2014 Toyota Venza Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Tremendous space for five adults plus a good amount of cargo make the Venza a perfect fit for its segment. That interior space is packaged into an exterior that's both lower and shorter than some crossovers.

Near-ideal seating height makes entry and exit easy, and the seating is comfortable for adults in both front and back rows. Head and leg room are ample, step-in height is low, and the back bench seat reclines for greater long-distance comfort. Three adults can comfortably sit across the back row, but there's no third-row option; that's left for larger vehicles like the Highlander.

A low cargo floor makes loading and unloading groceries or other parcels easy, and the rear seat folds down to increase available space. Smartly designed storage bins and cubbies around the cabin make for plenty of small-item stash points. The large, deep cupholders are eminently useful. There aren't any cargo organizers in the rear load area, however, and the shape of the space isn't as versatile as some taller crossovers.

Roomy for both passengers and cargo, the 2014 Toyota Venza is comfortable and sturdy, but not quite luxury-car refined.

The only notable downside in the Venza's cabin is the abundance of hard plastic in direct contact with the driver's and front passenger's knees, a comfort issue that's surprising in a vehicle that can price out well above the $30,000 mark. Road noise can be an issue on coarse road surfaces, but it's generally not a problem.

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