Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza, introduced for 2009, is a versatile five-passenger vehicle that couples the styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a sport utility vehicle (SUV), to give customers a stylish alternative to the traditional sedan.

New for 2010, the Venza adds standard iPod® connectivity, a USB port for connecting an auxiliary music source, and Bluetooth® wireless technology on all audio systems.

Toyota designed the  Venza to appeal to an emerging section of the market that prioritizes bold, innovative design, and excellent handling combined with outstanding roominess and utility. Venza offers all of those qualities, along with a luxurious and refined interior, and SUV-like flexibility, specifically in its foldable rear seats, a large cargo area, higher driver sightline, available all-wheel drive (AWD) and up to 3,500-lbs. towing capacity.

Venza features a single model grade strategy with  an extensive roster of standard equipment.  Simplified option packages and stand-alone options include numerous comfort and utility features. Many are new to the Toyota lineup and are typically found on luxury vehicles.

Venza offers a choice between four-cylinder and V6 engines, both with excellent responsiveness and fuel economy. Both the four-cylinder and V6 models are available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (AWD) versions.  New to the Toyota line-up and standard on Venza is a new fuel-efficient 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 182 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The four-cylinder Venza is EPA-rated at’21 MPG city/29 MPG highway for the FWD model.

The available 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 246 lb.-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. The V6 FWD has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 MPG city/26 MPG highway.

Both engines are mated to a six-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). The six-speed ECT-i provides an engaging driving experience and helps optimize fuel economy. Venza employs uphill/downhill shift logic control that selects the proper gear for driving conditions and helps provide moderate engine braking during downhill driving.

Venza's available Active Torque Control AWD System optimizes torque distribution between the front and rear wheels to help ensure stable acceleration and smooth cornering on all road surfaces. AWD offers enhanced traction and helps provide excellent overall handling in inclement weather.

Source: Toyota press

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