2008 Jeep Wrangler vs. Its Competition

2008 Jeep Wrangler 4WD 2-door Rubicon Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

There's nothing directly comparable to the 2008 Jeep Wrangler, but some compact trucks come very close to the same performance envelope.

The Dodge Dakota offers four-door models, V-8 power, and four-wheel drive.

The Nissan Frontier has a big V-6 option, a four-door body style, and a unique canvas sunroof that opens its cabin to the elements.

The Nissan Xterra is a four-door sport-ute with a rugged look and off-road versions that offer some, but not all, the Wrangler's rocky-road prowess.

2008 Jeep Wrangler 4WD 2-door Rubicon Front Exterior View2008 Jeep Wrangler
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Jeep Wrangler is a one-of-a-kind vehicle: an extreme off-road convertible with the on-road handling and ride of--well, a true off-roader.
Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
For active people who need to tow or haul a lot of gear or go off-road, the 2008 Nissan Xterra is one of the best—and best-looking—choices.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AN/A2WD Sport Utility
Style Name   
4WD 2-Door X2WD Ext Cab ST2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD 4-Door Manual X
4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 DoorExtended Cab 6'7" BedKing Cab4 Door
ManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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