2015 Toyota Venza

Pros: Sprightly acceleration with V6 engine; excellent 2nd-row headroom and legroom; versatile cargo space; available all-wheel drive

Cons: Stiff, occasionally clunky ride; worse-than-average noise levels; middling acceleration with four-cylinder engine

CG Says: Toyota’s car-like crossover SUV receives a few minor updates for its swan-song season: A rearview camera is now standard on all models, and all V6 Venzas are equipped with a towing package. Venza attempts to blend the versatility and car-like driving dynamics of a traditional station wagon with the look and feel of a midsize SUV. Regrettably, it falls a bit flat on both counts. Venza deserves praise for its comfortable, roomy interior and surprisingly good fuel economy. However, we are less enamored with the unsettled ride and handling and noisy engines. Pricing is not unreasonable for the class, but a traditional wagon or SUV would be a better place to spend your money.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LE: $29,065
AWD LE: $30,515
XLE: $32,110
AWD XLE: $33,560
XLE V6: $34,150
AWD XLE V6: $35,600
AWD Limited V6: $39,940

Base Engine
2.7-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
268
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-26

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2015 Toyota Venza