The Venza's exterior has tall-wagon properties that recall a hint of classics like the AMC Eagle, but with a modern and handsome spin, ending up somewhere between a tall wagon and a hatchback.
Slightly refreshed for 2013 (a new grille and taillights), the 2014 model year removes a couple of color combinations; you can no longer order the Cosmic Gray exterior paint with Ivory fabric or leather interiors, and the Sunset Bronze paint is also no longer available with Black fabric or leather upholstery. Otherwise, there are no aesthetic changes for 2014.
Bearing cues that speak of both Camry and Highlander, but blended into a new form rather than seeming like a kludged mule of the two, the Venza's design and styling have grown on us since its 2009 introduction. The Venza's head-on view is its least attractive angle, with the large and flashy grille giving a toothy look.
Inside the Venza, more car-like cues dominate, with smooth surfaces and curved lines. An unusual center stack splits the front row, while woodgrain trim and conservative brightwork make for a sharp and sophisticated look that's never boring. Our only beef with the interior styling is that wide center console, which takes up a lot of room.