We already drove a six-cylinder Venza a few weeks ago, so my main interest in this four-cylinder model was whether we would feel deprived by the omission of two cylinders. And I didn't. The four-cylinder Venza comported itself perfectly well in city and freeway driving, and I suspect most owners would be happy enough with the four rather than the V-6. Not only is the four-cylinder cheaper to buy, of course, it gets better fuel economy but doesn't at all feel like a wheezy, underpowered engine. If you're considering the Venza, you certainly ought to take both models for a test-drive. Rest assured, you won't run into our tech editor, Don Sherman, at the Toyota dealership doing the same thing.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor