Toyota updates Venza crossover for 2012

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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In 2009 Toyota released the Venza crossover, a completely new model developed specifically for the North American market. It was essentially a lifted family wagon with seating for five and a choice of either 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder power with front-wheel drive or available all-wheel-drive. For the 2012 model year, the Toyota Venza will now be offered in three distinct trim levels: LE, XLE and Limited.

In LE and XLE trim, the Venza can specified with either an inline 4-cylinder engine or a V6 engine, and either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Limited models are only available with the V6, with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The 2.7L inline-4 delivers 182 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.5L V6 generates 268 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. On all-wheel-drive models, the Venza features an Active Torque Control AWD System for distributing torque between the front and rear wheels.

Interior amenities offered in the 2012 Venza now vary according to which trim level is specified. The LE trim includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 3.5-inch multi-information display and three 12-volt power outlets. The LE's standard audio system includes an AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer, integrated satellite radio, a USB port with iPod connectivity, an auxiliary audio input jack, and Bluetooth hands-free phone capability. Options include a rear-view camera and a panoramic glass roof. That's quite a lot for the base Venza.

XLE models add leather seating, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, multi-stage heated front seats, "wood-grain style" interior trim, pushbutton start, an anti-theft system and a power rear liftgate and rear-view camera. XLE Venzas also feature two interior amenity packages: the Premium Package and the Navigation Package. The Premium Package adds a panoramic glass roof with front power moonroof, and a 13-speaker JBL Synthesis surround-sound system. The Navigation Package includes a voice activated touch-screen DVD-based navigation system with integrated rear-view camera, plus the JBL Synthesis surround-sound system.

Limited models come standard with the XLE Navigation Package as well as the panoramic glass roof with power moonroof. High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights are also featured on Limited Venzas.

All 4-cylinder 2012 Venzas come standard with 19-inch, 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels,  while V6 equipped Venzas come equipped with 20-inch, 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels.

Safety features for the 2012 Toyota Venza include seven airbags and Toyota's STAR Safety System which employs Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Also featured is Smart Stop brake-override Technology (SST) which reduces engine power when the brake and accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) is standard as well on all 2012 Venzas and temporarily applies brake pressure when the vehicle is stopped on an upward incline.

Expect the 2012 Venza to arrive later this year.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Toyota, 2012, Venza,

Organizations: Toyota

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