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Which Crossovers and SUVs are the Most Reliable?
The crossover and SUV segment is one of industry’s fastest growing, and if you’re in the market for one, chances are you’ll want to know which ones are the most reliable out there. J.D. Power has compiled data collected from surveying thousands of vehicle owners to determine this year’s list of most reliable new crossovers and SUVs not in the luxury segment. Here they are listed in alphabetical order.
The re-designed Venza’s exterior styling has undergone a serious update, and is getting a new upper and lower grille, new fog lamps and rear taillights. The body style has grown a little more minivan-esque, but is still classified as a crossover and retains some of its SUV styling. The rear loading height is almost the same as the Sienna minivan, and the rear hatch resembles the van quite closely as well. Three new color options are available with the re-design: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica.
Inside, the Venza has seating for five and fold flat rear seats which optimizes cargo room in the rear of the vehicle. A new center console is also included which has three MP3 player holders with wire concealment features, sliding front cup holders, a storage compartment and USB, and auxiliary in ports.
Toyota’s Entune infotainment system will be included on the Venza as well, complete with smart phone compatibility.
The Venza will be available with two engine options, either a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 246 lb.-ft. of torque, or a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines will be standard front wheel drive setups, but will offer an all wheel drive package as well. A six-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission will be hooked up to both motors. The V6 will get an EPA estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg highway for the FWD version and 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway for the AWD. The less thirsty four cylinder will get 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for the FWD model and 20 mpg city,25 mpg highway for the AWD.
Three trim packages will be available to suit every customers needs, they are: LE, LXE, and Limited.
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GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Venza
For 2013 the Venza is said by Toyota to gain some aerodynamics thanks to a redesigned grille, fog lamps and rear taillights. New 19-inch wheels will be offered as well as three new color options: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica.
Two engines will be available for Venza, a V6 and a four-cylinder, both which can be paired to either a front wheel drive or all wheel drive drivetrain.
New standard features on the Venza LE, the cheapest of the three trims, will include display audio, puddle lamps, outer mirror turn signals and blind spot mirrors. The Venza XLE, the middle of the road trim will get driver memory seat, display audio with navigation and Toyota Entune and reverse tilt outer mirrors. The top of the line Venza, known as the Venza Limited will receive standard LED daytime running lights and premium HDD navigation with Toyota Entune and JBL sound system.
No pricing has been announced, but we can expect more information at the upcoming 2012 New York Auto Show.