2015 Toyota VenzaChange Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Comfortable seats
- Quiet cabin on city streets
- Cargo room
- V-6 acceleration
- Generous storage bins
- Firm ride
- Sloppy handling
- Mushy brakes
- Unresponsive transmission
- Rear sight lines
- Backup camera now standard
- Five-seat large hatchback
- Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
- Front- or all-wheel drive
- Panoramic moonroof available
Editor's note: This review was written in March 2014 about the 2014 Toyota Venza. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2015, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
The 2014 Toyota Venza blends some of the best features of a crossover and wagon, but it's one of those vehicles that most people either love or loathe.
Even within my own home, this dichotomy was strong and ever-present. I personally loved the Venza's "just right," carlike feel alongside its functional cabin and cargo space. My husband, on the other hand, never ceased to remind me how much he disliked the Venza.
The five-seat Venza comes in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels, each available with front- or all-wheel drive. I drove an all-wheel-drive Limited, which is available only with a V-6 engine; the lower trims offer a choice of a four-cylinder or V-6. See the Venza's V-6, all-wheel-drive versions compared side by side here.
While there aren't many changes from the 2013 model year, the 2014 Venza comes with a few additional features, including power-folding side mirrors in the XLE and Limited trims, as well as front and rear parking sensors in the Limited. Compare this year's Venza with the 2013 model here.
The Venza doesn't seem to fit into any one category, but comparable options include the Ford Edge, Honda Crosstour and Subaru Outback (compare them here).
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The 2015 Toyota Venza currently has 0 recalls