Up Close: 2009 Toyota Venza

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Hatchbacks aren’t normally praised for their looks, but Toyota has somehow managed to develop a handsome one in its new Venza. Maybe it has something to do with the car’s radically swept D-pillar and interesting taillights. A raked windshield complements the angle of the liftgate glass, and it doesn’t hurt that the car’s proportions are right on the money. The large grille is a little too upright for my taste, but on the whole the new Venza looks like a car that will appeal to shoppers looking for a large hatchback or an SUV-alternative.

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My time inside the Venza was brief, but it’s clear Toyota gave the cabin a lot of attention. Material quality and detailing are Lexus-like, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Venza steals some sales from the Lexus RX 350.

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Mike Hanley has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the auto industry. His primary focus is new vehicles, and he's currently a Senior Road Test Editor overseeing expert car reviews and comparison tests. He previously managed Editorial content in the Research section. Email Mike Hanley

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