2009 Toyota Venza AWD

My feelings about the Venza are not nearly as visceral as Don Sherman's. His reaction to its utter lack of personality is understandable, but for me, that translates into a feeling of indifference rather than hostility. Buyers of the Venza aren't going to care - or probably even notice - if their vehicle has a four- or six-cylinder engine. And that'll be all right, because this four-cylinder, while not exactly a powerhouse, has sufficient oomph to merge onto the highway at the proper speed and tootle along to the grocery store, the weekly bridge game, or the garden store to pick up a flat or two of spring flowers. The priorities of the Venza owner will be reliability, ease of operation, and sufficient space for carting things and people - and in all those areas it gets a passing grade. Its higher step-in height and larger carrying capacity make it the logical next vehicle for the current Camry owner.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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