I'm surprised at how much people disliked the Venza's cabin. Admittedly, the fits aren't very good, but the materials didn't bother me and I rather like the design. The styled, wavy grain of the dash and the patterned seat inserts keep it feeling fresh. The seats are comfortable and, like Evan, I really admire the space efficiency of the center console.

Yes, the Venza is unexciting. Its handling limits are exceptionally low-closer to those of a truck, rather than a car. Like Rusty, I noticed a decent amount of torque steer despite the fact that this vehicle is equipped with all-wheel drive. The lesson here is that those who really need four-wheel power (say, Northeasterners) are better off with a more advanced system like that in Subarus or larger trucks.

Eric Tingwall

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