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UPDATED: Jul 1, 2019

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With a starting MSRP of $27,125, the 2011 Toyota Venza is ranked in the middle of affordable SUVs rated by U.S. News and World Report.

The same publication honored the 2011 Venza with the title of “Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families.” The vehicle gets high marks for its “car-like” handling, smooth ride, and spacious interior. Reviewers also like the Venza’s superior fuel economy and unique exterior styling.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that the Venza only offers two rows of seating, while many other midsize SUVs come standard with three. This article will update you on auto insurance rates for the 2011 Toyota Venza along with typical repair and maintenance costs.

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Auto Insurance Rates for the Toyota Venza

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) predicts an annual auto insurance cost of $1,144 for a typical good driver of a Toyota Venza. These low projected rates are for a driver with a history of at least seven years, though.

If you have between three and six years of on-road experience, your auto insurance premiums could nearly double to $2,153, reports the NADA.

The NADA’s projected annual auto insurance rate for experienced Toyota Venza drivers is on par with the rates for other midsized SUVs in the same price range.

The Mazda CX-9 should cost the typical owner about $1,129 to insure annually, while anticipated auto insurance rates for the Chevrolet Traverse are a bit lower, at $1,118. For Ford Explorer auto insurance, the NADA projects drivers will pay between $1,000 and $1,100.

Toyota Venza Warranty

Toyota guarantees the 2011 Venza for 36,000 miles or three years, whichever one comes first. The NADA’s data suggests that most drivers hit the 36,000 mile mark between two and three years after they purchase their vehicles.

The Venza’s powertrain is under warranty for either 60 months or 60,000 miles. The Venza’s warranty is competitive with most other vehicles in its class, but Hyundai and Kia offer the longest powertrain warranties available at 10 years/100,000 miles.

These warranties apply to the Hyundai Santa Fe and the KIA Sorento midsize SUVs.

2011 Toyota Venza Reliability Scores

On J.D. Power and Associates’ 10-point rating scale, the 2011 Toyota Venza earned a score of 8.0.

This is the highest score earned by any midsize SUV for the 2011 model year, but the Venza shares this honor with the Honda Pilot and the four other Toyota vehicles inhabiting this crowded category.

The Ford Explorer and the Subaru Tribeca earned respectable scores of 7.0, while the lowest score of 5.0 went to the Mitsubishi Endeavor, GMC Arcadia, and Kia Sorento.

Repair and Maintenance Costs for the Toyota Venza

The NADA projects repair costs of about $1,500 over five years for the Toyota Venza. The typical owner will pay about $339 for repairs during year three, and $565 each during years four and year five.

Scheduled maintenance costs are zero during the first year of ownership, and just above $100 during the second year.

The year three tune-up will cost about $1,400, and the fourth- and fifth-year costs are $327 and $162, respectively.

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Toyota Venza Safety Ratings

The 2011 Toyota Venza is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick,” which means that it has electronic stability control and it performed at the highest level on the IIHS’ four main crash tests.

These tests evaluated the vehicle’s ability to withstand rollovers, front impacts, side collisions, and rear impacts.

Several other midsize SUVs received this honor from the IIHS as well, including the following vehicles:

  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Ford Explorer
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sorento

The Toyota Venza has also earned impressive crash test scores from the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), though they are not as consistently high as those from the IIHS.

The Venza earned an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with especially strong 5-star performance in side-impact crash tests.

It also earned four stars in rollover tests, but its front-impact scores were weak. It earned four stars for protecting a male driver, but only two starts for protecting a female front-seat passenger.

The Venza’s combined front-impact safety score was only three of five possible stars.

Toyota Venza Performance Specs

The 2011 Toyota Venza is equipped with a 2.7 liter 4-cylinder engine, and it can be upgraded with a 3.5 liter V6. These engines generate 182 horsepower and 268 horsepower, respectively.

The base 4-cylinder engine gets 21 city mpg and 29 highway mpg, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The V6 Venza gets two fewer miles per gallon in the city than the base model, and three fewer miles per gallon on the highway. All-wheel drive is available on both models, but it reduces the Venza’s gas mileage.

Toyota Venza Interior Features

Reviewers say that the 2011 Venza is reasonably well-equipped with a 6-disc CD changer, Bluetooth connectivity, and dual-zone climate control for the front and rear passengers.

Windows and door locks are powered, and the driver’s seat features power adjustment as well. For an additional cost, the Toyota Venza comes with a rear-seat entertainment system.

The Venza features two rows of seating, and can accommodate five adults comfortably, reviewers say. The cargo bay is over 30 cubic feet with all seats up, and over 70 cubic feet with the back seat folded down.

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