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Toyota Venza vs Lexus RX 350



  • merrelmerrel Posts: 45
    My wife's 2006 RX330 has 19,000 miles & I paid $41k new. It has 13 more months of new warranty too! Lexus will only allow $20.5 on trade in. Then they will sell it for $30k-- pigs that they are! So much for luxury cars holding their value. I got a Toyota dealer to allow $26.6 TOWARDS a 2009 Venza, loaded and I am not worried it is a first year car, etc. If something goes wrong I'm sure Toyota will make good.
  • soonercatsoonercat Posts: 48
    I agree! I had a nice 2007 ES 350 with NAV (42k new). Perfect with 18k miles. Dealer offered 23 with full MSRP for the Lexus RX350!. sold privately for $27,650 and bought Venza for $27,500!!! In 6 months the RX will be thousands off.
  • merrelmerrel Posts: 45
    Well we must received the 1009 Venza for my wife. We ordered it on 1/21/09 and took until 3/19 to obtain. A power passenger seat was a MUST. I sent a letter to the director of the Georgetown, Kentucky manufacturing plant just to ask a simple question WHY it took 2 months to build this car in this awful economy. I also told him it was my SECOND NEW Toyota purchase in less than a year. Either he fired his secretary or he is a deaf mute, so he sends my letter to Toyota HQ in California. They, in turn, send me a letter saying that they tried very hard to contact me (BS) I am retired and gave them a home phone number, a cell phone number, an email address and home address. In disgust I sent the letter back to California and told them their letter was just BS. So much for customer relations. Anyway, the Venza is great, my wife loves it and we immediately put on an E&G mesh chrome grille which totally improves the appearance.
  • qs933qs933 Posts: 302
    I'm curious -- what were you expecting Toyota to do in response to your letter? And how would being a "deaf mute" impact the way he read your letter?

    Other than a profuse apology on the delay (which actually seems pretty typical timeline for ordering a vehicle), I can't think of anything else they could have done. Did you think that they'd stop the assembly line, build your vehicle on the spot, and ship it to you via a private cargo jet? ;)

    Congratulations on the Venza, but I think your complaint is a bit ridiculous.
  • lbertolberto Posts: 2
    I too, ordered my Venza in January and just received it last week. The dealer was good enough to provide me with a loaner for the past month.
    I ordered the I4, with premium package. It was worth the wait. The vehicle handles great. The I4 has plenty of power for my driving needs.
    So far I love the car.
    Good job Toyota!!!
  • qs933qs933 Posts: 302
    I briefly looked at the 2010 RX prior to deciding on the Venza. Yesterday, at our local auto show, was the first time I sat in one without navigation. Two things I didn't like:

    1. If you pass on navigation, you're stuck with a non-graphical display in the large space where you'd normally find a color LCD.

    2. Without navigation, the space on the console where the Nav controller would be, there is a small plastic tray. The quality of the plastic is fine, but it looks like it's main purpose is to remind you that you didn't spring for the Nav.

    Also, going back to the common comment about the Venza's 20" wheels, the standard 18" on the RX just looks undersized, for some reason. It's weird because the 18" looked fine on the previous generation.
  • houmihoumi Posts: 21
    I test drove the highlander (very nice ride), and I sat inside of Venza, but did not like the latter (did not even test drive it), reasoning was that I have had a Camry since 2001, and Venza seemed like a Camry Wagon to me, but a bit higher from the ground and much nicer than Camry and better cargo space. I wanted something higher (SUV like), so it was mostly going toward Highlander.

    But since I had a RX 300 (2001) before, I also went to Lexus and test drove the 2010 model, and liked it more than the Highlander, so ended up getting the RX.

    Price wise, figured Lexus is 5-6k more than comparable Highlander, but figured down the line it won't matter, and I like the look of Lexus better than Highlander (but really they're identical cars -- though Highlander Cargo is bigger and 3rd row seats I did not care for).

    But really all three are great cars... it's a matter of taste.
  • halwickhalwick Posts: 45
    I own a Venza with the 2.7 L - 4 cylinder engine. Don't expect to go 0-60 in 6.7 seconds on an upward inclined freeway onramp with 5 people plus luggage on board. The engine tends to be noisy when pushed and has that characteristic 4-cyl "sewing machine" sound. I understand it has a timing chain and that contributes to the noisy engine sound. Once the engine gets to 4000 rpm, it is lively and accelerates well. The 6-speed transmission works well with the engine. I'm averaging about 27 mpg combined street and highway driving. I'm happy with the 4-banger, but wish it was quieter.
  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    I own a 2001 Rx and may get the 2010. Do you like the 2010 much better? What do you notice as the biggest changes aside from the redesigned interior/exterior? I use 87 octane gas in my 2001-what do you use in the 2010?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I also own an "01 AWD RX300 and have been puzzling over where to go next.

    Just ran across the announcement of the 2010 Cadillac SRX. A 3.0L DFI V6 that is the HP/torque equal of the RXes 3.5L and a F/awd system (Saab XWD) that appears to be a duplicate of the Honda/Acura SH-AWD system.

    Other than wishing it wasn't a GM product what more can one ask..??
  • md_outbackmd_outback Posts: 185
    I've seen lots of comments on these forums about folks concerned with buying a Venza in its first year (a concern I don't share). Would you really consider buying a Cadillac SRX in its first year? The old SRX was never very reliable, so I'm not sure how that will improve with GM struggling just to survive these days. DFI or not, I'd wait a few years to see how GM shakes out.
  • houmihoumi Posts: 21
    it's just the whole package that is interesting to me... I have not filled up yet, but plan to use premium. Also I don't have the RX 2001 anymore... since it belongs to my ex-wife.
  • houmihoumi Posts: 21
    I don't think you can't go wrong with Venza or Highlander or any Toyota product... same goes to Lexus. As far as reliability, they're great, rating/performance is a different subject and particular to different subjects.

    I was checking my consumer report online, and I did not see any reviews yet for Venza (wonder why they're taking so long to do it...)

    RX 350 (2010) wise, I am really happy to have made the choice... it drives really well, and quiet, acceleration is pretty good too (it's not a sports car but it's good), I am sure Acura MDX or BMW X5 or Audi Q5/Q7 might do better, but overall it's a nice package...
  • mickey34mickey34 Posts: 19
    Hi houmi" I have now owned the new RX 350 since March 26 09. I waited three weeks from the time the my dealer located this Rx on it's way from Japan. The reason I waited for it as it was the only one arriving with AWD and the three major packages Comfort Package, 12 Speaker premium audio with the Luxury Package andThe Navigation System package and the color I wanted Tungsten Pearl with Light Grey Interior and Crome 19" wheels. Al I can say after a little a month and appx 1400 miles is that I can't find anything I don't like with this Rx. I owned a 2000 RX a 2002 Rx and my last was a 2005 Limited Edition.This is the Huge Improvement. Great Power Great Handling Smooth and very Quiet Ride. MIKE
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Other than body styling I don't see much innovativeness in the Venza, whereas the obvious innovativeness of the new 2010 SRX clearly warrants a looksee, even for a GM product.

    Downsize the new I4 w/DFI, add a CVT, and the equivalent of the SH-AWD in a new RX and I'll be attentive.


    Ford should be so innovative. Ford should hybridize the CX-7 and send the Escape, Mariner, and Tribute to the scrap heap.
  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    Which octane gas do you use?
  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    Received my CR magazine yesterday. They tested a 6cyl AWD model. It appears they liked it, with reservations. "ride and handling, nothing special" "Venza's ride not up to usual Toyota standards" "interior looks classy but, noted many misaligned panels and some mismatched graining". The Highs include acceleration, powertrain refinement, access, rear seat and cabin storage. The Lows are steering feel, ride, rear visibality and AWD. Although it scored only 1 point lower than the Murano (#1), I got the feeling they were looking very hard to find fault with the Venza. Toyota seems to have fallen out of CR's good books lately. They are turning into another C&D, unless a vehicle drives in a sporty way CR does not like them (what happened to the unbiased evaluations?). The Venza is a good vehicle, not a great one, according CR.
  • houmihoumi Posts: 21
    Thanks, I just check CR online and I see they updated Venza, you're right, 1 point lower than Murano. I still don't see the RX 350 2010 online in the SUV chart (they list the 2009 model)...
  • goingunsgoinguns Posts: 4
    yeah, tried the V4.. and it wasnt fun.. we live in the bay area so getting on ramps is noticeably a drag. we got the V6
  • goingunsgoinguns Posts: 4
    yeah, the backup cam without the NAV could have been better but it does the job.

    the issue is when its bright sun outside and its gets harder to look at the reverse camera.. but again, you can make it work
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