I have to say we were intending to purchase a Prius after driving one on vacation. The trade in was our Cadillac CTS that was stylish and fun to drive but uncomfortable on trips. Needless to say, the Venza blew us away after a test drive. The passenger comfort front AND rear (rear seats recline) is just amazing. It is so roomy and offers plenty of luggage space for 4 passengers. The controls are easy to use, doors open wide and there are many cubbyholes and storage pockets. The ride and acceleration are excellent, the AWD operates smoothly and unobtrusively. We enjoy the styling and get many compliments as well, we are very happy with our decision a year later!
Huge storage in armrest, navigation system, powerful music system w/satellite radio. Integrated bluetooth, roominess, cargo capacity, dual sunroof feature, power hatch, push button start w/keyless and xenon headlights are very bright.
Blind spots in rear, giant low profile tires handle well and look amazing but there is a ride penalty. (Will be expensive to replace too) Short greenhouse limits visibility, and lack of 2 driver presets for mirrors, seat and steering wheel. Steering is numb and a bit vague. Glove box is small.