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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
On the down side, the optional fake wood looks fake
Car and Driver
Standard cloth seats quite upscale and comfortable
Cabin materials...are pleasant, though nothing special
The 2010 Toyota Venza has a spacious, comfortable interior, along with a reasonably comfortable ride, though its slightly disappointing materials and trims don't keep with the upscale, luxury-oriented design statement.
While many crossover vehicles come with a small third-row seat to expand capacity to seven passengers, Automobile Magazine notes that the Venza "has seating for only five passengers," though those passengers will be comfortable. Up front, ConsumerGuide gauges "ample headroom and legroom," although "slightly longer seat bottoms would improve long-distance comfort, but the seats are supportive overall." The Toyota Venza's "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," reports Car and Driver. For those in the backseats, Cars.com remarks that "there's also an extreme amount of legroom in the second row," and they add that second row seems "roomier than even the specs suggest when compared to both two-row crossovers...and three-row crossovers."
The 2010 Venza can fit five adults comfortably while still having plenty of cargo space for 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 that "Toyota's 34.4-cubic-foot rating is conservative." The Detroit News reports that "the optional powerlift gate is a must have item," but up front "the center console is massive and provides lots of storage." ConsumerGuide offers perhaps the most telling review, rating the Venza Toyota a 9 out of 10 for cargo room and remarking 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. Cars.com is disappointed to find that "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." ConsumerGuide notes that "cabin materials...are pleasant, though nothing special," while also observing that "the carbon fiber [interior trim] had tacky brown hue" on their four-cylinder tester. The interior of the V-6 Venza Toyota is an improvement, though. 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."
Noise insulation is also an apparent downside to the 2010 Venza. Cars.com claims that "wind noise overall was surprisingly loud" during their tests, and "the huge side mirrors didn't help in this department." ConsumerGuide confirms 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."
A comfortable configuration for passengers and surprisingly ample cargo space in the 2010 Toyota Venza make it very useful, but the cabin is lacking in refinement.