Whichever label you need to give it, the new Toyota Venza is like a winner.
Think of the Venza as a station lorry and you’ll potentially get the point. Naturally, it does not look precisely like any station lorry we have seen before. Exposed at Detroit’s northern US World automobile show in Jan , Venza drew lots of attention. Among vehicles currently available, it reminds us the majority of the Ford Edge crossover.
There’s plenty of the Lexus RX350 in this Toyota, too, though the Venza is pressed down closer to the ground, and sleeker. Its front end is taller, but definitely molded in the theme of Toyota’s current Camry sedan. The Venza’s rear glass has a nice, long rake, and its taillights wrap around the rear fenders onto the hatch. Its standard wheels measure 19 inches in diameter, whilst 20-inch spoked alloys are optional. In sum, the Venza is one of the more hunky, engaging automobiles Toyota has launched in some time.
A look at its dimensions brings the crossover label into proportion. At 109.3 inches and 189 inches, respectively, the Venza’s wheelbase and overall length match both Bell Road Toyota‘s Camry sedan and Highlander sport-utility inside fragments of an in… Put simply, the Venza’s footprint on the pavement matches both Camry and Highlander closely. Yet with an overall height of 63.4 inches, the Venza slots right in the middle of the Camry and Highlander. It’s ride height falls somewhere in the middle, too.
The 2009 Venza seats 5, like the Camry, instead of 7 like the Highlander. Its rocker height, or the lip around the bottom of its passenger doorways, is low, making it straightforward to lift feet inside, yet the hip point for seated occupants is higher than the typical sedan’s. The combination should deliver a mix many buyers seek : straightforward ingress and egress, with a higher seating position for an improved view around tall cars on the road.
The 2009 Venza should reach showrooms with the normal model year changeover in early fall 2008. It is going to be built at Toyota’s assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.