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Passenger Car Optimized: All-New Toyota Venza

Toyota’s all-new 2009 Venza combines the flexibility of an SUV with the style and comfort of a passenger car and moves the segment in a new direction.

March 2009, by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Representing a new direction in passenger cars for Toyota, the all-new 2009 Venza combines fuel economy, innovative design, utility, and value.
The 2009 Venza is a five-passenger vehicle that couples the styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of an SUV.

“Venza establishes an exciting new direction in passenger car design that will combine the finest attributes of Toyota’s diverse vehicle lineup,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “It caters to buyers who are looking for the value and reliability of a Camry, the comfort and upscale refinement of an Avalon, and the utility and flexibility of a Highlander.”

Based on FT-SX Concept

The all-new Venza is based on the FT-SX concept vehicle that debuted at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show.

Starting with the interior, the center console creates a 60/60 design that gives both driver and passengers easy access to the console. Venza’s added utility, located in the rear cargo area, is realized with fold-down 60/40 rear seats, one-touch fold-down seat levels, and a tonneau cover.
The 2009 Venza is offered with two engines: a new, fuel-efficent 2.7L, four-cylinder engine with 182 hp and 182 ft.-lb. of torque, and the 3.5L V-6 that produces 268 hp and 246 ft.-lb. of torque.

The V-6 and four-cylinder models are available in front- and all-wheel drive configurations. Both engines are mated to a six-speed, sequential shift, electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). On all models, Venza employs uphill/downhill shift logic control that selects the proper gear for driving conditions and helps provide moderate engine braking during downhill driving.

2009 Toyota Venza

Star Safety System Standard

The 2009 Venza is the first Toyota passenger car to offer the Star Safety System as standard equipment for all models. The system includes enhanced vehicle stability control and traction control systems with a cut-off switch, anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution, and brake assist.

Hill-start assist control, standard on all models, temporarily provides pressure to brakes while the vehicle is stopped on an incline. This feature helps ensure easy starting with no roll-back.

Additional available options, specs, and details can be found at www.toyota.com/venza.

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