2015 Toyota Venza.

The Toyota Venza, a mainstay in the Toyota lineup since the 2009 model year, has always been a great choice for families that want the high seating position of an SUV or a van, but want something that truly drives like a car, and is easy to maneuver and park. Toyota’s crossover is better than ever, with enhanced exterior styling and numerous standard convenience features.

Venza was developed specifically for the North American market, and it shows. It appeals to customers who prioritize intelligent design, a luxurious and refined interior, and carlike handling, but still require roominess and versatility. Venza provides SUV and minivan-like flexibility with its fold-flat rear seats, spacious cargo area, elevated driver sightline, and available all-wheel drive.

It was the creation of Toyota’s Calty Design studios in Newport Beach, California. and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Calty designers leaned toward a sleek crossover concept with a wide stance that featured a sporty exterior, but they also included important practical attributes, such as cargo space and towing capacity.

The Venza offers four-cylinder and V6 models in FWD and AWD versions. Venza’s 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine delivers 181 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 182 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The 3.5-litre V6 produces 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 246 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. Both engines are teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission; it provides an engaging driving experience and helps optimize fuel economy. Uphill/downhill shift logic selects the proper gear for driving conditions and helps provide moderate engine braking during downhill driving.

Venza’s Active Torque Control AWD System optimizes torque distribution between the front and rear wheels to help ensure stable acceleration and smooth cornering on all road surfaces. AWD offers enhanced traction and helps provide excellent overall handling in inclement weather.

With a lower center of gravity than typical SUVs to help provide dynamic handling, further enhanced by large wheels and tires, Venza is surprisingly agile and car-like. The four-cylinder models ride on standard 19-inch, 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. Distinctive 20-inch five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels are standard for the V6 model.

Toyota’s STAR Safety System is standard on all Toyota models and features enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC) Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and the Smart Stop Technology (SST). Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), also standard on all Venza models, temporarily provides pressure to the brakes while the vehicle is stopped on an incline to help ensure easier starting with no rollback.

In addition, Venza provides seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, driver and front-passenger front-seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear side-curtain airbags. Front seat-belt pretensioners retract the seat belt in a severe frontal collision, while the dual-stage force limiters help limit the seat-belt force applied to the driver’s and front passenger’s chests.

Venza’s generous utility includes several clever storage locations and lighting. The adjustable center console features a sliding cover and armrest, three iPod®/MP3 player holders with wire concealment features, and a large storage compartment. The center-console compartment is also equipped with a USB port, auxiliary audio jack and 12-volt power outlet. Interior storage is further complemented by a total of 10 front and rear cupholders.

The Venza design is highly practical, with a rear load-in height that is almost as low as that of the Sienna minivan. The generously sized liftgate opening enhances the vehicle’s utility. An available power liftgate integrates jam protection that detects obstruction in the door’s path and reverses the motor. Venza provides a low step-over height for improved ergonomics, and because the closed doors cover the rocker panels, the driver and passengers are protected from accumulated road-dust while getting into and out of the vehicle.

Customers looking for a pet-friendly vehicle will find a wide range of pet utility accessories available through Hallmark Toyota. Among the available choices are a rear liftgate pet ramp, booster seat with harness, pet buckles and rear seat zipline-style harnesses, pet carriers and bucket seat, bench seat and hammock style waterproof seat covers.

If your pets will love the Venza, imagine how much you will love it.

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