Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The Toyota Venza is a mid-size crossover wagon produced by Japanese automaker Toyota and unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based on the Toyota FT-SX concept car unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, the Venza was primarily engineered at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and designed at the Calty Design studios in Newport Beach, California. It is currently slotted in size and price between the RAV4 compact crossover SUV, and the Highlander mid-size crossover SUV that has third-row seating. However, the Venza is an inch longer than the Highlander and for the 2009-2010 model years, the base Venza's MSRP was $1000 USD higher than the base Highlander.
The Venza is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky, production having commenced on November 10, 2008.
The Venza is based on the Camry chassis (Toyota K platform) and is similar to Mark X Zio in concept. Venza is powered by either Toyota's 3.5-litre 2GR-FE V6 or all-new 2.7-litre 1AR-FE I4 engine, both mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available as an option. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel economy of 21 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp) city /29 mpg-US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp) highway with the four-cylinder engine. The Venza uses an electric power steering system.
US models had starting price of $25,975 for a front-wheel-drive (FWD) 4-cylinder model, and ranged up to $29,250 for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) V6 edition without options.
According to Edmunds.com, the Venza's interior design and quality is superior to other contemporary Toyota vehicles.
Unlike other Toyota offerings that have different levels of equipment (such as LE and XLE for the Camry, and Sport and Limited for the RAV4/Highlander), the Venza has only one model trim but with a choice of packages and options. Compared to other Toyota vehicles in a similar price range (such as the RAV4, Camry, and Highlander), whose base models have few amenities outside of air conditioning and power accessories, the entry-level Venza has a long list of standard features. These include fog lamps, 19" alloy wheels , 34 pound 20" alloy wheels (V6), HomeLink, XM satellite radio, 6-disc CD changer, dual-zone climate control, electrochromic auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 8-way power drivers seat, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, Hill-Start assist control and the Toyota Star Safety System.
Major options include automatic high beams with HID lighting, heated side view mirrors, power liftgate, leather seat surfaces, 4-way power passenger seat, panoramic glass moonroof, Smart Key System, 13-speaker JBL sound system with Bluetooth, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, backup camera, and a rear DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch display and two wireless headphones. The Touring Package (containing HID headlights and push button start) and Navigation & JBL Package are only available on the V6 AWD. The Premium Package containing the moonroof and backup camera is available on all but the Venza (I4 FWD), while the leather package is available on all Venzas.
For 2010, the Venza receives a standard USB audio input and Bluetooth hands-free phone capability. Due to this addition, the in-dash 6-disc CD changer is no longer standard equipment. All U.S. models get a $300 raise in MSRP.
Elegant Toyota Venza
Toyota Venza Concept
White Toyota Venza
Red Toyota Venza