The mid-sized crossover wagon manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation was revealed by the company at the Detroit North American International Auto Show in 2008. The Toyota Venza was based on the Toyota FT-SX concept car revealed by Toyota at the North American International Show in 2005. The engineering work of Venza was mainly done at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan and designing of the vehicle was carried out at the Calty Design studios in Newport Beach, California. As of size, the Venza is placed between the compact crossover SUV, RAV4 and the mid-sized crossover SUV, Highlander, where the Venza is an inch longer than the Highlander.
The production of the Venza was started on November 10, 2008 at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The Venza shares its Toyota K platform with the Toyota Camry. Its concept is pretty much similar to the Mark X ZiO. Two engines are offered in Venza, i.e. a 3.5-L 2GR-FE V6 and a new 2.7-L 1AR-FE I4 engines. Both the engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle has an option for both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The fuel economy estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency for Venza rated at 21 mpg-US (11 L/100km; 25 mpg-imp) in city and 29 mpg-US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp) on highway with the 4-cylinder engine. The Venza also features an electric power steering system.
It is said that the Venza is far better in its interior design and performance than its other contemporary models produced by Toyota.
The Venza is offered with only one model for which a wide range of packages and options are available. There is a long list of standard features which are offered with entry level Venza. For instance, the Venza features fog lamps, 19-inch alloy wheels for the models with I4 engine and 20-inch alloy wheels for the models with V6 engine, 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.
Apart from these some of the major options that are available for Venza include: automatic high beams with HID lighting, heated side view mirrors, power liftgate, leather seat surfaces, 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. Other than these, there is a Touring Package as well featuring HID headlights and push button start. Also, Navigation and JBL Package is also available for the All-wheel drive with V6 engine.
The 2010 model of Venza has a standard USB audio input and Bluetooth hands-free phone capability. This replaces the standard in-dash 6-disc CD charger. With the release of 2010 models, the prices of Venza in US market are raised by $300.
A front-wheel drive (FWD) with 4-cylinder engine was sold at $25,975 and increased further to $29,250 for the models with all-wheel drive powered by V6 edition. Remember, these prices are exclusive of optional features. You have to pay additional sum to avail optional services.