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Toyota Venza, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, SUV
#69 of 140 Re: 2010 Venza or wait for 2011 [camryloyalist]
Jun 13, 2010 (4:27 pm)
I had my heart set on the new 2011 sonata. We were disappointed in it and looked at several other cars. Wife spotted the venza, then we compared with other somewhat "similar" vehicles. We bought a 2010 6 cyl venza. We had a small rattle in the back (cargo net holder) and I hand tightened it. I'm not aware of any blind spots. We have the backup camera, but I don't really use it. I think the visibility is very good. The 20 inch tires will probably last you a very long time. They range in pricing, but you can get them for reasonable prices - I believe the Goodyears are about $109 each. We love our venza and do not regret buying it at all! Our first ever toyota. If we had a beef, it would be that on the slightest pull or hill it will downshift. Perhaps many of the cars do that, idk. My wife tells me I drive like "an old man" and I get about 25 mpg - all highway. When we compared it to Edge/Murano/Traverse, etc, I honestly think this was a no-brainer decision for us.
#71 of 140 Re: 2010 Venza or wait for 2011 [priggly]
Jun 14, 2010 (3:02 am)
No, I'm not a bit concerned about where toyota gets its parts. The venza is 80 percent american parts and 100 percent american labor. However, that means nothing to me. I've bought quite a few cars over the years and the only "disqualifier" with regard to where or how something was made would be being built in a union plant. Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me, burn me five times and I become committed to non-union plants. Just my experience, not interested in convincing anyone else.
#72 of 140 Re: 2010 Venza or wait for 2011 [camryloyalist]
Jun 14, 2010 (11:33 am)
Other things I've mentioned about my Venza are not major concerns. My major concern is the blindspot because it is a safety issue. The roof supports are large but the C-bar (rear roof support) are big enough to hide a person so now I have to be a little more careful backing up.
#73 of 140 2010 Venza V-6 great ride
Jun 24, 2010 (3:53 am)
Recently purchased a 2010 venza. We traded a 2005 lexus es330 for the venza, which was a demo model with 7K miles. Got a great deal! First off, the car is absolutely beautiful and looks and feels brand new. It is the v-6 AWD, nav,dvd,back-up cam, HID, smart keys and tow package. The venza drives just as good as our lexus and much better than our navigator(v-8) which we also sold. The handling is much better than the lexus and the ride is just as smooth but not as quiet. Im 6'3 280 and we love the room. I am able to place the front seat in a comfortable position and then sit in the rear seat very comfortably. The rear reclining seats are very nice. Kids love the dvd with headphones and the 120v hookup for the ps3(very convenient). No problems with blind spots and the camera is a good assist to backing but cannot be used independently. Nav is very user friendly and stereo(jbl 13-speaker) is very nice. Bluetooth phone sounds great. I cant even tell the wife is in a car. We took a 300 mile road trip last week and avg about 22 mpg while avg 78 mph(I have a heavy foot). Rides great in the 90-100 mph range and has good power.
NOW FOR THE COMPLAINTS:
-no memory seats
-heated seats but no cooling
-no rain sensing wipers
-had alarm/faulty hood latch problem-awaiting backordered part now.
besides these wants/few issues, we love the car. Will give another update down the road.
Jun 27, 2010 (5:01 pm)
We've gotten one highway tankful 29 MPG on our FWD 4cyl.
Got 26 MPG w/a Thule cargo box driving 65-75 to OBX.
Luv the interior - dual zone climate controls are helpful.
Great forward visibility-not so great rearward.
This would be a good candidate for a hybrid system!
#75 of 140 20" tires on Venza
Jul 06, 2010 (6:16 pm)
I am a neophyte on most technical car issues. My question deals with the 20" tires on the Venza. They are a lower profile tire than normal. Will this cause them to wear out quicker than, say, 18" tires? Also, will the ride be a little less "civilized"?
#76 of 140 Re: 20" tires on Venza [john431836]
Jul 06, 2010 (11:09 pm)
I read about the Venza for six months before I went for my test drive. There is a lot to love about a Venza. My test drive was more than generous. I had the car for 48 hours. I was so disappointed in the "ride" that I changed my mind about purchasing a Venza. I decided that I just wasn't a woman who could appreciate 20" tires. To be fair I must tell you that I had been driving a sedan, not an SUV. That would affect a person's perception. I couldn't bring myself to buy the most cushioned drive I could find either (Buick). I spent thousands less and am very happy with my Honda Accord. I sill love the appearance of the Venza when I see one.
#77 of 140 Re: 20" tires on Venza [john431836]
Jul 07, 2010 (4:35 am)
Our venza has 20 inch tires. The venzas we test drove each had michelins and we found them to be smooth and liked the ride. The venza we ordered and own has goodyears. We do not like the ride with the goodyears at all. The ride is very hard and you feel every bump. With the michelins we found the venza to have a sedan-like feel. We have never owned an SUV, but I suppose the goodyears may make it feel like an SUV - very stiff. I want to get rid of the goodyears and buy michelins, but my wife doesn't want to "waste" money on tires. Fortunately, in addition to not riding well, the goodyears have a very low treadwear rating and will likely only last 25k miles at which time they will be replaced with something else.
#78 of 140 Re: 20" tires on Venza [john431836]
Jul 07, 2010 (9:02 am)
When you drive over a perturbation in the roadbed something MUST "give".
If the give is entirely left to the springs then the follow-on bounce, rebound, can be "compensated" for, damped, by the shock absorber. Obviously any "give" via the tire sidewall cannot be compensated for.
Personally I would never go above 18" for a typical road-going passenger vehicle.
Probably a more important measure would be tire sidewall heigth.