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2009 Toyota Venza vs. Its Competition

 
2009 Toyota Venza
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The 2009 Toyota Venza seems to be tailor-made for older drivers looking at crossovers and needing easy entry and exit and big gauges.

The Nissan Murano is the opposite; it's racy, with less interior room and an emphasis on sporty handling.

The Ford Edge is the oldest of this trio, and feels a little ponderous when driving—it's quite heavy—but has a smart, upright package that's also nicely conservative in appearance.

Somewhere in the middle in terms of function—but off in left field in terms of design—is the Subaru Tribeca, which despite a smoothing-over for '08 is still quite polarizing.

The Venza does offer one important feature that's not available on any of these competitors: a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine.

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7.8
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The 2009 Toyota Venza adds another flavor to the crossover melting pot, but it's a mild one.
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The 2009 Nissan Murano combines good handling and a recognizable style with a much more sophisticated interior.
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If you don't require a third-row seat, the 2008 Ford Edge is a fashionable, satisfying alternative in the crowded pack of mid-size crossovers.
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The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
MSRP From   
$25,975$27,680$25,735$29,995
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas 4-cylGas V6Gas V6Gas 6-cyl
EPA Class   
Sport utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (Natl)2WD 4-Door S4-Door SE FWD4-Door 5-Pass
Drivetrain   
Front wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Wagon4 Door Utility4 Door SUV4 Door
Transmission   
AutomaticContinuously VariableAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
 
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