2015 Toyota Venza

What Is the 2015 Toyota Venza?

The 2015 Toyota Venza is a large five-seat sedan offered in four trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE V6 and Limited V6. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on LE, XLE and XLE V6 trims, while AWD is standard on the high-end limited V6. Competitive models include Ford Edge, Honda Crosstour and Subaru Outback.

Notable features

  • Backup camera now standard
  • Five-seat large hatchback
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Panoramic moonroof available

Overview

The good:

  • Roominess
  • Comfortable seats
  • Quiet cabin on city streets
  • Cargo room
  • V-6 acceleration
  • Generous storage bins

The bad:

  • Firm ride
  • Sloppy handling
  • Mushy brakes
  • Unresponsive transmission
  • Rear sight lines

What’s New on the 2015 Toyota Venza?

For 2015, the Toyota Venza gets a standard backup camera and a Tow Package for V-6 models.

How Does the 2015 Toyota Venza Compare to Other Hatchbacks?

You might love or hate the Venza, which makes no effort to look like an SUV. It offers more cargo space than the Honda Crosstour, but overall slightly less than the Ford Edge and Subaru Outback. Some features, such as the available navigation system, are difficult to use and the interior finishes seem inexpensive to make.

What Features in the 2015 Toyota Venza Are Most Important?

The Venza is powered by a 181-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. A 268hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine is also available.

Notable standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, heated side mirrors, dual tailpipes with the V-6 engine, dual-zone automatic climate control, 60/40 folding rear seat with roll-away function. cruise control, tilt / telescopic multifunction steering wheel and CD stereo with 6.1-inch touchscreen, MP3 jack, USB port and Bluetooth audio streaming. Important optional features include 20-inch wheels, electric tailgate, high-intensity discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights, two-piece panoramic sunroof and navigation system.

As required on all new vehicles this year, the 2015 Toyota Venza has front airbags, anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability system. Also standard are side airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbags, active front head restraints and a reversing camera. Safety features available include automatic high beams and front and rear parking sensors.

Should I Buy the 2015 Toyota Venza?

The 2015 Toyota Venza is a spacious hatchback with comfortable seats and impressive acceleration from the V-6 engine, but is held back by a firm ride and soft brakes. An unresponsive six-speed automatic transmission plays a part in the Venza’s lackluster feel. If you get over its sloppy handling, though, it offers a quiet cabin with lots of containers.

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