I can't believe the quality of this car, but then it IS a Toyota. The ride is quiet and sound. The engine and drive-train perform flawlessly. Its tough to remark on how positive this car is as its tough to find any deficiencies. The only trouble we have it that it does so much. We are always going to the manual to find out "How do I ...". But this is something most modern cars and owners face. This is the best car we've ever owned and actually, ridden in.
I test drove countless crossovers and suv's before settling on the Venza (highlander, 4-runner, pilot, escape, explorer, outback, forester, etc). It provides the luxury, comfortability, and safety that I require in a vehicle. I wish it got a little better gas mileage, had a better turn radius, and the Bluetooth were a little clearer. Other than those minor complaints, the Venza has more than lived up to my standards. No complaints from passengers either. Easily fits 6'3" 250# males in the back seat, without feeling squished. Plenty of leg room for all passengers. I would not trade it in for anything. It was also a great value at $32k new, having all my required features (leather heated seats, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry). Wish they wouldn't have discontinued this model.
You will not be disappointed with this vehicle. First of all, It's a smooth quiet vehicle, the seats are very comfortable for long trips. I was looking for a wagon type vehicle since I take my mom to doctors etc. This vehicle makes it easy for her to enter in and out of vehicle with no problem. Cargo room is ample. I transported 4 women and all their luggage to Las Vegas. I couldn't believe we all felt comfortable and still had room for additional stuff if needed to take. I received so many complements after returning from our trip. I just love my car, it's so enjoyable to drive, love the surround sound, back up camera , and quiet air conditioner. Yes, mileage could be better, but I purchase the V6 for zoom!
I love this car for the body style, roomy, cargo space, it takes regular gas and handles like a car. While the 20? tires look good it gives a hard ride over bumps but smooth on smooth surfaces. The price is high for the interior quality and features compared to other Toyota products like the Camry or Highlander. Toyota says it?s due to keeping the vehicle light weight for better gas mileage. Makes sense. The front dash could be designed better with a larger screen and more features; the dash is big and wide enough to support it. @@@HERE IS MY MAJOR COMPLAINT: THE DUAL AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROLS ? SUCK@@@. I?ve owned 2010, 2013 and now a 2015. Toyota has done something to the DUAL AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL and it does not maintain the cabin (inside car) temperature. It did in my previous cars. I would set the temperature at 72 degrees and it kept me very comfortable without any other actions required. On the 2015 Venza when I set the DUAL AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL to AUTO and temperature to 72 degrees everything is fine for a few minutes and then it starts to blow cool and then cold air from the front vents and it does the same thing as I increase the temperature until it gets about 88 degrees or higher. If I select the recirculate air button (the car with the ?U? shape vertical arrow) the air only gets colder. When I put it on manual it still blew cold until it set it around 80 degrees and then it would get so hot that my eyes would burn and start tearing and my feet felt like they were on fire. Also with the recirculate air button I would get all kind of smells like a musty odor, one time like engine fumes another time like something burning. I?ve had my 2015 Venza since January 29, 2016 and it been in the shop more than I have driven it. They have duplicated and experience the problem but no one knows how to fix it. For a price tag of 41K I expect to set the temperature and for it to be maintained not to blow cold air on me to maintain the temperature. If I had known this I would have kept my older vehicle.
My husband and I live in the Pacific Northwest aka Suburu Nation. Every other person drives an Outback or Forrester. So when it came time to purchase a new vehicle to replace our dying Jeep, we followed people's advice and test drove Suburu's most popular vehicles. Not impressed. We test drove a Honda CRV and Mazda CX5 as well. None were as attractive or as enjoyable to drive as the Venza. In the end we chose a two year old AWD V6 Venza with 27k miles for $22,000. The deal was so good, we felt like we cheated or something. It's a great car for camping, road trips, beach drives, and has enough room in the back for our German Shepherd. I would highly recommend buying a Venza if you're in the market for a reliable, small SUV or wagon that performs well and looks classy at the same time. It's different than most wagons and SUVs and that's a good thing.