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2011 Nissan Xterra 2011 Jeep Wrangler 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2011 Nissan Xterra 2011 Jeep Wrangler 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser
4WD 4dr Manual S
  • 2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto X
  • 4WD 4dr Manual S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Manual Pro-4X
  • 4WD 4dr Auto Pro-4X
4WD 2dr Sport
  • 4WD 2dr Sport
  • 4WD 2dr Mojave
  • 4WD 4dr Sport
  • 4WD 4dr Mojave
  • 4WD 2dr Sahara
  • 4WD 2dr 70th Anniversary *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Sport RHD
  • 4WD 2dr Rubicon
  • 4WD 4dr Sahara
  • 4WD 4dr 70th Anniversary *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Rubicon
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)


MSRP $27,250 $22,045 $25,790
Invoice $25,821 $21,431 $23,985
Avg. Paid $18,514 $19,459 $23,980

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.6 7.6 7.9
Critics' Rating 8.1 7.8 8.0
Performance 7.7 7.5 7.8
Interior 7.2 6.6 7.3
Cost to Own 8.9 8.6 8.5
Safety 8.8 7.4 8.8
Reliability 5.0 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Good off-road abilities
  • Excellent off-road performance
  • Standard four-wheel drive
  • Stand-out styling
  • Fantastic safety and reliability scores
  • Brawny off-road capabilities
  • Uncomfortable seating
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Mediocre acceleration and passing power
  • Terrible safety and reliability ratings
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable rear seats
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Unrefined on-road performance

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas V6 3.8L/231 Gas V6 4.0L/241
MPG 16 City / 20 Hwy 15 City / 19 Hwy 17 City / 22 Hwy



Body Style Sport Utility 2 Door 4 Door


Wheelbase(in) 106.3 95.4 105.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.7 152.8 183.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 73.7 75.0
Height, Overall (in) 74.9 - TBD - 71.3

Doors & Windows

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

Exterior Features

Convertible Hardtop Optional
Convertible Soft Top Standard
Targa Roof Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4343 3760 4050

Tires & Wheels

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


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

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


Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.8 102.9 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 41.3 41.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.0 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 55.8 58.4
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 55.6 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.3 40.3
Second Leg Room (in) 34.4 35.6 31.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 61.6 53.9
Second Hip Room (in) 46.1 44.7 51.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 65.7 61.2 66.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 36.3 17.2 27.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Optional Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard


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



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Optional Standard


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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 4.0L/241 3.8L/231 4.0L/241
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 261 @ 5600 202 @ 5200 260 @ 5600
Torque (Net @ RPM) 281 @ 4000 237 @ 4000 271 @ 4400
Transmission Manual Manual Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.3 34.9 40.7


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 15 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 19 22
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 18.6 19.0


Suspension Type - Front Double wishbone Live Axle Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-leaf Live Axle 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Solid Axle w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar


Automatic Optional Standard
4-Speed Automatic Optional
5-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard 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.