There aren't very many focused off-road vehicles remaining on the market--and this year the Nissan Pathfinder will also give up its body-on-frame layout for a new crossover design.
The Jeep Wrangler makes some noticeable sacrifices in city ride and handling in the name of trail ability, but it's become a much better-performing vehicle with recent interior upgrades and the new Pentastar V-6.
Compared to the FJ, the Nissan Xterra has a roomier, more versatile interior, although the Toyota feels better-detailed throughout the cabin.
Those thinking about doing occasional off-roading, but needing a real backseat for occasional longer trips, should consider the 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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