Toyota brings appealing flair to 2009 Venza – USATODAY.com

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FARMINGTON, Pa. #151; Toyota has developed its own version of the Ford crossover SUV, or it has revived the station wagon.

Not that a lot wrong with the 2009 Venza #8212; there’s a lot #8212; but it has a been-here, done-this

If it sells, who cares? And it likely once the economic malaise It’s a Toyota with a of flair, a wagon or crossover as trim, agile and easy to use as the sedan on which it’s based.

The name is a blend of and Monza, an Italian racetrack. insists it’s neither SUV nor but a car optimized. In what should be the word, though, the U.S. calls it an SUV.

Based on a day all versions #8212; front- and drive, four- and six-cylinder around this hilly, area, gripes about are:

#8226;Steering. Felt inconsistent different preproduction models and precision and accuracy in front-wheel-drive versions. Steering on all-wheel-drive models felt better but couldn’t be called sporty or

None of that is a surprise in a though it must not bother people, because the automaker a lot of cars and trucks, few of which especially well. Toyota steering is deliberately tuned among versions, but the goal is for all to alike.

Venza has an electric system, which reduces drag and thus saves As we have learned the hard tuning an electric system so it natural and responsive is a black Toyota does it laudably on its xB, not so much otherwise.

#8226;Console. Too for its own good. It won’t be long you slide the movable cup holders or the console lid forward and guillotine a

The hidden-cord pass-through was a nightmare. If you the phone charger or other in the Venza, fine. If you have to it to another vehicle, lots of Is a cord that unsightly?

Folks who live in hilly or haul full loads find the four-cylinder wanting in and refinement. It’s a new four-banger, to 2.7 liters from the 2.4 in Camry and and rated a credible 182 horsepower vs. the 158 hp.

Even so, when toting folks over a big wrinkle in the the 2.7 sounded coarse and felt

The four-banger is good for 2 or 3 more per gallon than the optional 268 hp. V-6.

#8226;Seating. Room for take it or leave it. No third Want a third, get a Highlander or

#8226;Bragging points. The company them Toyota firsts. You add, Took long Such as:

#8226;Panorama roof lots of glass over rows of seats, nice that Nissan, Volkswagen, and others have had for several

#8226;Automatic high-beams, which introduced on the 2005 Jeep Cherokee.

#8226;Active head swivel forward in a rear-ender, to those Saab began years ago.

Nits picked, it must be said Venza with any powertrain was a pleasant, smooth, relaxing to drive.

You could even the V-6 fun. Randy, romping maximized by crisp and well-timed from the six-speed automatic Nice downshifts, too.

Not delay, jerk or messin’

Inside was comfortable, well out, roomy for adults in back).

The biggest surprise/delight: type size on the driver center. You’ll need a scientist, or an 8-year-old, to get through the but what a treat to have numbers and letters.

Venza’s traction control was In FWD models, it let the front wheels a bit before the electronics kicked in. But by it was moving forward, so the system need to swipe big chunks of power to get the wheels under Thus, FWD models merely straight and hard, accompanied by tire commotion.

That you think a FWD version would be on slick roads, possibly the need for AWD where it snows a bit. The AWD models, no surprise, need much help traction control.

No snow or ice for but hard starts on loose seemed to make the point.

well-done details include lock and ignition key on pricier one-touch up/down on all four power closer that doors shut without hopped-up JBL stereo that good; rear-view camera and that worked well.

it all up, and Venza’s an impressive piece of that might, as Toyota appeal to both sedan and shoppers.

ABOUT THE 2009 TOYOTA

What? Midsize, four-door, crossover SUV. Front-wheel (FWD) or all-wheel drive four-cylinder or V-6 engines offered.

On sale next month.

Built only at Georgetown, Ky. for only in the U.S. Canada and Rico.

How? Smooshed term) Highlander front, Camry middle, new Venza

How much? Four-cylinder FWD starts at with shipping. V-6 AWD starts at Multilingual, voice-activated navigation is pretty-much-everything-else package (Premium #2) is

How powerful? OK at worst, yowza at Base 2.7-liter four-cylinder is rated 182 horsepower at 5,800 182 pounds-feet of torque at 4,200 Optional V-6: 268 hp at 6,200 246 lbs.-ft. at 4,700 rpm.

automatic.

How lavish? Adequately. Standard: side and head-curtain air bags; stability control; anti-lock power steering, brakes, locks; cruise control; dual zone climate tilt/telescope steering column; computer; remote locks; rear seats.

How big? to Nissan Murano, Ford Venza is 189 inches long, 75 in. 63.4 in. tall, on a 109.3-in. Passenger space: 108 cubic

Cargo space, in cubic behind rear seat, seat folded, 70.1.

3,760 to 4,045 lbs.

How Government rates V-6 FWD at 19 miles per in town, 26 highway, 22 combined; V-6 AWD Four-cylinder not yet rated. Toyota FWD 21 city, 29 highway; AWD 20/28.

computers in testers ranged 17.5 mpg in V-6 AWD to 21.9 mpg in four-cylinder AWD on two-lanes.

Regular gas specified.

#160; Well done,

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