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#212 of 596 Finally Decided to Buy a Venza
May 03, 2009 (3:20 pm)
After looking at about ten different makes & models, I just bought a Venza V6-AWD with:
Premium Pkg #2 (LX)
Navigation w/JBL Synthesis (NV)
Panoramic Roof (SR)
Floor/Cargo Mats (CF)
Remote Engine Start (V4)
MSRP was $38,753, I paid $34,118 plus TTL. Went through the Internet managers of several dealers and really didn't need to negotiate much at all - they had similar pricing so I just went with the dealer that had my color and options in stock, and was reasonably close to home. I have the advantage of living in the DC / Baltimore area that has both Fitzmall and CarMax facilities nearby, so many Toyota dealers are deeply discounting to stay competitive. Bought it from Koon's Toyota in Annapolis, MD. The vehicles I had considered are: 2010 Lexus RX350, Audi A4-Avant and Q5, Nissan Murano LE, Infiniti FX35, Acura MDX, BMW 328xi SportWagon, Volvo XC60 and XC70. Venza won out in the end as it was the best overall value and the premium makes just weren't that much better (if at all) than the Venza. I'll post my test drive experiences and comparisons over on the main "2009 Toyota Venza Crossover" forum.
#213 of 596 Just purchased I4 Venza
May 10, 2009 (10:15 am)
No options. I4 FWD. 24,600 before tax+fees.
#214 of 596 34,975 for 31,450 include dealer fee plus TTR
May 11, 2009 (11:35 pm)
MY venza was 34,975 bought it for 31,450 including dealer fee for paperwork plus TTR Georgia 4 cyl FWD Golden Umber MIca, Nav, pack 2 , panoramic roof .
#215 of 596 Re: Finally Decided to Buy a Venza [md_outback]
May 12, 2009 (9:31 am)
Also in MD and also looking at the same array of vehicles to keep up with a growing family.
A few questions...was value your only decision in going with the Venza? My spouse would be at home on the race track, so I'm [pleasantly] surprised to hear the Venza came close to the premiums, especially given the price difference.
Any cars you immediately scratched off the list and what was your final decision between?
My search is narrowed to the Venza, Q5, A4 Avant, XC60, and RX350, and it's hard to argue with the value/feature proposition of the Venza.
#216 of 596 When will Toyota have low interest rates on Venza?
May 12, 2009 (11:05 am)
When do you think Toyota will do 0% percent or 1.9% on the Venza?
I just don't understand it. Most of the Toyota and Honda owners I know watch their money. How does Toyota and Honda expect to keep up sales when they don't offer the same low interest rates as GM, Ford, Chy??
I own all Toyota's and will only purchase Toyota or Lexus - I would like to trade in my Toyota RAV4 but I will wait until Toyota lowers their interest rates. Other Toyota owners I talked to feel the same. Their Toyota will last for years to come but would not mind to purchase a new Toyota if the rates were low.
This is a perfect time for Toyota and Honda to make up market share on the American brands, yet they just sit on the sidelines and watch kia and Hyunda make up market share. It doesn't make sense.
I will just have to wait for either the Venza or the Lexus RX 350 to offer low interest rates.
Toyota still makes one of the best cars and trucks out there - but in this type of economy money and deals talk!
#217 of 596 Re: When will Toyota have low interest rates on Venza? [ffmsk]
May 12, 2009 (11:28 am)
They won't offer 0% financing on the Venza when dealerships in Canada have a 12 week wait
#218 of 596 Re: Finally Decided to Buy a Venza [jxbst15]
May 12, 2009 (6:27 pm)
Ultimately, the Venza won the value proposition, but I actually had a higher budget. The most expensive vehicle I looked at was Infiniti FX35 at $52.5k; the least expensive was a Subaru Forester around $32k (everything I looked at was pretty loaded with many to most options). I immediately eliminated the less expensive vehicles (Subaru, Ford Edge, VW Tiguan) because they were missing some features, performance or comfort (I'm coming from a 2007 Lexus RX350). I also quickly eliminated the BMW X3 (dated design) and 328xi SportsWagon (too small). I was surprised that I didn't like the Volvo XC60 more - it was comfortable and solid, but there were way too many buttons on the console and the nav system was the least friendly of all. In the final group with the Venza were the Murano LE, 2010 RX350, FX35, A4 Avant and Q5. The A4 Avant was absolutely my favorite for driving, but it was also the smallest space wise. I would have liked the Q5 more if I hadn't driven the A4 first - then the Q5 just seemed sluggish and unresponsive in comparison. The FX35 was very quick, but also a bit cramped inside and had too many tech features that I would never use (the lane change warning is very annoying). I also nixed the RX350, mainly because I've already owned two RX's and the current styling looks too close to the old RX; and I never really warmed up to the interior styling. In the end it came down to the Murano and Venza both having a good balance of performance, space, features, style and comfort, and they were very comparable to the more expensive models. And the Venza beat the Murano mostly because the Toyota sales folks were more professional and friendly than their Nissan counterparts. So far I'm happy with my decision.
May 12, 2009 (6:55 pm)
Don't hold your breath waiting for 0% on the Venza. Never say never though
I did a home equity line of credit loan on mine for 2.99%.
#220 of 596 Re: When will Toyota have low interest rates on Venza? [venzayaris]
May 13, 2009 (5:35 am)
That is interesting. The dealers we have visited have an inventory - including 40 on one dealership in the Minn./St. Paul area. When I was up in Montreal the dealership we looked at had around 15 of them in stock? The one in Richmond Toyota in
13251 Smallwood Place
has an inventory - I don't have the exact number.
They also make the Lexus RX 350 in Canada also!
A salesman told me the same thing about dealerships in america - it pays to have a patient who owns a Toyota Dealership! You tend to find out where the inventory is.
I will just have to wait.
#221 of 596 Re: Finally Decided to Buy a Venza [md_outback]
May 13, 2009 (5:35 am)
Thanks for the insightful response; I am pretty much in the same situation. Haven't driven the Q5 yet but it's disappointing to hear the 3.2 it has doesn't perform as well as one might expect.
I'm in Baltimore metro - any Toyota dealerships you advise avoiding or starting with?
Knowing my wife the Lexus isn't sporty enough and I know she finds the Murano fugly, so it'll be between the Q5, XC60, and Venza.