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2011 Toyota Venza Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by mickiemac

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Reviewed: 2011 Toyota Venza

4dr SUV 268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2011 Toyota Venza?

Exterior styling

Distinctive and contemporary - best looking of the 'crossover' type vehicles although I consider this a wagon and not a crossover. Looks more like a car than a jacked up and boxy SUV.

Feature availability

Love the multi-functional center console - lots of storage. Also like the Panoramic roof, smart key system and power open/close rear liftgate. The 13 speaker JBL is very nice but could use a subwoofer.

Powertrain performance

The V6 (FWD) is extremely quick and very smooth and quiet even under spirited acceleration. The transmission is very smooth as well and the shifts are barely detectable.

Past personal experience

This is my 4th Toyota (2nd was a 2002 Lexus ES300) and am generally pleased with the car but the overall quality is below that of previous Toyotas.

Fuel economy

My MPG is averaging between 24-25 MPG which is quite acceptable. Most of my driving is on highways with maybe 10% city (stop & go) which would probably lower my average. Best MPG on highway was 27.8 mpg as calculated by the onboard MPG display.

Why Not the 2011 Toyota Venza?

Quietness

On less than perfect roads the road noise is a bit annoying. This may be due to the Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires. If the road surface is smooth asphalt, then the road noise is minimal. Maybe switching to Michelin Lattitude HP tires would help.

Ride smoothness

If the road surface is a bit rough then the ride gets rough too. The low profile tires and 20" wheels obviously affect the ride quality when the road is less than glass smooth.

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