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Toyota Venza cannot be called a typical crossover. In its exterior qualities, the model resembles an estate car, although its passing ability approximates that of SUV. For the 2016, the manufacturer didn’t fall back on complete makeover, confining itself to a slight facelift. Read through Toyota Venza review to decide on whether the vehicle is a traditional crossover, a SUV or an estate.
The 2016 Toyota Venza boasts a more aggressive styling. The hood gives a demonstration of updated headlamps, bumper and grille; the latter received chrome coating. The headlights employ xenon clusters with LED stripes. The body makes a parade of turn lights on rearview mirrors, exclusive 19-inch wheels as well as additional color palettes: cypress pearl, attitude black & cosmic gray mica.
The cabin of new Venza is all about ergonomics. The central console allocates a mid-size display, a trip computer and a multimedia display (Entune for the higher trims). The internet-wired infotainment system allows uploading/installing various applications, browsing weather forecast, listening to radio or audio, viewing video, using navigation, etc. On either hand of the console there is a powerful air inlet. The cockpit is differentiated by an upgraded steering wheel.
Interior restyling brought a new feel of excellence. All trimming materials are of top grade. The seats are coated in leather and offer the maximal comfort level. The cabin dapples with storage options which include front and rear cup-holders. Despite the reduced overall body dimensions (4835x1905x1606 mm), rear passengers are blessed to ride with plenty of legroom. Front passengers might take pleasure in heated & adjustable seats.
This crossover is equipped with a panoramic sunroof. Heating system offers a variety of options, including individual ventilation for rear passengers (dual-zone climate control). The boot offers 36.2 c.f. of luggage space; the possibility to flip down the rear backseats provides for 70.2 c.f. of room.
An updated Venza comes with a new powertrain. The customers are offered either a 2.7-liter engine that produces 185 hp or a 3.5-liter V6 unit that generates 268 hp. The first solution yields 23/20/26 mpg in the combined, city/highway driving mode, whereas the second one returns 22/19/26 mpg (FWD) & 22/20/26 mpg (AWD).
Both modifications are accompanied by a front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Higher trims might be optionally equipped with a full-wheel drive. The driver is sure to praise an independent suspension, disk braking system as well as a substantial ground clearance.
One more point to touch upon in Toyota Venza review is equipment & safety options. The 2016 model year is rich in three Venza modifications: Elegance, Elegance Plus & Prestige. The base trim has at disposal 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, cruise control, an 8-power driver’s seat, automatic headlights, an adjustable steering wheel, reclining backseats, Bluetooth phone, a rearview camera, a 6-speaker audio system, voice controls, a CD player, USB/iPod connectivity, and HD/satellite radio.
The higher trims add navigation with smartphone integration, 20-inch wheels, an upgraded infotainment system, driver memory functions, a power liftgate, power-folding mirrors, heated front seats, an advanced trip computer, a towing prep package. Optionally, it’s feasible to incorporate a 13-speaker JBL audio & automatic high beam adjustments.
In terms of safety, Toyota Venza 2016 is furnished with a rearview camera, hill start assist, front-side airbags, driver knee airbags, antilock brakes as well as traction & stability control.
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