Today, Toyota announced pricing on its new 2009 Venza
crossover, a vehicle that basically takes the place of the Camry wagon that hasn't been sold in years. It also fills a (microscopic) niche left behind after a recent upsizing of the Highlander
. Toyota has an exhaustive lineup of not-quite-a-car, not-quite-a-truck (and definitely
not-quite-a-minivan) vehicles, from the newly designed Toyota Highlander
to the RAV4
and the Lexus RX350
. The Venza veers toward the vanilla side of the crossover equation, being built on a Camry
chassis alongside that vehicle and the Avalon
at its plant in Georgetown, Ky.
The most basic Venza
starts at $25,975 and is motivated by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder and front-wheel drive. Four-cylinder AWD models begin at $27,425, V-6 front-wheel-drive models at $27,800, and V-6 AWD models $29,250.
The new 2009 Toyota Venza
, recently driven by our staff, has carlike moves but the taller view out and the bold styling Americans have flocked to at dealerships. Buyers may option up to 20-inch wheels as well as Toyota's excellent 3.5-liter corporate V-6. We'll be showing you a few tricked-out Venzas
live from SEMA tomorrow; we expect these specially designed editions will be appropriate for the high-testosterone environment at the massive automotive specialty showcase, if not exactly representative of the vehicles that will be doing soccer practice transport in the near future.--Colin Mathews
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