The 2011 Toyota Venza is either very safe, or merely a bit above average, depending on which safety agency you put more faith into. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the Venza has earned top 'good' ratings in every category, including the new roof strength test—and it's been given the Top Safety Pick designation for 2011. But in now-tougher federal safety tests, the Venza only performed to a three-star standard in frontal protection, with five-star results in side impact and a four-star overall score.
With seven standard airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes are all on the standard-features list, and visibility isn't the issue that it is in some other crossover vehicles, thanks to the rather high driving position, the Venza does have a complete safety package.
One thing you might want to get in the Venza is the backup camera; thick roof pillars make visibility a bit worse than in sedans and boxier SUVs, though next to many rival models it's not bad.
The 2011 Toyota Venza has respectable safety—though not across-the-board impressive—safety credentials.