8 Top Toyota Venza Competitors

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The Toyota Venza is a hybrid mid-size SUV that provides a stylish upgrade over the RAV4 Hybrid. But with so much competition in this category—both internally and externally—the Venza needs to do more than just look pretty.
Style is a fairly unprioritized characteristic when debating mid-size hybrid SUVs. Of course, it is all subjective, but consumers are traditionally more concerned with efficiency, cargo space, and things of that nature—the utility features. 
So how does the Toyota Venza compare across the board, both internally and externally? Follow along to see how
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1. Ford Escape Hybrid

Starting price: $30,185 
Selling points: Impressive fuel efficiency
Weak spot: Boring
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let’s kick this thing off with some good news! The Ford Escape has an extremely efficient hybrid powertrain that gets upwards of 44mpg in the city. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better—at least in this article!
Now for the bad news. There isn’t really a single thing about this vehicle’s exterior that is memorable. To put it lightly, it’s boring. This is definitely where Toyota Venza has a leg up on the Escape. But if you’re not in it for looks, you can definitely count on it for A-to-B travel.
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2. Honda CR-V Hybrid

Starting price: $32,010
Selling points: Long list of standard features
Weak spot: Not very tech savvy
The long list of standard features makes you feel like you stole the CR-V Hybrid from the Honda dealership. Here are a few features that you don’t have to worry about paying extra for: AWD, heated front seats, power moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic monitoring, and automatic LED high beam headlights with auto, 
It offers more than 75 cubic feet of cargo space and a whopping 38 mpg. At just over $32,000, it really is one of the best bangs for your buck. That said, we just wish there was an option to upgrade the standard infotainment system. It’s a little outdated and less futuristic-looking than the Venza’s.

3. Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Starting price: $29,750
Selling points: Doesn’t drive like a hybrid (!)
Weak spot: Average efficiency
The price-to-fun ratio is surprisingly high for the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid. This is because it’s one of only two models in this competitive analysis that features a turbocharged hybrid engine. Its 226hp will get you where you want to go—and fast!
Complimented by an affordable price tag, sporty styling, and sufficient cargo space, it’s hard to find the flaws in this hybrid SUV. It does sacrifice a couple of miles of efficiency (38 mpg) compared to some of the competition, but we are more than willing to turn a blind eye.

4. Lexus NX Hybrid

Starting price: $41,550
Selling points: Daring design features
Weak spot: Average performance for price
If you feel like treating yourself when shopping for a mid-size hybrid SUV, you can fulfill your craving with the Lexus NX Hybrid. Everywhere you look, inside and out, you see the NX Hybrid ignoring some facet of conservative design. Whether it be the open-mouth grille, red synthetic leather upholstery, or flawless infotainment touchscreen, it’s a true showstopper.
Unfortunately, the sportiness of its hybrid engine leaves more to be desired. It makes you wonder if paying the extra $10,000 or so will be worth it. But, of course, value is subjective.

5. Kia Sorento Hybrid

Starting price: $34,090
Selling points: Perfect family car
Weak spot: Could be more efficient
The Kia Sorento Hybrid is in the running for the best family SUV on this list. It is still categorized as a mid-size but extends far enough to make room for six seats. The third row is a little cramped but still enough for the younger family members. In addition, a long list of standard safety features can help make you and your passengers feel safe.
And trust us, this isn’t any soccer-mom vehicle. Instead, it has a sporty design that will make you double-take—especially for its obscure rims and headlights. That said, it ranks towards the lower end of the spectrum for fuel efficiency for hybrid SUVs on this list. But honestly, we find it hard to complain about 37 combined mpg.

6. Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Starting price: $36,345
Selling points: It’s a Subie
Weak spot: Unimpressive specifications
Subaru fanatics love the automotive brand so much that they are willing to ignore some of the Crosstrek Hybrid’s key pitfalls. It ranks lowest in three categories mentioned in this list: 35 combined mpg, 43.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and just 148 horsepower.
But the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid does come standard with AWD and is much more capable of handling off-road terrain than most of the competitors on this list—not something the pretty-boy Venza is going to be any good at.

7. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Starting price: $39,555
Selling points: Incredible efficiency for its size
Weak spot: Relatively expensive
Remember how we said Kia Sorento Hybrid was in the running for the best family vehicle? Well, there was a reason for that. We were leaving room for the Toyota Highlander Hybrid!
Its eight seats and 84.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space are best in class and capable of handling all the needs of your hectic family. And on top of that, its size doesn’t hold it back. You can still expect 36 combined mpg out of this brute.
But this type of utility requires you to pay up. At a starting cost of $39,555, it’s relatively expensive for the category. The Venza can be a cost-efficient option if you don't need the extra space.

8. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Starting price: $29,575
Selling points: Most affordable
Weak spot: Basic driving experience
As mentioned earlier, the difference between Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Toyota Venza is style. It’s not that one is better looking than the other, but the Venza is more elegant and the RAV4 is more practical.
Other than that, they share a lot in common. Both are equipped with an identical 219 hp 2.5L inline-4 hybrid engine that produces roughly 40 mpg for both models. You won’t be blown away by the powertrains power, but the efficiency is hard to complain about.
You save about $4,000 grand by choosing the RAV4 over the Venza, but you may have to look at them side-by-side to make that final decision.
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Toyota Venza vs. the competition

When differentiating these hybrids, every little specification counts—whether it be an extra gallon per mile or slightly more cargo space. 
So let’s put it all in one visual. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the Toyota Venza with its fiercest competitors.
Hybrid starting price
Combined horsepower
Fuel economy (city/highway/combined)
Total range
Maximum cargo capacity
2022 Toyota Venza
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
219 hp
40/37/39 mpg
565 miles
59 cubic feet
2022 Ford Escape Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
200 hp
44/37/41 mpg
568 miles
60.8 cubic feet
2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
212 hp
40/35/38 mpg
560 miles
75.8 cubic feet
2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
226 hp
38/38/38 mpg
520 miles
74.5 cubic feet
2022 Lexus NX Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
240 hp
41/37/39 mpg
590 miles
46.9 cubic feet
2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
227 hp
39/35/37 mpg
655 miles
75.5 cubic feet
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
2.0L Flat 4 Hybrid
148 hp
NA/NA/35 mpg
462 miles
43.1 cubic feet
2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
243 hp
36/35/36 mpg
615 miles
84.3 cubic feet
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
219 hp
41/38/40 mpg
594 miles
69.6 cubic feet
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