really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,171 miles

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problem #11

Nov 102018


  • 70,000 miles
Driver seat heater is not working as described in the recall # 14V743000. But for some reason my car's VIN number is not recalled.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #10

Jul 152012


  • 20 miles
Seats rubbed on console. Strong electrical burning smell. Drivers side heated seats no longer operate. When in reverse and turning steering wheel loud squealing noise and thumping until placed in drive. Went to several dealerships who said they could find nothing wrong. Drivers side sun visor fell down and blocked ability to see when driving.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #9

Nov 302017


  • 146,000 miles
The power-driven back hatch caught some fingers in it as it closed. This happened to me ([xxx]) several weeks ago and I ignored it. It happened to my grandson ([xxx]) yesterday. It didn't break any bones but did do some flesh damage and caused some serious pain. Is there any way of turning off the power-driven feature? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Nauvoo, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 212013


  • 1,500 miles
The Toyota Venza 2011 has problems when the temperature inside the car is at high. The ABS light turn on making it hard to steer. The traction lost control light also turns on. A red steering wheel light turns on. Once all these lights are on, then the ac does not work and the heat doesn't work either. In the winter when the temperature is at high, the same problem occurs. In the summer the same problem occurs only the sun heats up the car causing the same warning light come on and then I can't get any air conditioning again. I've had this problem for many years. Went to the Toyota dealership to try to fix it but they haven't fixed anything. They just charged up to $700 and they haven't fixed anything. They did a computer resets and computer diagnostics. The Toyota dealerships have tried to fix it but none of them are able to find out what the problem is. Also, when the ac is on during the heat up the engine fans that cool off the engine stop working. Our cars engine stopped all of the sudden really recently when it was really hot. From an auction.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Sep 282016


  • 85,200 miles
While I was trying to turn into the driveway of a relative apartment, the steering wheel got really tight and eventually locked up giving very little to no time to pull over for safety. The engine then shuts down. I cannot imagine how dangerous it would have been if this had happened while driving 65mph plus on a freeway. I've had the steering wheel locked up on me before while the car was parked and engine off, and I was able to get it unlocked by moving the steering wheel back and forth. However, this was the first time and a scary one where the steering locked up while the vehicle was still moving. I was lucky we were at a residential area when this happened. If this had happened on a freeway where other cars are zooming by, how dangerous is it to have a vehicle to all of a sudden locks itself up and shuts down giving practically no time to pull over? I should mention though that the battery light did just come on about two and half to three hours before the incident happen. Even so, I don't think it's normal or safe for such a short warning period.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 212015


  • miles
My Toyota Venza 2011 electronic in a car is problem all the lighting in the dashboard on and the trunk of the front electronic problem too.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 032014


  • 101,162 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Venza. The contact stated that the seat warmer module connection melted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 101,162.

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #4

Jan 052015


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Venza. The contact stated that the air bag, ABS, slippery road, and all wheel drive warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 31,000.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 012014

Venza 4-cyl

  • miles
There has been a recall on model year 2012 and 2013 Toyota Venza. NHTSA campaign id number: 13V442000. I believe 2011 should be in this recall as well. Our vehicle is not draining condensation properly. There is a bad odor coming out of your air conditioner and I believe the smell is from the buildup of moisture in and around the air conditioner. As this is also mentioned in NHTSA recall number above.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 262013

Venza 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 Toyota Venza. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle defective stereo/radio equipment and electrical wiring. The consumer stated as she was driving and listening to the radio, a loud screeching sound emanated from the right rear door speaker. She turned off the radio, but the screeching sound continued. Shortly thereafter, a burning smell filled the entire vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for an inspection, which revealed the amplifier had shorted out internally and caused the speaker to melt.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 032012


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Toyota Venza. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he attempted to accelerate and smoke emitted from the engine compartment. The contact mentioned that he could see flames coming from the front end, burning the entire front end of the vehicle. The fire department was contacted and stated that the fire was cause by an electrical short. The contact mentioned that the passenger sustained a dislocated shoulder. The vehicle was declared destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 7,000.

- Reading , PA, USA