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2015 Toyota Venza

$9,349 — $31,293 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
21-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Roominess
  • Comfortable seats
  • Quiet cabin on city streets
  • Cargo room
  • V-6 acceleration
  • Generous storage bins

The Bad

  • Firm ride
  • Sloppy handling
  • Mushy brakes
  • Unresponsive transmission
  • Rear sight lines
2015 Toyota Venza exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Toyota Venza
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Five-seat large hatchback
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Panoramic moonroof available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2015 Toyota Venza?

The 2015 Toyota Venza is a large five-seat hatchback offered in four trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE V6 and Limited V6. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on the LE, XLE and XLE V6, while AWD is standard for the range-topping Limited V6. Competing models include the Ford Edge, Honda Crosstour and Subaru Outback.

What's New on the 2015 Toyota Venza?

For 2015, the Toyota Venza gets a standard backup camera and a Tow Package for V-6 models.

How Does the 2015 Toyota Venza Compare to Other Hatchbacks?

Chances are you'll either love or hate the Venza, which makes no effort to look like an SUV. It offers more cargo room than the Honda Crosstour but slightly less overall than the Ford Edge and Subaru Outback. Certain features, like the available navigation system, are difficult to use, and interior finishes look and feel cheaply made.

What Features in the 2015 Toyota Venza Are Most Important?

The Venza is powered by a 181-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. A 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is also available.

Notable standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, heated side mirrors, dual exhaust tips with the V-6 engine, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 60/40-split folding backseat with a recline feature, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel, and a CD stereo with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, MP3 jack, USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio. Significant optional features include 20-inch wheels, a power liftgate, high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights, a two-piece panoramic moonroof and a navigation system.

As is required in all new vehicles from this year, the 2015 Toyota Venza has front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, a knee airbag for the driver, active front head restraints and a backup camera are also standard. Available safety features include automatic high-beam headlights and front and rear parking sensors.

Should I Buy the 2015 Toyota Venza?

The 2015 Toyota Venza is a roomy hatchback with comfortable seats and impressive acceleration from the V-6 engine, but it's held back by a firm ride and mushy brakes. An unresponsive six-speed automatic transmission plays a large role in the Venza's lackluster feel. If you get past its sloppy handling, though, it offers a quiet cabin with plenty of storage bins.

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2015 Toyota Venza Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

A large five-seat hatchback, the Toyota Venza combines the interior space of a crossover with the entry ease of a wagon. Of... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
30 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(4.0)

Nice overall car

by Den L from Nashua, NH on August 19, 2018

Test drive and end up buying the 2015 Venza, the car handles well, is roomy, rides well in the city and in the highway - overall, nice car . Read full review

(3.0)

Decent car but has some nagging items

by mewolftamer from Maine on August 3, 2018

First, I think the car has pretty decent exterior style, especially with the 20" wheels. The interior has good comfort, and lots of room in the back seat. It has a weird dash, horrible glare on the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Toyota Venza currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Toyota Venza LE

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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

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