2009 Toyota Venza Consumer Review: Venza almost a crossover

2009 Toyota Venza - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Venza almost a crossover
By jerrylee1 on


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


I have had this vehicle for 10k now, and
it is pretty comfortable
... it is, as expected, of Toyota quality...AWD functions very well.... but it fails on several styling fronts.
MPG is as advertised around 22 mixed.

This could have been a more satisfying automobile with better acoustics (to be more quiet) and a more engaging dash and information center.
This is a car designed by a van/truck guy... should have assigned it to a car guy with free reign to get creative.
BTW.. Toyota has possibly the worst navigation systems... very limited coverage, expensive and awkward to update...why can't we update our maps from the web using a lap top or phone app like from megellan or tom tom, etc. for lifetime? god knows we pay enough. That said the venza is a gen 6 system updated with disks and new disks are still available (though becoming more rare... again it will become difficult to update) toyotta seems to be unable to standardize their maps and software and interface systems.... not thier customary attention to thoughtfull details.
OBTW.. what did toyota do to the paint job... it chips off too easily (see this on web complaints)
A very practicle vehicle for small family... Sorry too see it discontinued but styling, accoustics and did not meet customer expectations.

Best Features

  • Getting in out
  • Cargo storage
  • Rain snow traction
  • Climate control
  • Warranty

Worst Features

  • Noise and vibration
  • Instrumentation
  • Interior design
  • Headlights
  • Entertainment
  • Navigation
  • Maintenance cost

Recommend (7) (8)

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