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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
JBL system provided little clarity at either end of the bass/treble spectrum
a deep, divided center console, bins for holding cell phones and MP3 players, and bottle holders in all four doors
And finally finally finally: power windows have an auto up/down function for all four doors.
Why in the world does the radio slope up and away from the driver?
Well-equipped even in lower-priced trims, the 2014 Toyota Venza offers strong value, but can also be optioned upward into near-luxury territory with add-ons like high-end audio, navigation, a rear-seat video system, and leather seats.
Three trim levels are available: LE, XLE, and Limited. Upgraded in equipment for the 2013 model year, the Venza LE offers a very strong set of features, including a Display Audio (much like that found in the Camry), blind-spot side mirrors, and puddle lamps.
The Venza XLE gets new standard power-folding side mirrors for 2014, adding to the memory power driver's seat, navigation with Entune multimedia and apps function, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with integrated backup camera, and much more.
The top-line Venza Limited adds LED daytime running lights and a 13-speaker JBL premium audio system as well as an upgraded navigation system. New features for 2014 Venza Limited models include power-folding side mirrors and front and rear parking sonar.
A Premium Package is available on XLE models, adding a panoramic glass moonroof, hands-free Bluetooth phone and music connectivity, and more, essentially capturing many of the upgrades found in the Limited model, but without the mandatory upgrade to the V-6 engine.
Entune is Toyota's name for its infotainment system, which brings not only smartphone connectivity and navigation, but also mobile apps functions including Bing, Pandora, OpenTable, and movietickets.com among others. The Entune system is available on most trim levels.
Ample infotainment and connectivity features make the 2014 Toyota Venza a strong value.