $4200 in cash on this car and its only a few months old. Do yourself a favor and buy a Highlander or a RAV4, trust me on this. Great car, but not for the perfectionist.
Buyers will miss the Venza. RAV4 is too small. Highlander too big. Venza is just right for many drivers. My 2009 is early model with plastic interior and not much sound softening. Love the interior space and that Toyota 4 banger that will run 4Ever! Exterior still looks good. Interior leather seats have held up very well. Did not get nav package, but CD/Sat Radio has been great.
I bought this car used with 90,000 miles on it. it was nearly spotless, and drive fantastic. loads of power, a little too much torque steer for really getting on the throttle though, and terrible in the rain, it will spin the tires all the way into the 50mph range if you stomp on it. crazy for a big wagon. however, less than 7000 miles in the car died on the highway. alternator was ruined. $900 to replace it, because you have take the front of the car apart to get it out. including removing the radiator. next the rattle it the steering column started getting loud, I can hear it on the highway now. then the front passenger wheel bearing and tie rod went bad. seems common on this model, $780. Next was a replacing all the brakes, rotors and all, did it myself, $390, they were shaking when stopping with only 15,000 miles on them. and then, on a trip, the front drivers strut burst and blew oil all over the brakes, which hardened the rotor and now it's shaking again. Shop said the read passenger bears were gone too. $1330. rear struts are bad too, but thats another $1000, skipped it. The leather is garbage. the arm rests and center console are falling apart. The heater whines, the transmission is whining, the stereo has no base, and no volume, its the second stereo in the car, the original nav system died. I feel cheated, this was the first newer car I had bought in 20 years, and the most expensive car ever. I expected a car based on the Camry, built by a leading manufacturer with a fantastic track record, to be a great car. based on the reviews, and the minimal complaints about this model compared to other manufacturers, I can't imagine how bad the cars that got bad reviews must be.