6. 2015 Toyota Venza
Although the Toyota Venza offers plenty of rear-seat and cargo room, the base engine is loud and underpowered, according to reviewers. The optional V6 delivers more power without crossing the line between economy and gas-guzzler. The Venza is equipped with a standard six-speed transmission and has an estimated fuel economy of 20/26 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with other midsize SUVs. However, competitors such as the Subaru Outback or the Honda Crosstour have better economies than the Venza.
Test drivers say that the Venza has an easygoing ride like that of a car, but the unusually large wheels make the ride less comfortable than it would be otherwise. The Venza handles well and has responsive steering. Easy-to-fold rear seats expand the already-spacious cargo area for those times when you need a little extra space. The 2015 Venza comes standard with dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth compatibility, the Toyota Entune Plus infotainment system and a rearview camera. Options include a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors and a 13-inch speaker JBL audio system. While some test drivers were pleased with the touch buttons on the Entune system, others said that they were too small.