Ever since the Honda Accord Crosstour came on the market, I've slowly been gaining appreciation for the Venza, which looks good by comparison. I still have a hard time justifying its place in Toyota's crossover-laden lineup, but more power to Toyota if they can sell Venzas (some 54,000 last year).

Our test vehicle was equipped with all-wheel drive, but you might suspect otherwise since there was a fair amount of torque steer under hard acceleration. This particular Venza's cabin was full of questionable materials and poor fits, too.

To my eye, the big twenty-inch wheels look pretty cool and help balance the Venza's proportions, but as Phil pointed out, they definitely compromise ride quality at times.

I know minivans aren't terribly cool, but neither is the Venza, in my opinion. I'd personally much rather own a Sienna, which is a much more usable vehicle (with a face just as ugly) that starts at $2000 less than the Venza. A Camry wagon would be cool, sure, but the Venza looks and feels too overinflated to fit that bill.

Rusty Blackwell

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