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MSRP: $27,950 - $39,570
Invoice: $25,575 - $36,008
MPG: 20 City / 26 Hwy
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Toyota Venza Interior

The 2014 Toyota Venza receives fairly high marks from reviewers for its cabin, as reviewers note that while the materials used aren't all of the highest quality, the overall design is appealing and functional. They also like the Venza's generous cargo space, ample small-item storage and comfortable seats.

  • "The Venza's dashboard is an odd one -- stylish and different at a glance, it reveals some questionable materials on close inspection, including strangely textured plastics and unconvincing wood trim. We still like the bold overall design, though, as well as the admirably sharp Optitron gauges." -- AutoTrader
  • "Venza is pleasant enough inside, though nowhere near class-leading. LE models have cloth seats with some dashboard panels decked out in strange, plastic trim that looks like brown carbon fiber. The wood-grain plastic on the XLE and Limited is much nicer. The leather upholstery has contrast piping, which gives the cabin a more upscale vibe." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The 2013 Venza doesn't quite exhibit the top-notch interior quality of past Toyota models or its midsize SUV competitors, but the overall design is rather fetching and practical, with a sleek center console that features a high-mounted shift lever for the transmission which frees up space between the seats." -- Edmunds (2013)

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The Toyota Venza seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are included on higher trims. Reviewers say the Venza's front seats are generally comfortable, and that there’s good outward visibility from the driver’s seat. Test drivers also find the back seats comfortable and spacious.

  • "The Venza's front seats are wide and flat, so they're good at accommodating a wide range of physiques, though we'd appreciate a bit more lateral support. The driving position isn't as elevated as in some full-on SUVs, but it's appreciably higher than in any normal car." -- AutoTrader
  • "And while its profile allows for a high seating position to better see what's around you, the step-in height remains low, making it far more convenient for smallish adults and the elderly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There is plenty of legroom in the reclining backseat, and there is a decent amount of space for three abreast. The driver seat is a little less comfortable, however, and it could use a greater range of adjustability." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Venza has ample headroom and legroom. We'd prefer slightly longer seat bottoms, as they would aid in long-distance comfort, but this is a minor complaint. Visibility is surprisingly good despite thick rear roof pillars. … Venza's rear seat has more room and is more comfortable than in some larger cars and SUVs." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The Venza comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a USB port. Toyota's Entune App suite is optional, which enables use of apps such as Pandora, Bing and iHeartRadio when connected to a compatible smartphone. Other options include a backup camera, navigation, a 13-speaker JBL stereo system, satellite and HD Radio and a panoramic moonroof.

Reviewers are pleased with the Venza's features, noting that the gauges are legible and that the controls are clearly marked. One test driver likes the standard audio system’s touch-screen display for its modern appearance, as well as the integrated hard drive music storage system.

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  • "It's chock-full of the latest technology, including a standard touchscreen display for 2013 with available hard-drive music storage. And it's not afraid to be fashion forward." -- AutoTrader
  • "The gauges are easy to read. All controls have clear markings and large buttons." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "While the Venza's audio controls are more complicated than those found in past Toyotas, the new-for-2013 touchscreen interface is one of the best available. We appreciate its ability to mix and match FM/AM/XM radio presets, and the accompanying steering-wheel-mounted controls are well conceived." -- Edmunds (2013)


The Venza offers 36.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and 70.2 cubic feet with the back row folded. The Venza's overall cargo space is fairly good among two-row SUVs. Reviewers are impressed with the Venza's cargo space, and some say that storage for smaller items in the cabin is good.

  • "Cargo space, at 30.7 cu ft behind the back seat and 70.2 cu ft with the rear seat backs folded, has generous figures for a midsize-based crossover." -- AutoTrader
  • "With no 3rd-row seat to take up space, the Toyota Venza for 2014 offers an impressive 70.1 cubic feet of cargo space. ..." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Venza is more versatile than its exterior dimensions might imply. The loading floor is wide and at bumper level. The standard split-folding rear seat backs don't rest completely flat, but they're not high enough off the floor to where it would create problems for loading large items. Interior storage is outstanding and consists of a huge center console and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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