Review: The 2014 Toyota Venza Limited Will Surprise You

Drivers looking for new transportation want to see the bells and whistles of the vehicle as soon as possible so they know what they’re stepping into with their next ride. But, every now and then, an unassuming design captures your attention and manages to keep it.

The sleek body of the 2014 Toyota Venza Limited V6 with a 6-speed electronic automatic transmission presents an attractive image, however the interior’s clean design can throw you off balance. At first sight I tilted my head as if to say, “something’s missing.” I quickly realized that this all-wheel-drive Venza, which features a smart key with push button start and electric power steering, has something cleverly tucked away for everyone.

Small compartments of all shapes and sizes are seamlessly positioned in the center console and can take you to intriguing storage spaces that house necessities such as the 12-v auxiliary power outlets. I also like to think of these compartments as miniature closets where you can elegantly hide your stuff. The driver and passenger in the front seat can conveniently command their own space with the dual-zone auto climate control buttons perfectly placed under the digital display on the uncomplicated dash.

The 5-seat crossover offers a touch-sensor lock/unlock door handle and power lift gate with jam protection as well as the auto dimming rearview mirror with compass. The 60/40 split rear seat, with one-touch, fold-flat levers opens up the cargo space to 70.2 cubic feet. Drivers and passengers will appreciate the Safety Star System which includes brake assist and smart stop technology, traction control and anti-lock brake system with vehicle stability control, as well as a host of strategically placed airbags. For drivers who love to hug the road, a desirable feature includes 20”, five-spoke alloy wheels with P245/50R20 tires. With ground clearance of 8.1”, this Venza will take you from the city to the mountains. No problem.

In colors like magnetic gray metallic, the Venza Limited has a quiet but shining spirit worthy of your attention.

The MSRP is $39,570. The MPG is 18/25 city/highway.