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2014 Toyota Venza Review

The 2014 Toyota Venza leads the class with a top-tier reliability rating, spacious cabin, and comfortable ride. Some competitors feel more luxurious inside and have better driving dynamics, however.

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading reliability rating
  • Smooth ride
  • Spacious back seats
  • Numb handling
  • Some low-quality cabin materials

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Toyota Venza's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best 2_Row Midsize SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2014 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Toyota Venza has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 61 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Toyota Venza Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Venza a Good Used SUV?

While the Venza doesn't have the most upscale cabin or the most thrilling performance, its excellent reliability rating makes it a top choice in the midsize crossover class. You can buy the Venza and expect it to last many years as a solid daily driver, with adequate performance and a comfortable interior.

When equipped with the base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, the Venza feels underpowered and has slow acceleration. The optional 3.5-liter V6 delivers better acceleration without much sacrifice in fuel economy. The four-cylinder Venza gets 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. With the V6, highway fuel economy stays the same and city fuel economy drops by 1 mpg. The Venza's gas mileage is on par with most rivals. While the Venza has a comfortable ride, its handling feels sloppy around corners, with barely any steering feedback and lots of body roll. The Venza has standard front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.  Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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There are some low-rent materials in the Venza's cabin, especially in lower trims. Overall, however, most drivers should be satisfied with the interior. The front seats are comfortable for the most part, but they don't offer much side or thigh support. The driver's seat isn't quite as high as those in many rival SUVs, but it still offers a good view of the road ahead. The rear seats are roomy and easy to get into and out of. There are LATCH connectors on the outboard rear seats to securely install child safety seats.

The base model doesn't have many standard features: only dual-zone automatic climate control, a basic audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Higher trims add the Entune infotainment system, navigation, a 13-speaker JBL audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Physical controls are clearly labeled, and the infotainment system is easy to use.

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Used 2014 Toyota Venza Prices

Prices for a used 2014 Venza vary depending up the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location. On average, the Venza can cost as little as about $17,200 or as much as around $25,000.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Venza?

The 2014 Venza has the highest reliability score in the class: a rating of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. Most rivals have lower scores.

How Safe Is the Venza?

The Venza's safety scores are among the highest in the class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Venza a five-star overall rating. The Venza also earned the top score of Good in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test conducted.

The only safety features available are a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Many competitors offer more advanced safety systems like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, or forward collision warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Venza?

The Venza was first introduced for the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2015 model year. There are a few differences among these models. For example, the 2013 Venza offers the Entune infotainment system and has different exterior styling than older models. Ultimately, you should go with a 2013 or 2014 Venza; you’ll get a more advanced infotainment system than the one in previous model years.

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Which Used Toyota Venza Is Right for Me?

Since the base LE trim comes with few features, you should buy an XLE model. The XLE gets the LE's standard dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and USB port, but it adds a power liftgate, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats, the Entune infotainment system, satellite radio, and HD Radio. The Limited model tops out the line. It comes with an upgraded infotainment system, navigation, and front and rear parking sensors.

You can get a certified pre-owned Venza through a Toyota dealer. 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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We Did the Research for You: 61 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Choosing a car or SUV is a complicated and stressful process. We want to make it as easy for you as possible, so we've gathered and analyzed 61 different data sets to write this overview. We provide everything you may want to know about the 2014 Venza all in one place.

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2014 Toyota Venza and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Venza or 2014 Toyota Highlander?

If you need eight seats, the Toyota Highlander is a better choice than the five-seat Venza. Otherwise, you're better off sticking with the Venza. The Highlander has a lower reliability score (though it’s still considered average) and a much higher average sale price than the Venza. It also earns lower fuel economy estimates. While the Highlander has more cargo space and a few more available features (like a rear-seat entertainment system and some advanced safety features), they don't make up for its higher price and lower reliability.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Venza or 2014 Ford Edge?

There's a fine line between the Toyota Venza and the Ford Edge, but the Ford is ultimately the better option. The Edge has more power from its engine choices, a more premium cabin feel, and many features that are unavailable in the Venza. While the Venza does have higher reliability and safety scores, they're not significantly better than the Edge's ratings.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Venza or 2014 Subaru Outback?

For drivers who value performance, the Subaru Outback is a better option than the Venza. Otherwise, the rivals have many similarities. They both earn above-average reliability and safety scores; they both have some cheap plastics in their cabins; and they both have comfortable rides. The Outback comes ahead with its punchier engines, standard all-wheel drive, and more composed cornering.

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