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2022 Toyota Venza Consumer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

Exactly what it is supposed to be

Jerry Can, 05/04/2022
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Short term owner here. This car is everything it is billed to be. Comfortable, safe and (hopefully) reliable transportation. This car is packed with great tec and safety equipment. Interior is well though out with high quality materials used throughout. The car seamlessly transitions between the electric motor and gas engine. You hardly notice it which is excellent. The ride is smooth with decent sound deadening throughout. The stock tires are not great (Ecopias) and I have to thing a set of Michelins will enhance the ride even further. Is the car "fun" to drive? Not really. Does it drive incredibly well? Yes. Negatives are a terrible base stereo in the XLE, non power passenger seat (I feel like it is too high) and agressive seat bolstering may be too much for larger framed people. The seats are very comfortable however. The gas mileage is as promised and the car can run on electric only in stop and go or slow city driving. This car is a sleeper and unfortunately hard to buy right now due to limited supply.

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5 out of 5 stars

Efficient, Smooth, Stylish SUV

Hybrid Driver , 06/14/2022
LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
8 of 9 people found this review helpful

After giving my 2016 Prius to a family member, I needed a new ride. The Prius was an excellent car but I wanted a change. The Venza has many attributes that make the Prius great; made in Japan reliability, efficient hybrid power train (44 mpg in suburban FL driving/37 on the interstate), and unique Japanese styling. The Venza a/k/a Harrier, like the Prius, is a Japanese market car. The Japanese styling aesthetic appeals to my taste so couldn’t be happier with the look of the car. The Venza is quick ( 0 to 60 in 7.6 seconds), quiet and a great highway cruiser. It’s relatively roomy but easy to handle. The LE trim has buttons and knobs so it avoids the complaint of no knobs on the higher trims. The LE’s 18 inch wheels also make for better ride. Very happy with the purchase. It’s like an updated early 2000s Lexus RX. The Venza is perfect for someone looking for practical, reliable, AWD transportation with some luxury elements.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

After 6 Months: Yawn.

Jfold, 04/21/2022
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
15 of 20 people found this review helpful

The Venza really caught our eye on the lot. It had many posh features, including a dimmable glass roof, heads up display, heated and cooled seats, among many other things. I thought I could just get used to the infotainment system, which initially seemed a bit difficult. After a few months, I find the vague floaty ride to be boring. The panoramic roof, while lovely, the dimming feature seems a bit pointless after a few months. Most of all, I loathe the infotainment system. I just find very little logic to it. The worst part is that there are no physical buttons or dials. The car features a seemingly cool 360 camera that activates each time you come to a stop. The camera overtakes the entire screen and cancels any and all functions that the driver or passenger may have been navigating at the time. The majority of the time, the automatic camera is a lovely feature, but those times where it cancels whatever action you were navigating on the screen, it is nothing short of maddening. Is there a lot to like about the Venza? Sure. Is it mind-numbingly boring to drive? Most definitely.

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Vamos Venza!

Stefan, 06/26/2022
LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Okay, I couldn't resist the Spanish language title because of my Spanish lessons. But it does accurately capture how I feel about driving this car. Let's go! There is a lot to love about this vehicle so here goes: 1. The ride: This car drives like a luxury vehicle. The interior cabin is quiet and very comfortable. I've had numerous back injuries over the past twenty years, and I can say w/o hesitation that this car is the MOST COMFORTABLE car I have ever driven. In my life! You can adjust the driver seat to the position that suits you best. You'll come to find driving this car is a breeze. Easy around town or the highway. The Tech: Toyota has been notorious as a laggard where car tech is concerned but I have to give them high marks for catching up to their competitors. The one area where they dropped the ball was wireless connectivity for Apple Carplay. You have to plug the phone into a USB port which is strange given the car has WiFI hotspot capability. Nonetheless, the technology works seamlessly once you're plugged in and it's easy to use the 8-inch screen. The Venza comes Alexa enabled and you can easily train the car to recognize your voice if you prefer to give commands in that manner. Otherwise, the button controls are fairly similar to Toyota vehicles from past years. Gas mileage: Given that we are in the midst of gas price hikes beyond what anyone could imagine, you'll be happy to know that so far, I'm getting about 50-60 miles per gallon. Yup, you read that right. Highway and city driving. Of course, I practice good driving habits and do not have a heavy foot so that makes a difference. Still, it was gratifying to know I only had to spend $19 to fill half a tank. The expert reviews on trunk capacity and back seat space are pretty accurate. This is not what I would characterize as a family SUV. Trunk space is limited so if you have kids, this isn't a great choice especially if you do family getaways. One last thing. Whether you buy this car or another Toyota, ignore the App Store reviews of the Toyota App. The app works as intended and has a lot of nice features (locking and unlocking as well as remote start). The people who left one-star reviews clearly do not know how to use a smartphone.

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5 out of 5 stars

Great Venza!

Hugo , 04/30/2022
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Nice looking and comfortable with nice features with luxurious feel. I really like my Venza and plan to keep and enjoy for years to come.

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4 out of 5 stars
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