Well, our crystal ball was right. Toyota announced it is canceling the Venza, No. 6 on our list of vehicles we predicted wouldn’t see model-year 2016. Part wagon, part crossover, the Venza never really found popularity; in fact, it landed in last place in Cars.com’s $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge. Sales of the model have been sinking for some time. It was introduced in 2008 and at its peak in 2009, Toyota sold 54,410 units. In 2014, the automaker sold just 29,991 Venzas.
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“After careful consideration, Toyota has decided to wind down production of the Venza at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK). No jobs will be lost at TMMK as a result of this move,” Rick Bourgoise, Toyota Midwest spokesman, said in a statement to Cars.com.
Instead of the Venza, the facility will manufacture the Avalon and Lexus ES, the first time a Lexus will be produced in the U.S.
Don’t worry, Venza fans, it looks like there’s still a decent amount of new models out there; there are more than 5,300 new Venzas listed in Cars.com’s inventory.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears