Whichever label you would like to give it, the new Toyota Venza looks like a winner.
Think of the Venza as a station truck and you’ll probably get the point. Naturally, it does not look exactly like any station lorry we have seen before. Exposed at Detroit’s northern US World vehicle show in January, Venza drew tons of attention. Among vehicles now available, it reminds us the majority of the Ford Edge crossover.
There’s a lot 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 pleasant, long rake, and its taillights wrap round the rear fenders onto the hatch. Its standard wheels measure nineteen inches in diameter, while 20-inch spoked alloys are optional. In sum, the Venza is one of the more handsome, interesting vehicles 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 within fractions 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 five, like the Camry, rather than seven like the Highlander. Its rocker height, or the lip round the bottom of its passenger doors, is low, making it easy to lift feet inside, yet the hip point for seated occupants is higher than the everyday sedan’s. The combination should deliver a mixture many buyers seek : easy ingress and egress, with a higher seating position for an improved view around tall vehicles on the road.
The 2009 Venza should reach showrooms with the standard model year changeover in early fall 2008. It is going to be built at Toyota’s assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.