2009 Toyota Venza

4 Jan 2009 | 964 views | No Comment
Sounds Italian doesn’t it? That happens to be the name of Toyota’s newest baby, aimed at what most people would call the crossover market. But no, Toyota says the Venza is anything but a crossover or SUV. Venza No matter.You can call it whatever you like. It’s still good. 2009 Toyota Venza “Venza bridges the gap between the traditional sedan and SUV themes, combining the best attributes of both,” said Toyota spokesman Wade Hoyt. “It offers car-like dynamic prrformance with SUV-like versatility and capability.It’s aimed at SUV intenders or owners who would like utility without sacrificing ride comfort.” The Venza certainly looks more athletic than what most people associate with the Toyota brand. Some of its design elements include a long, sloping roofline, large wheel openings and hints of “blisters” over those openings. “We saw Venza as an opportunityto capture buyers who wanted something more than a car, but less than an SUV,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota said.” With 60 vehicles on the road today labeled as crossovers, we didn’t want Venza to be the 61st.” He added, “We want Venza to stand out from the crowd. And that’s exactly what we kept top-of-mind, from development to marketing. There are buyers out there who prioritize style and image, complemented with function and practicality. But they’ve had to compromise, buying an SUV that was too much vehicle for them, or a car that was just too small to fit their lifestyles.” The price range of the Venza run from $25,975 for a four cylinder front wheel drive version to $29,250 for the V-6 all-wheel-drive version. Standard equipment is generous including electronic power steering, rear spoiler, privacy glass, cruise control, integrated fog lamps, tilt/telescope steering wheel, dual exhausts on the V-6, rear seats that recline 14 degrees, six speed automatic, dual automatic climate control, seven airbags, hill-start assist control, tonneau cover, power windows with an auto up/down function and jam protection on all four doors, and many other features. Venza_int A six speed automatic transmission with sequential shift, vehicle stability control and traction control, along with anti lock brakes that have electronic brake force distribution and brake assist are among the other standard items on the Venza. One of the more unusual features are navigation voice instructions that are given in Spanish, French or English, while some of the other features are Toyota firsts: A panoramic roof, Bluetooth, 20 inch standard wheels for the V-6, and an automatic high beam system. Inside are some particularly attractive design elements like black piping accents with the leather seats, an unusual looking center stack trimmed in aluminum-like finishes, and wood accents as well. It all comes together to form a pretty inviting interior overall. If you’re into relaxing as a passenger, you’ll love the Venza. Its rear seat can be reclined, and with the stretch out leg room in the back, it becomes a perfect place for a little snooze. Venza2 Power comes from either a 268 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 (19/26 for four wheel drive and 18/25 for all wheel drive) or an all new, 182 horsepower,2.7 liter four cylinder engine 21/24 for front wheel. I didn’t have any problem with acceleration with either of the engines, though I must say that the four was a tad louder, especially under sudden demand for more power. All things considered, I think Toyota has done it again—come up with a high quality, low maintenance product that will likely be popular with consumers. And on top of it—it’s pretty!

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