All three are very capable off-road, but the Xterra is arguably the best for those who plan to tow or haul gear on the road; its V-6 feels especially perky on the road compared to the nearly equally sized engines in the other two vehicles, and it handles a bit better on the road.
The Wrangler now has a full array of safety features, along with much better handling than the old version, but its interior is slightly inferior to the others, and it still has more wind noise than the others due to its boxy shape.
The Xterra’s interior is much roomier and more versatile than the FJ’s, which has an especially cramped backseat.
Although it’s not much more expensive, the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser feels like a more expensive vehicle inside and out, which may give it an advantage over the Xterra.
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|2008 Toyota FJ CruiserBrowse Used Listings||2008 Jeep WranglerGet Your Price||2008 Nissan XterraBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility|
|RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)||4WD 2-Door X||2WD 4-Door Manual X|
|Rear Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||2 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|