Toyota Venza
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Although the Camry platform it’s based upon gets a serious freshening, the five-seat Venza’s appeal should improve slightly with more convenience and safety features.

Drivetrain
The starting point is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder; a 268-horse V6 is optional; all-wheel-drive can be ordered with either powerplant.

In a shrinking world, it seems like Toyota is well positioned to sell even more Venzas. And while the Camry sedan it’s related to is completely refreshed, the Venza’s interior remains unchanged. There are storage spots throughout the cabin and the shifter was relocated to the upper portion of the center console. The split-folding rear seats fold flat, but they also recline up to 14 degrees for extra comfort and can be manually folded from the open liftgate using levers located on either side of the cargo bay. The Venza is fitted with a 181-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 matched to a six-speed automatic transmission (also Camry sourced). Power goes to the front wheels, although all-wheel-drive is available at extra cost. The Venza line consists of base LE, mid-spec XLE and the upscale Limited. Standard equipment is still generous, including a back-up camera added for 2015, joining the dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and a six-disc CD changer for the audio package. Nineteen-inch wheels are also standard, while 20-inchers accompany V6 models. Heading the options list is an upgraded interior with leather seats and wood-style trim, satellite navigation, rear-seat entertainment and premium Entune audio systems plus automatic headlights that use sensors to switch to low beams from high when vehicles approach in the oncoming lane.