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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Navigation system, keyless access and engine start...and heated front seats are among the options
If back-seat passengers are important to you, we recommend the two-row, two-piece sunroof
Car and Driver
Venza's high starting price should be offset somewhat by the car's long list of standard features
The 2009 Toyota Venza carries a large base price, especially for a four-cylinder crossover, but even the base Venza Toyota comes loaded to the gills with features.
Because the Venza Toyota lineup doesn't offer any trim level variations, all 2009 Toyota Venzas come with the same list of standard features. Cars.com reviewers note that the 2009 Toyota Venza offers "cruise control, a six-CD changer, 19- or 20-inch wheels, power windows...fog lamps, dual-zone climate control," and "a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with stereo controls." One notably absent feature on the Venza Toyota is a USB port; the Detroit News says that "while the optional JBL stereo system allows for a Bluetooth connection for streaming music, the system does not have a USB connection for a musical device, which would have eliminated a need to manage all of those wires." Cars.com adds that "because Toyota's cheapest Scion model comes with a standard USB plug, an all-new car starting at $26,000 should have one."
In addition to its long list of standard features, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the Venza Toyota also offers some appealing options. Car and Driver reports that "of the two optional 13-speaker JBL sound systems, the top-shelf version (bundled with the navigation package) is Bluetooth-equipped, allowing for music streaming from compatible devices." Cars.com adds that "heated seats and mirrors" and "a power liftgate" are both available as part of options packages, as is "the $1,050 panoramic sunroof," though that feature "can't be combined with a rear DVD entertainment system, which goes for $1,680." The Detroit News also loves that the new 2009 Toyota Venza offers "lots of appealing features," most notably "Bluetooth connections for stereo and phone" when the proper options box is checked. Perhaps more appealing than the options themselves, though, is how they are offered. According to the Detroit News, "all of the options are served up on an a la carte menu of smart choices and well-bundled features," which "lets you buy the back-up camera without soaking you for the navigation system" or "get the panoramic sunroof and nothing else if that's the way you roll."
The 2009 Toyota Venza is suitably high-tech, with the exception of its lack of USB connectivity.