2013 Toyota Venza vs. Its Competition

2013 Toyota Venza
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Simply put, the Toyota Venza is for older drivers and parents who want easy entry and exit, low liftover heights, and minimum fuss overall, but with excellent seating comfort.

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 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.

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.

2013 Toyota Venza2013 Toyota Venza
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Quick Specs
7.4
The Toyota Venza gets substantial improvements in entertainment and connectivity for 2013; otherwise it remains a comfortable, practical, and somewhat stylish pick for those who don't need a rugged SUV.
8.2
The 2013 Ford Edge cuts through the crossover clutter with a 30-mpg turbo model, MyFord Touch's step-ahead connectivity, and exceptional interior room.
8.0
The 2013 Mazda CX-9 gets a sharper, even sportier look, as well as new active-safety features, and should remain one of the most exciting and engaging vehicles with three rows of seating.
7.8
The 2013 Nissan Murano trades away some utility and space-efficiency in the name of style and refinement.
7.6
Good all-weather handling and strong safety ratings are reasons for families to keep the 2013 Subaru Tribeca on the list of contenders; but a dated design and low gas mileage could prove hard to overlook.
MSRP From    
$27,850$27,700$29,785$28,440$32,595
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas Flat 6
EPA Class    
Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleAWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon I4 FWD LE (GS)4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door SportAWD 4-Door S4-Door 3.6R Limited
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55757
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
WagonSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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