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Selected Style RWD 4-Door Automatic (SE)
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Drivetrain

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Automatic 17 20 $24,286 $26,115
4WD 4-Door Manual 15 18 $25,385 $27,295
4WD 4-Door Automatic 17 20 $25,765 $27,705
2WD 4-Door Automatic X
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door Manual Pro-4X 16 20 $28,707 $30,640
4WD 4-Door Automatic Pro-4X 15 20 $29,689 $31,690
4WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 20 $27,968 $29,520
4WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $26,974 $28,470
4WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 20 $26,086 $27,530
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 16 22 $26,029 $27,470
2WD 4-Door Automatic X 16 22 $24,147 $25,480
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,286
$24,147
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,115
$25,480
Monthly Payment Estimate
$435 / month
$425 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line If head-turning style and true trail toughness are priorities, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser stands above most SUVs—although families and city commuters need not apply. If you have a lot of gear to haul to tough-to-reach places, the 2010 Nissan Xterra is a good choice for weekend adventurers.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 17 mpg 16 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 31.3 34.4
Front Head Room (in) 41.3 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 98.8
Second Hip Room (in) 51.0 46.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 58.3
Second Head Room (in) 40.3 39.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 58.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 42.4
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.0 72.8
Track Width, Front (in) 63.2 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 8.1
Length, Overall (in) 183.9 178.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 71.3 74.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 32.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.2 61.8
Wheelbase (in) 105.9 106.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 36.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 66.8 65.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 36.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 27.9 36.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 43.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.7
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.0 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.7 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.7 37.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.5
Tires
Rear Tire Size P265/70R17 P265/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P265/70R17 P265/70R16
Spare Tire Size P265/70R17 P265/70R16
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 750 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4050 4143
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.4 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 271 @ 4400 281 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 4.0L/241 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 260 @ 5600 261 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 18
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.40 1.52
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.72 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.22 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.04 2.35
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.52 3.84
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota FJ Cruiser Nissan Xterra
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79 1.00
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.22 1.30
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-leaf
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Solid Axle
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Double wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.6 10.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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