Compare Jeep Wrangler vs. Nissan Xterra vs. Toyota FJ Cruiser

Compare the Jeep Wrangler against the Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Wrangler, Xterra and FJ Cruiser stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Wrangler, Xterra and FJ Cruiser. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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Optional Optional
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2013 Jeep Wrangler 2012 Nissan Xterra 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2013 Jeep Wrangler 2012 Nissan Xterra 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
4WD 4dr Sport
  • 4WD 2dr Freedom Edition *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 2dr Sport
  • 4WD 4dr Freedom Edition *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Sport
  • 4WD 2dr Moab *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 2dr Sahara
  • 4WD 4dr Sport RHD
  • 4WD 2dr Rubicon
  • 4WD 4dr Moab *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Sahara
  • 4WD 4dr Rubicon
2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 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
RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (Natl)


MSRP $25,995 $25,480 $27,030
Invoice $25,256 $24,147 $25,138
Avg. Paid $27,749 $17,295 $26,890

U.S. News Scores

Overall 6.9 7.9 8.2
Critics' Rating 8.3 7.8 7.6
Performance 7.9 7.6 7.6
Interior 7.0 7.2 7.1
Cost to Own 8.6 8.9 8.5
Safety 5.7 8.7 9.0
Reliability 2.0 3.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding off-road ability
  • Great off-road capability
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Simple interior controls
  • Great off-road capability
  • Straightforward, durable cabin
  • Cramped rear seat in base model
  • Rough on-road performance
  • Low reliability rating
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Narrow door openings
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Cramped rear seats

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain 4-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.6L/220 Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas V6 4.0L/241
MPG 16 City / 21 Hwy 16 City / 22 Hwy 16 City / 20 Hwy



Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Sport Utility


Wheelbase(in) 116.0 106.3 105.9
Length, Overall (in) 173.4 178.7 183.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 72.8 75.0
Height, Overall (in) 70.9 74.9 71.3

Doors & Windows

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

Exterior Features

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


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4075 4143 4050

Tires & Wheels

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


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Optional Optional
Luggage Rack 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
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Optional Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Optional Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Optional
Power Driver Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.0 98.8 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 41.3 39.9 41.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.0 42.4 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.8 58.3 58.4
Front Hip Room (in) 55.6 55.9 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 40.4 39.3 40.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.2 34.4 31.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.8 58.3 53.9
Second Hip Room (in) 56.7 46.1 51.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 70.6 65.7 66.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 31.5 36.3 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 Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard 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 Optional Standard 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 Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional Optional
Four Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.6L/220 4.0L/241 4.0L/241
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 285 @ 6400 261 @ 5600 260 @ 5600
Torque (Net @ RPM) 260 @ 4800 281 @ 4000 271 @ 4400
Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 41.2 37.7 40.7


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 16 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 22 20
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.6 21.1 19.0


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


Automatic Optional Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Optional Standard Standard
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.