2015 Toyota Venza vs Subaru Outback, Honda Crosstour, and Nissan Murano (866) 778-3304

For 2015, Venza's overall packaging has been simplified. The 2015 Toyota Venza now comes standard with a rear backup camera on every trim level, and the Venza V6 models come equipped with a standard tow package allowing up to 3500 lb. of maximum towing capability. The 2015 Venza remains a versatile, convenient and comfortable crossover that does a little bit of everything, and combines sophistication and luxury from the inside out. It boasts quality materials, a plush interior, power front seats as well as an available panoramic moonroof to bring the outside in, and even offers an available power folding outside mirrors. 

2015 Venza XLE V6 VS 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

Outback returns for 2015 with enhancements throughout, from more cargo room, and improved fuel efficiency to new standard front seat-cushion airbags. Still, even with these upgrades and a reputation as a sure-footed wagon, Venza's advantages in several critical areas are sure to pique shoppers interest.

CAPABILITY: Venza's V6 has more horsepower and higher towing capacity than Outback 3.6R Limited, all while only 1 MPG less in EPA combined MPG ratings.

PERFORMANCE: According to AMCI, the industry leader in vehicle testing, Venza's available All Wheel Drive (AWD) with active torque control system matched and even beat Outback's in their low-traction tests. Plus, Venza V6 models do it in style with modern, bold 20-in. alloy wheels while Outback Limited comes with 18-in. alloys.

COMFORT: While Outback has more front head and leg room than Venza, it comes at the expense of the rear passengers. In fact, Outback's rear seats have close to two inches less head room and almost five inches less leg room than the front seats. Venza's head room varies by only .3 inches and its leg room by just about an inch, all with more cargo room behind the rear seats, providing balanced space for all occupants and luggage.

CONNECTIVITY: While Outback's STARLINK smartphone integration offers some of the same apps as Venza XLE's Entune App Suite, with Entune, users can book restaurant reservations and even purchase movie tickets, all from Venza's head unit.

AMENITIES: Venza comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and HomeLink universal transceiver on every grade, where HomeLink is available for all but Outback's base grade and automatic climate control is standard on Premium models and up. And Venza XLE and up come standard with navigation and Smart Key with push button start, both extra-cost options on Outback that raise its price past Venza XLE's base MSRP.

VALUE: While Outback comes with 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance, Venza ups the value factor with ToyotaCare's no-cost factory-scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and adds roadside assistance for two years, unlimited miles. Outback does not offer a no-cost maintenance plan.

2015 Venza XLE V6 AWD VS 2015 Honda Crosstour EX-L V6

The 2015 Honda Crosstour remains a smart choice in the mid-size crossover segment, bringing comfortable sedan-like drivability in a larger, more capable and practical crossover vehicle, and with available all-wheel drive. The 2015 Venza, however, matches and even surpasses Crosstour in several key qualities, offering customers a versatile, convenient and comfortable crossover that does a little bit of everything.

PERFORMANCE: Venza has larger front brakes for enhanced stopping power and 19- and 20-in. wheels with wider tires and shorter sidewalls for enhanced grip and more feel on the road. Plus, Venza V6 models come ready to tow up to 2000 lb. more than Crosstour, and All-Wheel Drive is offered across the entire lineup, while 4-Wheel Drive is only available on Crosstour EX-L V6.

CONNECTIVITY: While Crosstour offers some smartphone integration with Pandora compatibility and HondaLink featuring Aha compatibility, with Venza's Entune App Suite, users can book restaurant reservations, purchase movie tickets and more, all from Venza's head unit.

CONVENIENCE: Venza XLE comes with a number of standard convenience features unmatched by Crosstour EX-L, like a power liftgate, outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and standard navigation.

COMFORT: Venza has greater cargo and passenger volume than Crosstour

SAFETY: Venza features 7 standard airbags, while Crosstour features 6; Venza also comes standard with Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), while no comparable feature is available on Crosstour.

VALUE: With standard ToyotaCare and its no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and a lower estimated 5-year cost of ownership from IntelliChoice.com. Venza offers extended value unmatched by Crosstour.

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2015 Venza XLE V6 AWD VS 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD

For 2015, Nissan Murano returns stylishly redesigned for its third generation, and while it retains the same 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine and Xtronic CVT transmission as before, Murano's new design lends to a lighter curb weight that helps Murano gain an edge in EPA-mpg estimates. 2015 Murano also expands feature availability throughout the lineup, and is host to an impressive 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space. However, Venza remains the versatile and comfortable crossover that does a little bit of everything, offering impressive connectivity with the available Entune subscription-free App suite, choice between V6 or 4-cylinder engines, and lower starting MSRPs across the lineup. 

DRIVETRAINS: The 2015 Venza offers customers a choice between a stout 2.7-liter 181 hp engine or a smooth 3.5L V6 that offers more horsepower than Murano (268 vs. 260). Plus, Venza V6 models are equipped to tow up to 3500 pounds, while Murano's maximum towing capacity is 1500 pounds.

CONNECTIVITY: Venza XLE's Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite includes features not available on Murano, such as AM/FM cache radio and Gracenote album cover art. Plus, the Entune App Suite features added functionality with the ability to purchase movie tickets, make dinner reservations and much more all from the head unit and with subscription-free access; not so with Murano's available NissanConnectSM.

CONVENIENCE: The 2015 Toyota Venza XLE features outside mirrors with puddle lights, power folding and reverse tilt-down and memory features, none of which are available on Murano. The 2015 Venza XLE also features standard multi-stage heated front seats, while Murano's heated and cooled front seats are reserved for the highest Platinum trim.

VALUE: The 2015 Toyota Venza comes with ToyotaCare's no-cost factory-scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance. the Nissan Murano doesn't come with a standard maintenance plan or roadside assistance. Plus, according to IntelliChoice.com, the Toyota Venza has lower 5-year estimated overall ownership costs compared to the Nissan Murano, and received higher value ratings.

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