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Hello Everyone. I am new to the forum and looking to purchase the Crosstour in the near future. I am just wondering if anyone considered the Venza while shopping for the crosstour. I find the CT is a better looking car, however the Venza offers slightly more for pretty much the same price.
 

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Comparative Chart

Hi tintin, I do agree with you that the crosstour is better looking than the venza.

Here is a chart that does the comparaison between both cars. I'm sorry it is in french but it is easy to understand. http://pdf.cyberpresse.ca/lapresse/match0712.pdf
(prices are in CAD)

As per me, I didn't consider the Venza at all in purchase decision. I was first shopping for an Accord until I saw the crosstour when it showep up on the honda website. I went to the dealer to show it to my wife and we bought it two weeks after !
 

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Than you rgagnon for the chart. i am from Montreal as well, i didn't have a hard time understanding the chart. :) Do you mind me asking how much you purchased the CT for and which models you got. I am considering the EX-L Navi black/black :)
 

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I got the EX-L 4WD Navi Black/Black. The dealer had a hard time to find it. Was very hard to lower the price. The price on the website is what they offered me at first. I suggest you to visit more than one delear and to negociate a lot.
 

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Hi Tintin,
Tried the Venza but found the ride to be jittery. No way near the comfort of the Crosstour. Have just over 1,000 miles on it. Purchased the black on black, EX-L with nav, 4WD. Great in snow, quiet, and great "creature features".
A real "head turner". Good Luck on your purchase.
Mike from MA
 

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Hello Everyone. I am new to the forum and looking to purchase the Crosstour in the near future. I am just wondering if anyone considered the Venza while shopping for the crosstour. I find the CT is a better looking car, however the Venza offers slightly more for pretty much the same price.
I will be looking for a vehicle shortly to replace my 06 MDX. As such I had decided that I do not need another SUV as my family is moving away, (read my hockey goalie son will be done Hockey soon), and decided to reduce my outlay on cars and go back to Honda from Acura. That said I decided to test drive the Crosstour against the Venza.

Firstly I will tell you that I am a long time Honda fan, having owned 8 of them in the past, between my Wife and I. As such, obviously I am partial to the "drivers car" feel, which Toyota is not.

I have to say when I first saw the Venza, I loved the look, especially the 20" wheels, they are fantastic. On the otherhand the Crosstour at the front looks good, but my initial impression of the rear is UGLY, which my Wife also feels.

We test drove them both and I will tell you one thing, there is not a hope in hell of a Venza in my driveway.

Firstly, the Venza has a CHEAP interior, which lacks the usual Toyota fit and finish quality. The plastics on the dash and steering wheel, are very bottom shelf. It is clear Toyota is offering a lot of vehicle for the money, but has cut corners to do so. It also feels like you are driving a van. I also did not like the fact you cannot get a black interior, which I prfer. It drove like a big vehicle which I do not like. Now perhaps I was comparing it to my Acura MDX, which is a far superior and more costly vehicle ($15,000 difference in cost CDN). What I really liked about it was the keyless entry and ignition. I did not like how it handled or accelerated.I offered my Wife part of the test drive, and she was not interested.

Now onto the Crosstour, I still have some issues in my mind with the back end, but it is growing on me and quite frankly, I wont see it when I am driving. That said, the rear view is poor, and I think you need the Navi with the back-up camera for a better view when you are backing up. The interior is everything the Venza is not. I love the black interior. It is rich with excellent plastics, and fit and finish that would be at home in an Acura.The seats are also very good and comforatable and it is big inside, and is very similar to my Wifes TSX interior (Europeon Accord), except is bigger and the controls are laid out over a larger area. The car handles great, and the acceleration is amazing and smooth, much nicer than the Venza. The vehicle also seems well made, the doors close with a nice solid thunk, as does the rear hatch.

The Crosstour wins hands down IMHO. I am quite sure I will be getting one.
 

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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I think i have made up my mind and will be getting the CT soon. BLEXV6: i actually LOVE the rear of the CT. it has a X6/porsche panamera look which i think is really nice. I just don't like how they are advertising this car as for retired couple with no more kids in the house. I am beginning my family life with our first child on the way and find that this car is perfect young family.
 

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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I think i have made up my mind and will be getting the CT soon. BLEXV6: i actually LOVE the rear of the CT. it has a X6/porsche panamera look which i think is really nice. I just don't like how they are advertising this car as for retired couple with no more kids in the house. I am beginning my family life with our first child on the way and find that this car is perfect young family.
I think this would be a great car for a young family. That said, the price point may be a bit high for a young family. I am 47 and the price is right in line with what I want to pay, but when I had a young family, I could not afford it. I think you will find a large # of people are having trouble with it's styling, particularily the rear of same.
 

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I drove a crosstour 2 months ago and was more than pleased with it's performance. I did like the rear image of the car in early photos but looks much better in person (IMHO) and it has grown on me some.
Several observations all safety related....a rear view camera is a must, it should come standard with back up sonar sensors (shame on Honda),should have signal lights in the rear view mirrors(again shame on Honda). One design point...I prefer the rear doors to be set into the gender dogleg not part of the dogleg with rubber seals exposed.
And yes I have compared the CT to the Venza.......The venza is not even a close second (IMHO)
BTW I carry a stand up base, guitar, mandolin......THAT WAS THE CLINCHER!
 

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Congrats on the purchase! After driving my CrossTour for almost 3 months I am still loving it. Great utility for my needs. I did look at the Venza, felt very cramped in the driver seat for me.
 

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Congrats on the purchase! After driving my CrossTour for almost 3 months I am still loving it. Great utility for my needs. I did look at the Venza, felt very cramped in the driver seat for me.
I am surprised to hear you say that as I found the Venza much more spacious, however that said, the Crosstour fits me like a glove.
 

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I know, it does seem strange. I just couldn't find a comfortable spot. The CT is a much better fit seat-wise for me.
 

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The CT has much more room up front. The Venza was cramped and the sound system was not even close to the 360 watt Honda system.
 
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