I was looking for an AWD vehicle to replace the FWD Toyota Camry Hybrid (great car). the winter travel in New England has become too tough without AWD. I searched hard and had considered Volvo, Lexus and BMW crossovers.
The Venza won hands down with all the features of the competition and a price tag of $10-12K less. Personally, I have always had good luck with Toyota. The Venza is very comfortable and drives like a car. My only question had been whether to get the 4 or 6 cylinder. Better gas mileage won out (after all I was driving a hybrid) and I am not disappointed with the amount of zip the 4 cylinder has.
I purchased this car in December of 2010 and now have about 5,000 miles on it.
My wife wanted it mainly to haul her dogs and for trips back and forth to the cabin.
For both purposes it is a good car; lots of cargo capacity (as much as an Outback), nice hatch opening and the seats lay flat (unlike the new Chevy Equinox).
For dirt roads and bad weather the AWD is great, plus the car has the clearance of an SUV without the sub-20 mpg.
On average, we get about 23.5 mpg in mixed driving.
Oddly, it never gets over 24 on the highway, but we've only owned it in colder months and with lots of ethanol in the gasoline.
The seats are comfortable, it handles great, looks great and is powerful
Such an easy vehicle to fall in love with at first, but the longer i own it the more problems its having. This car is a rattlebox..plain and simple, after 40k miles i've just learned to accept it...Toyota can't fix this, last time they removed the dashboard and windshield to replace the dash support, i think i just hear more rattles now. It's on its third battery, i've had more jumpstarts owning this for 2yrs than in my 22yrs of driving. Had a problem with the A/C pump this WINTER! It siezed up apperently for no reason. Now i'm starting to feel the transmission starting to do some strange things....Oh my
People need to realize all cars have there potential problems, its part of owning a vehicle.
If you look on here, there are only a few neg reviews, which are mostly prompted by an unhappy customer.
They sold 48k Venzas in 2010. If you only have a few bad reviews on Edmonds, its a safe bet the car is fine in general.
I perfectly happy with mine, not one problem.
Poor ride quality could be attributed to air pressure in the tires. Too much pressure=stiff ride.
My Venza is great. Never an issue.
If your looking to buy a Venza don't let a few reviews affect your decision.
If you find a vehicle on here that does not have one problem, let me know what it is, cause I want one.
I bought this car new in Sept. 2010. No problems over 118 K miles (mostly freeway) Excellent mpg as per sticker info. Highest road mileage 33 (actual not computer) results mostly flat driving but some long hill climbing. Consistently gets 28 to 29 mpg highway, 22 city. The 4 cylinder has plenty of power for long climbs and passing and transmission does not hunt for a gear while climbing hills like my Honda did.
In reference to the ride quality comments by most here, I notice the car rides much better when loaded with more weight than when it's just me driving. Seems to have SUV like suspension. (stiffer)
This car is still on the original set of breaks. My mechanic says they have more than 80% remaining.
Seating is excellent for large and tall people and the seats have great support.
Cons: Poor rear compartment lighting as others have stated. I added a light to the side wall. Back light for radio info is impossible to see in bright day light and the dash light dimmer knob feels sooo cheap and is awkward to use compared to my Honda and Camry. ( why did you do that Toyota?) Other con: Bluetooth very poor quality sound. (I don't use it as no one could understand me) Over
all this has been a great car hope to get a full 200 K out of it. I Wish Toyota were still making them. (almost bought a Chevy Equinox but because it's made in Canada and the Venza was made in Kentucky..I bouoght the USA made car).
Good job Georgetown. (: