2008 Nissan Xterra vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Until the Toyota FJ Cruiser arrived a couple of years ago, the Nissan Xterra was in a class itself, the only model appealing to young people who not only wanted off-road capability but an interior versatile and rugged enough for taking along equipment.

The FJ Cruiser is even more of a mountain goat off-road, but its interior is tighter and not as useful or versatile as the Xterra's.

The new Wrangler Unlimited is much larger than the model it replaces and upholds much higher standards of safety and refinement than the old one; with its very boxy, rugged styling, it's perhaps the main alternative to the 2008 Nissan Xterra.

Finally, for those who don't need rugged off-roading ability but still want a high-utility, easy-to-clean interior, the fuel-efficient Honda Element might just fit their needs.

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 4WD 2-door Rubicon Front Exterior View2008 Jeep Wrangler
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Quick Specs
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.
The 2008 Honda Element is a great choice for drivers who need lots of storage room and a spill-proof interior.
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.
Retro-coolness, off-roading, and practicality don’t come together as well in any other vehicle as they do in the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door Manual LX4WD 2-Door XRWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door2 Door4 Door
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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