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I love my Venza
Pros: Abundant storage.
Cons: Brigestone TiresBy far the best car for the money I've ever owned.
Pros: Right now the seats. They're as comfortable as the Highlander's.
Cons: I really don't like how it handles on bumpy surfaces; and I wish it had real arm rests.
Advice: Go for it if you're stepping down from an SUV or up from a sedan. You can't beat it!There are some blind spots, so looking carefully before changing lanes is a must! And when the car hits a bump or a continuous patch of bad pavement, you feel it....not unlike a truck. That shouldn't be. The gas mileage is so-so. I had hoped it would be better than my 02 Highlander. Still, this is a lovely, and I mean lovely car for someone like me who packs four bikes, gear, people, and luggage to events. It does the job really, really well.
Cons: poor interior quality look
Advice: Look at a Honda Crosstour first!Cheap plastic look inside and hearing about Toyota's bad reliability issues as of late, I wish I would of just waited for the new Honda Crosstour!
Cons: Gave up my heated seats
Advice: Drive it!Lots of places to put 'stuff'. Engine has phenomenal power and 'feels' like a Rhino running down the road. Get the feeling that the tires are squeezing the life out of the road. A very tight ride, great suspension on 19' wheels, and people in the back seat have stated that they are as comfortable back there as they were in my 2005 Avalon. Contemplated a Honda CRV, but I felt every bump all the way up my spine. Wanted an AWD because of the hilly terrain and the problems that were happening with the Avalon in the snow. I got an Avalon with AWD with this vehicle.