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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Venza are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Countryman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Venza are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Countryman doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Venza XLE/Limited has standard Rear Automated Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Countryman doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Venza. But it costs extra on the Countryman.
The Venza’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Countryman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Venza Limited has a standard Bird’s Eye View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Countryman only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The Venza’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Countryman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the Venza’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Countryman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Venza and the Countryman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Venza 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Countryman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Countryman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 10 times as many Toyota dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Venza’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. MINI is ranked 10th.
The Venza’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 85 more horsepower (219 vs. 134) than the Countryman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder. The Venza’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 30 more horsepower (219 vs. 189) than the Countryman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
On the EPA test cycle the Venza CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Countryman 8-spd Auto with its standard engine ALL4 (40 city/37 hwy vs. 23 city/32 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Venza uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Countryman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Venza has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Countryman doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Venza LE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Countryman.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Venza is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Countryman.
For better maneuverability, the Venza LE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Countryman’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
The front grille of the Venza uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Countryman doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Venza has .5 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Countryman.
The Venza has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Countryman with its rear seat up (28.8 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Venza has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Countryman with its rear seat folded (55.1 vs. 47.6 cubic feet).
An available locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Venza. The Countryman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Venza has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Countryman only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Venza has standard extendable sun visors. The Countryman doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Venza (except LE) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Countryman doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Venza’s optional (except LE) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Countryman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Venza has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Countryman.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Venza has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the Countryman.
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