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2012 Toyota Venza four-cylinder: 21/27 mpg; 20/25 mpg (AWD)
2012 Toyota Venza six-cylinder: 19/26 mpg (FWD) 18/25 (AWD)
If you're shopping crossover vehicles and trying to eke out better gas mileage to combat $4 fuel, the Toyota Venza isn't a bad choice.
While Ford's newest Edge has the best EPA ratings in the class, the Venza's standard four-cylinder turns in good fuel-economy numbers. It's rated at 21/27 mpg in front-drive versions, 20/25 mpg in models with all-wheel drive.
Switch to V-6 power, and the numbers fall accordingly. Front-drive, six-cylinder Venzas earn a 19/26-mpg rating, which drops to 18/25 mpg with all-wheel drive--the added traction adds weight you'll be lugging around all the time, so you'll be paying the fuel premium for the life of the vehicle.
In real-world driving, the difference in fuel economy between the two engines is likely quite small, especially if you live in hilly terrain that might tax the four-cylinder engine, or if you do a lot of highway driving.
A sedan still will get better gas mileage, but the Venza does fairly well for a five-seat crossover.