2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser vs. Its Competition

2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Xterra and Wrangler are both vehicles that, like the FJ Cruiser, draw people based on their styling and off-road prowess, and it’s mostly a matter of which styling suits you best.

All three are very capable off-road, but the Xterra is arguably the best for those who plan to tow or haul gear on the road; its V-6 feels especially perky on the road compared to the nearly equally sized engines in the other two vehicles, and it handles a bit better on the road.

The Wrangler now has a full array of safety features, along with much better handling than the old version, but its interior is slightly inferior to the others, and it still has more wind noise than the others due to its boxy shape.

The Xterra’s interior is much roomier and more versatile than the FJ’s, which has an especially cramped backseat.

Although it’s not much more expensive, the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser feels like a more expensive vehicle inside and out, which may give it an advantage over the Xterra.

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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.
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.
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.
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Gas Mileage  
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility
Style Name  
RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)4WD 2-Door X2WD 4-Door Manual X
Rear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door2 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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