Derek Price is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What was tested?
2013 Toyota Venza LE ($27,700). Options: None. Price as tested: $27,700.
Why buy it?
It's a bigger, taller Toyota Camry with a hatchback opening for carrying cargo. It has sleeker looks than most crossovers.
You can save money and drive an arguably better car by sticking with the Camry, or get even more versatility from the similarly priced Highlander.