in 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $18,930 - $25,919
Original MSRP: $27,425 - $37,915
MPG: 21 City / 27 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Venza Interior

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The Toyota Venza's cabin is extremely spacious, comfortable and well-equipped. Test drivers' few complaints, however, include some sub-par interior materials. Regardless, the Venza's cabin is one of the highest-rated in its class.

  • "If you're a fan of vehicles that offer a commanding view of the road, but no fan of high step-in and loading heights, the Venza will sufficiently satisfy your needs. With the interior quality and detail of the most lavish Camry, the Venza will also satisfy your need for comfort and luxury.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The … Venza doesn't quite exhibit the top-notch interior quality of past Toyota models, but it is a tad nicer than its current Camry stablemate.” -- Edmunds
  • “While the cabin generally looks good, some test models disappointed with sloppy assembly quality, including uneven gaps and misaligned dashboard panels.” -- Consumer Guide


The Venza is comfortable for five adults and is especially easy to get into and out for an SUV. The huge rear seat is a major plus, even if the Venza doesn't offer a third row like most of its competitors. Fabric seats are standard, though full leather upholstery is available. Reviewers appreciate the back seat, which reclines and is especially roomy.

  • "Rear seat room is a highlight. Venza's rear bench seat is long-haul supportive. Headroom, legroom, and under-seat foot space are generous. A reclining seat back is standard, further enhancing comfort. As in front, step-in is low, making for easy entry and exit.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although it lacks a third-row seat, the Venza provides loads of passenger space, particularly in the rear, which features reclining seatbacks. A bit more driver seat adjustment would be nice, though.” -- Edmunds
  • "As for long term comfort, our staff found both rows of seats to be comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate a vehicle full of adults or older children, so much so that no one riding in the second row ever complained after a long road trip.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

This year, the Toyota Venza sees three separate trims instead of one. The base model comes standard with a six-speaker CD stereo, Bluetooth phone compatibility, a USB/iPod connector and three 12-volt power outlets. The middle-of-the-road XLE trim adds leather upholstery, wood-grain style trim and push-button start. The top-of-the-line Limited trim comes very well-equipped for an affordable SUV, including a surround-sound audio system, automatic high beams, navigation and a panoramic glass roof.

  • “Large gauges are easy to read. With or without navigation, Venza has a simple, handy, and logical control system for audio and climate.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The audio and climate controls are a new design for Toyota, but they remain user-friendly.” -- Edmunds


The Toyota Venza's strength is its utility. It provides 30.7 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and 70.2 with the rear seats folded down. That compares well with others in its class. The Venza comes with rear-seat one-touch fold-flat levers, making it easy to expand the cargo area.

The Venza boasts lots of storage for small items, including a center console with dual illuminated cup holders.  

  • "On paper, Venza has slightly less total cargo volume than many wagons and SUVs. In practice, however, it holds a good amount of gear. A low deck and wide floor are helpful. The rear seat backs don't fold completely flat but go down far enough to where they shouldn't hurt the loading of large items.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "In the front cabin, the Venza is filled with a variety of innovative storage solutions.” -- Edmunds
  • "Pros: Generous storage areas.” -- Cars.com

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