2010 Toyota Venza Adds USB Port Standard
One of my biggest gripes about some newly designed cars is the lack of a USB connector for iPods and digital music files. Some automakers like Kia and Hyundai make this feature standard on even their cheapest cars, while others only include a USB connector with expensive option packages. When I reviewed the all-new Venza last year, I was shocked that it didn’t even offer a USB connector, not even with the expensive navigation and sound system option packages. I railed about this loudly in my review and on this blog's comment section — as well as to the Toyota brass.
It seems they listened. For 2010, the Venza will include a USB/iPod port as well as Bluetooth streaming audio as standard on all trim levels. The company says the USB port allows for full control of an iPod through stereo and steering-wheel controls.
The base price of the 2010 Venza ratchets up $300 to start at $26,275, excluding destination charges. The 2010 model goes on sale this November.