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2009 Jeep Wrangler vs. Its Competition

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While some compact trucks come close to the same performance envelope of the 2009 Jeep Wrangler, there is no direct comparison.

The Nissan Xterra is a four-door sport-ute with a rugged look and off-road versions that offer some, but not all, the Wrangler's rocky-road prowess.

The Nissan Frontier has a big V-6 option, a four-door body style, and a unique canvas sunroof that opens its cabin to the elements.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is the Wrangler’s closest rival for pure style; it gets its retro design from the 1960s FJ, yet has modern components from the Toyota 4Runner that are a bit more road-friendly than those of the Wrangler.

2009 Jeep Wrangler X2009 Jeep Wrangler2008 Nissan Frontier XE2008 Nissan Frontier2008 Nissan Xterra X2008 Nissan Xterra2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Doors or no doors, hardtop or soft, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler is unlike any other SUV.
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For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
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For active people who need to tow or haul a lot of gear or go off-road, the 2008 Nissan Xterra is one of the best—and best-looking—choices.
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Retro-coolness, off-roading, and practicality don’t come together as well in any other vehicle as they do in the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
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$20,710See Your Price$16,530Browse Used Listings$22,060Browse Used Listings$23,045Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility VehiclesN/A2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4WD 2-Door X2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD 4-Door Manual XRWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)
4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 DoorKing Cab4 Door4 Door
ManualManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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