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2011 Toyota Venza Review

With its car-like ride and SUV-like space, the 2011 Toyota Venza is a true crossover. Reviewers were impressed no matter what they called it.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth handling
  • Upscale, roomy interior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Good safety scores
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Low towing capacity

Rankings & Awards

The 2011 Toyota Venza's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2011 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2011 Best Midsize SUV with 2 Rows for Families award. Currently the Toyota Venza has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.9
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2011 Toyota Venza Overview

Test drivers were pleased with the 2011 Toyota Venza’s upscale, spacious interior, even though it lacks a third row. The Venza is based on the Toyota Camry, which means that it’s smooth and comfortable on the road, but also not particularly sporty or fun to drive. The Venza’s fuel economy is also pretty good, especially when you consider how much cargo it can hold. The Venza comes very well-equipped, and gets good safety ratings. If you’re shopping for a used 2011 midsize SUV, the Toyota Venza is one of the best midsize five-seat crossovers you can buy.

The Venza comes with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, though a 3.5-liter V6 and all-wheel drive are also available. The Venza comes in just one, well-equipped trim, with features that include dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and cruise control. Fully-loaded models can offer near-Lexus RX levels of luxury, with features like a voice-activated navigation system, 13-speaker audio system, leather-trimmed seats and push-button ignition.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Ford Edge can offer an interior that’s even more high-tech, with features like MyFord Touch and the voice-controlled Sync interface on some upper trims. Test drivers agreed that even the base Edge feels particularly upscale, with a comfortable interior that makes it a strong competitor to the Venza. The base Venza does get slightly better fuel economy, but the Edge has a lot more power. If you want a crossover that’s a bit sportier and a bit more upscale inside than the Venza, the Ford Edge is a good choice.

Test drivers agreed that the 2011 Nissan Murano is particularly fun to drive for a five-seat SUV. Its interior is so nice that some reviewers thought the Murano is nice enough to wear an Infiniti badge. The Murano’s fuel economy can’t beat the Venza’s, but the base Murano is also more powerful. Thanks to its performance and interior quality, the 2011 Murano is worth a look.

Compare the Venza to the Edge and Murano »

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