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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Cabin materials...are pleasant, though nothing special
On the down side, the optional fake wood looks fake
Car and Driver
Standard cloth seats quite upscale and comfortable
This is usually a standout category for most Toyota products, but the all-new 2009 Toyota Venza has some teething problems that crop up in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com.
According to Automobile Magazine, the Venza Toyota "has seating for only five passengers," but at least those five passengers will find themselves traveling in comfort. Up front, ConsumerGuide says there is "ample headroom and legroom," although "slightly longer seat bottoms would improve long-distance comfort, but the seats are supportive overall." Car and Driver adds that in the Venza Toyota the "sit-in height is exactly the same as that of the Camry...and after slipping into and out of the Venza several times, we surmise that grandparents and grandchildren alike should find ingress and egress pretty easy." Cars.com has good news for those in the backseats, pointing out "there's also an extreme amount of legroom in the second row," and the second row seems "roomier than even the specs suggest when compared to both two-row crossovers...and three-row crossovers."
The 2009 Toyota Venza also offers cargo room that is near the top of its class. Cars.com is pleased to find that the Venza Toyota "has more cargo room behind the second row than both the Murano and Ford Edge SUV," while also claiming "Toyota's 34.4-cubic-foot rating is conservative." Meanwhile, the Detroit News reports "the center console is massive and provides lots of storage" and adds that "the optional powerlift gate is a must have item." ConsumerGuide issues perhaps the most telling review, rating the Venza Toyota a 9 out of 10 for cargo room and reporting that, "on paper, Venza has slightly less total cargo volume than many wagons and SUVs," but "in practice, however, it holds a good amount of gear."
Despite its obvious virtues in terms of comfort and cargo space, the 2009 Toyota Venza loses points with some reviewers for its perceived lack of quality. ConsumerGuide notes that "cabin materials...are pleasant, though nothing special," while also mentioning that "the carbon fiber [interior trim] had tacky brown hue" on their four-cylinder tester. Cars.com is disappointed to find "the bulky dashboard plastic stretches far forward and responds with a hollow sound when knocked upon," and furthermore, "the panels on the doors do the same." The interior of the V-6 Venza Toyota is an improvement, though, and Motor Trend points out such upgrades as "leather-covered seats, semi-gloss wood on the center stack and transmission shifter, plus brushed-metal-like accents along the dash."
Most Toyota vehicles are remarkably quiet, but several reviewers think the 2009 Toyota Venza isn't nearly so well insulated. ConsumerGuide remarks that noise levels are "somewhat disappointing overall" inside the Venza Toyota, and "both models suffer excess wind noise from around the windshield and exterior mirrors." Cars.com affirms that opinion, claiming "wind noise overall was surprisingly loud" during their tests and adding that "the huge side mirrors didn't help in this department."
The 2009 Toyota Venza is comfortable and spacious but doesn’t meet the highest standards inside.