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Toyota Venza, SUV
#1006 of 1243 Re: Was This A Consideration ? [atlantabenny]
Apr 09, 2009 (9:54 am)
a "non-poseur" vehicle, i.e. not trying to be an SUV (because 95% of SUVs aren't taken off-road anyway, etc.). I'm starting to think that the Venza has started a valid, solid vehicle trend that's all about functionality
You mean what Subaru started 10 years ago with the Outback?? BTW here's the new one:
With it's new sizing it will be more of a direct competitor for those who can get past the fact it's not a Toyota.
#1007 of 1243 Re: Was This A Consideration ? [volkov]
Apr 09, 2009 (10:29 am)
Nice. Just saw that photo on Inside Line but didn't realize it seems to have a higher driving position and a bit larger than previous Outbacks (wife is 5'2" and seat height is a factor).
Although I'd say that previous gen Outbacks - while I liked them for myself - were raised Legacy wagons which didn't have significantly more space than the wagon platform. This new model appears to have corrected that.
#1008 of 1243 Re: Was This A Consideration ? [atlantabenny]
Apr 09, 2009 (11:41 am)
For our young family (have a 2yr old) we picked the Venza because:
style (interior mostly)
pricing (~$30k in Canada)
functionality (folding seats & hatchback comes in handy for the stroller or trips to IKEA/Costco)
We're cross shopped against the CRV/Edge (didnt like the interior), Suzuki Grand Vitara (won't go offroading), and Nissan Rogue (storage was limited)
Other cars like the Murano/MDX were out of our price range
#1009 of 1243 Re: Was This A Consideration ? [atlantabenny]
Apr 09, 2009 (12:35 pm)
I fell in love with the Venza when it was first introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show and have been watching it ever since. I ordered a Blue V6 FWD with Prem Pkg #2, JBL System and Pano Roof. I currently have an 05 Highlander. I need room to carry stuff but I don't need 3 rows of seats. The Venza appealed to me because its a Toyota, its upscale, there's plenty of room, yet I could get all the features I wanted for a reasonable price. If I had gone for the I4 it would have been even more reasonable, I guess. I looked at the RAV 4, CRV, Edge, and Vera Cruz and they just didn't measure up to my expectations in one or more areas. I think the Venza is an ideal car for baby boomers or a small family or a single person who likes to carry stuff in style.
Can't wait to boogey on down the road in my Venza with that nice sound system listening to my "oldies".
#1010 of 1243 Re: Was This A Consideration ? [lal_clt]
Apr 09, 2009 (12:53 pm)
Thinking along those lines as well. Observing a few on Atlanta roads, seems to me that the Venza can't be stereotyped as a male or female vehicle - a good thing. Toyota's on to something with this car...
#1011 of 1243 Re: Was This A Consideration ? [atlantabenny]
Apr 09, 2009 (2:25 pm)
I looked at the Venza as well as the Highlander recently. I didn't need a third row seat but I wound up buying the Highlander mainly because it has substantially more cargo volume than the Venza while having the same length and width. That said, I think Toyota did a good job designing the Venza and if my needs were different I might well have purchased it.
#1013 of 1243 "Toyota Venza beautiful inside and out"
Apr 09, 2009 (4:50 pm)
Excellent review from Canada.com
"The Venza takes Toyota to a place it has never been before.
Not only does this big crossover deliver SUV-like utility without the unruly ride, it boasts a degree of style for which Toyota is not normally noted. From the grille to the tailgate, the Venza has road presence."
#1014 of 1243 Re: Was This A Consideration ? [volkov]
Apr 10, 2009 (12:10 am)
You mean what Subaru started 10 years ago with the Outback??
I like Subaru, but I think the Outback is the opposite of "non-poseur." At least for the first couple of generations, Subaru took a station wagon, gave it some ground clearance, two-tone paint/cladding, large fog lamps, white-letter tires, a hood scoop, etc. to make it look like an SUV.
The 2010 is pretty nice looking, though. Definitely will be worth driving/comparing with the Venza. One disappointment: the center position in the back seat still uses a roof-mounted shoulder belt.
Regarding the original question about whether the "trueness" of the Venza influenced my decision, not really. I didn't want to own a "station wagon."
#1015 of 1243 Re: Was This A Consideration ? [qs933]
Apr 11, 2009 (9:11 am)
I like Subaru, but I think the Outback is the opposite of "non-poseur."
Yeah I was kind of sad when they killed the Legacy wagon. I am hoping our '05 lasts a long long time. The ride/handling combination, the utility of a wagon, the towing capacity, the easy of ingress/egress, the AWD, and the fuel economy make it pretty much the perfect vehicle for our family.
I have looked at the Venza twice (our Subaru dealer is also a Toyota dealer) and I just can't warm up to the styling or price. I do like that the curb weight of the 4cyl AWD is under 4k, although the Subaru is closer to 3k lbs.
Its just funny because the early-mid 90s Camry wagon was one of the best vehicles ever for utility and longevity, now all the wagons are replaced by posuer-pods.