2011 Toyota
Avalon Limited
vs. 2011 Toyota
Venza

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

9.8

starting from

$36,595

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon Limited

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Sporty performance
13.5 lb/hp
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Average top speed
135 mph
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Moon roof
Standard
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Average power
268 HP @ 6,200 RPM
2011 Toyota Venza

9.3

Runner-up

Toyota Venza

starting from

$27,885

Reasons to buy the Toyota Venza

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Ample cargo space
70.1 ft3
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Plenty of cupholders
10
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Great ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
Entertainment System 8.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • The Avalon Limited's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Avalon Limited has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 6
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Avalon Limited's satellite radio; in the Venza , too, but it'll cost
Luxury Features 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Avalon Limited
Performance 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • The Avalon Limited's power-to-weight ratio is more than 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.5 lb/hp vs 20.7 lb/hp
  • Around 50% more powerful, 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 182 HP @ 5,800 RPM
  • The Avalon Limited needs around 10% less space to turn, 36.9 ft vs 39.1 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Toyota Venza Winner: Venza
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  • Room for around 5x more stuff, 70.1 ft3 vs 14.4 ft3
  • The Venza has 6 more cupholders, 10 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Venza Winner: Venza
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,710 cheaper (more than 20% less), $27,885 vs $36,595
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 20 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.3 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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Number of speakers 6 vs 12 The Avalon Limited has an extraordinary amount of speakers, but the Venza has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Venza 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Avalon Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Avalon Limited's satellite radio; in the Venza , too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The Avalon Limited has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Venza ; but it's not available at all on the Avalon Limited

Luxury Features

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Avalon Limited's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Avalon Limited

Performance

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.7 lb/hp vs 13.5 lb/hp The Avalon Limited is a sporty car, but the Venza is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.1 ft vs 36.9 ft The Avalon Limited is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Venza is quite bad

Practicality

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 478 miles vs 536 miles The Avalon Limited has good highway range and the Venza is reasonable
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Cargo space 70.1 ft3 vs 14.4 ft3 The Venza has lots of cargo room, and the Avalon Limited is OK, too
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front seats 55.3 ft3 vs 55.2 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 4 The Venza has an absurd number of cupholders, 4 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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MSRP $27,885 vs $36,595 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Venza
2011 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 7.1 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 141 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 15.5 s s @ 95.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed 112 mph vs 135 mph The Avalon Limited's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Venza is just OK

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Avalon Limited vs Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Avalon Limited vs Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Avalon Limited vs Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Lexus LS 460 Avalon Limited vs LS 460
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Toyota Corolla Avalon Limited vs Corolla
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Honda CR-V Venza vs CR-V
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Venza vs Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Venza vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX Venza vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Toyota Venza 2011 Lexus RX 350 Venza vs RX 350

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