2011 Toyota Venza
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One of the best out there

by from Grand Prairie, TX on March 29, 2011

I have a feeling some people purposely write wrong reviews out of hate or bad experience from the dealership. Some just plain hate Toyota and seem to blame it for GM's woes. I normally do not review b...
I have a feeling some people purposely write wrong reviews out of hate or bad experience from the dealership. Some just plain hate Toyota and seem to blame it for GM's woes. I normally do not review but I do a lot of research before I buy my vehicles so I am reviewing this one as part of my contribution for those truly looking to buy a great vehicle. I bought a used V6 Venza from a dealership in Wichita Falls, TX in January 2011. It came with navi and two head rest entert. and had 10000 miles by the time I drove it home to Dallas. This is a vehicle well designed. Just got back from a trip to Flagstaff Arizona and we had a thrill in it. The kids loved it and there was no "are we there yet?" remarks. Gave me about 341 miles to the tank (driving at 75 -90miles/Hr most of the way. I had a radar also guys). Acceleration is great and I tried so hard to listen for any wind noise as written in some of the reviews, but did not feel or hear it. This car handles just perfect. Interior design and lay-out is also great with lots of room for storage. It is quite spacious on the inside and the kids love the reclining rear seats. Improvement in terms of quality materials to the interior will be great even though that will put it in the Lexus range (I have always owned Lexus). What has in the past kept me from Toyota has been the quality of the leather seats and dash board. In my venza however,the quality of the faux leather comes as a plus because, it was easier to clean up after the kids. I think the front driver seat may need some cushioning but that may be because I did all the driving to Arizona or I am used to the comforts of the lexus. We have been to San Antonio in this great car and friends also seem to like it. In all, I have added about 4500 miles to this car with no problems.
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Stunning looks and comfort

by from Toronto, ON on February 12, 2011

I fell in love with the looks at first glance. It has the best fuel economy in it's class except for the Hybrid. and 0-60 in 6.5 sec is not shabby. As good as Lincoln, Edge and Journey in cargo capaci...
I fell in love with the looks at first glance. It has the best fuel economy in it's class except for the Hybrid. and 0-60 in 6.5 sec is not shabby. As good as Lincoln, Edge and Journey in cargo capacity. great list of options and I got the premium package - did not feel that Nav or premium sound was worth the extra money but the BonJovi sound is well worth the expense. It is slightly more exciting than driving a Camray, and the big 20 inch wheels make it look exciting. Team them with 8 inch clearance and it churns through snow with ease. The front slider and rear moon roof are a delight. Probably the nicest interior of all the small SUV's -- even at its relatively low price. Leather seats with heaters keeps my butt toasty on cold Canadian winter days. List of standard equipement is impressive and exceptional list of standard safety features. Consider this model if you are looking at a small SUV. I let my head do the deciding - I thought is was the best choice for the dough. I've had a Camray, Supra and Lexus and totally trust Toyota for reliability - with Toyota's you just "Turn the key and it goes". I've also had two Dodge Caravans and they clocked 320,000 kms which says they too are very reliable.
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Second Toyota owned in 14 years

by from Wisconsin on June 23, 2011

I was a little shy due to it's size compared to my last car (Celica) but have come to appreciate it's size, comfort and I can still park it very easily. The back-up camera is difficult to see in brigh...
I was a little shy due to it's size compared to my last car (Celica) but have come to appreciate it's size, comfort and I can still park it very easily. The back-up camera is difficult to see in bright sunlight as it is way up in the dash. The interior is awesome (leather) and very spacious, both front and back seats. The ride is smooth and quiet. So far, I love it!
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looking good

by from bay area CA. on February 22, 2011

LOVE THE LOOKS AND FOR THE PRICE I PAID (NOT MSRP) A VERY GOOD DEAL. THE V6 IS VERY PEPPY AND THE 6 SPEED TRANS IS SMOOTH. PLENTY OF ROOM AND LOWER THE REAR SEATS AND GREAT HAULING SPACE. OVER ALL SHO...
LOVE THE LOOKS AND FOR THE PRICE I PAID (NOT MSRP) A VERY GOOD DEAL. THE V6 IS VERY PEPPY AND THE 6 SPEED TRANS IS SMOOTH. PLENTY OF ROOM AND LOWER THE REAR SEATS AND GREAT HAULING SPACE. OVER ALL SHOULD MAKE A GREAT ALLAROUND RIDE.
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Love the Venza

by from Cherry Hill, NJ on February 27, 2012

We got the AWD 4 cyl Venza with leather, glass sunroofs and power tailgate. The cost between the V6 FWD and 4cyl AWD was close but AWD was more important. My wife drives it most of the time but we use...
We got the AWD 4 cyl Venza with leather, glass sunroofs and power tailgate. The cost between the V6 FWD and 4cyl AWD was close but AWD was more important. My wife drives it most of the time but we use it on weekends. Handles nicely despite reading some concerns over previous models with elec pwr steering. I think it adjust pretty quickly though feedback is not performance oriented. Solid feel on the road, room for our two kids and plenty of storage, hiding places, etc for a family of four. I really didn't want a traditional SUV and saw this as a great alternative. It's our first Toyota and so far, won't be our last.
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2011 Toyota Venza 4cyl AWD

by from Southern PA on April 14, 2015

Bought this car as a certified used with 18K miles in April of 2014. I have had it for a year now and I love it. The features that mine came with are the panoramic sun roof, remote keyless entry and p...
Bought this car as a certified used with 18K miles in April of 2014. I have had it for a year now and I love it. The features that mine came with are the panoramic sun roof, remote keyless entry and power liftgate. I added a touchscreen stereo and a backup camera from best buy. Overall, the ride quality is great, especially coming from a 2009 Honda Accord, which was the noisiest vehicle I have ever drove. Got me through a rough winter here in PA, AWD was amazing. Gas mileage isn't terrible, but not great either. Getting around 18-19 around town, but 27 on the highway. I use this car to commute 32 miles one way to work, and I can get through all 5 days on one tank, traveling about 330-340 miles. Cargo area is very spacious, took it on a guys weekend with two of my friends, and we had more than enough room for our stuff. Ride is comfortable, road noise is relatively quiet. Did have one of the wheel bearings go about a month or so ago. Took it to the dealer, and even though I had exceeded the mileage of the limited warranty, toyota still honored it and fixed it for free. Haven't had any problems since then. Would definitely recommend this vehicle. Love it!
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My great car

by from Madison, WI on October 31, 2011

My new Venza (V6 AWD) has plenty of power and enough space. Also I'm having smooth and comfort ride experience. If you add comfort and conveience and security package, it's luxurous enough.
My new Venza (V6 AWD) has plenty of power and enough space. Also I'm having smooth and comfort ride experience. If you add comfort and conveience and security package, it's luxurous enough.
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Most comfortable Car I've Owned

by from Chicago on March 19, 2012

This car has everything, performance, styling, convieniences, and reliability. I have been dissapointed with the gas mileage at only 20-21mpg on the highway with the V6 AWD. The trunk is massive and t...
This car has everything, performance, styling, convieniences, and reliability. I have been dissapointed with the gas mileage at only 20-21mpg on the highway with the V6 AWD. The trunk is massive and the auto liftgate makes loading a breeze. The pickup with the V6 is excellent even at over 70mph. The seats are comfortable and adjust to my short stature even after long drives. The dashboard, drink holders, nav system controls and storage are convenient and ergonomic. The blue tooth has been very reliable with good sound quality. I have not had to return to the dealership with any problems since I purchased the car over 3 months ago. Again, I am dissapointed in the gas mileage. Exclusive highway driving with the V6 has only been 21mpg.
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Sporty Crossover

by from on December 26, 2011

I was looking for an SUV that was somewhat sporty and relatively quick and the Venza seemed to fit that well. It has a good balance between acceleration/power and fuel mileage (V6). The styling is nic...
I was looking for an SUV that was somewhat sporty and relatively quick and the Venza seemed to fit that well. It has a good balance between acceleration/power and fuel mileage (V6). The styling is nice, comes with 20" wheels, available HID headlights, NAV, keyless and entry/ignition. The only negative is quality of materials used for the interior, seems a bit plasticky.
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Best Toyota I've had yet, and I've owned a bunch!

by from Albany, OR on June 9, 2012

This is the best toyota I have ever owned, and I have owned probably 20 in the last 25 years. Everything about this car oozes quality and attention to detail, especially compared to all the other Toyo...
This is the best toyota I have ever owned, and I have owned probably 20 in the last 25 years. Everything about this car oozes quality and attention to detail, especially compared to all the other Toyotas in my past. I have a new 2011 V6 AWD with everything but Navi. I got this one a month ago at my favorite dealer as they were trying to get rid of the last of their 2011's. I suspect this one was still hanging around because it is black, and black in Oregon weather means maintenance. But my car is my hobby... Anyway, there are so many things I love about this car: first, the V6 power and AWD, the 13 speaker JBL sound system, the front moonroof and rear skylight, very nice leather interior and heated seats, and so many other little surprises. Its handling is pretty nimble thanks to the 20 inch wheels and tires - it's not like driving the wife's Miata but that's to be expected. The tranny is pretty solid and does not constantly "hunt" for the right gear all the time like I experienced with my last SUV, a 2008 V8 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer. The Venza is also much quicker than the Ford, likely due to the lesser weight of the Venza. I have read where many are disappointed with the gas mileage of the V6 AWD model. One must keep in mind that this is a 4100 pound vehicle and 18 city and 25 highway is pretty darn good with all-the-time AWD. Anything more I would like to have? The rear "tonneau cover" for the back part of the hatch does rattle, and the only way to get rid of it is to take it out of its bracket and lay it on the floor. It can also get in the way when using the rear seats folded flat (yea!). And it would be nice to have the passenger front seat fold flat as well. But these are minor things. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone looking for a "crossover" that is both luxury and utility.
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