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Toyota Venza

 

The Toyota Venza is a wagon-like, midsize SUV bursting with power from two available engines. It is a dependable car that has a spacious, feature-rich interior and excellent performance.

The Toyota Venza is a very capable competitor in the midsize SUV segment. In fact, in 2013, it bagged 2nd place with the Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards' midsize SUV category. What sets it apart from other vehicles in its class is that it is different; so different that it almost feels like it doesn't belong in the segment. The Venza is unique in that it is shaped like a large hatchback, but it feels more like a cross between a station wagon and a SUV. While it may drive like a car, the raised seating and all-wheel drive option remind you that the Venza is indeed a SUV. Although it may be difficult to define, it is quite easy to love.

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The release of the last generation Toyota Venza was in 2013 and this year's model continues with little change. It has an aggressive grille with a low profile and roofline (compared to other midsize SUVs) and understated curves and lines.

There are three trim levels available: LE, XLE and Limited. LE comes with 19-inch wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, a rear spoiler, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, a blind spot mirror and puddle lamp. An upgrade to XLE includes power rear door with jam protection and panoramic glass roof. The Limited trim level adds automatic high beam system, auto-leveling HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights and exterior power folding mirrors with memory and reverse tilt.


Power and Performance:

The Toyota Venza gives you two choices for the powertrain. Choose from four or six cylinder models with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All powertrains deliver ample power and comfortable handling. The 2.7 liter four cylinder engine outputs 182 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5 liter six cylinder engine produces 246 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque.

The fuel consumption rating for the four cylinder FWD is 11.6 L/100 km in the city or 9 L/100 km on highways or 10.4 L/100km combined. For the 4-cylinder FWD, expect 11.6 L/100km in the city, 9.2 L/100km on highways and 10.5 L/100km combined. The AWD six cylinder engine is rated at 12.8 L/100km in the city, 9.3 L/100km on highways and 11.3 L/100km combined.


Interiors and Special Features:

The Toyota Venza offers an abundance of comfortable cabin space. It has good head and legroom both in front and in the rear. The cargo area for Toyota Venza is very generous at 870 liters or 30.7 cubic feet behind the 60/40 split folding and reclining rear seatbacks. With the seats laid flat, the space grows to 1,990 liters or 70.1 cubic feet.

Like its exterior, Toyota Venza's interior is also very car-like. It has smooth surfaces and curved lines. The wood grain trim gives it an upscale, sophisticated appearance. Front and rear seats are just the right height for getting in and out easily. Standard interior features for the base model include: cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar support, tilt and telescoping steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Electronic features include: Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.1 inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera and a six speaker sound system with voice controls, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, iPod/USB connectivity, satellite radio and HD radio.


Safety features:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates Toyota Venza with five stars overall with four star ratings for front-impact protection and rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates it with "Good" in all categories. Standard safety features include: seven airbags, electronic stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes and a rearview camera.

Overall, the Toyota Venza is a unique, safe vehicle that offers value for your money.