Toyota has a trio of crossovers that they hope will suit many buyers. Looking for a compact and fuel efficient crossover? Then you want the RAV4. What about one that seats seven people? You should be checking out the Highlander. What if you want a crossover that looks somewhat sexy? Then you want to check out the 2013 Toyota Venza.

The Toyota Venza's exterior design can best be described as very stylish. You have a very aggressive front end design with a massive grille and angular shape. The side shows off a sloping roofline and a low stance. This is a crossover that will get noticed. Inside, you'll find a handsome interior with leather and wood trim, and seating for five people. You'll also find a large cargo area making this perfect for families.

The Venza comes available with two engines:

  • 2.7L Four-Cylinder: 181 Horsepower, 182 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • 3.5L V6: 268 Horsepower, 246 Pound-Feet of Torque

Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic and have the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The EPA rates the 2013 Venza at:

  • 2.7L Four-Cylinder: 21 City/27 Highway/23 Combined (FWD), 20 City/25 Highway/22 Combined (AWD)
  • 3.5L V6: 19 City/26 Highway/22 Combined (FWD), 18 City/25 Highway/21 Combined (AWD)

A 2013 Toyota Venza starts at $27,850 for the LE front-wheel drive four-cylinder and climbs upwards to $40,085 for a Limited all-wheel drive V6 model. Competitors to the Venza include the Ford Edge, Honda Crosstour, and Nissan Murano.