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2010 Toyota Venza

anry555anry555 Posts: 9
edited December 2013 in Toyota
I thought it would be a good idea to put a wish list for 2010 Venza. Who knows, the Toyota rep might pick up this info.

I'll start:

- Black or dark grey seats
- Memory seats
- 18''..19''..20'' tires selection
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  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    Good suggestions. I would also like to see the Push Button Start / Smart Key System available with the 4 banger. In Canada it's only available with the 6cyl expensive touring package. Toyota, quit nickel and diming us (particularly in these difficult economic times).
  • rdeasonrdeason Posts: 11
    Memory seats and mirrors. A navigation system you can use while driving. A rear view camera that comes on when your turn signals activate so you see you blind spots.
  • qs933qs933 Posts: 302
    Additional features that would make the Venza even better (not that it does me any good with my 2009 :))

    - True iPod integration (i.e. via a USB port)
    - Turn signal indicators in the side mirrors
    - LED taillamps
  • david_k1david_k1 Posts: 39
    Re: the i-pod / i-phone integration problem, see my post under "i-phone integration" in this forum. The newest (this summer) upgrade to the OS of the i-phone will include bluetooth streaming of the music in our devices - we won't need no stinkin' wires at all!! I do like the idea of the turn signals and LED taillights and hope there will be an after-market option for these as we have a 2009 on order...
    Memory seats would also be great.
    Best
  • pasackpasack Posts: 3
    Yep. Memory seats and mirrors. Also, a hybrid option would be fantastic.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..-LED taillamps.."

    You can already buy replacement LED bulbs.

    "..-Turn signal indicators..."

    On the bottom so they can be seen front and rear and while we're at why not integrated "puddle" lighting...?

    And how about an "airfoil" cover/extension over the top of the outside rear view mirrors to reduce instances of rain on the mirror. The airfoil forms a vacuum over the top to help wick away the droplets that do attach to the mirror surface.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Upgrade the new I4 engine to DFI but downsize the engine displacement rather than simply use DFI to increase HP/torque to attract more of the the "boy-racer", 0-60 mph crowd, the 20" wheels do enough of the already.

    Adopt a CVT transaxle to get DECENT FE and to avoid the unsettling/discomforting constant SHIFTINESS of the current 6 (9) speed automatic used to not even get to the same FE.

    Move the electromagnetic rear drive clutch in series with/to the front drive and "solidify" the rear drive path. Have a much more safe driving R/awd vehicle.

    And while you're in there use the new VW engine RPM control technique to prevent driver induced overstearing. If rear wheelspin/slip develops(***) as a result of the driver being overly zealous with the gas pedal then simply use DBW to overcome the driver's input, match the engine torque production to roadspeed, no excessive forward drive nor engine compression braking.

    *** Assuming the R/awd system has already been "configured" to 50/50, otherwise that should/would be the first "action" to take with rear wheelspin/slip detection.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Use a variable speed positive displacement SuperCharger to replace the throttle valve/plate. Then use VVT-i to vary the intake valve closing timing to move the engine operating mode from Atkinson for simply cruising along, to the Miller cycle when a higher level of engine torque is required.

    An engine driven SC but through a version of the e/CVT to vary the SC speed. Requires yet another AC synchronous motor and AC drive inverter, probably equal to, a HP equivalent, of the system used to drive the A/C compressor.

    The engine displacement volume could be downsized quite significantly so as to dramatically improve FE in cruise, Atkinson mode, but yet retain the POWER of teh current engine by simply transitioning in the Miller cycle mode when required.

    "Native"/Static cylinder compression ratio of ~14-16 but with Atkinson effective (DFI) compression ratio of 12:1. Then use a combination of delayed intake valve closing, more closing delay, and SC boost to bring the engine HP/torque up to an acceptable level.
  • qs933qs933 Posts: 302
    The wireless streaming via Bluetooth is great for those with Navigation, but for those of us with the non-Nav JBL or the base stereo, we're out of luck, unfortunately.
  • lal_cltlal_clt Posts: 27
    I'm not an audio techie, but why wouldn't the wireless streaming work for those who have just the JBL? I thought the NAV package was the JBL system and Navigation. combined. So it should work for either one. Where is my thinking flawed? Thanks for your help.
  • david_k1david_k1 Posts: 39
    My understanding is YES, the JBL system offers the same bluetooth capabilities as the JBL/Nav system. Both will currently allow hands free / bluetooth phone calls via the stereo and therefore bluetooth audio streaming with the i-phone once we get the NEW OS this summer from Apple.
    Please correct me if I am mistaken...
    Best.
  • halwickhalwick Posts: 45
    Why in the world would you want LED tailamps? If you look at the owner manual for the Prius, Camry, RAV4, it states that you need to see the dealer to replace the LED. I've asked the dealer how much it costs to replace and they said $300 and the whole taillamp assembly housing (not just the LED bulb) needs to be replaced. LEDs may look cool, but not at that price. In fact I'm glad the Venza doesn't have LEDs....except for the center brakelight.
  • qs933qs933 Posts: 302
    Why in the world would you want LED tailamps?

    Aside from being brighter and illuminating faster (which could be the difference between a near miss and getting rear-ended), they just look cool. Like the 20" wheels. :)

    My understanding is that the LEDs should last a long time -- longer than regular lights with a filament, and maybe even as long as the useful life of the vehicle. Therefore, the cost of replacement is moot relative to how often one would expect to replace them. Granted, if there is a high incidence of premature failure of LED lamps, then that's another story.
  • qs933qs933 Posts: 302
    Looking at Toyota's web site:

    JBL with Nav: Voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system with JBL Synthesis® surround sound AM/FM 4-disc in-dash CD changer with integrated satellite radio, MP3/WMA playback capability, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology and 13 speakers

    versus

    JBL non-nav: JBL Synthesis® surround sound AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer with integrated satellite radio, MP3/WMA playback capability, hands-free phone capability via Bluetooth® wireless technology and 13 speakers

    For the JBL non-nav, the Bluetooth profile supported is only for the hands-free phone capability, not music streaming.
  • david_k1david_k1 Posts: 39
    Geez - That burst my bubble!!
    I suppose I will be removing my radio after-all to attach an after-market i-phone integration unit after I have the car. I called DICE this afternoon and they should have on the market very soon the unit, fully tested, for the Venza.
    Thanks for enlightening me.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Yes, absent a manufacturing defect LED lamps should outlast the vehicle life.

    "..Aside from being BRIGHTER.."

    Yes, I foresee a day not too distant in the future wherein the brightness of these new LED tail/stop lights will be regulated. Or maybe the stop lights automatically extinguished once the vehicle actually stops.

    The brightness has now reached the point of being annoying.
  • qs933qs933 Posts: 302
    The brightness has now reached the point of being annoying.

    Isn't that the point of brake lights? :) To be annoying enough to get the driver behind you to notice that you're stopping?

    Another idea would be to have a varying intensity -- maybe bright for regular stops and extra bright for panic stops?

    I'm usually more bothered by extra-bright headlights from people who are using after-market HIDs or HID-like lights, rather than bright LED brake lights.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "...isn't that the point of brake lights?.."

    The annoyance isn't an issue until we're both fully stopped and I'm directly behind having to look away to avoid the glare.

    "..varying intensity --..."

    Has been well proven not to work.

    That's why we now have a separate high mounted brake light, to differentiate from parking/street/tail light brightness if you happen to be not paying attention at the instant the brake lights illuminate..

    What is needed is some sort of "bar graph" type brake light display so the following driver can more easily discern the braking level/intensity of the leading vehicle.
  • Had to trade in new Venza (less than 2,000 miles) that we love due to wife having serious problem with Venza seats. Never had back problems before or with any other automobile seating, BUT had huge problem with Venza's seats. Did not surface in test drive as it was too short. Big and costly lesson learned. Was never able to find a setting that wouldn't put her in misery after a short drive.
  • Has anyone heard when the 2010s are hitting dealerships? I’ve read they will include standard iPod connectivity, a USB port, and Bluetooth streaming on all audio systems. I don’t understand why they neglected these on the 2009s.
  • I was told from a dealer in NJ that they will be available early November
  • yptypt Posts: 1
    Below is the reply I received from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. regarding 2010 Venza release date:-

    The 2010 Venza will begin arriving at dealerships in early November. You can view information regarding the styling, specifications, features and options by visiting our Pressroom http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/toyota/2010-toyota-venza-is-a-new-type-102521- .aspx.
  • halwickhalwick Posts: 45
    Any difference between the 2010 and the 2009 in the way of options or colors?
  • I'd like to know what unadvertised production improvements they make, any little thing would be of interest.
  • The colors and option packages remain the same. USB 2.0. Also vehicle height lowered eight tenths of an inch. Most apparent by not such a large gap in the wheel wells.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,171
    Ouch.

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,159
    Toyota needs to be very careful with cost cutting. It needs to be competitve in production costs, but if it starts looking like a Chevy, people will expect it to sell at a Chevy price and down will go Toyota's generally higher profit margins.
  • I'm sorry but his review of the Venza is skewed just like everything else about MSNBC.

    His comparisons to Pacifica and Taurus X don't seem to make sense. Why didn't Carney compare Venza to similar models in the same class?

    At the end of his review he writes: "Volkswagen is pulling closer to the leaders with a plan to pass both of them in the coming decade. For this leadership position, only quality products need apply." This is laughable based on the poor reliability ratings VW has of late.

    I will agree that Toyota must improve upon their quality control. However, it took decades of poorly built GM's and Chryslers to get the proverbial wake up call but in my opinion nothing in their 2009 - 2010 line-ups that gets me excited.

    My Venza was purchased from a Toyota dealer who also has Pontiac and Cadillac on the same floor. I can honestly say the interior fit and finish of my Venza is equal to, if not superior in comparison to the SRX and at $14,000 less.
  • roho1roho1 Posts: 317
    Wow, that is the most bias article on a vehicle I have ever read. Comparing to a Pacifica and Taurus X is a joke.

    I don't know about the electric steering, but haven't read any complaints about it here or in elsewhere. What about it Venza owners, is the steering too light?

    The writer must be on the GM take. I recently drove a Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon and was underwhelmed and at 40K plus. The leather seats smelled awful. The interior looked like the Chevy Equinox. It didn't ooze luxury like a Lexus to me. I can't believe Cadillac is competing with Lexus anymore.
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