2009 Toyota Venza Test Drive: Smart 29-MPG Wagon—More Car Than Crossover…

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2009 Toyota Venza Drive: Smart 29-MPG Car Than Crossover

October 1, 12:00 AM

Roller-coaster fuel and an uncertain economy have quite a few SUV owners to shop for a little, well, thriftier. all, there’s no reason to an SUV with a 6500-pound towing and V8 powerif the only work truck ever sees is a commute or a tailgate loaded shopping bags. Even are suffering scrutiny from seeking a more carlike Toyota’s answer? Slice pie one slice thinner with a wide wagonthe 5-passenger The Venza, which starts $26,000, is closer to a traditional wagon than anything in Toyota’s lineup. So are we finally for cars again? Let’s out. Ben Stewart

The Specs


The nearly 2-ton Venza on a chassis that is essentially a mix of and Highlander components. The floor pan is in the front section, Highlander in the and uniquely Venza at the rear And the suspension uses a MacPherson at each corner. In terms of the Venza is about the same and width as a Highlanderyet it’s 6 in. lower to the ground to ease and egress.

Under the hood is a of two engines. There’s an all-new 2.7-liter inline Four generates 182 lb-ft of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 is optional and delivers 246 of torque. Both engines are solely to a six-speed automatic. drive is optional with powerplant but all Venzas come 12.8-in. front and 11.7-in. disc brakes and electronic rack and pinion steering. The stance is lower and wider most crossovers. Part of look comes from the big tires that come on four-cylinder models and the 20-inchers are available on V6 Venzas.

The Venza’s interior is cleverly and crafted from materials would be at home in a car that’s one class up. Cloth seats are but soft leather and convincing dash trim is optional. All have a large center and a cubby space next to the to hold iPods and phones. A cord-routing system let’s devices plug into the car the usual rat’s nest of Second-row passengers get a reclining back and six-footers have of knee clearance. Fold second row down, and the Venza has 70 of cargo hauling capacityabout 25 than a Highlander.

The options list is long and a panoramic glass roof, nav system, rear-seat DVD system and a tow that comes with an oil cooler, larger radiator fan and a alternator. Four-cylinder Venzas are to tow 2500 pounds and V6 models can 3500 pounds.

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The Drive

As as the Camry sedan is for family there’s not much fun to be had from the wheel. We expected the Venza to the same experience. But Toyota’s was to inject a little fun into the The results are quite good. No, you mistake the Venza for a high-strung machine. But on the snaky country covered in fall foliage, we the Venza’s moves to be fairly The ride remained smooth rough patches too. The doesn’t feel heavy or as many crossovers do, compared to The suspension calibration seems to more toward sport utility here. The electric rack and pinion steering is and accurate with little of the that plagues many steering systems. Visibility is from behind the wheel. And wheel tilts and telescopesfeatures car should have.

We’re power junkies. And the V6 is quick, hitting 60 mph in around 6.7 But fuel economy has replaced as the most important stat for buyers. Good news is the engine provides sprightly acceleration to satisfy all but the most us. This new motor is incredibly and quite too. In fact, most circumstances, we found it to pinpoint an edge in the refinement of the V6 this new Four. Toyota’s fuel-economy testing has four-cylinder, Venzas delivering 21 mpg city and 29 mpg All-wheel drive knocks one mpg off both city and highway The front-drive V6 Venza is said to 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Our advice? Go for the front-drive model and buy a set of snow

The Bottom Line

The crossover has ballooned in recent years. estimates that there are than 60 models on the market So the Venza has to cut through an awful lot of clutter to get noticed. But this frisky moves, smart and solid fuel economy please anyone looking for a that’s more car than Toyota says the Venza is not to be offered as a hybrid for quite time. But if this car proves popular than Toyota that could change. hope so.

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