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Toyota Venza
2009 Toyota Venza
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2008-present
Model year(s) 2009-present
Assembly Georgetown, Kentucky, United States (TMMK)
Class Mid-size crossover wagon
Body style(s) 5-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Engine(s) 2.7 L 1AR-FE I4
3.5 L 2GR-FE V6
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 109.3 in (2776 mm)
Length 189.0 in (4801 mm)
Width 75.0 in (1905 mm)
Height 63.4 in (1610 mm)
Curb weight 4,045 lb (1,835 kg)
Related Toyota Camry
Toyota Avalon
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The Toyota Venza is a mid-size crossover wagon manufactured and marketed by Japanese automaker Toyota and unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.[1] Based on the Toyota FT-SX concept car unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, the Venza was primarily engineered at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and designed at the Calty Design studios in Newport Beach, California.[citation needed]

The Venza is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky,[1], production having commenced on November 10, 2008.[2]

Contents

(GGV10/15, 2008-)

The Venza shares the Camry chassis and is powered by either Toyota's 3.5-litre 2GR-FE V6 or all-new 2.7-litre 1AR-FE I4 engine, both mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.[3] Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available as an option. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel economy of 21 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp) city /29 mpg-US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp) highway with the four-cylinder engine.[4] The Venza uses an electric power steering system.

US models had starting price of $25,975 for a front-wheel-drive (FWD) 4-cylinder model, and ranged up to $29,250 for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) V6 edition without options. The Venza has only one model trim, but with a choice of packages and options. Standard features include fog lamps, 19" alloy wheels (I4), 34 pound[5] 20" alloy wheels (V6), HomeLink, XM satellite radio, 6-disc CD changer, dual-zone climate control, electrochromic auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 8-way power drivers seat, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, Hill-Start assist control and the Toyota Star Safety System.[6]

Major options include automatic high beams with HID lighting, heated side view mirrors, power liftgate, leather seating, 4-way power passenger seat, panoramic glass moonroof, Smart Key System, 13-speaker JBL sound system with Bluetooth, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, backup camera, and a rear DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch display and two wireless headphones.

For 2010, the Venza receives a standard USB input, hands-free phone capability, and Bluetooth. Due to this addition, the in-dash 6-disc CD changer is no longer standard equipment. All U.S. models get a $300 raise in MSRP.

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Engines

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
Venza, Venza AWD 2009- 2,672 cc (2.672 L; 163.1 cu in) I4 (1AR) 185 PS (136 kW; 182 hp)@5800, 247 N·m (182 lb·ft)@4200
Venza V6, Venza V6 AWD 2008- 3,456 cc (3.456 L; 210.9 cu in) V6 (2GR-FE) 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp)@6200, 334 N·m (246 lb·ft)@4700

Transmission

All models include Super Electronically Controlled Transmission (Super ECT) 6-speed automatic transmission with Overdrive, Gate Type Shifter, Lock Up Torque Converter, Transmission Cooler.

Safety

Toyota’s standard Star Safety System includes:

Other standard safety features:

  • Hill-start Assist Control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Active head restraints for front-seat occupants, which prevent or limit the extent of whiplash in certain types of rear-end collisions.
  • 3-point seatbelts and headrests for all seats
  • Emergency locking retractors (ELR) for all seats
  • Automatic locking retractors (ATR) for all seats (except driver’s)
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) for rear outboard seats

Seven standard airbags:[7]

Crash testing

NHTSA crash test ratings (2009):[8]
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Rear Passenger: 5/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars

The IIHS awarded the Venza its Top Safety Pick accolade in 2009.[9][10]

Production

The Venza began production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) on November 11, 2008, with over 70% of the Venza's components coming from U.S. suppliers.[11] Toyota projects sales of between 75,000-100,000 Venzas per year.[12] Even though most Toyota vehicles built in the United States and Canada are sold in Mexico, it is one of the North American built Toyotas (alongside the Avalon) to not be sold in Mexico.

In addition to Venza,[13] TMMK also produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Solara, and Avalon. Toyota launched the four-cylinder Venza in February, 2009.

Marketing

During the 2008 vehicle launch, Toyota marketed Venza under the campaign 'You're More than One Thing. So is Venza.' According to Autoblog, the name 'Venza' was derived from the words Venture and Monza (racing circuit).[14]

In Canada, the Venza was featured as a prize in the 2009 Tim Hortons "Rrroll up the rim to win" promotion.

Classification

Determining whether the Venza is a crossover SUV or wagon isn't clear, so sources often describe it simply as new type of "crossover".[15] Toyota states the Venza blends the "styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a sport utility vehicle."[16] According to Toyota, Venza is neither a station wagon or SUV, rather it is targeted at customers who want more room and flexibility than the Camry sedan but desire a smaller size than the Highlander, a mid-size crossover SUV. Toyota lists the Venza's competitors as the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima on their website's comparison page both popular mid-size sedans.[17]

According to Edmunds.com, the Venza's interior design and quality is superior to other contemporary Toyota vehicles.[15] Venza contains 34.4 cu. Ft. of interior volume, more than its two main competitors – Nissan Murano, Ford Edge.[15] The Venza is currently Toyota's only crossover without a third-row seat, as the RAV4 and the Highlander crossover SUVs do have the third-row seat availability. Toyota informed automotive magazine Motor Trend that it would pass on entering the Venza in the publication's SUV of the Year competition.[18] Instead, Toyota requested that the Venza compete in the Car of the Year competition. Motor Trend decided that the Venza should not compete in any competition at all since its ride height is too high to be qualified as a car.

Nearly a year after the Venza's launch, Honda began selling the Accord Crosstour a similar vehicle, which along with the Limited and Premier editions of the Subaru Outback, are the Venza's obvious competitors. However, the Honda Accord Crosstour is a full-size CUV rather than a mid-size CUV.

Sales figures

Calendar year Total sales (U.S.) Total sales (Canada)
2008 1,474[19]  ?
2009 54,410[20] 12,375[21]

References

  1. ^ All-New Toyota Venza Crossover Sedan To Make World Debut At 2008 North American International Auto Show - Toyota North American Pressroom
  2. ^ http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/manufacturing/toyota-begins-venza-production-102020.aspx?ncid=12078
  3. ^ 2008 Detroit Auto Show: 2009 Toyota Venza - Edmunds
  4. ^ Retrieved 4-Jan-09
  5. ^ Comparison: 2009 Ford Edge vs. 2009 Nissan Murano vs. 2009 Toyota Venza
  6. ^ "Toyota Venza Begins Production". Automoblog.net. http://www.automoblog.net/2008/11/10/toyota-venza-begins-production/. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  7. ^ "The 2009 Toyota VENZA". Toyota.com. http://www.toyota.com/venza. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Safercar.gov". Safercar.gov. http://www.safercar.gov/portal/search?model=7880. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  9. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Toyota Venza". Iihs.org. 2009-06-15. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=1116. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  10. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Toyota Venza". Iihs.org. 2009-06-15. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=1117. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  11. ^ Toyota launches production of Venza - Business First of Louisville
  12. ^ Toyota shows new Venza crossover sedan to undergo production this November in Georgetown - Louisville Courier-Journal.
  13. ^ TMMK
  14. ^ First Drive: 2009 Toyota Venza
  15. ^ a b c "2009 Toyota Venza Review and Specs". Edmunds.com. http://www.edmunds.com/toyota/venza/2009/review.html. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  16. ^ Toyota's New 2009 Venza Optimizes The Traditional Passenger Car - Toyota Pressroom
  17. ^ "2009 Toyota Venza Review". Automoblog.net. http://www.automoblog.net/2009/10/29/2009-toyota-venza-review/. 
  18. ^ Where's the Venza? - Motor Trend
  19. ^ Toyota Reports 2008 and December Sales
  20. ^ Toyota Reports December And 2009 Sales
  21. ^ Strada: Canadian Sales in 2009

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