Last post on Dec 08, 2009 at 3:48 PM
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Toyota Venza, Lexus RX 350, Car Comparisons
#46 of 89 Drove the Venza
Feb 04, 2009 (9:48 am)
Waiting to try the I-4 but the loaded FWD V-6 Navi leather was $35,000. Pretty steep. The Lexus will be $43,000 with same equipment,maybe more. We have a 2007 Lexus ES 350 and it is three notches better than the camry V-6 with leather while I say the Venza is only one notch less than the RX. Tulsa gets an RX on Feb 17th . Will drive then and see for myself if Lexus better or not. Hard to tell from photos. The Venza fake wood is pleasing unlike the Highlander. the Venza leather is pleasing unlike the Highlander. Of course, go for a base I-4 Venza add leather package and likely invoice price of $27,000 out the door. Makes the lexus seem pretty steep. Time will tell.
#47 of 89 RX350 Base Price
Feb 07, 2009 (12:59 am)
Lexus announced the base price of the 2010 RX350:
FWD: $36,800 + $825 destination
AWD: $38,200 + $825 destination
These prices are actually about $900 cheaper than the 2009 base. Keep in mind thought that the cloth-equipped base is going to be pretty tough to find.
Today I saw a FWD with the Premium package (I think that's what it's called) + Comfort Package + Navigation + Heads-Up display and some other misc. options. Together, the options added $11K to the price, bringing the total to almost $49K.
#48 of 89 Re: Drove the Venza [soonercat]
Feb 07, 2009 (9:52 am)
Portable/handheld GPS/Nav is a lot more convenient and a LOT more cost effective.
#49 of 89 Venza 4 cylinder
Feb 15, 2009 (6:52 am)
Has anyone driven the new 2.7 L - 4 cylinder? I am considering ordering a new Venza, but I am curious about the smaller engine.
#50 of 89 Looked at both of them
Feb 28, 2009 (5:20 pm)
but didn't drive either. Both have lots of the latest electronics and would make anyone proud to own however, IMO the RX is in another league as far as quality of materials, cabin layout and comfort. Decked out with Nav, premium packages etc. the RX costs upwards of $10k more than the Venza 3.5. Is it worth it? I think it is. Whichever you buy would be a good decision.
#51 of 89 Re: Looked at both of them [smr36]
Feb 28, 2009 (5:41 pm)
If the RX were available with new I4 it would be a better valve than the Venza. otherwise...
In a year or two the I4 will be upgrading to DFI and then maybe put into the RX.
Or even better an the new I4 gets DFI and Atkinsonization and we get a highly fuel efficient RXh.
Meanwhile I think I might be in love with the CX-7.
But only if my '01 F/awd RX300 divorces me....
Feb 28, 2009 (6:09 pm)
My husband and I just went through this analysis. We ended up getting the 09 Lexus RX-350 because with the current great incentive pricing from Lexus to the dealer, the cost out the door is more than comparable to the Venza and the added features make it a better car in our view. In addition, even though it's a Toyota, it's still a first year model for the Venza and I always hesitate buying a first year model.
#53 of 89 Re: [graberg]
Feb 28, 2009 (7:10 pm)
I thought about getting an RX-350 because the prices with the discounts are now comparable to the discounted Venza. But the lower gas mileage and the fact that it uses premium gas (around here that's .25 more per gallon) makes me look at the cost of owning over the long term. My heart wants a Lexus but my head says the Venza is more practical. The war is on!
Mar 01, 2009 (8:00 am)
I've owned an RX350 for nearly three years and I've used regular (87 oct) gas for most of that with little difference in performance or mpg. The true difference in the cost of ownership is that the '09 RX350 will probably depreciate faster (in real dollars) than the Venza and Lexus service typically costs more than Toyota service. Fuel cost difference between the two will be minimal, IMO.
#55 of 89 Re: [graberg]
Mar 01, 2009 (11:07 am)
I hope that '09 Lexus RX350 wasn't the F/awd model.
The 2010 RX350 and the new Venza have a STELLAR F/awd system in comparison. Not nearly in the class of the Honda/Acura SH-AWD system but progress none the less.