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Toyota Venza — a wagon by any name

Toyota is nothing if not coy the Venza, a car whose name any logical etymology (does the stanza have a role? about venue . anything They don’t want to the Venza as an SUV (SUVs have pariahs in some corners of the world), and on their Web site simply lump it in the “cars” along with Camry, and Avalon, a prosaic lot at best.

The is what we used to call a wagon, a term little in these inventive marketing — nowadays, we like to call “crossovers” or “sport utility The Venza is clearly a station and there’s no reason to disguise it. what’s wrong with the of station wagon?

My take on the came about oddly — my road test vehicle prior to the Venza was another product, the Lexus RX450h Getting out of the RX450h and into the was instructive and illuminating, mainly of all Toyota.

First reaction was that the looked like a slightly RX450h. Both cars that distinctly Toyota look, with the swept blending into the fairly front. But the really distinctive is in the rear. From the back, the looked just like the only lower. True, the light treatments are different, but all in all the two look as if they come the same family.

The Venza is a car Toyota had to squeeze into a lineup and yet have it appear to be Consider that instead of a you could opt for a Highlander, which was an offshoot of the old Lexus RX300, in turn, was based on a Toyota platform. It’s all so incestuous.

But the is different. And it’s also in a lot more configurations than the

Starting at around $26,000, you can opt for the Venza, with a 2.7-liter, 182 horsepower engine or, for nearly more start with the V6, 268 horse engine. The car comes front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. We had the latter. Toyota, of course, unlike there are options and packages make the ultimate price of the car

Our tester, for example, started at with the six-cylinder engine, with delivery and handling ended up costing $38,446. into that sum were $8,500 worth of extras, the combined navigation and stereo for $2,590 and the “comfort package” of seats, simulated wood heated outside mirrors and a few odds and ends (not to $529 for “remote engine which is actually quite when it’s 10 below out there.) Nonetheless, it all mounts up. You just opt for the cloth seat, Jane car, but it’s not to find one. Most on dealer lots are optioned up.

Another oddity is the wheels On the four-cylinder car, 19-inch are standard. On our V6 model, standard wheels are 20-inchers. Are these wheels really necessary? from the somewhat aggressive these monster wheels the car, there doesn’t to be much point to them. wheels might do just as — even 16 inchers — and the ride be a bit smoother.

Speaking of which, the in the Venza is what you’d in a modern car, but it’s not as smooth and as quiet as the Lexus. You get you pay for, I guess. (The was $10,000 more and didn’t navigation.)

Inside, the Venza — I say, the upscale version — is plush. The instruments are large and and fairly simple. There’s one — literally glaring — problem, and that’s the heating/air conditioning readout screen recessed in the of the dash. Much of the time, from the outside obscured its and I found the numbers difficult to The navigation/backup camera screen, on the hand, was clear and crisp.

The car seats five people, the middle person in the back had better be on the small side. In the of Safety, the Venza comes electronic stability control, and side airbags and side airbags, along with brakes.

On the road, the Venza itself well. There was of power for the short bursts to pass trucks on short of country road, and the long on freeways netted an average of 21 (The four-cylinder version do about three to four mpg but predictably suffers in the power Handling is light and quick, but you know it’s a wagon and not a sedan. But there isn’t the top lean of an SUV, either.

In the car world, of course, there’s competition. And in this category of wagon/crossover, you could look at the Edge, Volvo XC70, Murano, Subaru Outback and

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And keep that Lexus in too. It’s an uber-Venza, if you

Oh, and by the way, for those who have reading my auto columns back to 2006 and 2007, I did reviews and features for the printed section at the San Francisco Chronicle), is my last car review for a while. I’m a break from auto to work on other, non-car-related Many thanks to those who followed along as we wended the thrills and oddities of a few hundred new and several, pristine old ones. It was fun it lasted.


2009 Venza front-engine, all-wheel-drive wagon.

Price . test model, (base price $29,250)

. 3.5-liter V6 268-horsepower engine; automatic transmission

Curb . 4,045 pounds.

Seating . five.

Fuel consumption . 18 city; 25 mpg, highway.

Toyota Station Wagon
Toyota Station Wagon
Toyota Station Wagon
Toyota Station Wagon


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