2011 Toyota Venza

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Toyota Venza base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Comfortable seats
  • Quiet cabin
  • Cargo room
  • V-6 acceleration
  • Generous storage areas
  • Gas mileage

The Bad

  • Firm ride
  • Sloppy handling
  • Mushy brakes
  • Unresponsive transmission
  • Rear sight lines

Notable Features of the 2011 Toyota Venza

  • Wagonlike styling
  • Seats five
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Optional AWD
  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Optional panoramic moonroof

2011 Toyota Venza Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Toyota Venza debuted for 2009 as a large hatchback that's based on the Camry with room for up to five people. It's available with four-cylinder or V-6 power and can have either front- or all-wheel drive. It also has a large helping of standard safety and comfort features. Competitors include the Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7 and Subaru Tribeca.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
Despite its practical hatchback body style, the Venza manages to look rather stylish in person. Credit the car's proportions and interesting rear styling, which features swoopy taillights. The front of the Venza is defined by a large grille that could easily be at home on an SUV. Exterior features include:

  • 19-inch wheels standard
  • 20-inch wheels optional
  • Optional two-piece glass roof
  • Optional power liftgate

Interior
The Venza's two rows of seats can be finished in cloth or leather. The 60/40-split rear bench seat features reclining backrests, and the sections can be folded using levers in the cargo area. Interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard six-CD changer
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backseat entertainment system

Under the Hood
The base engine in the Venza is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and 182 pounds-feet of torque. Optional 3.5-liter V-6 makes 268 hp and 246 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical featu...

Vehicle Overview

The Toyota Venza debuted for 2009 as a large hatchback that's based on the Camry with room for up to five people. It's available with four-cylinder or V-6 power and can have either front- or all-wheel drive. It also has a large helping of standard safety and comfort features. Competitors include the Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7 and Subaru Tribeca.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
Despite its practical hatchback body style, the Venza manages to look rather stylish in person. Credit the car's proportions and interesting rear styling, which features swoopy taillights. The front of the Venza is defined by a large grille that could easily be at home on an SUV. Exterior features include:

  • 19-inch wheels standard
  • 20-inch wheels optional
  • Optional two-piece glass roof
  • Optional power liftgate

Interior
The Venza's two rows of seats can be finished in cloth or leather. The 60/40-split rear bench seat features reclining backrests, and the sections can be folded using levers in the cargo area. Interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard six-CD changer
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backseat entertainment system

Under the Hood
The base engine in the Venza is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and 182 pounds-feet of torque. Optional 3.5-liter V-6 makes 268 hp and 246 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Both engines run on regular gas
  • Sole transmission is a six-speed automatic

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes that incorporate electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver
  • Optional Automatic High Beam system can determine if there is an oncoming car and switch from high- to low-beam headlights, then back again
  • Optional backup camera

 


Latest 2011 Venza Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Nice and very clean and comfortable car

by Stynero from Zionsville, IN on April 11, 2018

This car is very nice. My family love it and appreciate that I bought it. It drives very good and had enough room to accommodate my family. Read full review

(5.0)

120,000 No Problems or Repairs

by COJAC Chi-town from Chicago on March 22, 2018

I have owned this car since it was new. The dealer has done ALL of the maintenance. When I hit 100,000 miles, I took it to the dealer for my 100,000 mile service. The dealer changed the oil and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Toyota Venza currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Toyota Venza Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Venza received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker