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Rankings & Research

The 2015 Toyota Venza ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Toyota Venza has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 64 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Toyota Venza Review

The 2015 Toyota Venza has above-average safety and predicted reliability scores, but its performance is mediocre and its cabin feels outdated.

Pros & Cons


  • Top-tier predicted reliability score
  • Cushioned, composed ride
  • Straightforward standard infotainment system



  • Stale cabin design
  • Low-rent interior materials


2015 Toyota Venza Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Venza a Good Used SUV?

The Venza is an OK SUV. It's not the best in the class, nor is it the worst. If you want a comfortable ride and standard tech features, and you don't care much about cabin quality, the Venza is worth a look. Many rivals, however, have more upscale interiors and better driving dynamics.

Used 2015 Toyota Venza Performance and Interior

The base four-cylinder engine sounds unrefined and isn't powerful enough to adequately move the Venza's weight. You're better off with the available V6, which is smoother and has more grunt. Both engines come with an automatic transmission. With the base engine, the Venza gets 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is a bit above average for the class. Fuel economy only drops by 1 mpg in city driving with the more refined and powerful V6. The Venza's ride is primarily tuned for comfort, so the ride is very smooth overall. Around corners, the Venza stays composed, with little body lean. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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The Venza's cabin is OK, but it's not one of the nicest in the class. Many surfaces are covered in cheap plastics, and the overall styling feels out of date. On the plus side, the dashboard has a driver-oriented design. The seats in both rows are comfortable, but they don't have enough side and leg support, which you'll notice on long-distance drives. For installing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors on the outboard rear seats.

Notable standard features include a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Higher trims add navigation, internet apps, a premium audio system, and a panoramic sunroof. Using the touch-screen infotainment system is reasonably straightforward, but the on-screen buttons are a bit small, so they can be hard to tap while on the go.

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Used 2015 Toyota Venza Prices

Prices for the 2015 Venza range from around $19,000 for a base LE model to about $27,000 for the range-topping Limited trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 60 Reviews Analyzed

Our team compiled and analyzed 60 published professional reviews to write this 2015 Toyota Venza review. To help you decide if the Venza is the right SUV for you, we've also included fuel economy estimates, crash test results, reliability scores, and much more.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Venza?

The 2015 Toyota Venza earns an excellent predicted reliability score of 4.5 out of five. Three is considered average.

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How Safe Is the Venza?

The 2015 Venza has a higher safety score than most midsize SUVs. It earns a perfect five-star overall rating in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests.

A rearview camera is standard in all models, and front and rear parking sensors are available. Many rivals offer significantly more advanced-safety systems.

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Should I Consider Another Used Venza?

The 2015 model was the last of the Venza's first and only generation, which launched for the 2009 model year. The Entune infotainment system and a rearview camera were added to the standard features list for 2015, so not all 2014 or older models will have these features. Still, an older model might be worth a look; they'll likely be less expensive.

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Which Used Toyota Venza Is Right for Me?

The Venza comes in three trims: LE, XLE, and Limited. Though the base Venza LE has a decent list of features, it also has the unrefined base engine. You're better off with the XLE with the available V6. The XLE also adds desirable features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and navigation. The range-topping Limited model only adds a panoramic sunroof, parking sensors, and a premium audio system, so it's likely not worth the added cost.

When shopping for a used Venza at a Toyota dealership, consider buying a certified pre-owned model. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully. 

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2015 Toyota Venza and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Venza or 2015 Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge is a much better SUV than the Venza. The Edge was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year, so it has fresher interior styling than the 2015 Venza, along with higher quality cabin materials. The Edge has more cargo space too. Like the Venza's underpowered base engine, the Edge's standard engine provides lackluster acceleration, but the available V6 is very punchy. The Edge strikes a solid balance between ride comfort and agility through turns.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Venza or 2015 Nissan Murano?

The Nissan Murano won both our 2015 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money and 2015 Best 2-Row SUV for Families awards, and for good reason. It beats the Venza's performance with controlled cornering and ample power from its base V6 engine. Inside, the Murano's cabin feels upscale, thanks to premium materials and a contemporary design.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Venza or 2015 Kia Sorento?

If you want a comfortable ride like the Venza, along with the added versatility of a third row of seats, the Kia Sorento might be worth a look. Otherwise, stick with the Venza. The Sorento earns lower safety and reliability scores than the Venza. While the Sorento's four-cylinder engine is more fuel-efficient than the Venza's, it's only available in the base trim; you'll have to move up to a thirstier V6 in higher Sorento models. Like the Venza, the Sorento earns demerits for low-rent interior materials.

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