For those who don't require rugged off-roading ability but still want a high-utility, easy-to-clean interior, the fuel-efficient Honda Element might just fit their needs.
The Wrangler Unlimited is much larger than older models 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 2009 Nissan Xterra.
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.
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|2009 Nissan XterraBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda ElementBrowse Used Listings||2008 Jeep WranglerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota FJ CruiserBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door Manual LX||4WD 2-Door X||RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||2 Door||4 Door|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Automatic w/OD|
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|2009 Nissan Xterra vs. 2008 Honda Element||2009 Nissan Xterra vs. 2008 Jeep Wrangler||2009 Nissan Xterra vs. 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser|