Toyota Venza Chronology
November 13, 2014
**NOTE: All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise. CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**
2009 - All-new Venza introduced in late 2008 as a 2009 model.
2009 – AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award for premium mid-size crossover SUV
2010 – Carryover with standard USB port for auxiliary music source, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth® on all audio units.
2011 – Named “Top Safety Pick” by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The launch of the Venza in late 2008 gave Toyota customer a stylish alternative to the traditional sedan. A versatile five-passenger vehicle for buyers with active lifestyles, Venza couples the styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).
Built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (TMMK) in Georgetown, Ky., Venza caters to buyers who are looking for the value and reliability of a Camry, the comfort and upscale refinement of an Avalon, and the utility and flexibility of a Highlander in one very stylish and sporty package. Much of the design of both the interior and exterior was performed by the Toyota Calty Design Center in Newport Beach, California.
Venza was powered by a new 2.7-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine with 182-horsepower mated with a six-speed sequential-shift electronically-controlled automatic transmission. It was also available with a 3.5-liter 24-valve V6. The four-cylinder and V6 models were available in front-and All Wheel Drive (AWD) configurations.
All Venzas were equipped with standard driver and passenger advanced airbags, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), TRAC, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Venza rides on four-wheel independent MacPherson strut suspension including front and rear stabilizer bars and gas-filled shocks.
Venzas were equipped with an assortment of high-level feature content such as fog lamps, chrome exhaust tip, privacy glass, aluminum alloy wheels, tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel, optitron meter, illuminated vanity mirrors, rear seat personal reading lamps, power windows, doors and locks, and cruise control.
For 2010, the Venza was largely carried over with the exception of the audio unit. USB port for auxiliary music source, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth® was not standard on all audio units.
The 2011 Venza saw the addition of Smart Stop Technology to the standard Star Safety System.
For 2012 model year Venza debuted a new three-model grade strategy. Previously, the Venza had been available as a mono-spec model with several option packages. The 2012 Venza was available in LE, XLE and Limited grades, a model line change that aligned the Venza with other Toyota passenger vehicles, making it more convenient for customers. The LE and XLE models were available with all powertrain combinations: four-cylinder, V6, front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD); the Venza Limited came with the V6 engine only, in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations.
The 2013 Toyota Venza crossover offered enhanced exterior styling, and added value through several new standard convenience features and updated option packages that included the Entune™ multi-media system.
Venza’s aerodynamic shape was tastefully modified with a new upper and lower grille, fog lamps and rear taillights. The updated styling was complemented by a new 19-inch wheel design and three new exterior colors: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl, and Cosmic Gray Mica.
The 2014 Venza added a few more upgrades, including power-folding outside mirrors for the XLE and Limited grade, and the Limited also gained front and rear parking sonar.
Toyota made refinements inside and beneath the Venza for 2015. Upgraded Entune® audio systems provide more features and convenience, and all models now have a standard backup camera. Power choices continue with a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine with 181 hp and a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, though the model line has been streamlined. The Venza LE is now exclusively available with a 4-cylinder engine, still with the choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). The XLE grade offers a four-cylinder or V6 with FWD or AWD, and the Limited is now available only with the V6 and AWD.
Also new for 2015, the Towing Prep Package is standard for models with the V6 engine. The package equips Venza with an engine oil cooler, larger radiator fan and heavy-duty alternator and allows a 3,500-lb. towing capacity.
What does it mean?
Venza is a combination of the words “venture” and “Monza,” a city in Northern Italy with a race course named Autodromo Nazionare Monza. The name was chosen because the combination of the words emphasize “venture,” outdoor leisure and driving performance.
Where is it built?
Venza is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Ky. on the same line as Camry. The four-cylinder engine is assembled from the Kamigo plant in Japan. The V6 engine is assembled at TMMK.