Like the 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser, the Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Xterra are SUVs that attract customers because of their off-road prowess and styling.
Which style best suits you is a matter of personal taste.
The Xterra’s interior is much roomier and more versatile than the FJ’s, which has an especially cramped backseat.
Although it doesn't cost much more, the 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser feels like a more expensive vehicle inside and out, which may give it an advantage over the Xterra.
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, and it still allows more wind noise than the others due to its boxy shape.
All three are very capable off-road, but the Xterra is arguably the best for those who plan to tow or haul gear; 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.
|2009 Toyota FJ CruiserBrowse Used Listings||2008 Jeep WranglerBrowse Used Listings||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 (SE)||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|