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Optional Optional
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2009 Nissan Xterra 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara
2WD 4dr Man X
  • 2WD 4dr Man X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 2WD 4dr Man S
  • 4WD 4dr Man X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto X
  • 4WD 4dr Man S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto S
  • 2WD 4dr Auto SE
  • 4WD 4dr Man Off Road
  • 4WD 4dr Auto Off Road
  • 4WD 4dr Auto SE
RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (GS)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (SE)
2WD 4dr I4 Man
  • 2WD 4dr I4 Man
  • 2WD 4dr I4 Man Premium
  • 2WD 4dr I4 Auto
  • 2WD 4dr I4 Auto Premium
  • 4WD 4dr I4 Man Premium
  • 4WD 4dr I4 Auto Premium
  • 2WD 4dr I4 Auto XSport
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Auto XSport
  • 2WD 4dr I4 Auto Luxury
  • 4WD 4dr I4 Auto XSport
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Auto Luxury
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Auto XSport
  • 4WD 4dr I4 Auto Luxury
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Auto Luxury


MSRP $22,310 $23,320 $18,499
Invoice $21,150 $21,453 $17,759
Avg. Paid $11,403 $18,719 $8,149

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.3 8.1 7.6
Critics' Rating 8.5 8.3 8.6
Performance 7.8 7.9 7.2
Interior 7.4 7.4 8.1
Operating Cost 7.5 7.3 7.7
Safety 8.1 8.6 8.5
Reliability 2.0 4.5 2.5

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Good off-road abilities
  • Versatile cargo area
  • Off-road brawn
  • Well-made, easy-to-clean interior
  • Bold styling
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Powerful engine options
  • Good off-road capability
  • Comfortable interior with easy-to-use controls
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Uncomfortable seating
  • Subpar safety scores
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Subpar on-road performance
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Cramped back seat
  • Low safety and reliability ratings
  • On-road performance is not as smooth as competitors’

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Two Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/- TBD - Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas I4 2.4L/146
MPG 16 City / 20 Hwy 16 City / 20 Hwy 19 City / 26 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4-Door


Wheelbase(in) 106.3 105.9 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.7 183.9 177.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 74.6 71.3
Height, Overall (in) 74.9 70.9 66.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Optional
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Running Boards Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4167 4050 3468

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Optional Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Optional Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 99.8 - TBD - 125.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 41.3 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.9 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 58.4 56.3
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 55.4 55.5
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.3 38.2
Second Leg Room (in) 34.4 31.3 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 53.9 54.9
Second Hip Room (in) 46.1 51.0 44.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 65.7 66.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 35.2 27.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas I4
Displacement 4.0L/- TBD - 4.0L/241 2.4L/146
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 261 @ 5600 239 @ 5200 166 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 281 @ 4000 278 @ 3700 162 @ 4000
Transmission Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 37.3 41.8 36.7


Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 16 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 20 26
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 19.0 17.4


Suspension Type - Front Double wishbone Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-leaf 4-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Solid Axle w/Stabilizer Bar


Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.