There’s nothing flashy about the Toyota Venza. It’s a two-row, midsize crossover SUV that’s designed for maximum comfort and minimal fuss. Its exterior doesn’t have standout styling, but it is handsome in a way that makes it look expensive. The interior design has a similar look and feel, with high-quality materials and a straightforward layout. There’s plenty of useful technology and its extensive safety systems all come standard. The rear seats are average in terms of passenger space, while the cargo area is spacious enough for day-to-day usage and the occasional road trip.
Long drives are a Venza strong point as it’s rated to deliver 37 mpg on the highway, thanks to its standard hybrid drivetrain. A quiet interior and well-controlled ride are two more reasons why the Venza eats up miles with ease. Acceleration is modest and it’s far from nimble, but when you just want to get from point A to point B, the Venza is competent in a way that’s extremely satisfying. Those who don’t need a hybrid can find a similar level of space and amenities for less money in the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sorento.