Toyota Venza Review & Ratings
- 15 December 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Toyota Venza is classified as a mid-size crossover SUV and is manufactured by Japanese automaker Toyota, first introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2008. This vehicle has an overall design that is based on the Toyota FT-SX concept car, which was first introduced to the public at the North American International Auto Show in 2005. The Venza was mainly engineered at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and designed at the Calty Design studios, which is located in Newport Beach, California. This vehicle is built in Georgetown, Kentucky, at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing planet.
The Venza uses a chassis that is based on the same one used by the Camry, and it resembles that of the Mark X Zio in its overall concept. This car is powered by Toyota’s own 3.5 liter 2GR-FE V6 or the new 2.7 liter 1AR-FE I4 engine, both of which work in combination with a 6-speed automatic transmission. There is both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options for this car, and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency estimates its fuel economy at 21 mph in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The U.S modes of the Venza retailed for $25,975 when they were first came out, which was for the front-wheel drive model. The highest amount for this vehicle was $29,250 for the all-wheel drive version, which included a V6 engine and no options. The overall interior design of this vehicle has a superior quality to that of any other modern Toyota vehicle. Unlike many of the other vehicles that are offered by Toyota, the Venza is only offered with one trim level, though there are a number of packages and options available to consumers.
The entry-level Venza comes with a number of different features, including 19” alloy wheels, fog lamps, 20” alloy wheels (with the V6), XM satellite radio, 6-disc CD changer, 8-way power drivers seat, dual-zone climate control, Hill-Start assist control, and the Toyota Star Safety System. Some of the major options that the Venza has to offer include the automatic highbeams, power liftgate, heated side-view mirrors, JBL sound system with Bluetooth, smart key system, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, and much more. The 2010 version of this vehicle received a USB audio input as well as Bluetooth hands-free phone capabilities as standard features.
The Venza underwent a facelift in 2013 and was displayed for the public to see at the New York International Auto Show in 2012 as the 2013 model. All of the 4-cylinder models of this vehicle received 19” allow wheels as well as three new exterior colors and a variety of interior colors. The 2013 version of the Venza includes Toyota’s new Entune System, which allows drivers to connect a variety of devices, including the Apple iPhone and iPod as well as BlackBerry, to their car via a mobile application on the device. By doing this, the driver can wirelessly control the device from the steering wheel without having to actually pick it up at all.
When it comes to matters of safety, the new Venza is equipped with a number of different features, including vehicle stability control, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, anti-lock braking, and Smart Stop Technology. This vehicle did exceptionally well in a variety of safety crash tests, and some of the other features it offers include Hill-start Assist Control, tire pressure monitoring system, active head restraints for front-seat occupants, 3-point safety belts, emergency locking retractors, automatic locking retractors, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters, and Lower Ancors and Tethers for Children, or simply LATCH, for rear outboard seats.