2010 Nissan Xterra vs. Its Competition

2010 Nissan Xterra
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Wrangler Unlimited is much larger than older models and upholds much higher standards of safety and refinement; with its very boxy, rugged styling, it's probably the top alternative to the Xterra.

Otherwise, the Toyota FJ Cruiser, like the Xterra, appeals to young people who not only want off-road capability but a versatile interior that's 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.

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.

2010 Nissan Xterra2010 Nissan Xterra
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Quick Specs
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.
Ideally suited for a wide range of users with the common need to haul stuff, the 2010 Honda Element is a surprising fun and fuel-efficient.
The 2010 Jeep Wrangler remains a choice like no other—and it's the only true convertible in which you can go off-roading.
Though the 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a bit of a one-trick pony—clearly emphasizing off-road ability to the detriment of on-road comfort—its unmistakable style and agreeable on-road performance make it worth considering even for weekend recreation types.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door Automatic LX4WD 2-Door Islander *Ltd Avail*RWD 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/ODAutomatic w/ODManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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