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Toyota Venza Tires

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  • halwickhalwick Posts: 45
    I hear Hankook is offering Ventus AS tires in the P245/55R19 soon. I have Hankook Optimo tires on a 2003 Buick Century and for the price paid (much lower than Michilins or Toyo) am pleased with them.
  • Dave, this reply is a little tardy.
    My Venza V6/AWD also drifted lightly to the right after I changed to Blizzak DMV1s on 20" rim combo for the winter. I also noticed that the steering was also very sensitive when trying to keep in my lane on the freeway. I changed back to the OEM michelins and put them on the winter black chrome rims that I realy liked the look of. The asked Toyota dealer to checkout the alignment when he changed the tires, and he said that there was no problem and indicated that the DMV1s were an aggressive tread and probably caused the sensitive feel for the steering. I can advise that the OEM michelins on the winter alloys ride as well as on the OEM rims, and I suspect that the Blizzaks may be the cause for my light steering, and will confirm this when they are used during the next winter season on the OEM rims. BTW - the Blizzaks gave no problems on snow and Icy roads (except for the lighter feel).
    regards
  • normvenza09normvenza09 Posts: 36
    edited November 2010
    I had a flat tire yesterday, nail on the side wall so no one could fix or replace it here in Alexandria VA so I went online to order the Michelin Latitude Tour HP at tirebuyer.com for $200.oo per tire compare to $250 or more. What is nice, they can ship it directly to the repair shop of your choosing.

    I spoke to NBT, the Michelin Latitude is a better tire and ride than the Goodyear RSA. I thought of Pirelli but I decided to stick with Michelin. However, I am interested to hear from anyone who bought Pirelli since it is cheaper than Michelin.

    And lastly, I had to buy them in pairs, if not, the car will pull to the side coz of the newest thread.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Pre-sumption = EPS, Electric Power Stearing.

    The Blizzak has less roadbed contact surface area vs any "summer" tire. Less contact = less friction = "lighter" stearing effort = more "wondering".

    You might want to consider installing an aftermarket "shock-absorber" type stearing stiffener to make up for the lack of "on-center" power assist/boost torque.
  • I have a 2010 Venza 4 cylinder AWD that came with Toyo tires. it's a smooth ride and holds the road well. We have had a lot of snow/ice this winter and the tires have done well in the bad weather.
  • I live in upstate NY and experiencing a record breaking winter...I'm driving the 4 cyl AWD Venza w/ 19" wheels.

    In my second winter with (4) 19 Inch Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Tires. Made all the difference in the world. It's not a Subaru but it's holding it's own now that I've got good snow/ice tires.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited February 2011
    You don't say if your past wintertime driving experience was FWD or RWD..

    For an experienced driver RWD vehicles will be quite a bit more benign on the slippery stuff than would be ANY FWD or even F/awd vehicle. Asking the front tire contact patch to be responsible for both forward motion/drive AND directional control on an adverse, slippery, roadbed surface can quickly result in a traction equation that does not compute.

    Any experienced driver of "true" 4WD vehicles will advise you NOT to have "drive" on your front tires once underway at any reasonable traveling speed, 'way too HAZARDOUS otherwise.
  • I've driven RWD, FWD, AWD, and 4WD vehicles in snow, ice, slush, on pavement and gravel. My first car was a 1969 Pontiac Lemans. Driven pick up trucks with weight in the back for winter driving. Driven pick up trucks without weight in the back as well (that was always an adventure). My question remaines - for a FWD 2009 V6 Venza with 20" tires, are others with this same vehicle experiencing the same problems with handling in snow. If I knew that I needed to get a 2nd set of tires for driving in the snow then I would have never bought this vehicle.

    For the record, I'm 43 years old, female, been driving since age 14.
  • Oh, and when I do use 4WD, it is for low speed situations, to only get thru whatever muck I am in. Once i get out of the trouble area, I then switch off 4WD. I know way better than to ever use 4WD at any speed over 5-25 mph (depending if you are in 4Low or 4High). I had an AWD vehicle with 4WD for 6 years prior to getting the Venza. Was looking for something with better gas mileage and lower profile. Was informed by the salesperson (bought here in Iowa, from an Iowa dealer) that the All Season tires (even though they are Goodyear ) would perform just fine in the snow.

    My husband's FWD Nissan drives way better in the snow than the Venza, and it is a very lightweight (Altima) with no better tires than the Venza. But, they are 15" tires, normal sidewall. So......
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    You went from an AWD/4WD vehicle to a FWD Venza...?? On a salespersons word..?

    Your level of disappointment must be nothing less than astounding.

    Your husband's Nissan may not be handicapped with the TC "nanny" level of the Venza. With the Venza, or any modern day FWD vehicle, once wheelspin/slip is detected the engine will be INSTANTLY dethrottled and the brakes used to help abate the wheelspin/slip. Loss of FRONT traction due to the use of too much engine torque for conditions is now considered a pretty damn serious matter and therefore the utmost measures are being used as a safety matter.
  • Moderator - please delete this thread. I did not come onto this forum to be ripped a new a** hole due to my choice of vehicles. I came on to this forum to find out about tires on my Venza.

    I spent 6 months researching vehicles prior to deciding on the Venza. If I was a guy, would you treat me with more respect. Salespeople, yeah, I so believe every f'ing word they say. I fired the first one that I worked with. Treat me with respect and common sense and you will get my business.

    Again, all I wanted was information on the tires.

    I went from a 2004 Dodge Durango AWD/4WD to the Venza. I wanted my 16 year old daughter to have a safe vehicle to drive back and forth to her rural school (yes, I'm in the middle of hickville). Gawd, if you really want to know every vehicle I've ever driven:
    * Saturn Vue
    * Chevy Lumina
    * Chevy Suburban (2WD)
    * Chevy Silverado
    * Dodge Caravan
    * Chrysler Town & Country
    * Jeep Liberty
    * Pontiac LeMans
    * old Chevy Blazer (back in the day when you had to go out and turn the wheel hubs to get the 4WD to turn on).

    Just because I mentioned the vehicle I came out of before the Venza...

    Wow - I think after 29 years of driving in Iowa winter (and Minnesota, and in the mountains of Virginia/West Virginia, and Chicago) that i was some dumb a** when it comes to driving. Oh yeah, I've driven a Gulfstream Conquest Class C motorhome on a Ford full ton chassis before as well - oh, even in snow and ice with that driving to dog shows.

    Again, just delete this thread - I was really stupid that I thought I could actually get some honest feedback - guess I read the other threads on this website wrong. :mad:
  • wayne21wayne21 Posts: 198
    edited February 2011
    Moderator - please delete this thread. I did not come onto this forum to be ripped a new a** hole due to my choice of vehicles. I came on to this forum to find out about tires on my Venza.

    I was curious how much crap you would be willing to take. I thought when you mentioned you were in your 40s and had driven in snow all your life that you wouldn't be treated like a 16 year old who just got licensed and had never seen snow. FWIW, we have a fwd 6 cyl venza with the goodyear tires, too. No snow, but I can tell you that our venza hydroplanes a lot so I'm thinking it may be a tire problem (goodyear). Don't waste your time with your salesman as most car salesman will tell you anything - especially if you're a female. I'd suggest finding someone with a venza who does not have goodyears and see what their experiences are. I suppose that was your original intent here, but you may want to ask your dealership for a name of someone else who bought a venza and give it a shot with a phone call before getting rid of your car. I'm in my 50s and have driven since 13 - all kinds of vehicles. The only other car I've had with hydroplane issues was an accord with michelin mx4 energy (or something like that) tires. I got rid of them real fast and the hydroplaning went away instantly. Good luck.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited February 2011
    "...if I was a guy.."

    You would have been treated exactly the same..

    If you read around you will find that I tend to say it like it is, no holds barred.

    But since you opened the door..

    With my life's experience(***) I would NEVER have allowed my wife to buy even a F/awd, let alone a FWD, for the kind of winters I expect you encounter, and certainly not one for a young inexperienced daughter to drive.

    Not being chauvinist, just PROTECTIVE.

    *** 70 this year, wintertime driving experience NH, AK, MT, WA, OR.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..to find out about tires for my Venza.."

    To answer your question more directly.

    There is NO tire available that will be or any substantive level of help for a FWD Venza. With FWD you will often be asking to much for the traction level of those front tires in more normal traction conditions, let alone wintertime adverse roadbed conditions as you might encounter in Iowa.

    That pickup absent rear weight may have been a bit squirrelly in those conditions but you still had the front tire traction, the entire front traction co-efficient, allocated to directional control. Hell, you could even gain extra "drive" traction at the rear by driving along slightly sideways if you wished.

    Get "squirrelly" with a FWD and/or F/awd and you get to just hang on and pray. That's why these modern day TC systems are so dammed aggressive, life-saving measures by the design engineers.
  • ...maybe we could all lighten up, until someone chimes in, who actually as a FWD Venza with the 19" tires?

    As a general rule, when you pick a larger diameter tire size on a particular vehicle, the tire width is increased, along with the lower profile. The wider tire means a bigger contact patch, resulting in less weight per sq/in., in comparison to the stock size.. This is usually a negative, when driving in snow or slick conditions.. (this holds true, regardless of which wheels are driven).

    Adding to this, most larger/wider tires seem to be sportier models, more attuned to normal driving conditions, than for winter weather duty.

    Not knowing the model or particular size of the tires on the Venza makes it hard to intelligently make a case for whether any of the above is a particular problem with your vehicle, or just normal for that type of tire... If it turns out that all FWD Venzas with 19" tires suck in the snow, there is always the possibility of switching to 17" wheels/tires. They aren't as pretty as 19" wheels, but there are plenty of models in that size that can give you outstanding winter traction.

    Before we keep debating this subject, I'd like to hear from a member that has this particular set-up.

    regards,
    kyfdx
    Host - SUV Forums

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • wayne21wayne21 Posts: 198
    I mentioned that my v6 venza hydroplanes with goodyears and today I spoke with a friend of mine who also owns a v6 venza. His came with michelins and he says he has never experienced any hydroplaning. So I'm thinking it's your tires. In searching some other sites I found some input on venza in the snow. I won't ID the site, but some of the comments are below. I'm guessing it's the goodyear tires, but

    1. Here in North Texas we are presently experiencing record breaking cold weather and our every year or so ice storms . We live on the top of a hill with extremely good grooved concrete streets. All other areas streets are the usual blacktop. During this weeks below freezing weather and extremely hazardous roadways my wife reports that our 2009 2wd Venza performed flawlessly, especially the automatic traction control. It is important to note that my wife is a very safe and conservative driver. In such icy weather her top speed generally does not exceed 25 mph. Her drive to and from work is 18 miles one way. All of her driving is on surface (city) streets as she dislikes the freeway.

    One final note. During last years heavy snow our Venza also performed above expectations, especially for a 2wd.

    2. I posted this in another thread, and keep in mind I've owned 4wd's the last 18 years. I have no need for 1 now with my FWD Venza...

    We had snow then melt then ice several weeks ago and as I was going up a hill I passed 4 cars in the ditch (2 going down) and 3 of them were 4wd! Much of driving in poor conditions is the operator of the vehicle, that said for the 4-6 inches we get a few times per year, I have no problem, even on hills. And that is with good all season tires.
  • I also own a FWD V6 Venza that I purchased in December 2010.

    I live in Southern Ontario in Canada but quite close to the Georgian Bay so as I consequence we get a lot of lake effect snow.

    I have lived and driven in Calgary, Alberta for the previous 14 years and never used snow tires but I seriously considered purchasing them when I first boought my Venza because I drive 40KM in each direction to and from work.

    I should explain that my car came with the Michelin Latitude HP all-season tires and I was pleasantly surprised at their handling in rain and wet snow.

    I had a rather harrowing experience the first time I drove on a highway during a blizzard where the road surface was covered with ice since it felt like I was floating on air. I figured out later on that this was caused by the electronic steering in the Venza which does not give much feedback at the best of times.

    Since then, I have not really had any cause for complaint from these tires or any real desire to replace them with winter tires.

    They have climbed fairly steep hills on ice-covered roads with no problems and the main difference I have observed compared to my wife's Mazda 5 which has winter tires is that the stopping distance is longer so I generally have to plan ahead much more when driving the Venza.

    I hope this helps.
  • I have had very bad experience with my Venza FWD with factory installed Bridgestone dueler H/T this winter. It would struggle even on small hills. Shutting off traction control helped a bit but not much. Recently I changed to Blizzak and it is much better. I believe that while the tires are an issue , there must be something with the weight distribution or balance as well to make it worse. I never needed snow tires for any of my other vehicles in upstate NY. Anyone with similar experiences?
  • Hi,

    In the market for a 2011 Venza (looks like 2012's aren't in yet).

    In looking at the car, there is an AWD system. I've searched and searched and searched some more about the system seeing if you need to replace all 4 tires if one has an issue (diameter requirements in AWD systems).

    Is this true for the Venza? What has been anyone's experience? I'm wondering if I should get get a base model 4cyl FWD vs 4cyl AWD. If it's worth the difference.

    Thanks in advance!!!
  • Purchased 2011 Venza AWD with 20 inch rims on 9 December. Issue with sturcturing of Toyota options list. Wanted navigation package but not leather. Could not do it.

    Best feature on car is 6 speed auto trans with ability to select each gear manually. Great idea for snow country.

    Remote start, remote trunk door opening and keyless entry are nice. Need more range. Eighty feet is not long enough.

    Received opinions, because of AWD, would not need studded tires. To this I say BULL. To go to studded tires I am going to have to go to 18 inch rims. Have not been able to find 20 inch studs. Anyone in NW Seattle - Tacoma area having experience with this, please reply to this blog.

    Gas mileage observed is 22 highway and 18 around town. Something to think about in these economic times.

    Car has AM/FM, Sirius, Ipod, USB and Bluetooth media center. Overall my family likes it: however, has issues pairing and maintaining pairing of bluetooth phones. Can get my Android to pair for phone use, but not media. Have to enter phone numbers manually. Will not copy phone book. Wife's older MOTO will pair for media but not cell phone use. Go figure. Once phones are paired, cannot maintain connection next time in the car.
    Have to pair again. Toyota blames Android and Verizon. Following Android bogs, Androids in general and the Charge in particular have these connection issues.

    BIG KUDOS, to Diane, at Verizon Customer Service. She was great help with trying to get this mess untangled.

    My Car rides well. Stops well. Minimal road noise for vehicle of this size. 20 inch tires are HEAVY. If someone with low upper-body strength is going to drive this car, get some sort of road service protection plan. They will need it.

    Lots of cup holders and power plugs. Sadly, only power plug for the rear passengers is in the back of the vehicle. Great place for a plug would have been in the back of console under the AC vents. I am going to do that mod myself.

    Overall I am satisfied with the car. Would I buy one again or do it all over again...NEUTRAL.
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