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I was a little concerned about my choice when I bought this car. I essentially bought it without driving it first (completed most of the transaction over the phone as the red Limited model I wanted was in stock and the dealership was over 2 hours away). I trusted the reviews I read regarding the car and was ready for a change so I just did it. I've since put over a thousand miles on it (yep...I'm a retired old guy and don't drive a lot anymore). I'm happy to report that I LOVE the car. It has proven to be quieter, peppier and more comfortable than I thought it would be. I also love the tech that they packed into this little car...and it all works great. My first two fill ups yielded 33 and 35 mpg...that's a mix of city and highway driving. I'm more than happy with that. I've driven it for over 2 hours on the highway at speeds up to 75 mph and find it to be a capable highway cruiser (despite a lot of reviews stating that it's a "city" car and not a good choice for long highway drives). Obviously these people never took a 1983 Renault LeCar (yep...bought one new) on a 10 hour road trip with all 51 hp, manual steering, 4 speed manual and no a/c. Cars have certainly come a long way (and less than 150 hp in a subcompact is now considered underpowered). I might have considered the new Chevy Trax, which is getting rave reviews and has considerably more room had it been available but am not sure I would trust GM "quality" (especially in a new model). I'm very happy with my choice and think the car punches well over it's intentions.
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I was a little concerned about my choice when I bought this car. I essentially bought it without driving it first (completed most of the transaction over the phone as the red Limited model I wanted was in stock and the dealership was over 2 hours away). I trusted the reviews I read regarding the car and was ready for a change so I just did it. I've since put over a thousand miles on it (yep...I'm a retired old guy and don't drive a lot anymore). I'm happy to report that I LOVE the car. It has proven to be quieter, peppier and more comfortable than I thought it would be. I also love the tech that they packed into this little car...and it all works great. My first two fill ups yielded 33 and 35 mpg...that's a mix of city and highway driving. I'm more than happy with that. I've driven it for over 2 hours on the highway at speeds up to 75 mph and find it to be a capable highway cruiser (despite a lot of reviews stating that it's a "city" car and not a good choice for long highway drives). Obviously these people never took a 1983 Renault LeCar (yep...bought one new) on a 10 hour road trip with all 51 hp, manual steering, 4 speed manual and no a/c. Cars have certainly come a long way (and less than 150 hp in a subcompact is now considered underpowered). I might have considered the new Chevy Trax, which is getting rave reviews and has considerably more room had it been available but am not sure I would trust GM "quality" (especially in a new model). I'm very happy with my choice and think the car punches well over it's intentions.
I was a little concerned about my choice when I bought this car. I essentially bought it without driving it first (completed most of the transaction over the phone as the red Limited model I wanted was in stock and the dealership was over 2 hours away). I trusted the reviews I read regarding the car and was ready for a change so I just did it. I've since put over a thousand miles on it (yep...I'm a retired old guy and don't drive a lot anymore). I'm happy to report that I LOVE the car. It has proven to be quieter, peppier and more comfortable than I thought it would be. I also love the tech that they packed into this little car...and it all works great. My first two fill ups yielded 33 and 35 mpg...that's a mix of city and highway driving. I'm more than happy with that. I've driven it for over 2 hours on the highway at speeds up to 75 mph and find it to be a capable highway cruiser (despite a lot of reviews stating that it's a "city" car and not a good choice for long highway drives). Obviously these people never took a 1983 Renault LeCar (yep...bought one new) on a 10 hour road trip with all 51 hp, manual steering, 4 speed manual and no a/c. Cars have certainly come a long way (and less than 150 hp in a subcompact is now considered underpowered). I might have considered the new Chevy Trax, which is getting rave reviews and has considerably more room had it been available but am not sure I would trust GM "quality" (especially in a new model). I'm very happy with my choice and think the car punches well over it's intentions.
I too am retired, 76, and I love my 2022 Denim Ultimate [it's the Canadian model similar to the US Limited] and have 9000 kilometers on it now....I too find it's probably the best buy out there for it's class of vehicle, lots of usable power and an excellent ride...because the Ultimate comes with everything there's nothing more I'd need...it's my daily driver and the first new vehicle I've bought in more then 20 years, and I keep my daily drivers for 20+ years, so it's quite a step up for me, and I'm now use to all the goodies and every once in a while I go back to the manuals to check on a few things, like today, it's pretty foggy here right now and this is the first time I physically turned on the lights for the foggy conditions because I've always used the auto setting and enjoyed the auto high beams, so because I turned on the head lights I found that when I shut the car off the lights go off just like using the auto setting, which unless you activate the lights on when you shut off the car option, I have that option turned off...as well I really like the LED lights and the corning lights are another nice thing to have...and because my Venue came with the updated sound system I also find it an excellent system...I have a couple of 128G thumb drives full of my music collections that sound great through the system.

one other thing I realized after getting into the manual part for the theft alarm system, is the proper way to set it...I just figured once I locked the car it was set, but according to the manual this is the proper way to set it...
For the system
to activate, you must lock the doors and
the tailgate from outside the vehicle
with the remote key or smart key or by
pressing the button on the outside of the
door handle with the smart key in your
possession.
I've been locking the car by just hitting the power lock button on the inside door armrest when exiting the car like I've been doing for years on my previous daily driver...now maybe that still activates the alarm system similar to pushing the button on the outside door handle, but I guess I'll have to wait to find out if someone tries to steal my car 馃ぃ

like I say, being my first new vehicle in 20+ years, there's stuff I almost learn new about the Venue every now and then...but it's a great vehicle and because I live in a small town, almost all my driving is highway driving and I never go much over 10 kil/mph over the limit so I don't get points against my driving record, so I'm getting around the 46 to 47 US mpg which is about 50+mpg to our imperial gallon on highway driving...I leave the faster speed to my toy vehicle in the garage, a 1999 Camaro SS convertible. 馃槈

I'm sure you'll be very happy with you Venue as time goes on.
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Always delighted to find other older guys who appreciate our car's uniqueness. Obviously if we can afford a '23, the cost/mile of gas isn't a huge thing. But us cantankerous types do enjoying wringing the go juice, consistent with driving pleasure.
I am blessed to live in the mountain areas around the NJ/NY border: the Ramapo Gap through which I87 I 87, NJ 17, and I 287 traverse. The local roads, twisting, empty, scenic are made for us. To be sure, an occasional fast car will get on my tail. If he's still there after a bit, I'll pull to a layby in a straight and watch him flash by and disappear. To each his own
12 months now in a Venue, including my late, murdered 鈥22. Happy as a clam with wheels.
It's good to hear you love your Venue. Yeah it's a great vehicle, and it looks cool. They had none in stock at the local dealer, so I ordered one and they got it from another dealer.

One huge advantage over the Trax/Encore (Buick version of Trax) is the superior Hyundai warranty:

GM -- bumper to bumper -- 3 years, 36,000 miles
powertrain -- 5 years, 60,000 miles

Hyundai -- bumper to bumper -- 5 years, 60,000 miles
powertrain -- 10 years, 100,,000 miles
In a way, the Venue is sort of the '67 Beetle. That one had a 50hp engine, and independent rear suspension. Then '68 happened: pollution controls killed the engine and absurd safety bumpers ruined the design.
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