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Review: 2009 Toyota Venza is one surprisingly slick wagonoid

The wagons we all know, love and grew up with gradually fell out of favor as the minivan took hold in the '80s. Led by Chrysler's practical little boxes, the van became the king of Mt. People Mover, only to be usurped by the SUV, which took the wagon formula and added a heaping dose of machismo. The wagons have all but vanished, and today, both SUVs and minivans resemble Hollywood stars whose salad days are clearly behind them. The so-called "crossover" is the new king, at least according to marketers who coined the maddeningly broad term, which now applies to everything from large, car-... Read More

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    New York: 2013 Toyota Venza is updated and refreshed. Yay.
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    While it doesn't even appear as a bad pixel on most enthusiasts' radar, the Toyota Venza serves legions of mainstream consumers perfectly well. To keep the unassuming family hauler from lagging behind its advancing competition, the automaker has introduced a refreshed and tweaked 2013 Toyota Venza at the New York Auto Show. Look carefully on the exterior ...

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    New York: 2013 Toyota Venza refreshed, Entune optional
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    Toyota has been teasing us with glimpses of the redesigned 2013 Venza over the last month, and now we get to see its modest makeover just before the vehicle's New York Auto Show debut. The new, less fussy grille is the first thing you'll notice. Fewer horizontal bars above the bumper and a chrome accent goes some way toward below classing up the ...

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    Official: Toyota teases 2013 Venza, set for debut in New York
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    With all the exciting news coming out of Geneva, you'll have to excuse us for snickering just a little bit when we saw this press release. Yes, the Venza is as deserving of a mid-cycle refresh as any other vehicle, though it appears from this teaser that whatever tinkering Toyota has done will prove itself superficial at best. As is typical these days, ...

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    LA 2009: Toyota and Billabong craft one funky Venza
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    No, this isn't a leftover post from SEMA, although to be perfectly fair, it is a leftover vehicle from SEMA. While reporting on the Hot Rod Toyota Tundra and Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer, we somehow missed this tricked-out Venza. Kitted out by the Australian surfwear mavens at Billabong, it's called the Ultimate Venza Concept. Umm, yeah. While the vast ...

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    Geneva 2009: Nissan previews wacky Qazana crossover concept
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    To borrow a phrase: Great Googly Moogly. Looking something like a Apple-branded lunar rover, Nissan has released its first images of its Qazana concept, an "intelligent, all-wheel drive crossover which is masculine, agile, lean, and designed for the tough city streets."The compact crossover appears to be the latest take on the emerging sportscar ...

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    SEMA Preview: Toyota Venza Sportlux by Street Image
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    Toyota's SEMAfied Venzas won't stop, even if we ask nicely. The second modified don't-call-it-a-Camry wagon comes courtesy of Street Image, which will bring the SportLux Venza "performance show car" to SEMA. A contradiction in terms if we've ever heard it.According to Toyota PR, the SportLux is a model that could be offered as a factory tuner, complete with ...

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    SEMA Preview: Toyota Venza AS V by Five Axis
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    Toyota gave a sneak peak of its two tuned Venzas ahead of their unveiling at SEMA, and the first, designed and executed by Five Axis, is an attempt to portrait the jacked-up wagon as the go-to vehicle for active lifestyle types.The Venza AS V (Active Sports Versatility) features a custom body kit, Five Axis-designed AD R6:F_SPEC 20x10.5-inch deep dish ...

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    SEMA Preview: Toyota's Vegas-bound Venzas
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    When you think about the Toyota Venza, we doubt the first thing that comes to mind is customization. But that hasn't stopped Toyota from tapping Street Image, Inc. and long-time partner Five Axis to create a duo of Venza project cars for November's SEMA Show in Las Vegas.The two low-slung crossovers (don't call them wagons) attempt to highlight and ...

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    Details remain scarce on Toyota's new inline-four
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    click above image for high-res gallery of the Toyota VenzaWhen Toyota unveiled the Venza in Detroit, the only details about what would motivate the CUV/wagon/Camry-on-stilts were two possible powerplants. The first was the range-topping 268-hp 3.5-liter V6, while details about an "all-new" 2.7-liter four-cylinder were scarce. KickingTires tapped CSM ...

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    Detroit 2008: Toyota Venza crossover to challenge Edge, Murano
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    Click image for a high-res gallery of the Toyota Venza var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/2009_Toyota_Venza_crossover_combats_Murano_Edge'; Toyota just unveiled the Venza "crossover sedan," which is really another name for, you know, "crossover." With the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge obviously in its sights, the 5-passenger Venza neatly and stylishly ...

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    Detroit '08 Preview: Toyota Venza Crossover Sedan coming to NAIAS
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Toyota_bringing_Venza_cross_over_sedan_to_Detroit'; Toyota's presence at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) will be punctuated by what the automaker is calling a "crossover sedan" that incorporates elements of both a sedan and an SUV. The U.S.-designed and engineered 2009 Toyota Venza will seat five and be built alongside ...

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