The 2009 Toyota Venza Sounds Perfect for Seattle

Category: Blog, Feature, New Cars, News. Written by Cameron Wong 

In a year when automakers are desperate for something to catch the attention of weary buyers, Toyota may have found it. The new 2009 Toyota Venza is a mixture of different cars and SUVs rolled into one. Think the engine efficiency of an Avalon, the capacity similar to a Highlander, and performs like a RAV4 on steroids.

“It drives like a car with the utility of an SUV,” says Ken Thompson of Doxon Toyota of Auburn. ” But with the Venza you don’t have the stigma of having a big bulky SUV, yet it has all the features that you’d need in a utility vehicle, most notably having the carrying capacity of an SUV.”

Toyota based the Venza, not on a RAV4 or a Highlander, but on it’s most popular car. The Venza’s chassis is based on that of a Camry, in theory making it very maneuverable. What’s the most impressive could be the efficiency of the engine. The 6 cylinder AWD will get roughly 18/25hwy while the front wheel drive 6 cylinder will get 21/29hwy. With a 1000 lb. towing capacity and 268 horsepower, the numbers are impressive. Toyota dealerships are getting in a few at a time, starting with the 6 cylinders followed by the 4 cylinder sometime in January.

Looking at it, and considering all the cross features like gas mileage and the sleek lines, the Venza was built for the Seattle driver. It handles like a sedan, has the Star safety system for security on those long trips over the pass, and has the efficiency for everyday use. Since it’s a true crossover, you can drive it like a car or SUV, it has versatility for almost anything.

“Wow is the word I hear from people who ask about,” claims Thompson standing by the Venza display at the Seattle Auto Show. ” I just heard one guy say to another, ‘looks like Toyota came up with another winner.’ ”

The folks at Toyota call it a crossover sedan, not an SUV. It’s similar to that of the Nissan Murano and Subaru Tribeca. Starting price for a new 2009 Toyota Venza is between $25,000-$29,000 based on FWD or AWD.

Toyota may have taken it’s time to enter into the true crossover category, but it’s Venza may end up of being the best of them all.

Check out the specs

  • 2.7-liter double overhead cam (DOHC) 16-valve dual independent VVT-i 4-cylinder; 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 182 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm
  • 3.5-liter double overhead cam (DOHC) 24-valve dual independent VVT-i V6; 268 hp @ 6200 rpm, 246 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm
  • Seating Capacity for 5 Adults
  • 1000lb Towing Capacity
  • 70.1 Cubic Feet of Cargo Capacity
  • P245/55R19 Tire Size – 4 Cylinder
  • P245/50R20 Tire Size- 6 Cylinder

See the full 2009 Venza specs

(The test drive feature article is coming soon. Dealerships are just having a hard time keeping them in stock.)

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Comments

2 Responses to “The 2009 Toyota Venza Sounds Perfect for Seattle”

  1. kevin on May 18th, 2009 12:53 pm

    when are they comming to ireland
    and for how much (includ vat)?

    ide be intresed

  2. Cameron Wong on May 19th, 2009 10:40 am

    Im sure your local Toyota dealer woiuld know.

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