- 1 So Many Markets, So Many Offers, Such A Strong Competition
- 2 Toyota Venza – Going North, Ending Up South
- 3 Toyota Venza Horsepower, MPG And Sales Numbers
- 4 A Used Toyota Venza – Scoring Big For A Low Price
- 5 The Most Important Things To Check Before Buying
- 6 Find A Trusty Mechanic To Do A Thorough Inspection Of The Car
- 7 Pricing And Features – Everything You Need To Know
- 8 A Couple Of Routine Editions To Fill The Void
- 9 Safety And Production Details
- 10 I’m Not An SUV – I’m A Mid-Size Sedan!
- 11 The First (And Only) Facelift
- 12 Toyota Venza 2014 – Minor Updates/Fixes Here And There
- 13 More Packages And The Toyota Venza 2015
- 14 A Mighty V6, Quick Acceleration And Solid Towing
- 15 A Refined Ride Quality And The Mighty-Mighty Rivals
You know there’s Lady Luck, right? Well, then there’s Mr. Harsh. Or, at least, that’s what me and my friends used to think back in the day when we were all just a bunch of careless kids. Now, even though I’m a grown man today, I gotta say that Mr. Harsh is ruling the market of SUVS (crossovers included), because the competition over there is just that – rough, tough, unforgiving and…harsh. On the other hand, it’s kinda funny to see how the automobile industry managed to “squeeze in” and befriend so many different segments: first the mid-size sedans ruled the show, then the CUVs (that stands for Compact Utility Vehicle) took the flag, next, when the 2008-2009 economical collapse happened, the compact/subcompact cuties rolled out of the darkness and pretty much snatched the #1 spot from all the big-bad fellas in the business, including the full-sizers (they were actually the ones that had it worse during the crisis). However, when the world got back up on its feet, we suddenly realized that all the key players managed to survive in this new world and are perfectly fit for a new one, the “Healed Economy”. Funny how that works, huh? So, today I wanna tell y’all about the Toyota Venza – a highly capable mid-size crossover SUV that sadly was taken out of production last year, with the export models hitting the sack in 2017. Aha, this is kinda unusual for the big T, but that’s exactly what makes this car perfect for examination.
So Many Markets, So Many Offers, Such A Strong Competition
Don’t be sad, though: the 2015 edition is a great bang for your bucks, and, as you’ll learn soon, it wasn’t the company’s fault that it didn’t pan out – this is life, it happens :). As I just said, the rivalry in the industry in these last couple of years turned into an epic clash, and you’ve got the fiercest competition in every single segment. On the other hand, they all manage to live relatively friendly in the same industry. Don’t even get me started on the vans and on the hybrids…I guess the simple truth is the major companies in the business just had enough time to adjust to the new reality, and, given the fact that the customers rule the show these days, not the other way around (it used to be vice versa back in the 90s, believe me), there never was a greater time to be an auto enthusiast and a car shopper. Come on, even the clumsy and pricey large vehicles are on the rise again, like the Toyota Avalon, Ford Expedition and the rest of the bunch. Size doesn’t really matter, to be honest, and in today’s Toyota Venza review you’ll learn that it takes more than good looks and a mighty powertrain to win over the customers. Fun fact: did you know that it takes about 4-5 years to develop a new walking-talking model and billions of dollars of investments? Aha, that’s BILLIONS, folks, not millions! In order to roll out something truly great you gotta go through countless conceptual models, mechanical trials, on-road testing, et cetera, et cetera.
Toyota Venza – Going North, Ending Up South
So, that’s why we don’t get an all-new car every year – because it’s God damn pricey! I’ll even go ahead and tell you that if a company fails to hit the bull’s eye with a new steel horse (I’m not talking about a new edition/generation of a current vehicle, I’m talking about something from the ground-up) they’re getting into that danger zone and the risks of going broke become as real as the light of day. I’m not trying to exaggerate, it is what it is (hello, Mr. Harsh). So, a lot of people might say that development of a new model is a fool’s errand and no major in the industry would ever consider doing that. Well, that’s where you’re wrong, my friends! With the Venza Toyota went for the ultimate victory – domination on the market of mid-size crossovers, but the attack didn’t go as planned. Why? Let’s try to find out! The Venza is a mid-size 5-passenger crossover SUV, available with both FWD (front-wheel drive) and AWD (all-wheel drive); it’s a front-engine vehicle, with production starting at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Kentucky (Georgetown; it’s a beautiful, green and sunny place, by the way). It was first revealed to the world at the North-American Auto Show in Detroit in 2008. However, it was heavily based on the FT-SX conceptual prototype that was shown at the same Auto Show in 2005. The 2009 Toyota Venza was produced and engineered at the TTC (Toyota Technical Center) in Michigan (Ann Arbor) and designed by the world-famous Calty studios in California (Newport Beach, to be exact).
Toyota Venza Horsepower, MPG And Sales Numbers
Production for the US market was ceased in 2015, with the export models to be cut in 2017. Ok, let’s dig a bit deeper with our review of Toyota Venza: first of all, you need to know that it is based on the Toyota K platform and shares the chassis with the Camry mid-size sedan. As for the powertrain, this good-looking mid-size SUV offers (or, rather, offered) a choice between two engines: the first one is a 2.7-lit 4-cyl unit, while the second one is a mighty 3.5-lit V6. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic, while both FWD and AWD are optional, as mentioned above. The 4-cylinder is good for 182 Horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, while the V6 is capable of 268HP and 246 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to feel good on the road. So, that’s the Toyota Venza horsepower numbers for y’all. Next, if you’re interested in the Toyota Venza MPG (I bet you are), here are the official estimates from the US EPA (the United States Environmental Protection Agency): the SUV returns 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 21MPG in the city with the 4-cylinder and 26MPG hwy/19MPG city with the V6. To be honest, those numbers are far from class-leading, and some critics even claim that to be one of the major reasons why the Japanese giant had to let this one go (and don’t forget about the Toyota Venza transmission problems). Fact: I’m not saying that it’s a total disaster or something, a failure of epic proportions…nothing like that. For example, the 2009 edition managed to sell 54.4K units here in the States (12.3K in Canada), so, the start was pretty promising, no doubt there. On the other hand, last year, in 2015, they only moved 21.3K, and that’s almost a 60% drop.
A Used Toyota Venza – Scoring Big For A Low Price
I can’t really tell you what went wrong (nobody knows that for sure), but I don’t really think that Toyota has been shedding sentimental tears over this one. True, they kinda lost this round, but they’re still pretty much dominant in the segment of crossover SUVs (they’ve got the RAV4, the 4Runner and the Highlander, remember?) Actually, if I’m super-honest with you, I can’t seem to figure out why did the Japanese giant need yet another mid-sizer on the market. I guess, at the end of the day, they forgot it themselves :). With that said, I want you all to know that today might be your best chance to score an all-around amazing SUV for a low price with a used Toyota Venza. The thing is, with the model out of production in 2016, its resale value is not going anywhere up, only down. On the other hand, a nice bargain like that won’t be available for long, so, again, if you want to score big, this is your time to strike. Obviously, you should NEVER give into the flashy adds or an appealing price-tag – keep it calm and don’t spend you last bucks on it just because it’s a good deal :). But, if you are serious about purchasing a mighty, good-looking, tech-packed and unique family hauler on a low budget without compromising your safety, this is your best bet. Besides, with a Toyota car you’ll always get class-leading reliability and durability – that’s like the company’s bonus tag to any car you buy from them. And, come to think of it, that might be the biggest selling point of any modern-day vehicle – it doesn’t even have to be a used one.
The Most Important Things To Check Before Buying
So, bottom line is, start looking for Toyota Venza for sale in your vicinity if you’ve got just the right budget for a pre-owned model but can’t really go for a brand-new car. Trust me, I’ve been there – several times. Now, if you’ve been following me up on these latest posts, then you know that I love to go safe and legit, and that means buying pre-owned talent from official dealerships (Toyota, in this case). What, you thought the official dealers only move the brand-new stuff? Nope! Visit any dealership’s web-site that’s located close by and learn about all the available models, the discounts/incentives, the lease/loan options…you can even schedule a test-drive, which I highly recommend. Thankfully, today, in 2016, you can find a used Toyota Venza for sale in pretty much every American city, so, off you go! Wait, I’ll give a few pointers to get you started: despite the popular belief, the mileage and the transmission/engine/chassis are not the most important features of a used car – the price-tag is, and the location. Come on, you gotta check your wallet first before going in, besides, some people even prefer cars with impressive mileage behind their backs, because that means the owner has been taking care of it. Mileage and acceleration are important factors, too, but you can’t really be picky if you’re shopping for a pre-owned vehicle, now can you? I’m not saying you should buy a piece of rusty old junk, but don’t get it all confused in your head.
Find A Trusty Mechanic To Do A Thorough Inspection Of The Car
Check out all the Toyota Venza used models on the internet and get as clear of an image of what to expect as possible. Next, it would be a great idea to take a trusty mechanic you know with you so that he can do a quick inspection of the powertrain/drivetrain. At the end of the day, if the mechanical stuff if working nicely and you don’t see any “outrageous” flaws on the exterior, you’re good to go. That’s what the mechanic’s for – he’ll give you the real facts about the potential candidate and tell you the approximate price for fixing something that needs fixing. This is probably the biggest advice I can give you: don’t buy a used car until it’s been thoroughly checked up by a professional. Take the car to the mechanic/body shop if you need to, and don’t EVER take the seller’s word for it (even if he/she seems like a good person). Remember: as soon as you buy it, you’re letting go of your money, and there’s no telling whether you’ll be able to get it back or not (probably not :)). Finally, before striking the deal, learn about the average Toyota Venza price based on 10-15 offers and write that down somewhere – that info will help you during the negotiations with the owner, trust me. For example, the price-tag on a standard 2010 edition varies around 11.5-13K www.cargurus.com); the tag on a 2009 edition is around 13K at www.truecar.com. The beautiful thing about buying a used car is you get to buy it super-cheap while still getting all the goodies, as 4-5 years is not that long of a period for the industry to call the car outdated. Well, I guess that’s it for my “wisdom notes”. Let’s get back to our analysis and talk more about the Venza itself.
Pricing And Features – Everything You Need To Know
So the starting price-tag on the US models was 26K for the FWD-equipped edition with the 4-cylinder engine, while the AWD-packed edition with the V6 would cost you 29.2K (that’s without the options). As surprising as this might sound, the Toyota Venza 2009 was only available with one trim level, with all kinds of packages and options to pick from. As for the entry-level features, the shoppers got 19-inch alloy wheels for the 4-cyl, 20-inchers for the V6, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, Toyota’s trademark SSS (Star Safety System), HomeLink, Hill-Start assist, and more. Option-wise, this SUV was pretty impressive and had a vast selection of available features/equipment, including automatic high beams, a 13-speaker sound-system (the JBL), Bluetooth connections, navigation, a backup camera, a DVD entertainment system with a 9″ display and two headphones to enjoy the show (wireless, I might add). The Touring Package was only available with the AWD-V6 edition and added HID headlights, push-button start, and more, same is true for the Navigation and JBL packs. The 2010 Toyota Venza introduced a standard USB connection port and a hands-free phone interface, bumping the final price up 300 dollars MSRP. I guess it was one of those editions that don’t really catch your attention and, as I mentioned a while ago, despite the fact that we’ve got the automobile industry going forward at light speeds, even a 3-5 year-old model can look and feel as good as new, because you don’t get ground-breaking stuff every consecutive year (otherwise it could get really crazy!)
A Couple Of Routine Editions To Fill The Void
Next up we had the 2011 Toyota Venza – yet another “useless edition”, like a friend of mine likes to say, with nothing new to offer (however, the price was increased by 200 dollars; why? go figure!) The simple fact is, the industry kinda tells the majors what to do, and that is release a new edition no matter what, even if it’s a 100% copy of the previous model. I know that makes some folks crazy (or angry), but that’s just how the business works – there’s no way around it. So, as you can see, if you’re a proud owner of the 2009 or the Toyota Venza 2010 model, you’ll still be on par with folks who cashed in for the 2011 line-up. Funny how that works sometimes, huh? On the other hand, the 2012 Toyota Venza was kind enough to introduce some changes: first of all, from now on the customers from the United States had three trim levels to choose from, including the entry-level LE, the golden-middle XLE and the ultimate Limited, as opposed to the single-grade SUV with tons of options and packages. If you ask me, that was a wise move, because it all comes down to human psychology and the fact that men really love to measure up their toys, trying to figure out who’s got the bigger wallet (or whatever). The first two trims – LE and XLE – could be packed with either one of the engines (the 4-cylinder or the V6) and go with FWD or AWD. However, the Limited edition could only be equipped with the mighty V6 (FWD/AWD). Furthermore, all the US models got yet another raise, this time by $240 MSRP. Regardless, the majority of the Toyota Venza reviews praised the company’s decision to go with multiple trim levels (just like I did :)).
Safety And Production Details
You know it better than me that Toyota is a big-time master at keeping us safe. So, it’s no surprise that all the Venza SUVs come with vehicle stability/traction control, brake assist, anti-lock braking, tire-pressure monitoring, three-point headrests, ELR (emergency locking retractors) and ATR (automatic locking retractors) for all seats, hill-start Control, and more. As for the airbags, we’ve got 7 of those, including the driver’s knee airbag, front/seat-mounted side airbags and two-row side-curtain airbags. With all those goodies the Toyota Venza earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The SUV performed exceptionally in the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) testing as well, earning 5 starts out of 5 in all tests except for the Rollover (4 out of 5). As mentioned in the beginning, production started in 2008 (November 11) at the Kentucky plant, with a 2009 launch and about 70 percent of the components coming straight from American suppliers. Fun fact: the Venza, along with the Avalon, is not available in Mexico, even though it’s kind of a pretty “tasty” market. Another fun fact real quick: Toyota projected big sales numbers, somewhere between 75-100K per year, but, as we learned, the model failed – epically. By the way, the Toyota Venza 2013 edition became available in Russia and China (I guess the company heads were trying to conquer new, highly promising markets to save the model’s huge drops in sales, but they failed – again).
I’m Not An SUV – I’m A Mid-Size Sedan!
Speaking of labels and marketing, I have to say that there’s no clear definition of whether the Venza is a mid-size crossover SUV or a station wagon, and that’s why some folks like to call it the Camry station wagon (the name kinda fits). Or, you could just call it a unique crossover and be done with it. It’s a matter of perspective, I guess. If you want to know what the company officials think, here you go: it successfully combined the design, styling and passenger comfort of a sedan with the flexibility and versatility of an SUV. Can’t really argue there, now can you? Fun fact: at the official web-site Toyota is comparing the 2015 Toyota Venza with the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima (both are mid-size sedans, by the way). So, bottom line is, it’s not a regular SUV, just as it’s not a wagon – it’s a brand-new thing, offering more room and utility to those drivers who wish they had it in the otherwise-perfect Camry but don’t really like the idea of going with the Highlander or the RAV4. Yep, it’s special alright, too bad the customers didn’t understand the potential, huh? Another fact for y’all: did you know that the Japanese giant asked Motor Trend (a magazine about cars) not to put the Venza in the SUV of the Year competition but in the Car Of The Year Edition, letting everybody know that they see it as a sedan? However, Motor Trend switched to harsh mode and decided not to include it in any competition, as it’s got too high of a ride height to be qualified as a sedan (a car, to be exact). Well, what can I say – even Toyota doesn’t get to win every single time.
The First (And Only) Facelift
The 2013 Toyota Venza introduced the one and only facelift to the model. The new edition was revealed at the New-York International Show 2012 and went on sale that same year (in May). The 4-cylinder versions received new, restyled 19-inch (alloy) wheels. Plus, the new Entune infotainment system was added, which boasts easy connection to all kinds of USB devices, including iPod/iPhone, Android and Blackberry via a mobile app. What does that mean? That means the driver gets wireless control over the gadget from the car’s steering wheel controls and can do hands-free phone calls and texting via Bluetooth without having to hold that device in his hand. Furthermore, he/she can use the Pandora Radio system to stream all kinds of internet radios, not to mention the ability to play MP3 files through the car’s audio system. Man, traffic/forecasts would be nice too, right? Well, they’re both available, so, vuala! The 2014 Toyota Venza was introduced a year later (obviously) and came with minor changes to the equipment, with the XLE trim getting power-folding mirrors and the Limited trim receiving front/rear parking sensors. The new edition was still one of the best offers on the market with a roomy interior, tons of cargo space (thanks to an innovative storage technology), a mighty and efficient V6 (the 4-cylinder not so much), a refined, pleasant ride quality, tons of entry-level and optional features/equipment and an eye-catching exterior/interior design, not to mention an affordable price-tag (which might be the major turn-on).
Toyota Venza 2014 – Minor Updates/Fixes Here And There
But, the “primal appeal” with the new Venza, the biggest selling point is flexibility: I know I said that I can’t really think of a segment, or, rather, a niche it could fit in, but there actually is one: some folks don’t need a 3rd row of seating in a family hauler, nor do they appreciate the large dimensions and dinosaur-like steering. So, that’s exactly who the Toyota Venza 2014 was trying to appeal to. It’s a tall mid-size wagon that offers enough interior/cargo space to rival with the full-size SUVs without actually being one. By the way, check out my post and enjoy the refined interior. Thanks to the lower stance, it looks, feels, and, most importantly, drives like a car – a mid-size sedan, I’d say. Add in the healthy Toyota genes and you’ll get a strong seller (or, so you would think). Regardless of the sad story finale, I really appreciate the Japanese giant’s bravery in trying to discover new ways to please the shoppers on the market where nothing seems to be new (like really, really new). And, to my personal taste, the 2014 Toyota Venza LE AWD is the best pick, because it’s affordable enough to fit your budget and hip enough to feel good about yourself. It’s the entry-level trim, but it comes pretty-well packed, including 19-inch wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, dual-zone (automatic) climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth/USB/iPod connections, a 6-speaker sound-system, and more exciting stuff. If you’re a fan of backup cameras and lift-gates, go for the LE Convenience package – it’s got you covered.
More Packages And The Toyota Venza 2015
Furthermore, if you also want navigation, the pack of Smartphone-friendly services I just mentioned and a panoramic sunroof, the LE Preferred package is your best bet. Both packages give the Toyota Venza interior a near-luxury touch, but, moving up the ladder you’ll find the XLE trim, which comes with the Convenience pack and adds keyless entry/ignition, heated front seats, High Def. and satellite radio, leather upholstery, and more. The Premium package adds that sunroof, a bigger touch screen (6.1-inches), navigation and a 13-speaker sound-system (again, the JBL). Finally, the ultimate trim, Limited, includes all of the goodies I just mentioned plus LED running/head lights, front/rear parking sensors, a better navigation system, et cetera, et cetera. Alright, I believe that’s pretty much it for the 2014 model. Now, let’s talk about the latest (and the last) edition – the Toyota Venza 2015: with the final goodbye the company decided to pack all the trim levels with the same 6.1-inch touch-screen and make the rearview camera standard equipment across the line-up. Furthermore, a towing package is now standard on all models packed with the V6 engine, while the basic trim, LE, is only available with the 4-cylinder unit. The biggest cons of the SUV/station wagon/mid-size sedan include poor fuel-efficiency with the 4-cyl engine and the lack of some of the brand-new safety features/equipment. On the other hand, the highly-capable V6 is still a class leader and the technological front is on point, to say the least. The passengers will have more than enough room around back not to feel cramped, with the seatbacks folding with just a lever pull, opening tons of cargo space for your luggage to enjoy.
A Mighty V6, Quick Acceleration And Solid Towing
Alright, let’s continue with the 2015 Toyota Venza review! Speaking of the V6, let me shed some light on the powertrain: The LE and XLE trims come with a 2.7-lit 4-cyl unit that’s capable of 181HP and 182 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with FWD coming standard and AWD being also available. As mentioned above, fuel economy is bad, and you’ll get 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 20MPG in the city (23MPG combined) with both front- and all-wheel drive. As for the V6, it’s optional on the XLE trim and standard on the Limited trim. It’s a 3.5-lit beast, pumping out 268 Horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque. AWD is optional on XLE and standard on Limited, while they both work with that same 6-speed automatic. Fuel-economy is almost identical to the entry-level unit – 26MPG highway/19MPG city, 22MPG combined. So, those are the Toyota Venza gas mileage numbers for you. If you’re wondering about the acceleration, I’m happy to say that the 4-cylinder with FWD goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 9.3 seconds, which is a better-than-average result. On the other hand, the V6 model jumps that same distance in 7.1 seconds with FWD and in 6.9 seconds with AWD. As for the towing capacity, the V6-equipped Venza with the towing package can tow anything up to 3.5K pounds. Hey, the post has all the necessary info on the model’s towing, so, make sure to check it out. Finally, if you wanna learn about what might’ve been the next edition, see my review.
A Refined Ride Quality And The Mighty-Mighty Rivals
On the open road the new edition feels greater than ever, delivering car-like handling that reminds me a lot of the way the friendly Camry behaves in those corners and turns. That’s partially because of the class-unique 19-inch wheels for the 4-cylinder and 20-inchers for the V6. The ride quality is smooth, well balanced, with a nice, premium feel. Furthermore, the cabin is practically noise-free, which adds up to the classy picture. Ok, finally, let’s take a look at the competition: if you’re in the market for a 2-row crossover SUV in this price range, make sure to take a look at the brand-new Subaru Outback that returns 33MPG on the highway (as opposed to the Venza’s 26), features an upscale interior and has an overall nice character. Ford’s Edge is your best bet if you’re looking for a traditional SUV that introduces forward-thinking design/styling and all the latest technological features to keep it interesting. The fresh Nissan Murano is right up that alley as well. At the end of the day, despite the fact that the Toyota model is still strong with that handsome V6, it’s well past its “bedtime” and can’t really compete with the rising stars on the market. And that’s exactly why Toyota decided to let it go (well, that and the poor sales :)). That’s the truth, ladies and gentlemen, and let me finish this article by saying that life goes on, and so do we. Take care!
Check out this video: 2016 Toyota Venza Review