2010 Toyota Venza V-6 all-wheel-drive offers straightforward
controls with a comfortable cabin and many safety features.
changes offered on 2010 Toyota Venza
By Marv Berg
Published Nov. 4, 2009
I first drove Toyota’s new five-door wagon at its introduction at
Nemacolin resort in Pennsylvania last year, I was greatly impressed.
Now, with this 2010 model, I remain a big fan of the vehicle that’s
slotted between Toyota’s Camry sedan and the Highlander crossover.
With a choice of either a double overhead cam inline
four-cylinder engine or a double overhead cam V-6, ours was the
V-6 and hooked to a six-speed automatic with 268 horsepower that
provides plenty of power. The four-banger gives you 182 horses and
also has the six-speed automatic.
Scarcely changed from the 2009 model, the Venza is
a car that’s just about perfect for me. With straightforward controls
and gauges, a cabin that’s very comfortable, an excellent global
positioning system and many important safety features, our silver
metallic, all-wheel-drive wagon was just the ticket for versatile
Handling and braking are very competent, and steering
feel is just right. The suspension provides a fine ride, and the
20-inch tires on the V-6 add to the comfort level. The four cylinders
have 19-inch tires.
Materials on the seats are standard cloth and leather
and were available in a package we had that includes a power front
passenger seat with lumbar support, multi-stage seat heaters, satin
mahogany wood grain trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated
outside mirrors with windshield wiper de-icer. That package adds
$2,100 to the base price of $29,250.
A second large group has a voice-activated touch screen
DVD, navigation system, surround sound AM/FM four-disc in dash compact-disc
changer with integrated Satellite Radio, hands-free phone capability
and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. All of that
The panoramic glass roof with front power tilt and
slide moon roof goes for $1,050. So, the bottom line is a healthy
$35,979, which is getting close to Lexus prices.
Mileage from the six cylinder is rated at 18 miles
per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the four cylinder
getting 21 in the city and 29 on the highway.
With ample headroom and legroom both front and rear
and a cargo area that holds a good amount of gear with a wide deck
and low floor, the Venza also provides ample interior storage in
a deep, divided console and bins for holding cellular telephones
and MP3 players.
So, with a name like Toyota, it’s got to be good.