Last post on Sep 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM
You are in the Toyota Venza
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Venza, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, Car Comparisons, SUV
#15 of 29 Re: Why I purchased a Venza [pacpark4]
Mar 24, 2009 (6:44 am)
The Venza is a very well thought out vehicle. It is also a "tweener" - meant to fit a niche between existing vehicles where Toyota was losing to Murano when RAV4 was too small/spartan and Highlander was too truck-like.
However, the gas mileage is attractive to the loaded RAV4 shopper. The lease deals are not great and sadly, this iced it for me. Got $5K off list on a 2009 Murano LE and good combination of residual and money factor.
Otherwise, it would have been a Venza. Toyota leather is a notch above and they still do interior dash in a stylish classic manner better than the rest. On interiors, I feel Honda is too "out there", Nissan a bit reserved stingy and Ford - well they are trying but have a long way to go.
My last comment is strictly an aesthetic one. The difficulty in getting a lot of color combinations also drove the decision. I'm not a big fan of all these two tone (and sometimes three) on the light interiors. I don't know if that's a Toyota manufacturing decision or the dealer's. Supposedly, there is a Sport edition of the Venza starting to arrive but no leather option. If this existed, I would have potentially been worth the stretch.
Frankly, I think if you are leasing, it's hard to go wrong with a great deal on any of these vehicles. I just wouldn't want to be driving a Ford after 80K of hard driving.
#16 of 29 Re: Why I purchased a Venza [get_it_guy]
Mar 25, 2009 (2:57 pm)
Highlander is too truck like?! Owned an 05 for 3 years and still miss it and test drove the 08 and just didn't like the size and hood position from driver's perspective. Truck like is the LAST thing I'd call a Highlander.
#17 of 29 Re: Why I purchased a Venza [get_it_guy]
Apr 07, 2009 (7:51 pm)
On interiors, I feel Honda is too "out there", Toyota leather is a notch above and they still do interior dash in a stylish classic manner better than the rest.
I beg to differ. The CR-V is much more traditional compared to the lopsided yet-attractive Venza design.
#19 of 29 Re: Motor Trend review [venzayaris]
Jul 24, 2009 (6:04 am)
Thank you for posting the Motor Trend comparison. Those are the exact three crossovers we are considering. Looks like the Toyota Venza is a strong first place in this venue.
#20 of 29 Re: Motor Trend review [emjay1]
Aug 26, 2009 (11:36 am)
I'm also considering the Edge/Murano/Venza trio, with my fourth "short list" vehicle being the new 2010 Subaru Outback. Like the Venza it comes in 4 and 6-cyl versions, and has a lot more room inside compared to its 2009 predecessor (cargo space is basically a tie with the Venza, at least according to the published specs). Edmunds hasn't reviewed the 2010 Outback yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
#21 of 29 Is Venza a real crossover?
Sep 12, 2009 (6:27 pm)
------------Length x width x height
Edge---- 185.7 x 75.8 x 67.0 in
Murano- 188.5 x 74.1 x 67.0 in
Venza--- 189.0 x 75.0 x 63.4 in
IMO, I think the Venza is too short to classify as a crossover. I consider it as a wagon. It's even shorter than the tiny Rogue.
#22 of 29 Re: Is Venza a real crossover? [gooddeal2]
Sep 12, 2009 (8:28 pm)
Three and a half inches is a big difference to ya? Its about the same difference in length with the Edge and Venza.
#24 of 29 Re: Is Venza a real crossover? [gooddeal2]
Sep 13, 2009 (6:01 am)
"IMO, I think the Venza is too short to classify as a crossover. I consider it as a wagon. It's even shorter than the tiny Rogue."
Hey gooddeal2, you may want to double-check your info. The Venza is 6.1" longer and 4.1" wider than the Rogue. Venza also has 12.2 cu ft. more storage capacity than the Rogue. I don't believe size has anything to do with whether a vehicle is a "crossover" or not, besides that's just a label. The real question is whether a vehicle has the features and capabilities that a prospective buyer is looking for. I bought a Venza because it had what I wanted and I was willing to pay the price Toyota wanted. They can call it a car, a wagon, a crossover or even an aardvark, it really doesn't matter to me.