Originally Posted by LanNAnn
We are looking for our first "egg" and will be pulling it with a 2010 Venza with NO tow package.
That's an interesting choice. Toyota's towing preparation package - which was standard in Canada for my Sienna but may be optional for other models and locations - is critical for drivetrain reliability. If you do not have the package, and do not add equivalent capability such as engine or transmission cooling (details depend on model and year), your reliable towing capacity can be severely reduced.
I suggest a careful reading of the owner's manual
; we can assist with interpretation of what it says if it is not clear.
Also, to put people's experience in proper context, it would make sense to share which engine
this Venza has (it comes with a 2.7 L 4-cylinder or a 3.5 L 6-cylinder), because performance and fuel economy both depend on the engine (but handling, stability, braking, etc do not). Front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive
(AWD) could be important, too, for handling and traction while towing.
The V6 engine is the 2GR-FE; in other Toyota models with this engine the towing preparation package includes an engine oil cooler which would be very expensive to add afterwards. Properly prepared, this engine has proven very capable for trailer towing in the Sienna (which is heavier than a Venza); even my older and less powerful Sienna handles our 3000 pound (loaded weight) 17-foot Boler
well. Sienna experience is relevant only
to the engine (and in some cases transmission), since the Sienna and Venza are different sizes and have different rear suspensions.