2014 Toyota Venza Driving Impressions

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2014 Toyota Venza Impressions

Quiet ride

engine and drivetrain


Busy ride over surfaces

V-6 AWD not a fuel-sipper

The Toyota was created here in the U.S. for the American market and shares its K platform with such vehicles as the midsize Avalon and sedans (the latter which it shares an identical inch wheelbase) and the boxy Highlander crossover. But its wheels and are far larger than those on any Camry, while it’s lower and svelte when to the boxy, stylistically-challenged Highlander.

The (a name derived from a of the words “venture” and “Monza”) is on the Toyota FT-SX vehicle was first shown as a concept at the North American International Show. Engineered in Ann Arbor at the technical center there and out in California at Toyota’s Calty studios, the production version was unveiled at the Detroit Show years later as a 2009

2014 Toyota Venza XLE AWD

many vehicles that their lives as concepts, the Venza is, in many ways, more striking than its progenitor.

Beginning up front at the air intakes, style lines up and arc to the outside, ending at the lower edge of the headlamps. The handsome satin-finished horizontal grille is by the twin headlamps that and flare upwards.

Both the fenders and quarter feature wheel arches are subtlety flared and surround twenty inch alloy shod with P245/50R20 Latitudes.  A crease just the beltline as well as a mild bottle indentation in the lower panels give the sides of the some interest, as well.

In there’s an upper spoiler the rear glass as well as lip spoiler midway down the hatch.

In all, it’s a handsome and compelling design a great deal more than your average A testament to its inherent goodness: it debuted at the same time as the generation Corolla, Toyota has no compelling reasons to update the

If only its insides were as Unfortunately, it’s here the Venza is beginning to show its age as it represent Toyota’s current of interior design. While are nice soft-touch surfaces on the console and upper door the dashboard, although nicely is a mash up of differing, misaligned

Be that as it may, there’s a 108 cubic feet of passenger with ample head, and legroom for front as well as seat passengers – up to five in all. The leather is soft and the are all very supportive. The rear even feature a reclining and they really do fold – more than doubling the cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats to 70 cubic feet, although space is limited by the low roofline.

You’ll find yourself the price for that swoopy in yet another way as, despite its size, the only come with seating.

As with the rest of the lineup, all vehicle controls are easy reach of the driver, are intuitive and operate smoothly.

from its somewhat checkered the Venza’s dashboard is uncluttered, and tasteful. One particularly nice Toyota has resisted the temptation to the interior with glossy wood trim bits in their stead, has substituted carbon fiber –look for the console, window switches and center stack.

The view out the and sides, despite its high is excellent. But that same rises toward the back combined with a small window and large C-pillar the fact it has a small window) can viewing out the back and rear difficult.

Beginning in 2012 switched to a three-tier trim replacing the single trim used since 2009.

Engine choices remain a base 16-valve 2.7-liter four generating 181 horsepower and a 181 lb.-ft. of torque as well as an 24-valve 3.5-liter V-6 that 268 horsepower and 246 lb.-ft. of torque. engines are available in either a or all-wheel drive configuration.

the base LE model comes a plethora of standard equipment dual zone automatic control, 3.5-inch multi-function power windows, locks, keyless entry, cruise, driver and front passenger tilt/telescopic steering wheel, audio system with XM USB iPod connectivity, hands-free and music streaming via Bluetooth.

safety equipment includes airbags, disc brakes ABS, electronic brake distribution and brake assist, and traction control.

Moving up to the XLE a 3.5-inch TFT instrument display, steering wheel, shift and seating (heated in front, driver and front passenger), liftgate and folding outside plus a proximity key with start.

Limited models add HID headlamps, LED daytime running a panoramic glass roof and a system with Toyota’s app suite.

The LE Convenience Package of the power liftgate, backup and TFT display, while the Preferred includes all that plus the moonroof and Display Audio the Entune app suite.

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The XLE Premium Package includes the panoramic glass roof and Audio with nav system the Entune app suite and JBL speaker

All V6 models can be ordered with a tow package that includes an oil cooler, larger radiator fan and a alternator.

Despite the fact the Venza shares a platform and with the Toyota Camry, the isn’t nearly as smooth. of that can be attributed to its large wheels and tires. And although weighted nicely, there’s not feedback through the steering

One thing that should be however, is that those wheels and tires – plus the all drive – make the Venza a reassuring vehicle to drive in the – as well as a great vehicle in to navigate the many potholes in southeast Michigan this of year.

Traveling on the freeway much the same results – the pavement is smooth, the ride is comfortable. But when you encounter pavement – especially road and the omnipresent potholes – the ride between jittery and downright

Throughout it all, however, the of the Venza is one very quiet to spend time – with little engine, road or noise intruding into the

Although the Venza won’t any trophies home from the strip, acceleration is both and fairly brisk with any body lean through Braking is also solid excellent feedback through the pedal.

Fuel economy for a this size isn’t but it’s still only overall with EPA city/highway/combined figures of 18/25/21. I recorded a 19 miles per gallon in winter driving.

Venza prices, an $860 destination charge, at $28,810 for a 2WD 4-cylinder Le and top out at over for a 4WD V6 Limited with the tow package. Our Red 4WD XLE V6 had a base price of $35,080. the $1,850 Premium Package destination brought its as-tested to $37,790.

The Toyota Venza has a interior and a quiet ride plenty of storage space and for five adult passengers. also plenty of power the hood. On the other hand, the can get jittery over rough and there’s very little through the steering wheel.

those shortcomings plus a checkerboard dash, no third row along with rear and cargo room limited by a low I found many more than not to like about it.

For one, the interior is very and there’s plenty of room in the seat for three adults. the engine pulls strongly, the shifts smoothly and the EPA fuel while not outstanding, is pretty for a vehicle this size.

those same wheels and that make the drive a bit when coupled with all drive, make winter feel safe and secure – when dodging potholes.

you toss in Toyota’s legendary and reliability, it makes the Venza a compelling vehicle to own.

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