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2011 Toyota Venza vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Venza 4-door Wagon V6 FWD (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
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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.

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 Honda Accord Crosstour.

At the time of publication, 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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You won’t find much excitement or flair in the 2011 Toyota Venza, but it makes a lot of sense as an alternative to either a large sedan or a mid-size SUV.
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Provided you don't need a third-row seat, the 2011 Ford Edge is at last, at the leading edge of mid-size crossovers, with one of the best driver interfaces in the business.
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The 2011 Mazda CX-9 can carry seven in comfort, but it loves curves more than almost any other roomy crossover.
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The 2011 Nissan Murano isn't the most practical choice among crossovers, but it's a gem for style and refinement.
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With the 2011 Subaru Tribeca, first-class safety credentials and excellent all-weather handling ensure your precious ones are looked after, but if you need more than five seats, we suggest going with a bigger vehicle.
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