I think that the Venza is a knockout.
My wife was considering one when she was looking to replace her Lexus RX300. I too think that Toyota could've put a Lexus emblem on the front and sold it loaded as a Lexus.
The Venza is really just the triumphant return of the Camry wagon. And it's about time it came back. Why would Toyota put it in the Lexus line-up when it will sell so much better as a Toyota?
19:10 I said COULD'VE not Should've
I am in the same boat as the above commenter. We have a Lexus RX300 that has been faithful to us for 10 years now, but it is finally starting to show its age, and we have had a few expensive breakdowns with it. I thought of replacing it with an RX330 or Rx350, but the reviews here and elsewhere have not been all positive, with emphasis on transmission problems and general build quality, and the use of cheaper materials. I am hoping the Venza might be a better choice.
If Lexus is not a satisfactory choice, then Venza will definitely disappoint you regarding quality, durability and many other things.
Just traded our '01 Sequoia (186K miles) which we bought new for an '09 Venza with 12K miles. The car is a V6 FWD with Premium Pkg #2 (loaded). Our kids are getting bigger - we still needed some room, but not SUV-big. We considered a used RX350, but they're too common. The Venza is a great vehicle, but I don't think it would live up to Lexus standards. The seats are not as comfortable, and memory seats are not available. But we think it will be perfect for us for the next 6-8 years. Check the mechanical specs of the RX350, Venza and Camry - all nearly identical.
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