2010 Toyota Venza vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota Venza
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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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2009 Nissan Murano2009 Nissan Murano
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2008 Ford Edge 4-door SEL FWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 Ford Edge
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2008 Mazda CX-9 FWD 4-door Sport Side Exterior View2008 Mazda CX-9
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Quick Specs
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.
The 2009 Nissan Murano combines good handling and a recognizable style with a much more sophisticated interior.
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.
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.
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
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Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas 6-cyl
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Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (GS)2WD 4-Door S4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door Sport4-Door 5-Pass
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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4 Door Wagon4 Door Utility4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
AutomaticContinuously VariableAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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