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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Toyota makes some of its latest safety features standard on the Venza crossover, but it doesn't earn universal acclaim for occupant protection.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the crossover 'good' ratings for all its tests, including a roof-strength test, which makes the Venza an IIHS Top Safety Pick again for the 2012 model year.However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Venza an overall score of four stars--with a three-star rating for frontal protection, and five-star results in a side-impact tests.
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. 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.
Crash-test scores for the Venza are good, but not great--depending on who you ask.