This may not come as a surprise to all those involved in the automotive industry. The dated Toyota Venza crossover just couldn’t make the cut when it comes to sales figures. Despite the upgraded 2015 model, it still didn’t get traction with consumers who instead opted for more contemporary Nissan Murano or the Ford Edge.
So while we bid our last farewell to the Venza let us consider once again all the pros and cons which made this model an attractive buy only a few years ago but with ever changing trends in the automotive industry ultimately proved insufficient to keep it competitive.
Exterior and Interior
The two row wagonlike crossover comes standard with 19-inch wheels, headlamps and fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar and a tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel. In addition, the Venza offers Toyota’s Entune multimedia interface system and navigation as optional on all trim levels.
The choice of interior colors is Ivory, Light Gray and Black in cloth upholstery. Sadly, the interior feels distinctly cheap, especially the textured plastics with fake wood accents. The 6.1-inch touchscreen features tiny virtual control buttons which become a major nuisance while driving.
A rearview camera and hill assist also come as standard, plus antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, a driver knee airbag and full-length side curtain airbags. On the flip side, common place safety features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision mitigation are sorely missing.
The seats are reasonably comfortable and provide plenty of head and legroom, especially the back seats which include a reclining option. The cargo area is 36.2 cubic feet when the back seats are up, but it can be extended to 70.2 cubic feet easily thanks to the remote lever installed in the cargo wall which controls the back seats.
The Toyota Venza in its last upgrade includes two engine options: first, there is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 181 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. The fuel estimates are quite paltry for the segment at 23 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway).
The optional engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that is good for 268 hp and 246 lb-ft. It comes with ta fuel economy of 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway). Transmission is a six-speed automatic across the lineup, and front-wheel drive is standard.
Toyota Venza Price
The Toyota Venza will be sold for $29,890 as a starting price with destination fees included.
More info: http://www.toyota.com/venza/