2015 Honda Crosstour vs. 2015 Toyota Venza

When Middletown and Mechanicstown drivers compare the 2015 Honda Crosstour to the 2015 Toyota Venza, they want to know if the former’s innovative combination of sedan styling and crossover performance holds up against a traditional model. We’ve compared the two vehicles to see whether challenging convention has helped create a superior new breed of automobile. Turns out it has.

Trim Levels and Prices

2015 Honda Crosstour
Honda has always valued consumer choice, so Middletown and Mechanicstown drivers won’t be surprised to learn that the 2015 Crosstour is available in five well-balanced trim levels:

  • EX: Starting at $27,530,* the entry level Crosstour supplies premium technology such as active noise cancellation and speed-sensitive volume control, as well as luxurious design features like a one-touch power moonroof.
  • EX V6: For $31,190,* you can be in control of an executively styled vehicle with the added potency of a 278-hp 3.5L V6 engine.
  • EX-L: Starting at $31,215,* the EX-L features forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems, as well as an opulent leather-trimmed interior. Available with a Honda satellite-linked navigation system for $33,315.*
  • EX-L V6: Starting at $33,840,* this model combines V6 power with the upscale luxury of the EX-L trim. Available with a Honda satellite-linked navigation system for $35,940.*
  • 4WD EX-L V6: Superior styling can be combined with a rough-and-ready real-time 4-wheel drive system when you pick up a 4WD model for $35,290.* Available with a Honda satellite-linked navigation system for $37,390.*
2015 Toyota Venza
The 2015 Toyota Venza starts and ends with higher prices than the Crosstour — a considerable feat considering that the Venza is available in only three trim levels:

  • LE: For a minimum of $29,065, the standard 2015 Venza is fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels and 60/40-split folding rear seats.
  • XLE: Starting at $32,110, the XLE provides drivers with leather-trimmed seating surfaces accented by contrast piping.
  • Limited: For a substantial $39,940, the Limited offers a power moonroof and daytime running lights, both of which can be found standard in entry-level Crosstour models.

Powertrains and MPG

Honda has always been at the forefront of automotive innovation, so it’s no surprise to find a standard engine in the 2015 Crosstour that offers both better power and mpg ratings than the standard 2015 Toyota Venza:

  • Honda Standard Powertrain: The Crosstour’s standard 2.4L i-VTEC provides a potent 192 hp, but doesn’t sacrifice efficiency. Refined by a 5-speed automatic transmission, you’ll enjoy 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.**
  • Toyota Standard Powertrain: The Venza can’t compete, with its 2.7L engine providing only 181 hp while still delivering only 20 mpg in the city and a meager 26 mpg on the highway.

Those trends continue with the optional engines for each vehicle:

  • Honda Optional Powertrain: With a 3.5L V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission, a 2WD 2015 Crosstour offers 278 hp while achieving 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.**
  • Toyota Optional Powertrain: The Venza’s 3.5L V6 provides an inferior 268 hp and manages to consume more fuel while doing so, managing 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

2015 Honda Crosstour 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine

3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 Engine


The 2015 Honda Crosstour doesn’t just provide more choice, power, and efficiency than the 2015 Toyota Venza — it also offers more standard technology. Even the entry-level Crosstour EX comes with premium equipment, including:

  • A One-Touch Power Moonroof: Usually a luxury feature reserved for high-priced trims, the Crosstour’s moonroof allows you to let both sunshine and starlight into the vehicle with the touch of a button.
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control: A cutting-edge device, this feature automatically adjusts the volume to compensate for the cabin noise caused by changing speeds.

Neither of these features is available as standard with the 2015 Toyota Venza. In fact, even basic devices such as manual air conditioning and a CD changer are not included.

2015 Honda Crosstour Power Moonroof

Power Moonroof


Both Honda and Toyota offer a comprehensive list of basic safety features to keep you and your family safe from harm, including:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Brake Assist

However, the 2015 Crosstour also benefits from Honda’s ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure. This technology directs impact energy away from occupants, offering advanced protection in the event of a collision.

Lane Departure Warning feature

Lane Departure Warning

Drive the 2015 Honda Crosstour Near Mechanicstown, NY

More power, enhanced efficiency, a luxurious interior, and rock-solid safety — the 2015 Honda Crosstour truly dominates the substandard 2015 Toyota Venza, and it will become apparent to Mechanicstown drivers who take a test drive. To try the next step forward in motoring, come to Middletown Honda in NY.


* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $880.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

** 22 city/31 highway/25 combined mpg rating for 2WD 4-cylinder models. 20 city/30 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD V-6 models. 19 city/28 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 4WD V-6 models. Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.