Toyota Venza 2014

Toyota Venza 2014 mixes some of the very best attributes of a crossover and also wagon, however it is among those lorries that most individuals either love or loathe.

Also within my very own residence, this dichotomy was strong and also ever-present. I personally liked the Venza's "perfect," carlike feel along with its useful cabin and also cargo area. My spouse, on the other hand, never ceased to advise me how much he did not like the Venza.

The five-seat Venza is available in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels, each offered with front- or four-wheel drive. I drove an all-wheel-drive Minimal, which is offered only with a V-6 engine; the lower trims use a choice of a four-cylinder or V-6.

While there aren't numerous changes from the 2013 model year, the 2014 Venza has a couple of extra attributes, including power-folding side mirrors in the XLE and Limited trims, as well as front and also rear car parking sensing units in the Limited.

The Venza doesn't appear to fit into any type of one group, but similar choices consist of the Ford Edge, Honda Crosstour and Subaru Outback.

Toyota Venza 2014

Exterior & Styling

My other half's largest grievance concerning the Venza appeared to center on its exterior aesthetic appeals. He also stated to me one morning when our courses were crossing in the driveway, "I practically really did not recognize you driving about in such an unsightly cars and truck." Ouch.

I'm honestly baffled about his beef with the Venza's appearances. Perhaps it's the abundance of Toyota ads marketing the Venza to Boomers? (He is a complete decade older compared to me; possibly he's feeling the have to reclaim his youth instead of embrace his attractive, recognized maturation?) I take place to such as the Venza's reduced stance as well as distinct blend of wagon as well as crossover looks. Some in our office have actually chosen to dub the Venza "fat-wagon." I assume "phat-wagon" is more suitable, yet either way, I'm flawlessly comfortable with its unique proportions.

Just how It Drives

During the recent arctic freeze whereby relatively the entire nation endured, my all-wheel-drive Venza took care of incredibly well in my Rocky Mountain stomping grounds. It felt so confident and also qualified on glossy roadways that I didn't wait to drive around on snow or ice to aim to catch an evasive loaf of bread and gallon of milk.

While the Venza proved to be fantastic as a grocery-getter and errand-runner (its basic acoustic laminated windscreen maintained the cars and truck quiet around town), it sadly became harsh, unrefined as well as loud on the highway. And hence my romance finished. Several of our editors noted its "mushy"- really feeling brakes. As well as hence my romance finished once more. One more colleague echoed this sentiment, noting an extremely extreme ride in the Venza without a benefit in handling or body control.

With the 3.5-liter V-6 as well as all-wheel drive, the Venza gets an EPA-estimated 18/25/21 mpg city/highway/combined. These numbers raise in the four-cylinder AWD variation, to 20/26/22. The front-wheel-drive Venzas obtain a consolidated 22 mpg with the V-6 as well as 23 mpg with the four-cylinder.


My partner's 2nd gripe with the Venza concerned the wealth of cheap-looking plastic finishes on both the dash and also door panels. I reminded him that it's a Toyota, not a Lexus, yet he countered that with our test auto's $40,720 cost, we should not have to choose "cheap" inside. He has a factor, and also a few of our editors concurred. They've noted a low requirement for interior products and also develop high quality in the Venza, along with outdated electronic devices.

Something we can all agree on is the advantage of the well-thought-out storage area in advance in the Venza, which is within reach of both the motorist and also the front traveler. Emphasizes consisted of a dual facility console that's covered partly by a sliding cupholder unit-- a best area to stash my apple iphone upright for usage when navigating. There's also a passage that directed my phone's power cable to the billing port inside the center console. To the left of the guiding wheel was another storage bin I used for pocket money and also garbage.

In my examination auto, I valued the Venza's available heated pole position on those sub-arctic-morning institution runs. Nonetheless, the black leather interior surface areas were difficult to keep clean. They got very dirty really quickly from ice residue that seemed to obtain tracked know footwear and also handwear covers.

The youngsters had more than enough legroom in the backseat to lounge, extend their legs out long as well as fit their ginormous knapsacks under their feet. The Venza has 39.1 inches of rear legroom-- much more compared to the Wilderness's 37.8 inches but a little less than the Ford Side's offered 39.6 inches of rear seat legroom.

The Venza's readily available double moonroofs are a great touch, but a single-pane breathtaking roof (a la Hyundai or Kia) would have been a much more progressive addition.

I appreciated the readily available power liftgate that was consisted of on my test cars and truck, however it was so slow to operate that it was sometimes discouraging on those hurried and rushed days. My youngsters additionally grumbled regarding the annoying and unpleasant piercing beeping tone when the tailgate was going up or down.

With my other half nearly a full foot taller compared to me, the power-operated driver's seat with 2 memory settings was an absolute necessity. The last thing I intend to do after he's driven is spend time adjusting and readjusting to find that just-right fit for me.

And also considering that it's usually the littlest things that count the most, the lack of sliding sun visors was an unnecessary nuisance. Just how much can it cost Toyota to earn the sun visor take out as well as slide along its joint for additional coverage?

Ergonomics & Electronics

As I mentioned previously, I enjoyed the mobile phone holder just below the radio location. It had a little spring-loaded clamp of types to hold my phone comfortably in position. I was able to conveniently combine my phone to the Bluetooth phone and also audio-streaming system. It worked flawlessly and also had good enough audio quality to take a teleconference with the speaker system while waiting in the carpool lane-- where I particularly appreciated the mute function.

The Venza's offered navigation system, nonetheless, left something to be desired. I attempted to promptly enter an address when running late to a consultation for my little girl, and also the system was a complete pain to use. I went back to using my phone's map. This belief was additionally felt by among our readers, who commented on her own problems learning how to utilize the Venza's navigating system. She felt it was unintuitive and also needed an easier and also much more efficient operating handbook.

Freight & Storage space

The Venza is near the top of the pack when it comes to optimal cargo capability, with 70.2 cubic feet. Just the Wilderness is bigger, with 71.3 cubic feet. There are 68.9 cubic feet in the Edge and also a comparatively puny 51.3 cubic feet in the Crosstour.

The Venza's back seats split and also fold level conveniently to earn even more area for carrying stuff when required. Levers in the freight space rapidly fold each part of the back seat without you needing to walk around sideways of the car and also fold the seats from there, as holds true in several cars.


The Venza obtained the Insurance policy Institute for Freeway Safety's highest possible score of excellent in the modest overlap frontal crash examination, in addition to in side, roof-strength as well as head-restraints-and-seats examinations. The National Highway Web traffic Safety Administration additionally executed accident tests on the Venza, giving it a total score of five from five stars.

The Latch system's reduced supports are buried deeply in the seat bight as well as are difficult to accessibility when installing child-safety seats. Nevertheless, the rear seat's safety belt fastenings are on stable stalks, making them easy for children in booster seats to use independently.

The back-up cam on my examination automobile (requirement on the Restricted trim) behaved, yet quite fundamental in the world of back-up electronic cameras. I located myself wanting energetic overviews of show me my projected path. Front and rear back-up sonar (likewise basic on the Limited) was extremely valuable in identifying simply how much onward I could safely pull right into my garage each early morning.

Worth in Its Course

With very few cars and trucks fitting into our freshly formed "fat-wagon" classification, the Venza has a distinct possibility to spearhead a motion for those desiring something just a little various. With some innovation to the interior fit and also surface, and also upgrades to the freeway driving experience, the Venza would certainly be well-positioned to earn a The majority of Better Gamer prize in years to coming.

Here's to holding out hope!