2009 Toyota Venza AWD V-6 Review – Wagon – CNET Reviews

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The good: The Toyota Venza offers build quality, inside and The JBL Synthesis premium audio sounds fantastic and features audio streaming.

The bad: The doesn’t communicate anything to the and the steering feels squirrelly and at speed. No iPod or USB connection available.

The bottom line: The Toyota Venza AWD V-6 combines of a large sedan and an SUV on the outside, combining an excellent cabin package with a high-quality on the inside.

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Toyota Venza AWD V-6

Automakers love their genre-bending new factors. Our current example, the Venza, combines the commanding of the road and interior volume of the RX SUV with the low step-in height and of the Toyota Camry sedan. The is something that is a bit of both, and a bit of

Of course, when blending classes, compromises must be For example, the Venza isn’t as or as thrifty as your average It also doesn’t have as storage space or power as a SUV.

But while there are the Toyota Venza represents an blend that, for many buyers, may be greater than the sum of its

On the road

We tested the Venza the course of a week around the San Bay Area.

Visibility was excellent our high-seating position, allowing us to see down the road and over lower-roofed vehicles. The beefy V-6 made for easy freeway but the Venza’s extra length to a sedan had us wishing for some of blind spot monitoring.

The Venza carried us on our daily from Oakland to San Francisco in comfort. Passengers commented on the of the back seat, even as we out in the front. The JBL Synthesis premium system was loud and clear, on par the best of the Bose and Sony audio systems in other in this class.

The term came up more than a few during our time with the with both positive and connotations. For example, over the of Oakland, California’s highways, the feel was smooth and isolating. The could be directed with a finger thanks to the electronic steering, but as a result, communicated to nothing about what the was doing beneath you.

The automatic transmission was buttery with the shifts, but dulled the responsiveness.

The Venza communicates little about what’s outside of the cabin to the driver and But for many drivers, that’s the point. The Toyota Venza is a comfortable ride that its occupants from point A to B being intrusive.

It’s the of vehicle that does is asked of it without complaint or

In the cabin

The Toyota Venzacabin is typical Toyota of high-quality materials and thoughtfully touches. The dash is covered in a plastic with an embossed, texture. The center console inlays of some of the most faux-wood we’ve seen.

The steering wheel, shift and seating surfaces are all swathed in and the latter are heated.

The interior of the Venza features a variety of and textures, all pleasant to the touch.

At the top center, there is a 3.5-inch multifunction monitor that backup camera, climate and trip computer information, as as a menu for adjusting various features.

In our Venza, backup duties are taken over by the touch screen in the center that is the heart of the cabin package. Here is where the is accessed and the audio system is

The navigation system is Toyota’s DVD-based system. In this it gets a slight update includes refreshed graphics, data, and a few new convenience features. entry is a bit convoluted and the map screen over-crowded with controls, but the redeems itself with predictive-text entry and voice-recognition

In particular, we like the quick feature that automatically point of interest data for the few exits as you drive along. For if you’re speeding down the and your low fuel warning up, you can quickly tell if there’s a gas at that next exit having to do a POI search. When you that Toyota’s system let you search when the vehicle is in the quick view is doubly

Rounding out our tech package is a JBL Synthesis, premium audio that accepts inputs AM/FM/Satellite radio, a four-disc CD supporting MP3 playback, an auxiliary or Bluetooth A2DP stereo That last one caught us off as the Venza joins the ranks of a handful of vehicles to support the protocol, which almost up for the Venza’s curious lack of an input option. Almost.

In our experience, getting the Venza’s system to recognize a mobile that supported Bluetooth streaming required two separate processes, one for voice and one for stereo However, once paired, the can seamlessly transition from playback to voice call and with minimal fuss. sure you set your playlists up in on your device, because the protocol doesn’t support browsing and only supports basic controls (play, and skip).

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