2012 Jeep Wrangler vs. Its Competition

2012 Jeep Wrangler - First Drive
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Hummer H3, which was discontinued a couple of years ago, might have been visually a rival, but it never attracted the legions of serious off-roaders in the way the Wrangler does.

Currently there are two main rivals: The Nissan Xterra has a rigged look, and serious off-road versions to tough enough for boulder-scrambling, but ultimately it's not as entirely dedicated to the task as the Wrangler.

There's also the Toyota FJ Cruiser; it's the Wrangler's closest rival for pure style; it gets its retro design from the 1960s FJ, yet has modern components from the Toyota 4Runner that are a bit more road-friendly than those of the Wrangler.

The 4Runner itself is more of a conventional SUV, but it hasn't given up its tough truck side in recent years and when properly equipped it could make a softer alternative to the Wrangler Unlimited.

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Quick Specs
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.
The brawny 2012 Toyota 4Runner targets off-road purists who sometimes need to haul the family—and it's better on the highway than you might think.
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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4WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle 2WDSport Utility Vehicle
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4WD 2-Door Freedom Edition2WD 4-Door Automatic XRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)
4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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2 DoorSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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