One of the reasons MotorTrend staffers love our Toyota Venza is because of its comfortable ride, luxurious style, and well-appointed cabin. Those traits also make the Venza a popular horse for road trips, and although it already saw some good action during our 4,000-plus mile round trip to Texas, the Venza continues to be constantly booked for out-of-town forays.
This time, it was the Loh family who decided to take a trip to Sacramento for a long weekend, and after driving it for more than 750 miles, they were enamored with the Venza. Editorial bossman Ed Loh, his wife Julia (aka J-Loh), and newly born Evan made the trip to visit family in the California capital, and the Venza was such a popular hauler that they’re seriously considering it as their next vehicle.
“If it had a volume knob, it would be perfect,” Julia said. Our Venza XLE comes with the Premium Audio package, which replaces the 8.0-inch touchscreen with a massive 12.3-inch touch display that sits atop the dash. Although it looks premium and modern, the change also deletes the volume knob in favor of capacitive buttons, but I do agree with J-Loh—volume and tuning knobs are always appreciated.
The Lohs, who have been searching for a family hauler for a while, also applauded the SofTex seats, which were easy to clean when baby Evan tried to be messy. Ed and Julia spent time looking at a 4Runner and RAV4, and neither convinced Julia, but the Venza’s premium cabin and refined design have her thinking this might be her next vehicle.
“We drove 378 miles back from Elk Grove (a suburb of Sacramento) to Redondo Beach (a suburb of L.A.) on one tank of gas, while cruising on the freeway at 75-80 mph,” Ed said. “The Venza and its relatively tiny tank (only 11 gallons) returned a very respectable 35 mpg.”
On our last update, we called out the Venza’s small cabin space for the segment, but that wasn’t an issue for the Lohs, who stashed a bunch of Evan’s gear in the cargo area.
“We’re seriously considering buying this Venza, as Julia even likes the color. She likes white cars but looked at one online and thinks this blue metallic is the best one,” concluded Ed.
For a family who has been on the hunt for a new car for over a year, the Venza might finally be the one that seals the deal.
More on Our Long-Term Our 2021 Toyota Venza XLE:
- Update 1: How Comfortable Is the 2021 Toyota Venza? We Road-Tripped for 4,000+ Miles
- Update 2: Cargo Room Is the Biggest Flaw in Our 2021 Toyota Venza
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