2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser vs. Its Competition

2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD 4-door Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View

The Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler are the only remaining off-road-focused vehicles that actually forgo some city ride and handling in the name of trail ability.

Compared to the FJ, the Nissan Xterra has a roomier, more versatile interior, although the Toyota feels better-detailed throughout the cabin.

The Jeep Wrangler, on the other hand, has off-road ability that's perhaps better than that of the FJ; and the Jeep gets even better for 2012 with the introduction of the new Pentastar V-6 engine and five-speed automatic—in addition to last year's interior upgrades.

Those thinking about doing occasional off-roading, but needing a real backseat for occasional longer trips, should consider three of the most rugged conventional mid-size SUVs: the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Of those, the Grand Cherokee was just redesigned last year and has a much more refined and sophisticated feel overall, while the 4Runner is surprisingly well rounded considering its more traditional truck look and feel.

2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD 4-door Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT82012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2011 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Pathfinder
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2011 Nissan Xterra 4WD 4-door Auto S Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Xterra
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Quick Specs
If head-turning style and true trail toughness are priorities, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser stands above most SUVs—although families and city commuters need not apply.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee only gets better this year with the addition of the SRT8's thundering HEMI V-8.
The off-road-hardy 2012 Jeep Wrangler is still fine-tuned for adventurous weekend warriors, but it's become a little more tolerable for the commute.
The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder appeals to those who need tow or off-road, yet occasionally carry passengers; if it's the other way around, you can do better.
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 brawny 2012 Toyota 4Runner targets off-road purists who sometimes need to haul the family—and it's better on the highway than you might think.
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Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle 2WD
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RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)RWD 4-Door Laredo4WD 2-Door Freedom Edition2WD 4-Door V6 S2WD 4-Door Automatic XRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle2 DoorSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
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