2009 Toyota Venza – Automobile Magazine

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2009 Toyota Venza

The 2009 Toyota Venza has lovely styling elements the character line that its broad rear shoulders) and not-so-lovely elements (like the front end). Unfortunately, it has way too of all of them. In fact, the last overstyled station wagon to use many clichd styling was the Family Truckster – the monstrosity purchased by that … Clark Griswold in the comedy National Lampoon’s .

If it’s what’s on the inside counts, though, the Venza is a Underneath, you’ll find a America’s favorite sedan. most crossovers – the Highlander, Toyota ‘s Camry-based crossover – the is actually a better vehicle its parent.

It combines the Camry’s with vastly improved utility and, perhaps surprising, a better driving

Available all-wheel drive can up to half the power rearward, torque steer as well as the Camry’s tendency to chirp the off the line. Base Venzas an all-new, 182-hp, 2.7-liter four-cylinder. The Venza we drove had well-known 268-hp, 3.5-liter

The oversquare six is smooth and refined, its relative lack of low-end highlights the Venza’s considerable heft.

The Venza’s carrying is more like that of the Highlander than the Camry Passengers in the rear are treated to headroom and luxury-liner legroom, and an panoramic roof lets in of light. For hauling duty, the rear seats fold in one beautifully choreographed movement, in a nearly flat cargo that can carry more most families will need.

Rearward visibility is restricted by a high beltline and a smallish but a backup camera with a and colorful display more makes up for it.

Up front, almost all of the switchgear and feels high-quality. Some hard-touch plastic does its way into the cabin, but the Venza’s made sure it’s only in places you’ll touch. Storage spaces are throughout the cabin, and the bins the cleverly designed sliding console are particularly cavernous.

We the dashboard’s illumination was more as switches and buttons are illuminated in modern white or traditional green – and some dim others don’t. Some, the mirror adjustments, don’t up at all. But other than the climate controls, which symmetrically – or logically laid out, the Venza’s is user-friendly.

The crossover’s price premium a comparable Camry, about is well worth it for the extra All-wheel drive can make the a year-round friend in snowy and a commendably well-tuned suspension the ride creamy without a of the Camry’s wallow. And the optional wheels – bigger anything we’ve seen on a – may look like a statement, but they help impressive grip in corners.

Now if we could only think of a reason why that grille has to the way it does.

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