Jerry, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

The Toyota Venza is a hatchback based on the Camry sedan but with higher ground clearance and all-wheel drive available as an alternative to the standard front-wheel drive. That makes it sort of a crossover or nearly an SUV, but it drives and feels like a car.

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The Honda Accord Crosstour follows a similar game plan and is a direct competitor, but it comes only with a V-6 (a four-cylinder is standard on the Venza), and the starting price of nearly $30,000 is about $3,000 higher than the Venza. Both seat five, but the Venza beats the Crosstour in cargo volume when the rear seats are folded, with 70.1 cubic feet compared to 51.3 cubic feet.

The Subaru Outback is a more formidable alternative with standard all-wheel drive, a choice of four- or six-cylinder engines and a starting price that’s less than $24,000, plus it has 71.3 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded.

Other crossover SUVs and wagons you could compare to the Venza are the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Edge, Subaru Forester and Volvo XC70. All are car-based models that offer more SUV-like styling.

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Answered by Rick Popely on July 14, 2011 in Toyota , Toyota Venza , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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