2011 Toyota Venza (United States)
|Also called||Toyota Harrier (Japan, 2020–present)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size crossover SUV|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
The Toyota Venza is a five-passenger mid-size crossover SUV manufactured and marketed by Toyota primarily for the North American market. The first-generation model was based on the XV40 series Camry platform and sold between 2008 and 2017. It also shared the platform with the AL10 series Lexus RX. The second-generation model is a rebadged Japanese-market XU80 series Harrier and has been sold since September 2020.
First generation (AV10; 2008)
|First generation (AV10)|
|Production||November 2008 – 2017|
|Model years||2009–2015 (US)|
|Assembly||United States: Georgetown, Kentucky (TMMK)|
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||Toyota K platform|
|Wheelbase||109.3 in (2,775 mm)|
|Length||189.0 in (4,800 mm)|
|Width||75.0 in (1,905 mm)|
|Height||63.4 in (1,610 mm)|
|Curb weight||4,045 lb (1,835 kg)|
The first-generation Venza was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was designed at the Calty Design studios in Newport Beach, California, based on the FT-SX concept car and primarily engineered at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Venza's production began at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky in November 2008. The 2.7 L model was launched in February 2009.
The first-generation Venza is based on the XV40 series Camry chassis (K platform) and is similar to the Mark X ZiO in concept. It was powered by either a 2.7 L 1AR-FE inline-four engine or a 3.5 L 2GR-FE V6 engine, both mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive were available as options. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg‑US (8.9 km/L; 25 mpg‑imp) in the city and 29 mpg‑US (12 km/L; 35 mpg‑imp) in the highway with the 2.7 L engine.
The Venza had a single trim level, with numerous packages and options. Standard features include fog lamps, 19-inch alloy wheels (2.7 L), 20-inch alloy wheels (3.5 L), HomeLink, XM satellite radio, 6-disc CD changer, dual-zone climate control, electrochromic auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 8-way power drivers seat, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, Hill-Start assist control and the Toyota Star Safety System.
Options include automatic high beams with HID lighting, heated side view mirrors, power liftgate, leather seat surfaces, 4-way power passenger seat, panoramic glass moonroof, smart key system, 13-speaker JBL sound system with Bluetooth, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, backup camera and a rear DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch display and two wireless headphones. The Touring Package, which included HID headlights, push button start, Navigation and JBL Package were only available on the 3.5 L all-wheel drive configuration. The Premium Package contained the moonroof and backup camera was available on all but the 2.7 L front-wheel drive configuration, while the leather package was available on all models.
For 2010, the Venza received a standard USB audio input and Bluetooth hands-free phone capability. Due to this addition, a single-CD player unit replaced the previously standard in-dash 6-disc CD changer.
For 2012, the Venza featured LE, XLE and Limited trim levels for the US market, replacing the single-grade line with various option packages. The LE and XLE trims were available with all powertrain combinations: 2.7 L, 3.5 L, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; the Venza Limited comes with the 3.5 L engine only, in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. Canadian models retained the single trim level, adding only a Convenience Package for the 2.7 L all-wheel drive trim.
In 2012, for the 2013 model year, the Venza received a mid-cycle facelift. It was revealed at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012 and went on sale during May 2012. 2.7 L models receive restyled 19-inch alloy wheels. The 2013 model also added Toyota's Entune System.
|2.7 L I4||2,672 cc 1AR-FE DOHC 16-valve EFI inline-four with Dual VVT-i||6-speed automatic||181–182 hp (135–136 kW; 184–185 PS) at 5,800 rpm||182 lb⋅ft (247 N⋅m) at 4,200 rpm|
|3.5 L V6||3,456 cc 2GR-FE DOHC 24-valve EFI V6 with Dual VVT-i||268 hp (200 kW; 272 PS) at 6,200 rpm||246–248 lb⋅ft (334–336 N⋅m) at 4,700 rpm|
The Venza was equipped with vehicle stability control, traction control system, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist, anti-lock braking system, smart stop technology as well as hill-start assist control, tire-pressure monitoring system, active head restraints for front-seat occupants, 3-point seat belts and headrests for all seats, emergency locking retractors (ELR) for all seats, automatic locking retractors (ATR) for all seats (except driver's), front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) for rear outboard seats and seven standard airbags, including dual-stage front airbags, driver's knee airbag, front seat-mounted side airbags, 2-row side curtain airbags and fuel pump cut-off switch with airbag deployment.
Some Venza owners have reported a safety concern because the sun visor can suddenly sag and obscure the driver's vision while driving. The visor must be replaced once this occurs. An online petition was created to encourage Toyota to issue a safety recall due to the failing sun visors.
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Venza its Top Safety Pick rating in 2009. The Venza is also rated "Good" in the roof strength test, as a result the Venza also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick in 2010 and 2011 when roof strength became a criterion for receiving the award.
The first-generation Venza began production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) on November 11, 2008, with over 70 percent of the Venza's components coming from US suppliers. Toyota projected sales of between 75,000 and 100,000 units of Venza per year. The first-generation Venza was one of the two North American built Toyota automobiles (alongside the Avalon) not to be sold in Mexico.
During the 2008 vehicle launch, Toyota marketed Venza under the campaign "You're More than One Thing. So is Venza".
In Canada, the Venza was featured as a prize in the 2009 Tim Hortons "Rrroll up the rim to win" promotion.
In 2013, the Venza debuted in Russian and Chinese markets.
Determining whether the Venza is a crossover SUV or wagon isn't clear; some journalists regard it as the "Camry station wagon" (the successor to the 1991-1996 Camry wagon which was the last iteration to offer this style in Canada and the United States) while other sources often describe it simply as new type of "crossover". Toyota states the Venza blends the "styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a sport utility vehicle". According to Toyota, Venza is neither a station wagon nor SUV, rather it is targeted at customers who want more room and flexibility than the Camry sedan but desire a smaller size than the Highlander, a three-row mid-size crossover SUV. Toyota lists the Venza's competitors as the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima on their website's comparison page, both being popular mid-size sedans. Meanwhile, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified the Venza as a sport utility vehicle.
Toyota told automotive magazine Motor Trend that it forwent entering the Venza in the publication's SUV of the Year competition. Toyota requested that the Venza compete in the Car of the Year competition. Motor Trend decided that the Venza should not compete in any competition at all since its ride height is too high to be qualified as a car.
In 2015, Toyota announced that the first-generation Venza would be discontinued after the 2015 model year. According to Toyota, there are three factors that contributed to this decision: customer preference, competitiveness within the segment and deteriorating sales. Production of US models ended in June 2015 and export models ended production in 2017.
Second generation (XU80; 2020)
|Second generation (XU80)|
2021 Toyota Venza (United States)
|Also called||Toyota Harrier (Japan)|
|Production||June 2020 – present|
|Model years||2021–present (US)|
|Assembly||Japan: Toyota City, Aichi (Takaoka plant)|
|Designer||Yoshito Watanabe (project chief designer)|
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||Front-engine, all-wheel-drive (eAWD)|
|Engine||2.5 L A25A-FXS I4 (gasoline hybrid)|
|Power output||176 hp (131 kW; 178 PS) (gasoline engine only); 219 hp (163 kW; 222 PS) (combined system output)|
|Wheelbase||105.9 in (2,690 mm)|
|Length||186.6 in (4,740 mm)|
|Width||73.0 in (1,855 mm)|
|Height||65.9 in (1,675 mm)|
The second-generation Venza was released as a rebadged Japanese-market XU80 series Harrier for the North American market for the 2021 model year. It was supposed to be revealed at the April 2020 New York International Auto Show but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was instead unveiled electronically in North America on May 18, 2020. Unlike the Harrier, the Venza would be available only with a hybrid powertrain. While the first-generation model was produced in the US, the second-generation model is produced in Japan.
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