2013 Nissan Xterra vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The current Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has maintained this model's reputation, with very boxy, rugged styling combined with phenomenal off-road ability, and for 2012 it gets an all-new (and much more refined) powertrain: Chrysler's strong Pentastar V-6 and five-speed automatic.

Like the Xterra, Toyota's FJ Cruiser hasn't changed significantly in many years; it's not at all a family vehicle but appeals to either young people or purists who want off-road capability.

For families who also need off-road ability, the Toyota 4Runner Trail model might be a better alternative than the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Finally, look to the Land Rover LR4 if you have a higher budget and want a little more luxury with that true off-road ability.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Nissan Xterra has exactly what the most dedicated weekend warriors want--including the goods to get active gear out to hard-to-reach places--but without a lot of frills.
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler is just as ready for adventuring as it looks--and surprisingly tolerable for the commute.
The 2013 Land Rover LR4 is a confident, capable off-roader with an upscale luxury interior, but it's all SUV--and it drives like it.
The 2013 Toyota 4Runner is just as brawny as it looks off-road, yet much better than you'd probably suspect on the highway.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is the real deal, pairing authentic trail toughness with modern conveniences; but families and commuters attracted mainly to its brawny, very stylish look should think twice.
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Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 4WD4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door Automatic X4WD 2-Door Freedom Edition *Ltd Avail*4WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility
AutomaticManualAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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