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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