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