2011 Nissan Xterra vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Xterra 4WD 4-door Auto S Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Wrangler Unlimited is much larger than older models and upholds much higher standards of safety and refinement; with its very boxy, rugged styling, it's probably the top alternative to the Xterra.

Otherwise, the Toyota FJ Cruiser, like the Xterra, appeals to young people who not only want off-road capability but a versatile interior that's rugged enough for taking along equipment.

The FJ Cruiser is even more of a mountain goat off-road, but its interior is tighter and not as useful or versatile as the Xterra's.

For those who don't require rugged off-roading ability but still want a high-utility, easy-to-clean interior, the fuel-efficient Honda Element might just fit their needs.

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7.4
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.
7.6
If you need to haul stuff more than people, and don't want to part with maneuverability and fuel-efficiency, the 2011 Honda Element is a great choice.
6.8
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler isn’t at all suited to highway commutes, but the most adventurous weekend warriors will find its off-road prowess and iconic style hard to resist.
7.4
The 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser stands above most SUVs—even off-road-capable ones—in both style and trail toughness; but city slickers should look elsewhere.
MSRP From   
$24,260$20,825$22,045$25,790
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility VehiclesSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door Automatic X2WD 5-Door LX4WD 2-Door SportRWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5445
Passenger Doors   
N/A4N/AN/A
Body Style   
Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle2 Door4 Door
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomaticManualAutomatic w/OD