If you're in the market for a midsize SUV, then you should know that the new 2010 Toyota Venza is one of the better bargains for the year. With a low price tag, great gas mileage and impressive styling, the Venza is a lot of car for not a lot of money. Review the many advantages of the new 2010 Toyota Venza to determine if this crossover is right for you.
New 2010 Toyota Venza Styling
The Toyota Venza does a great job of offering a sleek exterior design that helps it stand out from the numerous SUVs with which it competes. Large wheels and a low, sloping front end help give the vehicle a bolder, more fashion-forward appeal than the average Toyota vehicle.
Inside, the Venza continues to impress with an environment that is both refined and exceedingly comfortable. While a few low-quality interior materials are present, the price trade off and bolstered number of available standard features more than make up for it. Base models come equipped with cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, stereo with six-CD changer, Bluetooth, auxiliary input, USB port and satellite radio.
Unlike the majority of midsize SUVs, Toyota has opted to eliminate the availability of third-row seating. While this may turn off those with larger families, the other side of that coin is an interior that is roomier and offers more cargo space. Rear seat passengers will be especially pleased with the additional real estate. At its maximum, the Venza offers 70.1 cubic feet of cargo space.
New 2010 Toyota Venza Performance
The Toyota Venza is an SUV that drives like a sedan. The low roofline and car-based architecture add up to a driving experience that is smooth and speedy. Base Venza models come equipped with a capable 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 182 horsepower. While this engine is likely to please most drivers, a 3.5-liter V-6 is prized for its 268 horsepower and solid acceleration.
In terms of fuel efficiency, you'd be hard-pressed to find a midsize competitor that sips less gas than the Venza. Base models offer 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway (24 mpg combined). Opt for the V-6, and those numbers drop to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway (22 mpg combined). If you want even better mileage for about the same price tag, then consider downgrading in size to the compact Chevrolet Equinox.
New 2010 Toyota Venza Safety
The Toyota Venza boasts a number of standard safety features, including four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, stability control and seven airbags. That seventh airbag is a driver knee airbag, which is available on few competitors. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Venza earned a top rating of "Good."
New 2010 Toyota Venza Pricing
Starting price for the Venza comes in at $26,275. This makes it one of the most affordable mid-size SUVs for the year. However, the Toyota Highlander undercuts the Venza by a few hundred dollars, and may be worth a test drive (especially if you need three rows of seating). Other new cars you may be interested in cross-shopping with the Venza include the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge.