What's New for 2015:
- Standard reversing camera
- Next-generation Entune infotainment systems
- Simplified powertrain selections based on trim level
- Vehicles with a V-6 engine get standard towing preparation equipment
The 2015 Toyota Venza is a midsize, 5-passenger crossover SUV. It competes against the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Edge, GMC Terrain, Honda Crosstour, Nissan Murano, and Subaru Outback.
Models and Features
Toyota offers the 2015 Venza in LE, XLE, and Limited trim levels. Upgrading to the Venza XLE adds leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, upgraded instrumentation, expanded infotainment system functions including navigation and Entune App Suite technology, and Smart Key access with push-button engine starting. Additionally, the XLE includes power-folding side mirrors, chrome door handles, power rear liftgate, and an anti-theft system.
The Venza Limited is equipped with automatically illuminating HID headlights with automatic high-beam operation, LED running lights, front and rear park-assist sensors, and 20-in. aluminum wheels. A V-6 engine is installed under the hood, while the cabin features premium audio speakers and a panoramic glass sunroof.
Under the Hood
Select the Venza LE or XLE if you'd prefer to have a 181-horsepower, 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Venza Limited includes a standard, 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is optional with either power plant.
Like all 2015 Toyota models, the Venza comes with free scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles of ownership.
With the 4-cylinder engine, the Venza is expected to get 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, regardless of whether or not the crossover is equipped with the optional AWD system. Choose the V-6 engine and the range dips to 18 mpg in the city with AWD and 26 mpg on the highway with FWD.
Safety and Technology
An aging model, the Venza offers a short list of safety features. Aside from a knee air bag for the driver, standard reversing camera, and the park-assist sensors that are available only on the Limited version, Toyota offers none of its modern safety technologies for this model.
All 2015 Venzas include a touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, USB 2.0 port, voice-recognition technology, satellite radio, HD Radio, and HD traffic reports. Choose the XLE for Toyota's Entune App Suite system, which uses a paired smartphone to display applications on the center touch screen for easier reference and use. This system also includes a navigation system, traffic and weather conditions, and more. Optional for the XLE and standard for the Limited, the top Entune system adds a 13-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system.