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New 2012 Toyota Venza
4dr FWD LE
Electronic 6-Speed Automatic w/OD
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This crossover isn't just an SUV alternative. It's a Camry done better.
The [Toyota Venza's] all-new DOHC 4-cylinder...is remarkably smooth for its large displacement.
Road & Track
Stew it all up, and Venza's an impressive piece of work that might, as Toyota says, appeal to both sedan and crossover shoppers.
The utility of the Highlander, the luxury of the Avalon; if this is what you're seeking, then you'll find it in the Venza.
The Toyota Venza is a five-passenger vehicle that couples the styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a sport utility vehicle (SUV), to give customers a stylish alternative to the traditional sedan.For 2012, the Venza has new trim levels, LE, XLE and Limited, and unique standard equipment on each.The Venza offers the choice of two powerplants, a 182-hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder or 268-hp 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift control and both can be had in either front or all-wheel drive. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, power windows, locks and mirrors, 19-inch wheels on four-cylinder models, 20-inch wheels on V6 models, privacy glass, cruise control, electronic stability control, seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag, front seatbelt pretensioners and front active head restraints.
Smooth and agile, more car than SUV.
The Toyota Venza rides and handles like a car but offers the cargo space of an SUV.It's more utilitarian than an ordinary car, yet it's smaller and lower than an SUV.Venza seats five and comes with premium equipment and attributes normally associated with SUVs.
The Venza is built on the platform of the previous-generation (2007-2011) Camry, and is assembled in the same plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.
But the Venza is more than an upscale, contemporary rendition of a Camry station wagon.The Venza is more original than that, and more functional, loaded with a mix of highly evolved features and fresh design ideas.Venza compares most closely with the Honda Crosstour, which is based on the Accord.
Venza is essentially a tall car, with a roomy, cleverly designed interior, that can handle the hauling tasks that make SUVs a popular choice.It's a family car, a good daily runabout that's easy to drive and park.And it's highly useful, for moving people, pets and grocery-getting.We found it spacious and comfortable.And it's much better looking than the Honda Crosstour.
Venza is available with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V6, both backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission.It's available in all-wheel-drive (AWD) and front-wheel-drive (FWD) configurations.
The four-cylinder makes 182 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque and gets an EPA-estimated 21/27 mpg City/Highway.The V6 is rated at 268 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque and is rated at 18/25 mpg with all-wheel drive.
On the road, the Venza feels like a car.It rides smoothly and quietly and steers easily.We were impressed with its stability on slippery roads, whether equipped with all-wheel drive or not.Although there are some SUV attributes, such as the higher seat height and a high degree of cargo versatility, from the driver's seat you'd swear you were in a four-door sedan.
The 2012 Toyota Venza is offered in three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited.Venza LE and XLE offer a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power, while the Limited comes only with the V6.All four-cylinder models roll on 245/55R19 tires, while V6s upgrade to 245/50R20.All three grades come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive ($1450).All Venzas come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Venza LE ($27,425) and LE V6 ($29,250) come well equipped with cloth upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row vents; eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat; power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control; 3.5-inch multi-information display; tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls; dual vanity mirrors; overhead console with map lights; rear-seat reading lamps; cargo cover; three 12-volt power outlets; multi-projector-beam headlamps with auto on-off; integrated fog lamps; UV reduction windshield; privacy glass; and aluminum-alloy wheels.Standard audio is a six-speaker AM/FM/6CD/MP3/WMA system with satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and music streaming, USB port with iPod connectivity, auxiliary audio jack and auto sound leveling.An LE Convenience Package ($750) adds a power liftgate and a rearview camera.The Preferred Package ($1800) includes the Convenience Package plus a panoramic glass roof that incorporates a power moonroof up front.
Venza XLE ($29,775) and XLE V6 ($31,600) upgrade with leather seating surfaces, steering wheel and shift knob; a four-way power passenger seat; multi-stage heated front seats; satin mahogany wood-grain interior trim; anti-theft system with alarm and engine immobilizer; Smart Key with pushbutton start and illuminated entry; power rear liftgate and a back-up camera.Also standard on the XLE is a multi-information display that can be customized to adjust the font size and content.The XLE Premium Package ($2,130) includes the panoramic roof with moonroof, and a 13-speaker JBL Synthesis surround-sound system that retains all the input options and connectivity features of the standard audio setup.Or choose the Navigation Package ($2,580), which bundles voice-activated touch screen DVD navigation and an integrated back-up camera with the same JBL audio system.
Venza Limited ($36,465) includes the navigation package with JBL audio, panoramic glass roof with front power moonroof, plus high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with automatic high beams.
All V6 models are available with a Tow Prep Package ($220) that includes an engine oil cooler, larger radiator fan and heavy-duty alternator.(All listed prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices, which do not include destination charge and may change at any time without notice.)
Venza also offers an array of pet-friendly, dealer-installed accessories, including a rear liftgate pet ramp; booster seat with harness; rear seat zipline-style harnesses; pet carriers; and bucket seat, bench seat and hammock style waterproof seat covers.
Safety features on all models include seven air bags and active headrests (front); Hill-Start Assist Control.Toyota's Star Safety System comes standard and includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) systems with a cutoff switch, plus Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.A tire-pressure monitor system and child protector rear door locks are standard.
Smooth, fluid lines and aerodynamic sculpting characterize the Toyota Venza, which is slightly shorter and lower overall than most crossover SUVs.
Viewed from the front, a high, wide grille that flows into flame-shaped headlamps functions to accentuate the wide stance of the car.The combination of lamp types gathered in the headlamp clusters, contrasted with the simple.separate fog lamps below, creates a crisp, technical feeling.
In profile, the Venza appears sleek and contemporary, thanks to low rocker panels and narrow doorsills, much more like a car than a SUV.In keeping with the FT-SX concept vehicle that inspired the design, the wheels are placed out at the corners of the body, snugly positioned in the wheelwells, and there is minimal overhang on either end.
The 20-inch wheels of the V6 versions become especially prominent, suggesting something surefooted in everyday driving, even sporty on a winding road.Their five spokes are dramatically three-dimensional, whereas the standard 19-inch, 10-spoke wheels look clean, machined, and high-tech.
At the rear, S-shaped tail lamps contribute to the sporty feeling.The end result is to convey the impression of a smart, modern, practical car.Most of all, the design conveys Toyota's long-view DNA, a way of saying that none of the Venza's visual elements are cliches likely to become dated or out of style during the life of the car.
The Toyota Venza is intended to be a refined, potentially luxurious alternative to a five-passenger sedan while offering more cargo and passenger space.So the interior has been endowed with an unusual mix of qualities, selected to combine the easy-to-drive attributes of a premium car with high-utility flexibility of an SUV.
Keyless entry allowed us to just walk up to the Venza and hop in; all five doors unlock at one touch (if programmed that way).The Venza is easy to get into, because the step-in height is quite low, same as a Camry, while the higher roofline makes entry easier for taller people.Once in the seat, we pressed the Start button and the instrument panel came to life, brightly lit and highly visible.Less noticeable is the sound of the engine because the Venza is very quiet at idle.
Seat quality is appropriate for a car that might convey a family and their pets on long-distance drives.The cushion length and seat back width are designed for comfort, and there is just enough side bolstering to allow for side-to-side support when the driving is more spirited.The seating position is a tad higher than the average car, more like a minivan, which affords easier visibility of the road ahead.The power seats have a nice range of adjustment, easily accommodating our average frame, and the steering wheel telescopes and adjusts about an inch and a half, each way.It takes only a moment to adjust for legroom and seat angle, set the mirrors, and select Drive.
From the inside, the feeling is of spaciousness, especially in the front row.The front dash layout uses a cleverly arched console and centrally mounted information pod to make it appear as though 60 percent of the front space is devoted to each side.
Both the leather and the cloth models boast high-quality interiors.Both include a nicely textured dash.The cloth interior makes use of carbon-fiber accents for a high-tech appearance, while the leather interior has wood-grain accents to achieve a clean, modern take on classical materials.Both convey the look and feel of quality.The shift lever is canted slightly to the driver's side.Whether cloth or leather, the interior color is either ivory or light gray, depending on the exterior paintwork.
The instrument cluster prioritizes an oversized speedometer, which is at the center of the cluster, with a slightly smaller tachometer to the left.Semi-circular fuel and temperature gauges are smaller and located to the right.The shift position indicator is a modest LED display at center.The instruments look good, are bright enough even when the sun hits them directly, and pleasing at night.
Twisting stalks for lights, wipers and washers, and cruise control are mounted on the steering wheel.
The center console is designed to be simple, clean, and uncluttered.It contains low-relief, soft-touch controls for the information center, the audio system and the HVAC (heating/air conditioning) system.The console has a soft armrest cover over an unusually deep storage area, which is highly organized.There is a built-in MP3 player cubby designed to hold players such as iPods securely.The Auxiliary plug is located out of the way, under a retracting lid that houses cup holders, and the wire can be run so that it is hidden while in use, providing near-perfect integration of the iPod into the Venza's interior.There is also a covered slot that made a perfect place to put our cell phone.The doors have bottle holders and a map slot.
The rear seats are surprisingly accommodating.With the driver's seat adjusted for a 6-foot person, we easily had enough legroom to be comfortable for long trips.The 60/40 split seatbacks recline up to 14 degrees, which also enhances comfort as the hours roll by.The Venza is wider and taller overall than the Camry (both the all-new 2012 Camry and previous-generation models), though it shares the same wheelbase, and essentially the same overall length.These dimensions make the Venza appear wider and lower, and permit increased hip room, head room and a higher seating height.Interestingly, while the Venza has a little more rear seat legroom than the new 2012 Camry, too, it has a little less in front.Overall passenger volume is greater in the 2012 Venza than in the 2012 Camry.
Venza is thoughtfully designed for pets.Among the available accessories are a selection of pet products, including a travel harness, rear pet barrier, a pet tent for smaller dogs, and seat cover for the rear bench seat.The harness, dog fence and tent add greatly to safety because the forces involved in a flying dog can be deadly to both dog and humans.Dogs should be secured to the floor with a safety harness, however.
On the road, the Toyota Venza feels like a car, and not much like a truck.In ordinary driving it rides smoothly and quietly, just like a car, steers easily, and seems as quiet as a Camry.We drove smoothly from place to place, wipers and headlights on in the rain, observing speed limits between 35 and 55 mph, with minimal need to concentrate.At those speeds, cornering was achieved with minimal body roll (lean), and steering was light and accurate.The Venza sits higher off the ground than a Camry, so there is a bit more body lean in the corners, but suspension travel is more like a car than an SUV, so the Venza transitions from side to side cleanly and easily.
We were impressed with the stability of the Venza on steep, curving roads covered with wet leaves.We never felt a wiggle in these slippery conditions, under throttle or braking, all day long.As the day wore on, we tried out both four-cylinder and V6 models, and all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive versions, and drove the now-familiar roads harder, occasionally hitting speeds up to 70 mph.We still never got into the traction control, or the anti-lock brakes, which speaks well for the tires and the wide stance of the Venza.
The brakes respond to pressure with a nice, easy-to-control mix of pedal assist and firm feedback.
The Venza is not designed to be an off-road vehicle, although it does have 8.1 inches of ground clearance, comparable to compact SUVs.The all-wheel-drive system (also used on the RAV4) can bias torque equally on a 50/50 basis, front to rear.With that kind of flexibility, the AWD Venza has the capability to be an especially sure-footed, all-weather transport, and that includes snow.
The Toyota Venza combines the virtues of cars and SUVs resulting in a vehicle that's nice to drive and easy to live with.The Venza seats five, can carry cargo, and should work well for hauling dogs around.It's roomy and comfortable and climbing in and out is easy.It offers good, smooth performance and handles well in slippery conditions.
John Stewart filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from Farmington, Pennsylvania.Additional material by John F.Katz.
Toyota Venza LE four cylinder ($27,425);LE V6 ($29,250); XLE four ($29,775); XLE V6 ($31,600): Limited V6 ($36,465).
Options As Tested
Prep Package ($220) includes engine oil cooler, larger radiator fan and heavy-duty alternator.
The list of optional equipment below represents a mix of optional dealer or factory installed features. Some must be added by the manufacturer during the production process whilst others can be installed here at the point of purchase. Please note that this list is intended for informational purposes only. If you have any questions please contact us for clarification.
50 State Emissions
LE Convenience Package
LE Preferred Package
Special Color - Blizzard Pearl
Destination Surcharge: Southeast
Destination Surcharge: Gulf States
Auxiliary Cable & iPod/USB Adaptor
Rear Bumper Protector (Regional)
Roof Rack (Regional)
Drop Hitch Receiver
10 Overhead DVD Entertainment System: Includes 10.2" overhead screen, hand held remote, video DVD player with game input and 2 wireless headphones.
Dual Headrest DVD System: Includes 7" adjustable LED screen, 2 wireless headphones and remote control.
Southeast Toyota Distributor: Certified technician 46 point final quality inspection.
Southeast Toyota Distributor Plus: Certified technician 46 point final quality inspection and digital picture asset program.
Leather Faced Seats
Leather Faced Seats w/Dual Front Seat Heaters
Factory Wheel Locks
Prism Sideview Mirrors
Chrome Lower Door Moldings
Body Side Molding (Regional)
Cargo Net (Regional)
Spider Cargo Net (Regional)
Ting My Auto/Theft Deterrent
Black Digital Backup Sensor
Color Keyed Digital Backup Sensor
Clear Paint Protection: Includes door cups, door edge guards and rear bumper protector.
Carpet Mats w/Trunk Mat
All Weather Mats
Glass Breakage Sensor (Regional)
Florida Legal Window Tint
Legal Window Tint for AL/FL/GA/NC/SC
6 Gallons of Gas
Toyoguard Select: Includes exterior paint sealant, interior protector, vehicle VIN glass etch protection, Toyoguard Auto Care Kit, roadside assistance and rental car assistance.
Toyoguard Plus: Includes roadside assistance, rental car assistance, emergency towing, VIN etch protection, exterior paint sealant, interior protection, 1 oil change with filters and Toyoguard Auto Care Kit.
Toyoguard Elite: Includes roadside assistance, rental car assistance, emergency towing, vehicle VIN etch, exterior paint sealant, interior protection, 2 oil changes with filters or 1 oil change with filter at any S.E.T. dealer, 2 tire rotations, all new Toyoguard Personal Assistant and Toyoguard Auto Care Kit.
Toyoguard Select (XY6): Includes exterior paint sealant, interior protector, vehicle vin glass etch protection, Toyoguard Auto Care Kit, roadside assistance and rental car assistance.
Toyoguard Elite (XY8): Includes roadside assistance, rental car assistance, emergency towing, vehicle VIN etch, exterior paint sealant, interior protection, 2 oil changes with filters or 1 oil change with filter at any S.E.T. dealer, 2 tire rotations, all new Toyoguard Personal Assistant and Toyoguard Auto Care Kit.
Premium Carpet Mat Set (5 Piece) (GULF): Includes cargo mat.
Black Mud Guards (GULF)
Rear Bumper Protector (GULF)
Roof Rack (GULF)
Chrome Lower Door Molding (GULF)
Cargo Net (GULF)
Vehicle Shield Package (GULF): Includes fabric guard, lusterizing sealant, sealant cleaner and rental car assistance.
3M Paint Protection Film (GULF)
3M Window Tint (GULF): Compliant with the laws of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
LA Compliant 3M Window Tint (GULF): Compliant with the laws of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
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