2015 Toyota Venza vs. Its Competition

2015 Toyota Venza
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Toyota Venza is a mid-size crossover without an option for a third-row seat--in other words, it's in the heart of its segment, in terms of space and seats.

Its competition includes the Mazda CX-9, an aging crossover that still has good handling and visibility in its corner.

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.

This year the Nissan Murano is also new, with a much more radical shape shrouding a conventional V-6 and CVT drivetrain.

If the size appeals, we'd suggest a look at GM's mid-size twins, the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox; they offer four- and six-cylinder engines, all-wheel drive, and a choice between blocky and blame-free exterior styling.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The Toyota Venza gives up all SUV styling pretenses in favor of big-hatchback utility and a truly carlike atmosphere.
8.6
Provided you don’t need third-row seating or a luxury badge, the 2015 Ford Edge offers everything you might want in a comfortable, stylish, tech-savvy crossover.
7.8
It might look like a military vehicle, but the nice interior and excellent fuel economy belie the 2015 GMC Terrain's rugged looks.
7.6
The 2015 Mazda CX-9 isn't as efficient as Mazda's latest offerings, but it manages to put the same kind of smile on the driver's face as the brand's smaller offerings.
8.6
The 2015 Nissan Murano lures in empty-nesters with its flamboyant new design, then hooks them with just the right mix of confident performance.
MSRP From    
$29,065$28,100$24,070$29,985$29,560
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/Ethanol I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDMid-Size Station Wagon
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon I4 FWD LE (GS)4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door SLFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55575
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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