Toyota had a real winner with the Venza model.This vehicle gives you the all wheel drive security in bad weather with the comfortable feel found in a Camry. The mistake that Toyota made was not continuing to offer this exceptional model. These comments are from an individual who has owned two Camrys and two Venzas. A 2016 and beyond Venza should still be offered to the motoring public.
2015 Toyota Venza Wagon XLE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Pros: Versatile. Need to carry 5 people in comfort? Venza can do it. Large doors open wide. Chair-height seats are plenty comfortable and accommodating. Step-in is easy. No big step UP like big SUVs. No big step down like a compact car. Need to haul cargo? The combination of a power lift rear hatch and easy folding rear seats turns the Venza into a super grocery getter/ home improvement store car. It’s also ideal for traveling with a dog or two. The V6 engine is another “pro”. Very smooth and powerful. Toyota reliability is a big plus. Cons: only real drawback for me is the 20 inch tires. Expensive to replace. I could have done just as well with 18 inchers. Overall very pleased. In fact I am currently on my second Venza. We had a 2009 and liked it so much that we replaced it with a 2015. I hate that Toyota stopped building them.
8/27/18 Update: We still are very impressed with the Venza - currently at 39,000 miles and NO issues at all. Toyota got it right with the Venza. Build quality is Lexus level. No squeaking, rattling, etc. In fact, I wonder if Toyota built this model a little too well and ended up being one of the reasons it went out of production. It’s so practical it’s not “cool”. It’s so reliable it’s not “adventurous”. I continue to strongly recommend the Venza. Look for a V6, low miles and XLE or Limited trim level and you will have a quality luxurious yet practical vehicle that you will be proud of for years to come.
I've always liked wagons, vans and hatchbacks. This car provides the room I needed, with outstanding Toyota reliability. I wished I had purchased new spec'ing the exact color and options I wanted; but given the large savings over new, I'm fine with buying this car used. The car is solid, quite and does everything well. I would prefer more bolstering in the front seats as well as a little more lumbar support.
While I've admired the Lexus RX and NX crossovers, I couldn't justify their price tag. So, for less than the cost of a used front-drive Lexus, in 2015 I purchased a new Venza Limited with AWD, a dual-pane sunroof and power hatchback. The powertrain is smooth and responsive—perfect for highway cruising. The ride is quiet and composed. I love the bright and airy beige interior. Setting favorite stations across AM, FM, HD Radio and Sirius XM is a breeze. All wheel drive is nice to have, though I can't say I've needed it more than a handful of times. What haven't I liked? The assembly and quality of the dash plastic is slapdash; the passenger airbag cover has an ugly gap and the glovebox door needed repairing. The infotainment/navigation also required a dealership visit, but has been flawless since. Gas mileage is undistinguished, and creaking noises from the glass sunroof panels make me a little nervous. The backup camera doesn't adjust for the wheels being turned, but it's still a helpful feature, along with the sensors for the front and rear bumpers. A RAV4 has roughly the same capacity, but it's taller and less attractive, in my opinion.