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First Drive: Toyota Venza

Over the weekend we had a chance to take Toyota’s new Venza out for a spin and came away impressed.

First Impressions – 2009 Toyota Venza AWD V6

  • Tons of flexible interior storage
  • Rear cargo area is larger than you’d expect
  • Stylish but not extravagant
  • Controlled & comfortable ride
  • Drives just like a Camry- a good mix between plush and responsive
  • Interior textures look good and give softness to overly hard plastic pieces


A virtual Camry wagon. Solid and understated, the Venza should sell well but may cut into Camry sales.  We wish some of the interior pieces had a softer feel.

Specifications as tested

Engine: 3.5L VVT-i V6 (ULEV-II)
Power: 268-horsepower @ 6200rpm / 246lb-ft @4700rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with ECT-i and sequential shift
Construction: Reinforced unitized body
EPA mileage ratings: 18mpg city / 25mpg highway

Find out more, read up on the full specifications, or build one out for yourself at the Toyota Venza website

First Drive photo gallery