2009 Toyota Venza Consumer Review: Could have been great...

2009 Toyota Venza - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)

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Could have been great...
By heymark on


2009 Toyota Venza 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


It’s a good looking car with great trunk space that's wider than many SUVs. The 6 cylinder has great acceleration and is fairly nimble when driving
around town.

Toyota cut too many costs with this car.
The plastic dash and faux wood inserts look cheap and the leather looks like shiny vinyl.
The cabin is very loud at high speeds and the low profile of the 20 inch tires lets you feel every bump.
Despite 13 JBL speakers, the sound is average.
Nav and backup camera
work fine, but the screen resolution is very low.
At 30k miles, the steering column had to be replaced and at 36k miles,
trans is starting to wine.

Best Features

Visibility, Trunk space, remote liftgate, xenon headlights. Console is nice, however iphone slot is useless. Bronze color. Stereo blue tooth

Worst Features

Improve the materials used in the interior. Reduce the noise in the cabin. 20 inch tires look great, but make for an awful ride. Toyota needs to either improve the quality or lower the price.
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By bpratte
on 04/11/12 17:09 PM (PDT)

My sentiments EXACTLY! just purchased 09 base model...I feel ripped off. no blue tooth, xenon hl, auto liftgate, but a nice looking vehicle at best.

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By skyke101
on 04/20/12 16:24 PM (PDT)

Anybody else have an issue with the AC? Mine is very weak, and upon checking out ACs in other Venza trims at the dealerships, they are all identically weak. This really sucks since I live near Phoenix, AZ. I didn't catch on to the weak AC when I bought it in the winter, didn't really notice it until it started heating up....

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