But keep in mind that the Venza's optional 3. If I switch back to hands free on my phone they can hear me fine. Bumps of all sizes make their way into the cabin; larger ones register with surprising harshness. They could have to me on the phone that they were upping the price on me, but no they let me drive 2 hours to get there on purpose. A rearview camera is now standard, as is Bluetooth. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also performed crash tests on the Venza, giving it an overall score of five out of five stars.
It's more like an overgrown hatchback, and we mean that in the nicest way possible. The Venza pulls off a nifty packaging trick--it gives its owners the interior space of a roomy crossover and the step-in height of one, but it doesn't look boxy or angular at all. Venza shoppers have a choice of two engines, either of which are available with front- or all-wheel drive: a 182-horsepower, 2. Well-equipped even in lower-priced trims, the Toyota Venza offers strong value, but can also be optioned upward into near-luxury territory with add-ons like high-end audio, navigation, a rear-seat video system, and leather seats. That's how we'd describe it in the most logical of worlds--but why add to that naming confusion? I drove 2 hours to get there. That's not enough to move the Venza along with any significant dispatch, even with front-wheel drive. It's simply one of the more practical, carlike mid-size vehicles we can think of, a highly functional piece that takes the best attributes of those car types and blends them into something new and neat-looking.
The Venza has rolled along without major body structure changes since 2009. They also said that they would rather fight me in the courts, then honor the agreement. In corners, the Venza's steering is surprisingly precise and responsive for this kind of vehicle, and body roll is held to moderate levels as long as you're not pushing too hard. Discovering the 2015 Toyota Venza horsepower is a good start to figuring out the real power hiding under the hood of the vehicle. It's more like the 2013 Subaru Outback in this way.
However, they say it handles well, as there isn't excessive body roll and the steering feels precise. The Limited is, well, limited to V-6 models, and this year, to models with all-wheel drive. Levers in the cargo space quickly fold each portion of the rear seat without you having to move around to the side of the car and fold the seats from there, as is the case in many vehicles. If you're in the market for a 2-row family vehicle with a little extra pizzazz, consider giving this underappreciated Toyota some love. Though it has a raised ride height, you don't get quite a commanding view of the road. From the driver's seat, you're simply not aware of the Venza's added height, except when you glance around at stoplights and realize you're looking down at regular cars.
Otherwise, the Venza comes up aces. An unusual center stack splits the front row, while woodgrain trim and conservative brightwork make for a sharp and sophisticated look that's never boring. See all the standard safety features listed. However, it does feel more carlike, both in terms of visual perception and driving experience. One thing we'd note, is to stick with the standard wheel and tire sizes. How It Drives During the recent arctic freeze through which seemingly the entire country suffered, my all-wheel-drive Venza managed incredibly well in my Rocky Mountain stomping grounds.
Available safety upgrades don't include blind-spot monitors or lane-departure warning systems, however. Why is the wiring attractive to them now? The Venza's front and rear seats sit at just the right height for sliding in, and the big doors make entry and exit equally easy for short and tall passengers. It's more a Camry wagon, at a functional level. Rated at 268 hp and 246 lb-ft of torque, this ultra-refined motor feels, if anything, more powerful than its numbers suggest, piling on speed with remarkable authority. It worked perfectly and had good enough sound quality to take a conference call through the speaker system while waiting in the carpool lane — where I especially appreciated the mute feature. With all-wheel drive and a high-riding stance, you might think the Venza is up to off-road duty, but you'd be wrong.
They got very grimy very quickly from ice residue that seemed to get tracked in on shoes and gloves. Those traits make it easy to drive, but sap any possibility of excitement. Both are paired to a six-speed automatic. It rides high, which enhances visibility, but its car-based underpinnings ensure smooth, stable handling. I drove an all-wheel-drive Limited, which is available only with a V-6 engine; the lower trims offer a choice of a four-cylinder or V-6. Safety scores have been good, and the Venza now comes with standard Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Three adults can comfortably sit across the back row, but there's no third-row option; that's left for larger vehicles like the Highlander.
While the Venza proved to be great as a grocery-getter and errand-runner its standard acoustic laminated windshield kept the car quiet around town , it sadly became rough, unrefined and loud on the highway. However, both of the agencies that test for crash safety keep changing their testing regimens, requiring better performance on more difficult tests, as well as demanding more standard safety gear to earn the top marks. Don't get us wrong, we couldn't blame anyone for saving some money and getting the four, but keep in mind that the Venza's optional 3. To the left of the steering wheel was another storage bin I used for loose change and trash. . I have been driving Toyotas since 1982 and have not experienced that problem before now and therefore intend to lodge a complaint with Toyota Canada in that regard.
There aren't any cargo organizers in the rear load area, though, and the shape of the space isn't quite as versatile as some taller crossovers--though we've packed a week's worth of camping gear in one, without complaint. The Bluetooth profile also allows users to pair their -enabled devices to wireless play files through the vehicle's. In our experience, when driving in hilly areas, the difference in gas mileage between four- and six-cylinder models essentially vanishes, but in flat-land driving, the four-cylinder is the definite choice for greener driving. I suspect that is due to a very, very thin application of clear coat. Test drivers are generally unimpressed with the four-cylinder Venza, saying the engine is noisy, could use more power and that the transmission works very hard with this engine. What We Like Fantastic optional ; appealing styling; pleasant driving dynamics; available towing package What We Don't Hit-or-miss interior quality; so-so base 4-cylinder engine; no third-row seat How Much? Both engines get the same all-wheel drive system, configured for on-road tractability, and on V-6 models there's a standard Towing Prep Package good for pulling up to 3,500 pounds.