Does the Toyota Venza sit high off the ground like an SUV?

How high is the step up to get into car?

Carolyn S., Dallas

With 8.1 inches of ground clearance, the Venza does sit high off the ground, giving it the look of an SUV to help disguise its origins in the Camry car platform. The Camry has 6.1 inches of ground clearance, and the Toyota Highlander SUV (also derived from the Camry platform) has 8.0 inches, according to Toyota. The truck-based Toyota 4Runner has even more, 9.1 inches with two-wheel drive and 9.6 inches with four-wheel drive.


Toyota says the step-in height for the Venza is 15.3 inches, which is perhaps a little higher than most cars but not in the same league as off-road capable SUVs such as the 4Runner, whose step-in height is a lofty 22.2 inches with four-wheel drive.

Step-in height is not a specification that most manufacturers disclose or have readily available, so it isn’t easy to compare most vehicles on paper. Your best bet is to visit a Toyota showroom and see for yourself how easy or difficult it is to get in and out of a Venza compared with a car like the Camry or an SUV like the 4Runner. While you’re at it, check the 28-inch liftover height to the Venza’s cargo area to see if that might be an issue.

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Answered by Rick Popely on October 21, 2012 in Toyota , Toyota Venza , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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