Compare 2012 Jeep Wrangler vs 2012 Nissan Xterra vs 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

2012 Jeep Wrangler
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2012 Nissan Xterra
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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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4WD 2-Door Arctic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Wrangler 4WD 2-Door Arctic 17 21 $26,413 $27,970
Wrangler 4WD 2-Door Call of Duty MW3 17 21 $28,256 $29,995
Wrangler 4WD 2-Door Freedom Edition 17 21 $21,461 $22,045
Wrangler 4WD 2-Door Rubicon 17 21 $28,256 $29,995
Wrangler 4WD 2-Door Sahara 17 21 $26,413 $27,970
Wrangler 4WD 2-Door Sport 17 21 $21,461 $22,045
Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Altitude 16 21 $29,301 $31,045
Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Arctic 16 21 $29,301 $31,045
Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Call of Duty MW3 16 21 $31,781 $33,770
Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Freedom Edition 16 21 $24,806 $25,545
Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Sahara 16 21 $29,301 $31,045
Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 21 $24,806 $25,545
Wrangler Unlimited 4WD 4-Door Sport RHD 16 20 $28,424 $29,435
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2WD 4-Door Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Automatic S 16 22 $26,029 $27,470
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Automatic X 16 22 $24,147 $25,480
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic Pro-4X 15 20 $29,689 $31,690
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 20 $27,968 $29,520
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 20 $26,086 $27,530
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Manual Pro-4X 16 20 $28,707 $30,640
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $26,974 $28,470
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4WD 4-Door Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FJ Cruiser 4WD 4-Door Automatic 17 20 $25,765 $27,705
FJ Cruiser 4WD 4-Door Manual 15 18 $25,385 $27,295
FJ Cruiser RWD 4-Door Automatic 17 20 $24,286 $26,115
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,413
$26,029
$25,765
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,970
$27,470
$27,705
Monthly Payment Estimate
$466 / month
$458 / month
$462 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
7.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The off-road-hardy 2012 Jeep Wrangler is still fine-tuned for adventurous weekend warriors, but it's become a little more tolerable for the commute. If you have a lot of gear to haul to tough-to-reach places, the 2010 Nissan Xterra is a good choice for weekend adventurers. If head-turning style and true trail toughness are priorities, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser stands above most SUVs—although families and city commuters need not apply.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 22 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.6 58.3 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.0 42.4 41.9
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 55.9 55.4
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 34.4 31.3
Front Head Room (in)
41.3 39.9 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 98.8 - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
44.7 46.1 51.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 58.3 58.4
Second Head Room (in)
40.3 39.3 40.3
Passenger Capacity
4 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
58.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.9 74.9 72.0
Liftover Height (in)
27.8 32.2 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61.8 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
95.4 106.3 105.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
37.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 72.8 75.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 61.8 63.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
10.2 9.1 9.6
Length, Overall (in)
152.8 178.7 183.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 36.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
17.2 36.3 27.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 43.3 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 36.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
61.2 65.7 66.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.5 11.3 x 0.7 12.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.1 11.7 x 1.1 12.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 21.1 19.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.5 3.5 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.7 20.4 15.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.9 37.7 40.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
LT255/75R17 P265/70R16 P265/70R17
Front Tire Order Code
TT7 NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
TBB NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
LT255/75R17 P265/70R16 P265/70R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TT7 NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
LT255/75R17 P265/70R16 P265/70R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 5000 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 750 750
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3951 4144 4295
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.4 10.0 10.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4800 281 @ 4000 271 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
ERB NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/231 4.0L/241 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
285 @ 6400 261 @ 5600 260 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 16 17
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.61 2.35 2.04
Trans Order Code
DEH NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.21 3.13 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.72 NA 2.57
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 3.84 3.52
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.72 1.52 1.40
Trans Type
6 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA 1.00
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.06 2.76 3.22
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Jeep Wrangler Nissan Xterra Toyota FJ Cruiser
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Solid Axle NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 1.00 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.30 1.14
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-leaf 4-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.2 10.2 10.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 3 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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