I cannot wait for the craze for enormous wheels to be over. There's no practical reason to run wheels this big (20 inches) on anything short of a race car because they kill ride quality, diminish fuel economy, and actually reduce performance during acceleration and braking.

Aside from my complaints about the enormous wheels, the Venza is a very practical, though totally boring, vehicle for people who frequently have passengers and want to sit up higher than a sedan. I don't find the Venza to be ugly, just inoffensively bland in the typical Toyota fashion. The driving experience is utterly forgettable, which is probably a plus in this class. For $35,000 I'd like to see much nicer plastics in the cabin. The material quality and graining is sub-par at best.

Phil Floraday

New Car Research

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