The Toyota Venza is a front-engine, front- or all wheel-drive mid-size five-passenger crossover SUV manufactured and marketed by Toyota in North America and unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Venza was designed at the Calty Design studios in Newport Beach, California, based on the Toyota-FT-SX concept car and primarily engineered at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Venza production began at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky, in November 2008. Production of US models ended in June 2015, and export models are scheduled to end in 2017.
The name 'Venza' is a portmanteau of Venture and Monza.
The Venza is based on the Camry chassis (Toyota K platform) and is similar to Mark X Zio in concept. Venza is powered by either Toyota's 3.5-liter V6 or all-new 2.7-liter I4 engine, both employing a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available as options. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel economy of city: 21mpg‑US (11L/100km; 25mpg‑imp) and highway: 29mpg‑US (8.1L/100km; 35mpg‑imp) with the four-cylinder engine. The Venza uses an electric power steering system.