Last post on May 24, 2012 at 7:15 AM
You are in the Toyota Venza
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Toyota Venza, Subaru Outback, Car Comparisons, Sedan, Wagon, SUV
#7 of 11 Re: 2010 OB vs 2010 Venza [dboe]
Nov 29, 2010 (3:22 pm)
We have both! My SO fell in love with her friend's 2006 OB and decided that was what she wanted. We knew the 2010s were going to be larger, but until we actually saw one we didn't know it would be THAT big. The whole feel of the OB was so different from the 2005-2009 OBs she just didn't like it. Since we were at a Toyota/Subaru dealer we decided we might as well look at the Venza. Our local Toyota dealer had tried to sell her on the Venza before they came out, but she thought they were too SUVy ( she wanted a station wagon...not an SUV, a real
station wagon). When she actually looked at and drove the Venza she fell in love.
Our local dealer made us a great deal on a 4 cyl 2wd no frills Venza and she was
happy. If Subaru had left the OB as it was in 2009 she be driving the OB now.
.........So I got the Outback! Not the 2010, but a beautiful low miledge 2006, and
I'm ecstatic. We use the Venza mostly for long highway trips, and I drive the OB daily to work. What a treat.
I actualy think a better compaison would be between the Venza and the Tribecca. I think Subaru is ruining the OB by going for that market. If they want to compete with the Venza-Lexus RX-Murano-Edge-Santa Fe-Sorento-etc they could tweak the Tribecca or tart up the Forester. Leave the OB alone!
#8 of 11 Subaru Outback vs. Toyota Venza
May 10, 2012 (9:03 pm)
This forum is getting a bit old but I have had the same dilemma - if my 06 Highlander Hybrid packed it up one way or another, which to choose? I don't realy like the bigger size of the new Highlanders. My Toyota service manager has acknowledged that Venza AWD comes in a poor second to Outback in snow and ice - all Subarus are AWD and better clearance. Perfect for us at Whistler.
#9 of 11 Re: Subaru Outback vs. Toyota Venza [brioboy]
May 23, 2012 (8:09 pm)
Here's another point to consider... if you are in snow/ice often, and need to buy tires for the Venza, check the rim size. Be prepared to shell out about $17-1800 for 4 decent tires, installed. I am sure the graphic artists and 17 year olds like 20 inch rims but they come with a heavy price tag.
#10 of 11 Re: Subaru Outback vs. Toyota Venza [brioboy]
May 24, 2012 (6:45 am)
I respect your opinion brioboy, but the pre 2010 Outbacks never appealed to me. I had a 2000 & 2004 Forester, which were good cars. I traded the 04 for a 2010 OB, cross shopping a Venza. I'm a Toyota fan, having had 3 including a 2005 Avalon, the best sedan I've ever owned. (Still have it.) The Venza was more car than we needed and much more expensive. The 2010 is a great all around performer. Decent power, very good fuel economy, comfortable. The AWD performance is first rate. Just a difference of opinion. Enjoy your rides.
#11 of 11 Re: Subaru Outback vs. Toyota Venza [brioboy]
May 24, 2012 (7:15 am)
"..all Subarus are AWD....."
Yes, but which type, implementation? Subaru seems to have about 3 versions of AWD depending on the model. The WRX, for instance, has a totally non-functional VC implementation of F/AWD, absent the TC "off" capability it likely wouldn't be functional at all on the slippery stuff.
"..and better clearance..."
Again, depends on the model.....
If wish to buy a truly SAFE and fully functional "awd" then look to the R/awd systems. None of those have need to re-apportion engine torque to the rear, AWAY from the front, such that directional control can be maintained or asserted.