Right before crossovers exploded to the popularity we see today, the Toyota Venza hit the market. However, the design was a bit strange and it seemed like the thing didn’t know what it was. Toyota marketed the Venza as a hip new type of vehicle, but in reality, it was just a larger wagon. With a V6 engine and decent fuel economy, the Venza was a quintessential Toyota, nothing more or less.
Sales of the Venza were very poor and the model just couldn’t resonate with buyers. There was a redesign later on down the line but it was just too late to bolster sales. Toyota has since revived the Venza nameplate in an attempt to find success once again.