2011 Toyota Venza Overview
In its third full year of production, the 2011 Toyota Venza large hatchback blends utility, power, and style into an attractive and modern package.
Toyota’s are not necessarily known for their power and versatility—especially when it comes to the same car, but the 2011 Toyota Venza brings them together starting with two impressive engine choices. A 182-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder and an optional 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that cranks out 246 pounds-feet of torque give you two fully capable options. Both are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and can be fitted with all-wheel drive for enhanced handling and traction in adverse conditions. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for the 2011 Venza are 18-21 mpg in the city and 25-27 mpg on the highway.
If you like the Toyota brand, but aren’t too jazzed with the Camry’s exterior style, then you’ll appreciate the 2011 Venza’s appearance. A large grille, sleek lines, and a creased rear fascia give the Venza an appearance distinct from the other vehicles in Toyota’s lineup. Competition in the segment includes the Mazda CX-7, Subaru Tribeca, and Ford Edge. Other exterior features of note are 19- and 20-inch wheels, fog lights, chrome-tipped exhaust, rear privacy glass, projector-beam high intensity discharge headlamps, panoramic glass roof with front power tilt/slide moonroof, roof rails, and a power rear liftgate.
Inside, the 2011 Toyota Venza seats five and features a 60/40-split rear bench with reclining backrests that optimize cargo space. The Venza comes with a long list of standard features, meaning that each one is well equipped regardless of trim-level. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a six-disc audio system, auxiliary input jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth® connectivity, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel and an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support all come standard. If you want to push the envelope even more on the interior, then a JBL Synthesis surround sound audio system with 13 speakers, voice-activated touch-screen navigation system with integrated backup camera display, XM NavTraffic, rear-seat DVD entertainment system with nine-inch display, and leather-trimmed upholstery are all wonderful options.
To keep you safe in the event of an accident, the 2011 Toyota Venza features side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver, as well as active front head restraints. An electronic stability system and antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist all come standard. An optional Automatic High Beam system that can switch from high- to low beams when it detects oncoming traffic is optional.
For style, substance, power, and all the goodies one could want, the 2011 Toyota Venza can’t be beat.