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2012 Nissan Xterra vs. Its Competition

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2011 Nissan Xterra 4WD 4-door Auto S Angular Front Exterior View
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There are definitely fewer hardy, off-road-worthy vehicles than there were a decade ago, but the models remaining are more rugged and trail-focused than ever.

The current Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has msintained this model's reputation, with very boxy, rugged styling combined with phenomenal off-road ability, and for 2012 it gets an all-new (and much more refined) powertrain: Chrysler's strong Pentastar V-6 and five-speed automatic.

Like the Xterra, Toyota's FJ Cruiser hasn't changed significantly in many years; it's not at all a family vehicle but appeals to either young people or purists who want off-road capability.

For families who also need off-road ability, the Toyota 4Runner Trail model might be a better alternative than the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Finally, if you have a higher budget and want a little more luxury with that true off-road ability, check out the Land Rover LR4.

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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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The off-road-hardy 2012 Jeep Wrangler is still fine-tuned for adventurous weekend warriors, but it's become a little more tolerable for the commute.
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The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is a burly off-roader with a luxurious, high-class interior; just don't expect it to handle or perform like a car or crossover.
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The brawny 2012 Toyota 4Runner targets off-road purists who sometimes need to haul the family—and it's better on the highway than you might think.
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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.
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Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6
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2WD 4-Door Automatic X4WD 2-Door Sport4WD 4-Door LUX Limited EditionRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)
Rear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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AutomaticManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
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