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Toyota Venza, SUV
#31 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [vrm]
Nov 20, 2009 (1:43 am)
I'm sorry but his review of the Venza is skewed just like everything else about MSNBC.
His comparisons to Pacifica and Taurus X don't seem to make sense. Why didn't Carney compare Venza to similar models in the same class?
At the end of his review he writes: "Volkswagen is pulling closer to the leaders with a plan to pass both of them in the coming decade. For this leadership position, only quality products need apply." This is laughable based on the poor reliability ratings VW has of late.
I will agree that Toyota must improve upon their quality control. However, it took decades of poorly built GM's and Chryslers to get the proverbial wake up call but in my opinion nothing in their 2009 - 2010 line-ups that gets me excited.
My Venza was purchased from a Toyota dealer who also has Pontiac and Cadillac on the same floor. I can honestly say the interior fit and finish of my Venza is equal to, if not superior in comparison to the SRX and at $14,000 less.
#32 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [vrm]
Nov 20, 2009 (5:30 am)
Wow, that is the most bias article on a vehicle I have ever read. Comparing to a Pacifica and Taurus X is a joke.
I don't know about the electric steering, but haven't read any complaints about it here or in elsewhere. What about it Venza owners, is the steering too light?
The writer must be on the GM take. I recently drove a Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon and was underwhelmed and at 40K plus. The leather seats smelled awful. The interior looked like the Chevy Equinox. It didn't ooze luxury like a Lexus to me. I can't believe Cadillac is competing with Lexus anymore.
#33 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [roho1]
Nov 20, 2009 (5:45 am)
I still love my 4cyl AWD and at 2700 miles the only complaint thus far is that 6'2" the driver's seat could have a little more thigh support. Also, due to having 19" wheels, snow tires are expensive and hard to find. My Blizzaks just came in and the dealer tells me that Bridgestone has a 14,000 tire back order.
#34 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [dave139]
Nov 20, 2009 (6:03 am)
Neither my wife nor I are "picky" people. We have owned more than a dozen cars in our lifetime and never had a problem with any of them--both foreign and domestic. Our 2009 Venza has more shortcomings than any vehicle we have ever owned. Its strong points (and there are several) are outweighed by the discomfort of their seats (cost cutting vs the Highlander's, for example?), limited seat adjustment (especially on passenger side), no memory seats/mirrors, no extenders on sun visors, arm rests so low that after a short distance our arms ache, no battery or oil pressure gauges, etc. Some of these we noticed when we test drove, but most surfaced after a short period of ownership. My caution to anyone looking at the Venza is make very sure that the seats are okay for you. They are so bad for us that my wife, who has never had back problem or had a problem in any other vehicle (owned or rented), cannot sit longer than thirty minutes without pain. Otherwise, "'Mrs. Lincoln' the play was great!" We are trading our Venza in after less than 2,000 miles and will gladly take the huge depreciation hit just to get rid of it! Sorry to be a "Debbie Downer." It is not my nature, but I have to share our experience for what it is. This experience with Toyota has been a huge disappointment.
#35 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [bearlover]
Nov 20, 2009 (6:36 am)
I can't help but note you told us back in September you were trading in your Venza, why the delay?
Just for reference what was the vehicle you owned prior to the Venza and what will you be trading to?
#36 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [roho1]
Nov 20, 2009 (12:36 pm)
For a replacement, we had to special order a Highlander Limited without the moonroof since that's mandatory with the "package" items that we wanted. In the meantime, Toyota shifts manufacturing from Japan to Indiana. Add to that the cumbersomeness of our dealer having to go through the middleman of Gulf States Region and you might understand our frustration. Our Venza has been parked in our garage and driven only enough to keep the battery charged. Our Highlander is scheduled to arrive in December but since all the info has to be filtered by Gulf States before the dealer gets it, we are not confident we'll see it before January.
Were it not for pre-paid maintenance and extended warranty that we can transfer to the Highlander, we would have traded the Venza in on another brand. In the meantime, we travel around in our F-350. It's a bummer, but we caused this by not being more discriminating at the beginning.
#37 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [bearlover]
Nov 20, 2009 (12:59 pm)
Thanks for the feedback, I understand now. Sorry to hear about the Gulf States region. Sounds like he one I'm in, Southeast Toyota(SET).
Interesting you find the new HL more comfortable. I have a 1st gen HL and I find as a tall person the seats are really too small for me with short leg support. Although there aren't many cars out there that seem to have good seats. If you are not the standard size person they design for you're doomed to make do.
Seats should be an option like shoes, Small, medium and large would be nice.
#38 of 94 MY Mistake in Buying a Venza
Nov 20, 2009 (3:13 pm)
I'm 6'6" and my wife is 5'4". Until we got our Venza, we have never had a problem with seating, hence the reason it didn't occur to us that we would soon have to trade it off due to seat problems. The reason I had to special order a Highlander Limited is that all the packages that we want include a moonroof and there are virtually none on dealers' inventories without the moonroof. Due to my height, there is simply not enough headroom with the moonroof.
#40 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [robfile]
Nov 22, 2009 (8:40 pm)
Just because Venza is a Toyota does not mean that the media has to sing its praises.
Pacifica and Taurus X are in the same "class" as Venza. The definition of Class here is 4 door wagon/crossover vehicle.