2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD 4-door Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser appeals to those who need a solid, rugged vehicle for regular off-roading—with a heavy dose of style.

The Jeep Wrangler also has a strong appeal based on its traditional, iconic design, while styling is a big part of the appeal for both the Hummer H3 and Nissan Xterra.

All three of these vehicles have remarkable off-road prowess, although they each have different weaknesses.

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

Yet the Toyota FJ Cruiser feels like a more expensive vehicle inside and out, which may give it an advantage over the Xterra.

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, and it still allows more wind noise than the others due to its boxy shape.

The H3 doesn’t ride and handle as well as the rest of the group, and its styling is typically love-it-or-hate-it.

For those who plan to haul or tow, but not off-road quite as much, the Xterra is arguably the best choice, as its V-6 feels especially perky on the road, with better highway stability.

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD 4-door Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Quick Specs
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.
The 2010 Jeep Wrangler remains a choice like no other—and it's the only true convertible in which you can go off-roading.
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.
The 2009 HUMMER H3T is the off-roader's dream of a factory-built pickup that is practical during the workweek and capable of outrageous off-road fun on weekends.
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Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas 5
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilityN/A
Style Name   
RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)4WD 2-Door Islander *Ltd Avail*2WD 4-Door Manual X4WD 4-Door H3T
Rear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door2 Door4 Door4 Door SUV
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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