Last post on Dec 08, 2009 at 3:48 PM
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Toyota Venza, Lexus RX 350, Car Comparisons
#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.
Mar 29, 2009 (8:37 am)
I too, ordered my Venza in January and just received it last week. The dealer was good enough to provide me with a loaner for the past month.
I ordered the I4, with premium package. It was worth the wait. The vehicle handles great. The I4 has plenty of power for my driving needs.
So far I love the car.
Good job Toyota!!!
#67 of 89 2010 RX
Mar 29, 2009 (1:02 pm)
I briefly looked at the 2010 RX prior to deciding on the Venza. Yesterday, at our local auto show, was the first time I sat in one without navigation. Two things I didn't like:
1. If you pass on navigation, you're stuck with a non-graphical display in the large space where you'd normally find a color LCD.
2. Without navigation, the space on the console where the Nav controller would be, there is a small plastic tray. The quality of the plastic is fine, but it looks like it's main purpose is to remind you that you didn't spring for the Nav.
Also, going back to the common comment about the Venza's 20" wheels, the standard 18" on the RX just looks undersized, for some reason. It's weird because the 18" looked fine on the previous generation.
#68 of 89 Re: 2010 RX [qs933]
May 04, 2009 (7:00 pm)
I test drove the highlander (very nice ride), and I sat inside of Venza, but did not like the latter (did not even test drive it), reasoning was that I have had a Camry since 2001, and Venza seemed like a Camry Wagon to me, but a bit higher from the ground and much nicer than Camry and better cargo space. I wanted something higher (SUV like), so it was mostly going toward Highlander.
But since I had a RX 300 (2001) before, I also went to Lexus and test drove the 2010 model, and liked it more than the Highlander, so ended up getting the RX.
Price wise, figured Lexus is 5-6k more than comparable Highlander, but figured down the line it won't matter, and I like the look of Lexus better than Highlander (but really they're identical cars -- though Highlander Cargo is bigger and 3rd row seats I did not care for).
But really all three are great cars... it's a matter of taste.
#69 of 89 Re: Venza 4 cylinder [lberto]
May 04, 2009 (9:43 pm)
I own a Venza with the 2.7 L - 4 cylinder engine. Don't expect to go 0-60 in 6.7 seconds on an upward inclined freeway onramp with 5 people plus luggage on board. The engine tends to be noisy when pushed and has that characteristic 4-cyl "sewing machine" sound. I understand it has a timing chain and that contributes to the noisy engine sound. Once the engine gets to 4000 rpm, it is lively and accelerates well. The 6-speed transmission works well with the engine. I'm averaging about 27 mpg combined street and highway driving. I'm happy with the 4-banger, but wish it was quieter.
#70 of 89 Re: 2010 RX [houmi]
May 05, 2009 (2:37 am)
I own a 2001 Rx and may get the 2010. Do you like the 2010 much better? What do you notice as the biggest changes aside from the redesigned interior/exterior? I use 87 octane gas in my 2001-what do you use in the 2010?
#71 of 89 Re: 2010 RX [rparis]
May 05, 2009 (9:16 am)
I also own an "01 AWD RX300 and have been puzzling over where to go next.
Just ran across the announcement of the 2010 Cadillac SRX. A 3.0L DFI V6 that is the HP/torque equal of the RXes 3.5L and a F/awd system (Saab XWD) that appears to be a duplicate of the Honda/Acura SH-AWD system.
Other than wishing it wasn't a GM product what more can one ask..??