Toyota's 2009 Venza crossover sedan is introduced Jan. 14, 2008, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Venza, engineered at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., designed in Newport Beach, Calif., and derived from a Camry chassis, was intended to give the automaker a midsize vehicle that offered U.S. consumers the space and versatility of an SUV but with a more wagonlike profile.
It was hailed as a product of a U.S. engineering operation steeped in American automotive taste.
The name Venza was a blend of "venture" and "Monza."
Venza output began at Toyota's Georgetown, Ky., assembly plant in October 2008. Production of U.S. models ended in June 2015, and export models ended in November 2016.
It was always a niche vehicle and never a top seller for Toyota, racking up overall U.S. sales of 272,995 that peaked at 54,410 in 2009, its first full year on the market.
But it proved a solid soldier for owners. Low-mileage Venzas continue to command high prices on the used market and Consumer Reports calls it one of the most reliable vehicles of the last decade.