The Toyota Venza is a five-seat crossover that offers standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. It is based on the 109.3-inch wheelbase of the Toyota Camry, but is nearly 2 inches shorter than the sedan.
Toyota designed the Venza to sit low to the ground, with tall doors and high seating position for easy access. This model is marked by a large horizontal grille that’s punctuated by the brand’s insignia. Wraparound headlamps with LED accents hem in the grille. The lower grille opening is offset by pockets containing the available fog lamps.
The Venza features a high beltline, a sloping roofline, massive wheel wells, character lines and body sculpting. At the rear is an embedded spoiler, oversized combination lamps and reflector lights on the liftgate.
Inside, the Venza features plush front bucket seats and a 60-40 split-folding rear seat. There’s 108 cubic feet of passenger volume and 30.7 cubic feet of storage space. Fold down the rear seat and maximum cargo capacity reaches 70.1 cubic feet. Toyota equipped Venza with numerous storage compartments, including front and rear door pockets.
The Venza’s instrument panel is composed of overlapping concentric dials with the speedometer, a tachometer, oil pressure gauge and fuel gauge. The center console offers an unusual design, with the transmission shifter located on the left side of the console and adjacent to a covered storage area. At the top of the stack is a color display; beneath that is the audio system. Two cup holders and additional storage space separates the front seats.
Since its introduction, the Venza has offered two engine choices: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower and a 3.5-liter V6 making 268 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Changes for the Venza included an updated audio unit for 2010, which brought in a USB port and Bluetooth as standard equipment.
In 2013, Toyota revised the exterior styling, with small changes to the upper and lower grille, fog lamps and tail lamps. A touch-screen audio system also became standard equipment.
All Venza models are equipped with numerous safety features, including a suite of air bags, stability control and anti-lock brakes. Front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera were available, with the latter becoming standard for the 2015 model year.
The Toyota Venza might be compared with five-passenger SUVs like the Ford Edge, Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Murano and Subaru Outback. Toyota shoppers might also consider the compact Toyota RAV4 and the larger Toyota Highlander.
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