• Ed LaTourette Posted: 1/15/2008 12:11am PST

    Will you guys EVER get tired of shilling for toyota????? They "recognized the trend"?!?! Do you know how many vehicles are already IN this space?? Even Ford's already on the SECOND version of theirs, for God's sake! And of course it's a CHEAPER version of an R-Class; Toyota ALWAYS rips off M-B (witness everything Lexus has ever built), and it HAS to be cheaper. Theirs is a TOYOTA (Japanese for appliance). The R-Class is a BENZ. Do you understand the difference?

    I doubt it.

  • Eldee Posted: 1/15/2008 1:03am PST

    I hope it's not as homely as it looks from this angle.

  • Doctor Olds Posted: 1/15/2008 9:41am PST

    A face only a mother could love!

  • Fred Whitehawk Posted: 1/15/2008 12:07pm PST

    Ed, take a chill pill!!!

  • Erick Posted: 1/15/2008 1:35pm PST

    Interesting but let's be honest. $ 25,000 to $ 30,000 is not a cheaper vehicle. Of course there are a lot of models costier than that. And one last thing, please do not compare the vehicles in such way. Toyota always will buitl vehicles cheaper than Mercedes Benz. If you think that a vehicle is a achine to move people from point A to point B then the comparisson applies, if not, well...

  • Doug Posted: 1/15/2008 5:33pm PST

    No it is not homely, and does look a lot better in person. And as far as ripping off from MB. What planet are you from. These designs are started years before the car or truck ever comes off an assembly line. As to the 2nd version of FORD, we at the Georgetown plant in KENTUCKY, USA, work hard to keep the cost of our vehicles down, unlike those who have to work hard to pay a union rep to keep your jobs. Don't bash something you know nothing about. This crossover will, as almost all Toyota's have, be another winner, in the quality and customer satisfaction catagories. You already know how we do at sales. And yes I am proud of who I work for.

  • Norm C. Posted: 1/16/2008 1:59pm PST

    The Japanese Toyota Mark X ZiO is seriously better looking and in the same category of vehicle. Unless the Venza has substantially better mileage and looks better than the pictures, I'll trade my Highlander for a Veracruz. The CALTY designers need to get away from the Crouching Frog school of design as seen in the new Highlander, Matrix, and now Venza.

  • John Sutton Posted: 1/18/2008 4:31pm PST

    The Venza will be another huge succuess for Toyota, much like the Corolla, Camry, 4Runner and all the others. Japan understands the formula for success and have succesfully limited the legacy costs that are hanging around Detroit's neck. Buy a Lexus or a Toyota and you are making a wise choice...By the way, as an independent car dealer I have owned them all........I always recommend the Toyota / Lexus brand and my customers keep coming back...Not so for those that bought a BMW or MB.

  • Carnut Posted: 1/21/2008 2:28pm PST

    Toyota ripping off MB? Who was it that came out with V8 power and forced the other company to offer V8 power, Lexus did.

    Who came out with the first crossover? Toyota (Rav4)

    The Venza looks like another well deserved winner for Toyota.

  • Apex Alex Posted: 1/25/2008 3:53am PST


    "Toyota always will buitl vehicles cheaper than Mercedes Benz. "

    yes, and Toyota will ALWAYS build vehicles MORE RELIABLE than M-B too. even the cheapest toyota has less problems than Benzs 1/2 to 1/3 as old.

    go up to Lexus, and you STILL have the stellar reliability (especially with electronic devices), AND any lux feature you can overpay for in a Benz. few cars are as overrated as MB. few cars are as underrated as Toyotas (altho increasing numbers are learning, as evidenced by toyota's ever growing market share).

  • Apex Alex Posted: 1/25/2008 3:55am PST

    and John Sutton VERIFIES my statements with his: "By the way, as an independent car dealer I have owned them all……..I always recommend the Toyota / Lexus brand and my customers keep coming back…Not so for those that bought a BMW or MB. "