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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Think of it as a shorter, sleeker Highlander
Simple, handy, and logical control system for audio and climate
Crossover? Wagon? Whatever it is, it looks good in the metal
Car and Driver
To hear Toyota tell it, the 2009 Toyota Venza is the most revolutionary thing to happen to the auto industry since the assembly line. The reality, however, is that the new Venza Toyota is just another in the long list of crossover vehicles to hit the market lately.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that Toyota has gone to great lengths to create a new vehicle class with the 2009 Toyota Venza. Cars.com reports that "the Toyota folks aren't calling the Venza a crossover, but they aren't sure it's a car, either," and "they're not even dubbing it a wagon or a hatchback—all they want to make clear is that the Venza is not an SUV." For those looking for a traditional title for the 2009 Toyota Venza, it is essentially Toyota's latest crossover. There's not much variety in the model lineup either, according to Cars.com, where reviewers explain, "Toyota went simple with the Venza in terms of trim levels. There are only four," which consist simply of the various combinations of the two available engines and two- or four-wheel-drive options. Most reviewers appreciate the new exterior styling of the Venza Toyota, and Car and Driver decides that "whatever it is, it looks good in the metal." The Detroit News loves the "clean and unassuming looks," while MyRide.com praises the "attractive styling."
The interior of the Venza Toyota also wins praise from many reviewers. ConsumerGuide points out the "large gauges are easy to read," and "with or without navigation, Venza has a simple, handy, and logical control system." Car and Driver also notes that "aesthetically, the Venza interior features many nice touches," but at the same time they find that "the dual-zone HVAC controls seem as if they were crammed into the design at the last minute." Back on the positive side of things, Cars.com reports that the trip computer, which contains a variety of data and controls, "sits squarely atop the dash," which is "the perfect place for such a screen in terms of keeping the driver's eyes trained on the road, and it's unbelievably crisp and clear."
Don't let Toyota fool you—the 2009 Toyota Venza is, in fact, a crossover, and not a bad-looking one at that.