Driven: 2014 Toyota Venza defines crossover class — Phoenix Auto Review…

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The 2014 Venza however is clearly in the of what crossover means, an even 50/50 car and SUV. got the footprint of an SUV, the width and drive capability, rear area. But, it has the height of a sedan and a more car like

The Toyota Venza was first for 2009 and got a facelift for the 2013 year. It received a bolder and grille up front and new headlamps LED daytime running lights. folding side mirrors also added on top trim

With larger than 20” wheels, this crossover has been a styling statement. It has a roof line and rear treatments including dual with our V6 Limited model. The lift-gate is power opening and and there’s a rear view tucked up in there too.

The interior of the Venza is spacious and packed in the top trim grade. You get and heated leather seats for driver and passenger, but not ventilated. settings for the driver are a nice and the seat offers an easy feature where it slides at power-off.

From behind the the Venza feels more a scaled up Prius or scaled Sienna mini-van than an The seating position is low and the cabin is giving you a decidedly car-like

Getting comfortable and familiar controls was easy. The Limited is with the JBL touch-screen audio with navigation and the Entune app suite. Included dual control offers up good with an easy to use interface as

An eye for design will likely about the dash which to be made from nearly a different finishes, plastic color, sheen and materials. Fit and seems well below we know to be Toyota standards as

Out tester was equipped with a panoramic roof, but the actual openings don’t take advantage of it, rather giving a sun-roof effect. The leather surfaces seemed a little than luxurious both in and feel than I expected for its price tag.

The rear seat provides of head and leg room as well as width for three passengers. The position is low however, leaving knees well up high and legs unsupported.

On the positive, are plenty of spaces to store away. The console has a map pocket on the side and there’s also a second glove box on the driver Rear cargo area is in depth and can be expanded well by down the rear seats.

Toyota Venza

The Limited came equipped Toyota’s venerable VVTi 3.5 V6 engine which delivers through a smooth shifting automatic transmission. It’s at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with a 21 mpg rating.

The engine provides a healthy of power and revs smoothly. It has a growl under power but quiet at speed. We achieved mpg in our week with the Venza is commendable given it has all-wheel


With low ground clearance and 20” wheels, the Venza is not aimed for much off-road driving, tailored more for paved in-town and highway ventures.

is a compromised experience on windy and less than smooth The steering is heavy and lifeless, little responsiveness in its feel. The feels heavy like a SUV and has less grip than expect.

The chassis is however solid and in most endeavors but the low profile and relatively heavy 20” wheels do a good thump into the over pot holes, tar strips and pavement irregularities.

The value comes up as we wrap our review. At our Limited V6 AWD seemed to fall of some features like assist, ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof that competitors offer now.

though, the 2014 Toyota remains a uniquely styled for those who would other seek out a wagon or small but want something a bit more It’s not for everyone however at its but that is likely the reason markets it to empty nesters.

Toyota Venza
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