Last post on Dec 08, 2009 at 3:48 PM
You are in the Toyota Venza
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Venza, Lexus RX 350, Car Comparisons
#56 of 89 Re: [lal_clt]
Mar 01, 2009 (5:17 pm)
I thought about it as well (Venza vs. the 2009 RX350). Several things that swayed in the Venza's favor were:
- Availability of features such as the Smart Key and a backup camera without Navigation.
- The Venza is a brand new design that will look "new" for at least another couple of years until the mid-model refresh. The 2009 RX looks the same as the 2004 RX that was launched almost 6 years ago.
- On the other hand, I prefer a "lower profile" brand like a Toyota over a luxury brand, like Lexus.
- The discounts on the 2009 RX in my area (single distributor, single dealer) are nowhere near as good as those in other areas.
#57 of 89 Re: [qs933]
Mar 02, 2009 (6:10 am)
Thanks for your reply. Those are good reasons to consider the Venza over the RX350. Have you driven the Venza without the Nav system and tried to use the backup camera? Just curious how much you can see. I have a great portable GPS and don't need a nav system but I like the backup camera.
#58 of 89 Re: [lal_clt]
Mar 02, 2009 (8:44 am)
If you're considering F/awd then other than price it's really the 2010 RX350 you should be comparing to the Venza. The 2010 RX350 has the same NEW F/awd system as the Venza. But the Venza WINS with the more fuel efficient I4.
#59 of 89 Re: [wwest]
Mar 02, 2009 (2:40 pm)
No, we got the fwd version - no need for awd here. Picked it up Friday and so far very pleased.
#60 of 89 Re: [lal_clt]
Mar 02, 2009 (9:39 pm)
Have you driven the Venza without the Nav system and tried to use the backup camera?
Yes I have -- my Venza has the optional JBL system, but no navigation. The backup camera is definitely usable for what it's intended for: as an aid in addition to everything else you're supposed to do when reversing (i.e. turning your head).
I also had an Echomaster system installed in the rear bumper; I had them in my 4Runner (with no camera).
Mar 03, 2009 (9:29 pm)
Been driving my '07 RX350 for two-and-a-half years, and with the exception of one or two fill-ups with premium unleaded, I've always used regular unleaded with no problems at all. And also
my car seems to get even better as far as mpg the longer I've driven it.
I average about 260 miles a week on my RX, usually just back and forth to work, and usually go eight or nine days(sometimes ten days!) before filling up, and that's with still a quarter of a tank of gas left, or between 35 and 50 miles left to empty.
I'm definitely doing better mgp-wise than with my prevous car which was a 2002 Nissan Maxima.
#62 of 89 RX Vs Venza
Mar 06, 2009 (4:31 am)
My wife's 2006 RX330 has 19,000 miles & I paid $41k new. It has 13 more months of new warranty too! Lexus will only allow $20.5 on trade in. Then they will sell it for $30k-- pigs that they are! So much for luxury cars holding their value. I got a Toyota dealer to allow $26.6 TOWARDS a 2009 Venza, loaded and I am not worried it is a first year car, etc. If something goes wrong I'm sure Toyota will make good.
#63 of 89 Re: RX Vs Venza [merrel]
Mar 06, 2009 (1:35 pm)
I agree! I had a nice 2007 ES 350 with NAV (42k new). Perfect with 18k miles. Dealer offered 23 with full MSRP for the Lexus RX350!. sold privately for $27,650 and bought Venza for $27,500!!! In 6 months the RX will be thousands off.
Mar 28, 2009 (2:09 pm)
Well we must received the 1009 Venza for my wife. We ordered it on 1/21/09 and took until 3/19 to obtain. A power passenger seat was a MUST. I sent a letter to the director of the Georgetown, Kentucky manufacturing plant just to ask a simple question WHY it took 2 months to build this car in this awful economy. I also told him it was my SECOND NEW Toyota purchase in less than a year. Either he fired his secretary or he is a deaf mute, so he sends my letter to Toyota HQ in California. They, in turn, send me a letter saying that they tried very hard to contact me (BS) I am retired and gave them a home phone number, a cell phone number, an email address and home address. In disgust I sent the letter back to California and told them their letter was just BS. So much for customer relations. Anyway, the Venza is great, my wife loves it and we immediately put on an E&G mesh chrome grille which totally improves the appearance.
#65 of 89 Re: VENZA [merrel]
Mar 28, 2009 (5:02 pm)
I'm curious -- what were you expecting Toyota to do in response to your letter? And how would being a "deaf mute" impact the way he read your letter?
Other than a profuse apology on the delay (which actually seems pretty typical timeline for ordering a vehicle), I can't think of anything else they could have done. Did you think that they'd stop the assembly line, build your vehicle on the spot, and ship it to you via a private cargo jet?
Congratulations on the Venza, but I think your complaint is a bit ridiculous.