Top Speed recently received Toyota’s latest response to a multi-people mover, the Venza . This MPV is perfect for any consumer who needs the space and practicality of a minivan, but wants the attitude and style traditionally associated with a fun to drive vehicle. Overall it looks like a chopped and stretched Lexus RX SUV . Starting off, our Barcelona Red Venza came with options like leather, wood grain, high intensity discharge headlamps, AM/FM/MP3 radio as well as a DVD entertainment system.
One of the first things that you will notice when you get behind the wheel of most modern Toyota’s is the dual LCD displays on the dash. There is the traditional large screen incorporated into the center stack as well as a smaller 3.5 inch display that shows the settings for the dual zone climate control, fuel economy and a few other helpful facts for the driver. Meanwhile the larger LCD displays everything from audio settings to navigation.
The Venza offers seating for 5 and has more than enough cup holders to allow a few passengers to enjoy multiple beverages. There are also plenty of rather large storage compartments that conveniently let you stow away your goods. The Venza shines when it comes to cargo capacity, offering over 30 cubic feet of available space behind the rear seats and over 70 cubic feet when they are laid flat; there is even a 110 Volt outlet and audio/video inputs so you can play some video games while camped out in back of the Toyota.
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You will never feel underpowered in the Toyota Venza that is because there is enough torque coming from the 3.5 Liter 24 valve VVT-i V6 to spin the 20 inch rollers even on the driest of days. Passing on the highway will be no problem at all thanks to the vehicle’s 268 HP and 246 lb-ft of torque, all while consuming an EPA estimated 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG at cruising speeds.
Stay tuned to Top Speed for the upcoming review of the 2009 Toyota Venza.