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2009 Toyota Venza #8211; We dare you to call it a wagon

Review and photos by Mau

STAR safety system is

Sharp dressed design get lost among the sea of SUVs

command options are displayed on the so you don#8217;t have to memorize the prompts

You don#8217;t have to buy the navigation system to get the backup

One-touch auto up/down for ALL the windows

Electronic Power feels strange. New drivers may a little time behind the to grow accustomed to the feel.

182 hp engine has a lot of weight to pull. more if you get the AWD version.

Verdict: we call it a station wagon? The is much more than a wagon or SUV.

The all-new is a five-passenger “vehicle” that attributes of a sport utility with the convenience of a passenger Think of the Venza as 30% SUV and 70% passenger Families looking for a vehicle more cargo space a 4-door sedan, but are seeking more economical and responsible a large SUV, like may find the Venza as the right vehicle for their needs.

Driving Impressions

The 2009 Venza can be grouped together all other family/cargo haulers in the Among them are the Audi Q5, generation Cadillac SRX, the Edge and Flex, Nissan and Mazda CX-7 are but just a few of the While this new crossover Toyota features some of the of an SUV, such as abundant space and a commanding view of the the Venza offers car like when driving around

We found the Venza considerably considering its weight of 3,760 with the 4-cylinder, and 3,870 for the V6. Add another 185 pounds for the all-wheel-drive After spending a couple of riding around in the Venza, we to the conclusion that the suspension was on the side.

Nothing anywhere like a truck or Ford but firm enough to feel a lot of the and divots in the pavement. Keep in that our test vehicles prototype models, so it is possible the might soften up a little the actual production cars the dealerships.

Optical Illusion

One of the design of the Venza was to provide the driver a high sight line, to being in a truck or SUV, but allow easy ingress/egress like a car with a low step-in Ladies with skirts, who dislike clambering into a and even people who are not very (like me) can appreciate this The Venza has the same ground as the Highlander, but the step-in height is to a Camry (close to five

The result: no stepping up onto a platform to get in/out and the driver has a clear view of the traffic her or him.

Lowering the rocker has enabled easier ingress and Ditto for the rear load-in which Toyota claims is than that of a Sienna. The hip for seated occupants is higher the typical sedan#8217;s.

The combination deliver a mix many buyers easy ingress and egress, a higher seating position for a view around tall on the road.

Interior Comfort and Ergonomics

The is laid out in what Toyota is a 60/60 design, which either the driver or front passenger the impression that are able to access 60 percent of the controls from where sit. On the driver’s side, a blue-illuminated speedometer dominates the of the gauge binnacle, while the gauges flow outward. A center stack houses the screen, audio system and controls and was covered in a nicely satin mahogany finished grain or carbon fiber-style that helps to bisect the seating area.

The Venza#8217;s splits the front portion of the into two figurative halves. A center stack holds of the buttons and controls, including the gear selector, and drops into a long, wide

The largest console compartment big enough to hold a laptop, and fitted with an auxiliary jack, intelligent cable and at least one 12-volt power

One of the many cool design of the Venza is its ability to keep our technology, savvy society to his or her favorite electronic gizmo. It a few minutes to figure out how to pair our without any help from the manual, to the Bluetooth® wireless. music from our smart was a snap and easy to setup.

A rear seat offers the to make the Venza into a cargo hauler. Cargo is a generous 30.7 cubic with seats up and 70.1 feet when they are If you are loading the rear cargo there are two convenient door handles, that quickly the rear seats to drop and fold (almost) flat for cargo space.

A power gate with jam protection is for those who like to push

Two powerplants are offered with The economical option is Toyota#8217;s new 2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder that pumps out 182 horsepower and 182 of torque. If you need more, is the 3.5-liter V6 with 268 ponies and 246 under the hood. Both are to six-speed automatic transmissions and are in either front or all-wheel-drive.

EPA mileage estimates place the at 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg highway for the front and 20 mpg in the city and 28 highway, for the all-wheeler. The achieves 19/26 and 18/25,

Since the 2.7L 4-cylinder is a new Toyota announced that the engine option will be starting January 2009. 182 isn#8217;t going to get you on the freeway but it does have a very torque band.  Once the comes on after 3,000 it stays on and doesn#8217;t feel

The Venza moves with along the road and can even driver confidence in nasty with the AWD version. We didn#8217;t the crossover through a slalom or banzai it up and down a tight, road since the Venza is to be a more of a comfortable and safe We did note that the Venza was a and quiet performer on the road driving like Mrs. taking the boys to baseball

Our only unfavorable comment was the ride quality. Not quite enough to rattle any fillings but we don#8217;t recommend applying or sipping a hot cup of coffee during the to work.

Toyota engineers to use Electronic Power Steering #8212; rack-and-pinion with assist) for steering control in the EPS is used in the Toyota Corolla I recently tested and I still the steering response feels whenever I use it. The power-assist is good in the lot and executing slow-speed maneuvers, but response still feels a disconnected while driving at

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