I can't seem to generate any enthusiasm for this Toyota Venza. It's not ugly, but it's not especially attractive, either. It's interior is bland but acceptable, inspiring in me neither appreciation nor any special critical insights for its design. The driving experience is fine, if your objective is simply to get from point A to point B. If you're looking for a little driving excitement or even a token smidgen of luxury, you're in the wrong vehicle.
For the past several years, the main reasons for buying a Toyota were the brand's reputation for build quality, reliability, and resale value, all of which have been compromised in the wake of the recent massive recalls. That means that plain-vanilla cars like the Venza will have to appeal to buyers in more purely emotional terms, which may prove to be a hard sell.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor