Toyota Venza 2011

Toyota Venza 2011: The Toyota Venza has actually sold quickly because its introduction, and also it's simple to see why. The crossover's five-seat cabin has the good-looking layout and upscale materials that are missing out on from the oft-criticized Camry inside. Its sheet steel is meaningful-- daring, also-- in a manner couple of Toyotas take care of. It's fuel-efficient and also quiet, roomy and practical. For a car manufacturer that's recently been embeded an item funk, the Venza is good information.

How good is it truly? I drove the car all week, as well as spent a long time in a Subaru Wilderness as well as Honda Accord Crosstour-- both likely competitors. The Venza excels, but its driving experience left me wanting: It's less competent and also unpleasant, and that's not a mix that bodes well.

Toyota Venza 2011

The 2010 Venza includes front- or four-wheel drive; either setup can be had with a four-cylinder or a V-6 engine. I evaluated a V-6, all-wheel-drive model. Besides getting new stereo controls and a USB port for iPods, little has transformed since Toyota introduced the Venza as a 2009 model.

Outside & In

Fourteen months as well as 60,000 sales after it initially struck car dealerships, the Venza still looks fascinating. The nose could take some obtaining made use of to-- many thanks mainly to its plunging fronts lights and also zebra-striped grille-- yet the continuing to be three sides look sharp, with squat proportions and also short overhangs. The Venza has the sort of ground-hugging stance you don't get back at in some cars, helped in big part by the automobile's titanic wheel wells. Our test vehicle's 20-inch alloy wheels loaded them out, however just barely. Twenties are typical on the V-6 Venza, while four-cylinder models get 19-inchers.

Though not as adventurous as the outside, the cabin does have a couple of design factors of its very own. The hot control panel moves right into the facility console; the two are so connected it's tough to tell where one ends and also the various other starts. It's an arrangement that trespasses a little bit on knee room for those staying up front, however the Venza is roomy sufficient you won't miss out on the area a lot.

Products look great on the whole, with a high-quality grained appearance on the dashboard as well as doors that far go beyond the Camry's flatter-looking materials. I'm coming to be a stickler for cushioned surface areas in locations motorists in fact touch-- like armrests and door panels-- and also the Venza has a lot of cushioning where it matters little; those door armrests, on the other hand, can make use of much more.

New this year are significantly enhanced graphics for the trip computer display atop the dash, as well as friendlier stereo controls that show tags for your terminal presets. I just want the cars and truck's stereo appeared as great. Our tester's JBL system supplied little clearness at either end of the bass/treble spectrum. The system is optional-- and also most likely worth skipping, viewing as the base stereo has steering-wheel controls and also a USB/iPod port.

Seats & Freight

Both rows of seats supply good headroom and also legroom, though our test cars and truck didn't have an optional scenic moonroof, which knocks off regarding an inch of headroom in advance. Taller vehicle drivers might want the pole positions moved a little bit farther back; I'm 5-foot-11, as well as I had the seat nearly all the way back. A power vehicle driver's seat is standard, as is a tilt/telescoping wheel. One editor found the wheel's change range as well restricted.

The Venza's base cloth seats are encouraging over lengthy trips, as well as various other small eas-- backseat reading lights as well as A/C vents, one-touch down and also up operation on all four power home windows-- will thrill your travelers. Such niceties are typically booked for even more premium nameplates. With the rear seats in position, freight room amounts to 34.4 cubic feet. The seats fold down via hassle-free cargo-area levers for a maximum of 70.1 cubic feet of freight volume. Relative to the Venza's wagon as well as crossover competitors, both numbers are impressive.

Going & Ceasing

The Venza's optional 3.5-liter V-6 is a Toyota pillar, seeing responsibility in everything from the Camry to the RAV4. With 268 horsepower at hand, it pulls highly from a quit and also proceeds all the way up to highway rates, with a muscular exhaust growl under tough velocity.

Alas, Toyota's current six-speed transmissions typically aren't known for their responsiveness, as well as the Venza's adheres to the pack. It upshifts efficiently, and also its short reduced ratios suggest the Venza nails the entire go part of get-up-and-go. For how long the get-up takes, however, could prove aggravating. Opt for the passing lane, and the automatic takes too long to kick to a reduced gear; at reduced rates, other editors and also I noticed tips of accelerator lag, also.

Extra aggravating are the brakes. Four-wheel antilock discs are typical, however the pedal feels mushy and also does not return much stopping power up until an inch approximately down. Then it bites unexpectedly, making it hard to stop smoothly. Bad.

A 182-hp, 2.7-liter four-cylinder is basic. Our examination automobile had the V-6, but I drove a 2011 Sienna minivan with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder last December. It's a qualified engine, mustering excellent oomph off the line and also only coming up short on power when passing on the highway. Considering the four-cylinder Sienna's extra weight-- 330 to 515 extra pounds added, relying on which four-cylinder Venza you contrast it with-- I doubt the base Venza really feels gutless. (If you've test-driven it as well as located otherwise, however, fire me an e-mail.).

With front-wheel drive and also the four-cylinder engine, the Venza obtains a reputable 24 mpg in the EPA's consolidated city/highway rankings; the V-6 is ranked at 22 mpg. Four-wheel drive knocks both figures down 1 mpg. Right here's exactly how the numbers contrast.

With the four-cylinder engine, the Venza could tow as much as 2,500 extra pounds. The V-6 raises the ranking to 3,500 pounds, which is affordable with likewise valued crossovers.

Flight & Handling

After driving the Crosstour as well as Outback in back-to-back loopholes, the Venza left other editors as well as I scraping our heads: Its trip and taking care of qualities are at odds with each other, and not in a great way. I can not determine whether the 20-inch wheels-- whose 50-series tires truly should cushion things even more-- or the solid suspension is worthy of more blame, however whatever it is, trip convenience is better to an economy car than a midsize crossover. Fractures and various other bumps container the cabin outright. On the interstate, you feel patches of grooved pavement-- and you learn how to prevent them.

This may be a lot more acceptable if the Venza were enjoyable to drive, yet besides straight-line velocity, it isn't really. Guiding is well-assisted at reduced speeds, making driving in parking area and city intersections easy. At greater speeds, however, it's as careless as a Camry, with little roadway responses and the sort of turn-in accuracy you might get with a watercraft tail. Highway interchanges and also curvy roads lead to lots of body roll, and if you take a corner also quickly the tires are quick to surrender their grip. Venza buyers could not want a consummate driver's auto-- as well as this one sure isn't really-- yet the problem is that the Venza won't compensate them on the flight comfort side of things, either.

Toyota does develop silent cars, and also this set is no exception. On smooth roads, the Venza's cabin is without wind as well as engine sound. The 20-inch wheels start to develop some sound at freeway speeds. The 19s might transform that-- and also ride convenience, too-- however Senior Editor David Thomas drove both setups last year, as well as he really did not report any kind of big differences.

Safety, Features & Rates

In crash examinations by the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Safety And Security, the Venza gained the top total score, Great, for frontal, side and back influences. Since magazine, the Venza had not gone through the IIHS' roof-strength examination, which avoids it from being qualified for the organization's checklist of Top Safety and security Picks. (To qualify, it would certainly need a Good overall rating in the roof covering examination.) Typical functions include the typical front, front-seat side-impact and two-row side drape air bags, along with antilock brakes and an electronic security system.

In the year it's been on the market, the Venza has notched good total integrity marks. Consumer News dependability surveys peg V-6 models as Average in overall dependability, with four-cylinder versions racking up Well Above Average.

With front-wheel drive and the four-cylinder, the Venza begins at $26,275. It's rather fully equipped, with conventional remote entrance and also one-touch power home windows, an automatic transmission, 19-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power vehicle driver's seat as well as a USB/iPod-compatible stereo.

Four-wheel drive expenses an additional $1,450, with the V-6 and also 20-inch edges running $1,825. Various other choices include a back-up electronic camera, a navigating system, heated leather seats, a power traveler seat and a panoramic moonroof. Check all packages, and an all-wheel-drive V-6 Venza runs concerning $38,500.

Venza in the Market

With the most recent round of accelerator-related recalls making front pages as well as homepages worldwide, Toyota's credibility for high quality has actually definitely suffered. Independent of such context-- if it's possible to think like that-- the Venza holds some allure. It has the meaningful style and imaginative inside that many Toyotas do not have, yet it's still quiet, practical and also fuel-efficient. Those are familiar Toyota staminas, and if you could get past the driving imperfections, there may be adequate reason to consider it.