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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|18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-cyl||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas 6-cyl|
|Sport utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (Natl)||2WD 4-Door S||4-Door SE FWD||4-Door 5-Pass|
|Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wagon||4 Door Utility||4 Door SUV||4 Door|
|Automatic||Continuously Variable||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|