The Toyota FJ Cruiser's singular focus on off-road style narrows the field of competitors to a handful of vehicles.
The Jeep Wrangler is the closest in its arena: it also makes 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.
Those thinking about doing occasional off-roading, but needing a real backseat for occasional longer trips, should consider the Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Nissan Xterra.
Of those, the Grand Cherokee was just redesigned two years ago, 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.
Compared to the FJ, the Nissan Xterra has a roomier, more versatile interior, although the Toyota feels better-detailed throughout the cabin.
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