2012 Toyota Venza vs. Its Competition

2012 Toyota Venza 4-door Wagon I4 FWD XLE (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Toyota Venza is tailored for older drivers and parents who want to minimize fuss, and its easy entry and exit, low liftover heights, and simple controls keep with that focus.

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.

The Ford Edge has recently been redesigned, with a fresher look inside and out, as well as a more powerful V-6, and its interior tech is now more advanced with the available MyFord Touch system.

The Subaru Tribeca comes with standard all-wheel drive, but it's a little dated, especially inside.

Another model worth considering is the Honda Accord Crosstour; its roofline and seating arrangement don't afford quite as much versatility as the Venza, though.

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Quick Specs
The 2012 Toyota Venza isn't pulse-raising, but its smooth styling and calming, practical, comfortable interior provide just what some families or empty-nesters want.
The 2012 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option.
The 2012 Honda Crosstour pitches itself as more functional than the four-door Accord, and more stylish than a wagon might be, but in the end, isn't that much more spacious or attractive.
The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a little more enjoyable to drive than most crossovers its size, while it manages three rows of seating, a plush cabin, and decent comfort.
It's stylish and refined, but the 2012 Nissan Murano isn't the most space-efficient crossover.
The 2012 Subaru Tribeca has excellent all-weather handling and top-notch safety, though it's fallen behind the curve in features and interior appointments.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas Flat 6
EPA Class     
Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon I4 FWD LE (SE)4-Door SE FWD2WD I4 5-Door EXFWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door S4-Door 3.6R Premium
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door WagonSport Utility4 Door4 Door Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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