The Toyota Venza Hybrid is a new model for 2021 after the first run of the midsize SUV was discontinued in 2015.
It features a sophisticated design, all-wheel drive as standard and impressive fuel efficiency.
In this article, we’ll assess the average lifespan of the Venza.
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Here is the short answer to how long the Toyota Venza Hybrid lasts:
A Toyota Venza Hybrid should last at least 200,000 miles and could even last over 300,000 miles as long as it’s routinely serviced and driven sensibly. If you drive 15,000 miles per year, you can expect to get 20 years of service from it before requiring uneconomical repairs.
How Many Miles Can You Expect from a Toyota Venza Hybrid?
The Venza might be the new kid on the block but Toyota has been producing hybrid SUVs since 2004 when they launched the Highlander Hybrid.
Toyota sells more hybrid vehicles than any other automaker and this is largely because they have a track record for building reliable, long-lasting cars.
A well-kept Venza Hybrid should last 300,000 miles, just like any other Toyota Hybrid, and the hybrid battery pack should last at least 100,000 miles. When the battery cells have deteriorated this doesn’t spell the end of the vehicle – replacement hybrid batteries can be picked up for around $2500.
Once you’ve acquired hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock, repairs can become more frequent and more expensive – at which point it may be a better idea to invest in a new vehicle especially if you need a new engine.
The Venza uses the same engine that’s used in the hybrid versions of the Camry and RAV4 so there shouldn’t be any unsuspecting problems and the engine may even outlive the useful life of the vehicle.
Keep in mind, how long your Venza will last is directly proportional to how well its looked after.
- Being hard with the gas and brake pedals can be hard on any vehicle and will cause major components to wear out must faster.
- Regular maintenance, as outlined in the owner’s manual can also add thousands of available miles to the odometer.
- Coasting to a stop instead of coming to a hard stop will also help to extend the batterys life.
The Venza comes with a basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and its hybrid batteries come with a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.
Does the Toyota Venza Hybrid Rust Easily?
The Toyota Venza should be quite resilient against rust even after many years of use providing it’s washed regularly. Toyotas standard factory rustproofing is generally very good and any additional rustproofing is not recommended.
Lots of much older Toyotas that are used in harsh winter climates on roads that have been treated with salt have been able to hold up quite well against corrosion, and there are no shortage of owners’ testimonies.
If you live in the rust belt or a region where road salt is used in the winter – or even by the coast where there’s lots of salt in the air, make sure to wash your Venza (including the underside) at least once a week to keep rust at bay.
If you live in a drier state then rust won’t be too much of a problem although paint fading will be – in which case try to keep your car parked in the shade and stored in a garage.
The Venza Hybrid comes with a 60-month/unlimited mile Rust-Through warranty in cases of excessive corrosion which should give you additional peace of mind.
What is High Mileage for a Toyota Venza Hybrid?
A Toyota Venza Hybris with 150,000 miles on the clock is considered high mileage. More mileage generally equates to more wear and tear, diminished value and a greater likelihood of repairs. The battery warranty will also have expired.
Note: The Venza is still a new model and you should always look at mileage in relation to age, any car that’s done significantly more or less than 15,000 miles per year is a potential red flag.
While Toyota Hybrids are capable of lasting over 300,000 miles, you can always fall victim to an early failure as there is an element of luck involved.
A high mileage Venza can still be a great investment but you should keep some money aside for a new battery ($2500) and install ($1000).
When buying a used Toyota Venza Hybrid, always consider the following:
- Check that the car was properly serviced and the owner can provide evidence of this.
- Have the vehcile looked over by a mechanic who specializes in hybrids.
- As a general rule, less previous owners is better. More owners usually means more wear-and-tear. A one-owner car that’s been regularly serviced on time is less likely to have issues and nasty surprises.
- Examine the interior. The condition of the interior tells the story of how well the car was maintained and cared for.
How Long Does the Venza Hybrid Last Compared to Other Hybrid SUVs?
In this section we’ll compare the Venza Hybrid to some of its closest competitors in the hybrid SUV segment.
Toyota Venza Hybrid vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid
The hybrid version of the Santa Fe was first sold in 2021.
Hyundai doesn’t have Toyota’s extensive track record when it comes to hybrid vehicles. But it did start selling the Sonata Hybrid back in 2011, which has been quite reliable.
We estimate the Santa Fe Hybrid can last 200,000 – 300,000 miles or 13 or 15 years.
- RepairPal gave the Santa Fe and Venza the same reliability rating of 4/5.
- Average annual repair costs for the Santa Fe is $515 which is a little higher than the Venza’s $444.
- Kelley Blue Book’s consumer rating index gave the Santa Fe Hybrid a 4.7/5 for reliability while the Venza Hybrid fared slightly better with a 4.8/5.
- Edmunds consumer reviews gave the 2021 Santa Fe an overall rating of 4.3/5 while the Venza got a slightly higher 4.4/5.
- J.D. Power gave the Hyundai Santa Fe an 80/100 for Quality and Reliability while the Venza got 78/100.
There isn’t much data surrounding high mileage Hyundai hybrids at this point in time, although the gas-only models are very reliable.
Only time will tell whether Hyundai’s hybrid vehicles will last just as long as Toyota’s.
The Santa Fe does have a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty which is twice as long as the Venza’s.
But the Venza’s hybrid battery warranty goes up to 150,000 miles Vs 100,000 miles for the Santa Fe.
The Venza and Santa Fe Hybrids are priced similarly, but Toyota’s tend to have better resale value.
You may also be interested in our article: How Long Do Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrids Last?
Toyota Venza Hybrid vs.Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The RAV4 Hybrid and Venza have a lot in common. The Venza just looks more upscale but the RAV4 has a tad bit more space inside.
Both vehicles use the same platform, engine and hybrid drivetrain, with only some minor differences.
The RAV4 Hybrid can last over 300,000 miles or 20+ years just like the Venza.
- RepairPal gave the RAV4 and Venza the same reliability rating of 4/5.
- Average annual repair costs for both vehicles is about the same with the RAV4 costing $429 compared to the Venza’s $444.
- Kelley Blue Book’s consumer rating index gave the RAV4 Hybrid a 3.6/5 for reliability while the Venza Hybrid fared much better with a 4.8/5. It’s important to note that the RAV4 has 10x the number of reviews and a lot of the 1-star ratings are not related to reliability.
- Edmunds consumer reviews gave the 2021 RAV4 an overall rating of 4.1/5 while the Venza got a slightly higher 4.4/5.
- J.D. Power gave the Toyota RAV4 a 74/100 for Quality and Reliability while the Venza got a slightly higher 78/100.
The longevity and reliability of the RAV4 Hybrid and Venza should be very similar considering they share a lot in common.
The choice really just boils down to which design you prefer the most.
You may also be interested in our article: How Long Do RAV4 Hybrids Last?
Toyota Venza Hybrid vs. Honda CR-V Hybrid
Honda has been making hybrid vehicles for just as long as Toyota and the CR-V Hybrid was added to the lineup in 2020.
We’ve seen a number of Honda hybrid owners reporting that they’ve needed to replace their high voltage battery at around 200,000 miles which is sooner than a typical Toyota hybrid.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid should be able to easily last 250,000 – 350,000 miles or 15 – 17 years, which is slightly less than what you can expect from the Venza.
- RepairPal gave the Honda CR-V a higher reliability rating of 4.5/5 compared to the Venza’s 4/5.
- Average annual repair costs for The CR-V is a bit lower at $407 compared to the Venza’s average of $444.
- Kelley Blue Book’s consumer rating index gave the CR-V Hybrid a 4.6/5 for reliability while the Venza Hybrid got a 4.8/5.
- Edmunds consumer reviews gave the 2021 CR-V an overall rating of 4.2/5 while the Venza got a slightly higher 4.4/5.
- J.D. Power gave the Honda CR-V a much higher 84/100 for Quality and Reliability while the Venza got 78/100.
Toyota sells a lot more hybrids compared to Honda although you can’t go too far wrong with either brand.
If you need more cargo space the CR-V will make more sense.
You may also be interested in our article: How Long Do Honda CR-V Hybrids Last?
|Venza Hybrid||Santa Fe Hybrid||RAV4 Hybrid||CR-V Hybrid|
|RepairPal Reliability Rating*||4/5||4/5||4/5||4.5/5|
|RepairPal Annual Repair Average*||$444||$515||$429||$407|
|Expected Lifespan (miles)||300k – 500k||200k – 300k||300k – 500k||250k – 350k|
|Expected Lifespan (years)||20+||13+||20+||17+|
* Ratings for entire model range (not specific to hybrid models)
Is the Toyota Venza Hybrid Reliable?
Based on the many reviews we’ve looked at, the new Venza Hybrid is proving to be a very reliable and low-maintenance vehicle. Consumer Reports has given the Venza Hybrid a reliability verdict of 5/5.
Toyota has always produced dependable hybrid vehicles and they’ve consistently led hybrid sales worldwide for the past two decades.
You can expect the new Venza to live up to Toyota’s reputation for reliability because it uses a similar platform, engine, and hybrid components as Toyota’s more popular hybrids like the Camry, RAV4 and Highlander.
Hybrid vehicles also tend to last a little longer with less maintenance because the additional output provided by the electric motors helps reduce the stress put on the internal combustion engine.
Here is some more data to prove the Toyota Venza Hybrid’s reliability:
- Owners on Kelley Blue Book gave the Venza a very high reliability rating of 4.8/5.
- J.D. Power gave the Venza Hybrid a 78/100 for Quality & Reliability which is very respectable for a first-year model.
- RepairPal’s reliability rating for all Venza models since its first generation is 4/5 which is well above average.
- RepairPal ranked the Venza in 3rd place among all other midsize SUVs for reliability.
Reliability of Other Midsize SUVs
|Mazda CX-5||4.5 / 5.0|
|Hyundai Santa Fe||4.0 / 5.0|
|Toyota Venza||4.0 / 5.0|
|Hyundai Veracruz||4.0 / 5.0|
|Mitsubishi Endeavor||4.0 / 5.0|
|Dodge Journey||4.0 / 5.0|
|Toyota Highlander||4.0 / 5.0|
|Dodge Nitro||4.0 / 5.0|
|Toyota 4Runner||4.0 / 5.0|
|Subaru Outback||3.5 / 5.0|
|Ford Edge||3.5 / 5.0|
|Toyota FJ Cruiser||3.5 / 5.0|
|Honda Pilot||3.5 / 5.0|
|Jeep Liberty||3.5 / 5.0|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||3.5 / 5.0|
|Mazda CX-7||3.5 / 5.0|
|Nissan Pathfinder||3.5 / 5.0|
|Subaru Tribeca||3.5 / 5.0|
|Ford Explorer||3.5 / 5.0|
|Ford Explorer Sport Trac||3.5 / 5.0|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||3.5 / 5.0|
|Chevrolet Traverse||3.0 / 5.0|
|GMC Acadia||3.0 / 5.0|
|Buick Enclave||3.0 / 5.0|
|Volkswagen Touareg||3.0 / 5.0|
|Ford Police Interceptor Utility||2.0 / 5.0|
|Avg. Midsize SUV||3.5|
The Best and Worst Years for the Toyota Venza Hybrid
The Venza Hybrid has only been out for a year so the differences between model years aren’t that much.
Nonetheless, let’s take a quick look at its best and worst model years so far.
Worst Model Year
We believe the 2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid is going to be the worst model year, however, it has still received a 5/5 reliability score from Consumer Reports.
The 2021 Toyota Venza is the first year for the hybrid version so there’s bound to be a few teething problems that will undoubtedly get smoothed out as time goes by.
This is quite common for most cars and can be seen with the first gas-only Venza.
It was released in 2009, and this model year has proven to be the most problematic with the most number of complaints by some margin.
The 2021 Venza only has 1 complaint so far listed on CarComplaints although there have been 34 complaints lodged via the NHTSA.
Most of the complaints are due to windshield cracks, one upset driver posted:
“While driving we noticed a line in the windshield. After inspection, we realized that the line is actually a crack. It started at the base in the right corner (passenger side). No rocks or any impact with any objects.”
Best Model Year
The 2022 Toyota Venza is the best model year so far since Toyota has sorted out many issues from its first-year run.
It’s not listed yet on the CarComplaints website while the NHTSA database has zero complaints so far.
There are no significant feature updates for the 2022 Venza so it’s pretty much the same vehicle as the 2021 model.
Model Year and Number of Complaints
Complaints lodged via the NHTSA
|Model Year||No. of Complaints|
What About Recalls for the Toyota Venza Hybrid?
The Venza Hybrid has not had any recalls issued for it so far.
At the time of this writing, there haven’t been any recall notifications listed for the second generation Toyota Venza on the NHTSA recall database.
This might change in the future as the new Venza becomes more popular.
You can always check if your Venza has been subjected to a recall by entering your VIN on Toyota’s recall site or the NHTSA database.
Toyota Venza Hybrid Model Year List
The second generation Toyota Venza was introduced to the U.S. market as an all-hybrid lineup in 2021.
The first generation Toyota Venza, which was discontinued in 2015, had no hybrid options.
The 2021 Venza is considered the first generation of the hybrid SUV variant.
First Generation (2021 – present):
- 2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid
- 2022 Toyota Venza Hybrid
Is the Toyota Venza Hybrid Expensive to Maintain?
The Toyota Venza Hybrid should cost around $444 a year in maintenance on average which is very affordable.
|Model||Avg. Annual |
Repairs (per year)
|Probability of |
|Hyundai Santa Fe||$515||0.2||10%|
|Toyota FJ Cruiser||$506||0.5||14%|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||$666||0.3||13%|
|Ford Explorer Sport Trac||$720||0.3||14%|
|Ford Police Interceptor Utility||$1,160||1.0||20%|
|Avg. Midsize SUV||$573||0.4||13%|
How Long Do the Brakes Last?
Toyota hybrids are very easy on the brakes, so you should be able to get over 100,000 miles on the Venza Hybrid’s stock brake pads and the rotors should last even longer.
The Venza Hybrid uses regenerative braking to charge the vehicle and slow it down at the same time when you take your foot off the gas.
You won’t need to use the brake pedal too much if you’re just driving normally.
If you live in the rust belt, your rotors might go out sooner due to rust so watch out for excessive corrosion if you want to prolong their life.
How Long Do the Tires Last?
The Toyota Venza Hybrid’s tires should last approximately 30,000 to 45,000 miles or 2 to 3 years. This will largely depend on driving style and road conditions.
- Rotate tires every 5,000 miles to ensure even wear.
- Check your tire pressure every few weeks to make sure they’re at the correct tire pressure.
- Check your wheel alignment every 6 months.
How Long Do the Transmissions Last?
The Venza Hybrid uses an eCVT or Electronic CVT which should last over 300,00 miles and may outlive the useful life of the vehicle.
eCVTs last much longer than traditional automatics and CVTs.
How Long Will the Toyota Venza Hybrid’s Electric Motors Last?
Toyota hybrid motors can last over 300,000 miles without any need for servicing.
You’ll likely go through at least 2 battery replacements before you’ll need to pay attention to the Venza Hybrid’s electric motors.
Failures in Toyota’s electric motors are extremely rare, so it shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
How Long Do the Spark Plugs Last?
The Toyota Venza Hybrid’s spark plugs should be replaced every 120,000 miles or every 12 years, whichever comes first.
The Venza uses iridium spark plugs which have a much higher service life than traditional spark plugs.
How Long Do Toyota Venza Hybrid Batteries Last?
The Toyota Venza’s high-voltage batteries can last at least 100,000 miles and may even last over 200,000 miles.
Many Toyota hybrids get over 200,000 miles using their original batteries, so you shouldn’t be worried about premature failures or issues.
In most cases, battery failures can be addressed by Toyota’s 10-year/150,000-mile hybrid battery warranty.
If you do need to replace the hybrid batteries out of warranty, there are lots of aftermarket replacements available that only cost around $2,500.
You may also be interested in our article: How Long Do Ford Explorer Hybrids Last?
What About Insurance Costs?
According to Insuraviz’s estimates, the Toyota Venza costs an average of $1,566 per year or roughly $131 per month to insure.
Insurance costs can vary from person to person, so be sure to shop around to find the best possible deal for your Venza Hybrid.
Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Toyota Venza Hybrid
- Practice smooth and safe driving habits.
- Keep up to date with factory-recommended maintenance.
- Use quality parts and fluids.
- Keep on top of repairs to prevent them from developing into larger problems.
- Regularly wash your Venza Hybrid to remove dirt and grime to protect the paint and undercarriage from rust.
- Keep your Toyota Venza stored in a garage to help protect it from extreme heat and cold.
- Read the owner’s manual to learn the location of important components, what your SUV needs and in what quantities, and to understand the symbols and dashboard warning lights.