2010 Toyota Venza vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota Venza
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With easy entry and exit, big gauges, and a comfy ride, the 2010 Toyota Venza seems tailor-made for older drivers and empty nesters looking at crossover vehicles.

The Nissan Murano and Mazda CX-9 are quite the opposite; they're both racier and have sportier tuning, but the Murano has less space, while the CX-9 still manages a very roomy interior.

Even though it was introduced just three years ago, the Ford Edge is the oldest of this group.

It's quite heavy, yet has a simple, upright design that still looks good.

The Subaru Tribeca makes great functional sense but won't resonate with some buyers—it's a little weird in terms of design.

Relative to these other rivals, the Venza does offer a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine.

Also worth consideration is a model arriving later this year and much like the Venza: the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour.

At the time of publication, TheCarConnection.com still hadn't driven the Crosstour, but the Honda promises to be even more like a fastback sedan than the Venza.

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Quick Specs
7.8
Either as an alternative to a mid-size sedan or a taller crossover SUV, the 2010 Toyota Venza makes a lot of sense; it's just hard to muster much excitement.
7.8
The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour expands all the good points of the legendary Accord brand into the crossover market; styling is its only weak point.
8.6
The 2009 Nissan Murano combines good handling and a recognizable style with a much more sophisticated interior.
8.2
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.
8.6
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed.
8.2
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
MSRP From     
$26,275$29,670$27,680$25,735$29,400$29,995
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas 6-cyl
EPA Class     
Sport UtilityLarge2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (Natl)2WD 5-Door EX2WD 4-Door S4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door Sport4-Door 5-Pass
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555575
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Wagon4 Door4 Door Utility4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticContinuously VariableAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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