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Bluetooth, iPod Connectivity Expanded In 2010 Toyota Venza

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2010 Toyota Venza

2010 Toyota Venza

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2010 Toyota Venza

2010 Toyota Venza

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2010 Toyota Venza

2010 Toyota Venza

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2010 Toyota Venza

2010 Toyota Venza

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2010 Toyota Venza

2010 Toyota Venza

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The Venza carries into its second model year with no significant changes. That's the short story, however some people might find the Venza's entertainment system considerably more functional; tech-savvy shoppers will be quick to verify that an USB auxiliary port and iPod connectivity are newly standard across the 2010 Toyota Venza model line, along with Bluetooth hands-free calling features that are built into the audio system.

In TheCarConnection.com's updated Bottom Line covering the 2010 Toyota Venza, we point to its attractive styling, versatile tall-wagon body style, and fuel efficiency as reasons we like the Venza, along with available all-wheel drive; however the steering, along with road noise and uninspired materials and trims, sum up our dislikes. To elaborate on the last point, the materials used in the Venza look good from a distance, but up close they're not as delightful and there's just too much hard plastic.

TheCarConnection.com has now been in the Venza several times over the past year, and while this crossover is a good-looking vehicle it's not that exciting to drive in any of its trims. Although the V-6 adds a friskier feel and brings a smooth, responsive feel overall, we tend to recommend the base 182-horspower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder and front-wheel drive because you'll save some gas—EPA ratings are 21 mpg city, 29 highway—and get a powertrain combination that's just fine for the Venza's personality. That goes to say that the Venza isn't meant for enjoying switchbacks and rutted backroads; the electric power steering is quite dull and lifeless, even if the suspension's capable. V-6 models gets slightly different spring and damper settings to handle their larger 20-inch wheels, but be aware that ride comfort suffers.

Another reason to stick with the four-cylinder if you're thinking of the Venza? If you must have a V-6, you should head over to the Lexus showroom before you decide, as the 2010 Lexus RX 350 costs just a few grand more than a loaded V-6 Venza. Both vehicles have top-notch safety.

The Venza is a focused product for the North Americas market. It was designed in Newport Beach, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and mostly engineered at Toyota's tech center in Ann Arbor. Assembly is in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Toyota says that more than 70 percent of the Venza's components come from North American suppliers.

Pricing is up just $300 versus last year's model.

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Comments (7)
  1. This car has been a surprising sucess for Toyota and I am happy to see that they are leaving it unchanged.
     
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  2. Venza shmenza I'm going to buy the new volt... if you are a USA guy (unlike some in the far west) - this is what you should do!
     
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  3. It looks a little bit like an RX too...a smooshed one. Too bad about the details.
     
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  4. I don't know why everyone is so crazy about the X6. I think this looks just like it, only better. Although I'd probably want something with a little more ground clearance.
     
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  5. To #2 - didn't you read that 70% of it is made in north America? I'm not sure the Volt would have so much American made parts.
     
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  6. I'm surprised more cars don't have stereo Bluetooth by now. Tho, when you're listening and a call comes through, does it hold or mute the music?
     
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  7. It infuriates me that EVERY car doesn't come with a USB port and iPod jack (or at least audio input). What could the cost possibly be, a buck? Just one more way to rip off consumers by making it an extra-cost higher-trim-package option ... grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
    @Jim: Yeah, since all the lithium cells come from Korea, probably the Volt has less domestic content (by value, anyway) than most Chevies.
     
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