2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser vs. Its Competition

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

There aren't very many focused off-road vehicles remaining on the market--and this year the Nissan Pathfinder will also give up its body-on-frame layout for a new crossover design.

The Jeep Wrangler makes some noticeable sacrifices in city ride and handling in the name of trail ability, but it's become a much better-performing vehicle with recent interior upgrades and the new Pentastar V-6.

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

Those thinking about doing occasional off-roading, but needing a real backseat for occasional longer trips, should consider the 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.

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Quick Specs
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.
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee blurs the SUV-crossover line expertly; better transmissions are at the top of the wish list.
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler is just as ready for adventuring as it looks--and surprisingly tolerable for the commute.
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 Toyota 4Runner is just as brawny as it looks off-road, yet much better than you'd probably suspect on the highway.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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