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As soon as you see the 2009 Toyota Venza V6, you know what it is. So how come there are all these questions about whether it's a crossover, a minivan in disguise, a tall wagon or a soft-riding SUV? Really, get over it. Toyota brought it to us, not aliens from another planet.
Mark Cooledge knows what it is. The 34-year-old insurance network manager from Texas is finding life a little tight in his Toyota Camry with his wife and two small children. He isn't convinced his family needs a minivan, but he wants more space, more practicality. And maybe the Venza is it.
Cooledge is just the buyer Toyota was counting on when it designed the 2009 Toyota Venza, so we let him take the wheel with us so we could get past the labels and figure out what it does best.
Crossover-ish: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour vs. 2009 Toyota Venza
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2008 SEMA: Toyota Venza SportLux
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TORRANCE, California — The Toyota Venza SportLux from Street Image is
intended to showcase the performance potential of the Japanese automaker's
new crossover vehicle. It's headed for the 2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas next
The Venza SportLux was envisioned as a potential factory tuner model, with
an aero body kit, interior modifications and additional performance
Exterior add-ons include a six-piece lip spoiler, a rear hatch spoiler, a
custom grille and an integrated hood scoop. The SportLux rides on 24-inch
Toyo Proxes 4 performance tires mounted on Chrome Cognac No. 20 wheels.
Chassis enhancements include TRD brakes with forged calipers as well as a
height-adjustable coil-over tuned suspension. Street Image has fitted a TRD
Supercharger, high-pressure radiator cap
and oil filler cap, as well as a cold-air intake system, heavy-duty battery
and dual center-exit stainless steel Exhaust system.
Seats are upholstered in black and burgundy leather, with black suede
accents. The Eclipse in-vehicle entertainment system includes 1,000- and
1,500-watt amplifiers and an in-dash navigation unit.
Volkswagen Tiguan v Honda CR-V v Toyota RAV4
CHECK OUT THE CUTE-UTE SMACKDOWN:
We get it already — fuel prices suck. And while we pity the poor sod who
bought a new full-size SUV a few years ago and is now stuck with a fuel
bill that has doubled and a vehicle whose residual value makes manure
futures look appealing, everyone wants solutions. Sympathy won't heal a
So what's a utility-lovin' small family to do? Downsize. Full-size SUVs
provide unmatched capability but their thirst may make you reassess your
needs. Think compact utility vehicle. Think crossover.
This doesn't mean you have to downsize your expectations, though. The three
compact SUVs we've assembled here — the brand-new 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
and the 2008 Honda CR-V and 2008 Toyota RAV4 — are based on car
platforms, a strategy that helps create an efficient utilization of
interior space in a relatively lightweight, fuel-efficient package. Simply
put, you can pack more stuff inside these compact SUVs than you might
And being car-based, these compact crossovers offer easier entry and exit
and better driving maneuverability than truck-based ones, something you
really appreciate when you're running errands around town. Of course,
car-based SUVs lack the rough-road capability of their bigger brethren, and
you can forget about serious towing. For everyday use, though, a compact
ute just makes more sense.
We tested a 2008 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L with navigation, a 2008 Toyota RAV4
4x4 Limited and a 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion. Each one represents a
different take on the cute-ute concept and carry distinct strengths and
weaknesses but the three turned out to be surprisingly well-matched.
Indeed, when the dust settled, we had a tie for 2nd place, and just 4.2
points separate them from the winner.
These are no penalty boxes either, as all three tested — the top trim
level available — are equipped with all-wheel drive, stability control,
leather and heated seats. Two of them have navigation systems with back-up
cameras and satellite radio.
The Big, The Not Bad, & the Ugly: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Full Test Video
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Full Test and Video
Yet, there's something odd about the 2010 Accord Crosstour that can't be
entirely written off to its exterior styling and the ensuing fuss on
Facebook. The Crosstour is supposed to offer an ideal compromise of sedan
and SUV attributes, but the utility doesn't quite add up.
2009 Toyota Venza Review - Kelley Blue Book
FOR PRICING & SPECS ON THIS CAR VISIT:
2009 Toyota Venza. Larger than a Camry but still smaller than the RAV4, the
Toyota Venza features a handy rear hatch, a convenient step-in ride height
and decent highway fuel economy. Although Toyota doesnt label it as such,
we like to think of the Venza as a fresh take on the station-wagon,
offering everything we loved in wagons of yore but in an updated, sleek,
crossover design. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news
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2011 Toyota Venza Review - LotPro
A review of the 2011 Toyota Venza from a consumers perspective. LotPro's
Editor of Automotive Content, Steve Cypher test drives and reviews the new
2011 Toyota Venza. Please visit http://www.LotProVideo.com for more
information and news.
2011 Toyota Venza
Rick goes over the power, safety, and control of the 2011 Toyota Venza. He
also takes you along for a ride to see how fast it accelerates and the
braking power. For more info about this or any other Toyota Model go to
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DRIVE Toyota Venza
Is it a tall Camry wagon? A crossover? Does it matter? For those who
need to haul a family, the Venza gets the job done.
2009 TOYOTA VENZA
THE VENZA IS A CROSSOVER WITH A LITTLE SIZE TO IT. TOYOTA IS LOOKING FOR
THAT "SIZE SWEET SPOT" BETWEEN A MID SIZE SEDAN AND SMALL SUV. MAYBE THE
VENZA FITS THAT BILL.
2009 Toyota Venza / First Impressions
From the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder walks you
through the 2009 Toyota Venza.
Shot & Produced: Eric Rossi
Edited by: Sarah Gersh
Roadfly.com - 2009 Toyota Venza Car Review
Toyota Venza car review and road test. The all new 2009 Toyota Venza is
built on the famous Camry platform. It's fast, offers a lot of utility and
has great looks to boot.
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Toyota Venza review | Consumer Reports (posted 2009)
The Venza blurs the lines between a station wagon and SUV. It's roomy, but
the ride isn't as comfortable as other Toyotas.
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