The Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler are the only remaining off-road-focused vehicles that actually forgo some city ride and handling in the name of trail ability.
Compared to the FJ, the Nissan Xterra has a roomier, more versatile interior, although the Toyota feels better-detailed throughout the cabin.
The Jeep Wrangler, on the other hand, has off-road ability that's perhaps better than that of the FJ; and the Jeep gets even better for 2012 with the introduction of the new Pentastar V-6 engine and five-speed automatic—in addition to last year's interior upgrades.
Those thinking about doing occasional off-roading, but needing a real backseat for occasional longer trips, should consider three of the most rugged conventional mid-size SUVs: the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Of those, the Grand Cherokee was just redesigned last year and has a much more refined and sophisticated feel overall, while the 4Runner is surprisingly well rounded considering its more traditional truck look and feel.
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