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2011 Toyota Venza - Crossover SUV

The 2011 Toyota Venza is perfect for those of us who want the perfect mixture of a family station wagon with a crossover SUV. The Venza was fortunately not part of the Toyota recall, but Toyota has since been phasing in the installation of an electronic brake override designed to thwart unintended acceleration, and is also included on the 2011 Venza. The Venza is still a stylish five passenger crossover with elevated seating and an active lifestyle image.

The Venza is built on a version of the structure that underpins the Toyota Camry sedan, but has wagon type cargo volume and is available with all wheel drive. The 2011 Venza continues with a choice of a 182 horsepower four cylinder engine or a 268 horsepower V6 engine. Both use a six speed automatic transmission and the gear lever sprouts from the center of the dash and can be moved within a separate gate for manual type shifting. Both engines are also available with front wheel drive or extra cost all wheel drive.

The exterior of the 2011 Toyota Venza is not visually distinguishable from the 2010 model year of the Venza, which also carried over its styling from the 2009 debut of this midsize crossover. The Venza actually has fractionally less body length than the Camry, and it's significantly taller and wider and has SUV style ground clearance, an attractive feature to many buyers. It also rides on huge 19 or 20-inch wheels and tires, and with its swept back sheet metal and aggressive stance, this arguably is the handsomest vehicle in the Toyota showroom.

Inside, the cabin is modern, quiet and stylish with outstanding space and comfort for four adults and decent accommodations for a fifth in the center. The dash displays real design flair, but doesn't sacrifice functionality to achieve it.

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