Toyota Venza VIN Lookup

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Latest Generation


The Venza was reintroduced in 2021, now exclusively as a hybrid SUV, leveraging the RAV4 Hybrid powertrain. This second generation (2021-present) distinguished itself with an excellent fuel efficiency of 37 mpg overall. It featured a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with electric drive, yielding a total output of 219 hp. This setup allowed for smooth acceleration, although the continuously variable transmission could cause noticeable engine noise under heavy acceleration. Standard all-wheel drive added to its appeal. The ride quality was comfortable, and handling was sound, but tire and engine noise were pronounced. The interior controls were found to be somewhat distracting. The high-end Limited trim offered a unique feature: a dimmable, electrochromic glass roof. Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 suite of advanced safety and driver-assist features came standard, enhancing the vehicle's safety profile. Updates in 2022 included the addition of rear-seat seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters.

Previous Generation


Venza was not produced from 2016–2020


The Venza first appeared in 2009, blurring the lines between a station wagon and an SUV. It was often described as an SUV for those transitioning away from traditional SUVs. Key highlights of this first generation (2009-2015) included easy cabin access, a quiet interior, and a spacious rear seat, making it a practical choice for families. Cargo flexibility was enhanced by the rear hatch and large load floor. The Venza was offered with two engine choices: a refined 3.5-liter V6, delivering a solid performance with 20 mpg overall, and a four-cylinder engine. However, the V6 was generally preferred for its balance of power and efficiency. Handling was secure, but the steering lacked feedback, affecting agility. The ride was unexpectedly stiff and jittery, diverging from Toyota's typical comfort-oriented setup. Styling choices impacted outward visibility, although a rear camera (with a small dashboard screen) was included to assist with reversing. Interior changes in 2013 included updated infotainment and slightly improved finishes. However, the Venza was discontinued in 2015.