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2013 Toyota Venza

Given that U.S. buyers have the family car in holy horror, Toyota has played a trick to meet the needs of people who need such a car but do not want to admit it. Thus, instead of presenting a family version of the Camry, the Venza was concocted and was defined as a crossover. So, voila!

And the trick was successful because this model was long out of stock after its arrival in the fall of 2009.

We must admit that this #8220;family car that isn#8217;t one#8221; has a very distinguished figure. I#8217;m not always in agreement with Toyota stylists, but this time they got it right with the front trimmed with a nice chrome grille. The slightly receding roof ending on a tailgate tilted forward adds to the elegance.

Finally, taillights flowing on the sides intensify this dynamic effect.

Nevertheless, this year, the Venza is entitled to a few cosmetic changes to stay in the game. These are not major changes, but it is just enough to accentuate its features. Toyota  took advantage of this opportunity to raise the offer in terms of electronics.

Retouches Only

It would have been unwise to transform this figure drastically due to the appreciation of customers for it. A similar policy was adopted in the cockpit. In fact, apart from new colors and the Entune system which allows interaction between MP3/Ipod players the and entertainment system, the changes are rare.

The radio system also offers Pandora, an internet radio that allows you to customize the desired music.

For the rest, you are entitled to the same grainy hard plastic that lacks finesse. So do the same seat fabrics that are more or less beautiful. However, the quality of the finish is very good. The dashboard is always of contemporary design and most of the controls are easy to reach and manipulate. And if the rear seats are quite comfortable, the rear cargo area is rather limited considering the external dimensions of the Venza.

The tailgate tilted forward is partly responsible for this situation. The presence of multiple storage spaces scattered throughout the cabin must be mentioned.

Mechanical Status Quo

Engineers have not been more active than designers in terms of changes. Mechanics come back unchanged with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder producing 182 horsepower and as many foot-pounds of torque.

That will be enough for most people with the condition to not drive too loaded or towing a trailer. If this is the case, one solution is required, be the 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque that will be appreciated when the car is overloaded. In addition, the V6 is less rough than the four-cylinder, which has lost nothing of its roughness for 2013.

Regardless of powertrain chosen, all wheel drive is available.

As before, the suspension is independent at all four wheels, four-cylinder models ride on 19-inch wheels, while the V6 versions have 20-inch wheels. These are not necessarily a good thing, because winter tires of this size are more expensive while making the suspension more uncomfortable both in summer and winter.

Elegance and versatility: some pitfalls

With the 2013 Venza. Toyota targets potential family car buyers and those who might choose a minivan or a crossover. To do this, the vehicle was equipped with a silhouette that hit the nail on the head.

Moreover, this sporty silhouette that has convinced many customers suggests a nervous handling, almost sporty. Almost. This model is less soporific than the Camry or Sienna, but it is less agile than a Lexus RX350.

The Venza is good on the road and it is appreciated for long journeys when its comfort and soundproofing are emphasized. On a winding road, the rolling and pitching are well controlled, even if the driver has a heavy foot. However, the size of the body and its weight somewhat lessens the pleasure of driving.

Overall, the Venza has raised the enthusiasm of buyers who have taken the decision not only because of its reliability and resale value. For 2013, Toyota has improved the level of equipment and lowered the price of most versions. One method that is often applied in the case of a vehicle that has been on the market for several years.

2013 Toyota Venza Pictures

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